Side meetings

The organizing committee welcomes requests from groups and organizations for meeting spaces to host side meetings. Side meetings can take place in seminar rooms at the Alfred-Wegener-Institute in Bremerhaven on the weekends before (3 and 4 June) and the weekend after (10 and 11 June) the symposium. Please send your requests to Please include information on the main contact, expected number of participants, timing, and a short (few sentences) description of the topic / content.

The content and program of the workshops is organized by the groups themselves. Please get in touch with them directly. If you don’t know how to contact the group, please send your request to and we will forward it to the main contacts.

  • SIMIP: Sea Ice Modelling Intercomparison Project

    Date/Time: Saturday 10 June 9:00-18:00

    Room: tbd

    Main contacts: Alexandra Jahn, Dirk Notz

    The 2023 SIMIP workshop is a hands-on workshop open for scientists at all career levels interested in the simulation of sea ice in both hemispheres in CMIP-type models, including large ensembles and high-resolution simulations. We will discuss and summarize the lessons learned from CMIP6-SIMIP, and make plans for future SIMIP activities and goals.

  • Moin - ECSs welcome event at the IGS sea ice symposium

    Date/Time: Sunday 4 June 15:00-17:30

    Room: tbd

    Main contact: Luisa von Albedyll

    APECS (Association of Polar Early Career Scientists) Germany is organizing an Early Career Scientist (ECS) welcome get-together before the official icebreaker of the IGS sea ice symposium. Regardless of if this is your first conference or if you already know how to navigate poster sessions, coffee breaks or conference dinners - you are more than welcome to join. You can either share your experience or get some tips beforehand!

    Are you for the first time in Germany and Bremerhaven and looking for the best place to get a proper Northern German Fischbrötchen or do you already greet everyone with Moin and feel at home? Be prepared for some tips and possible “outdoor exploration”.

    Do you know nobody so far or are you meeting your bunch of old friends? Nevertheless, it is nice to connect to new ECSs! We will make sure that you get to know each other, the town of Bremerhaven, and us.

    We are looking forward to starting with you into a great week of sea-ice research.


  • ASPeCT

    Date/Time: Sunday 4 June

    Room: tbd

    Main contacts: Marily Raphael, Petra Heil

    The Expert Group on Antarctic Sea-ice Processes and Climate

    (ASPeCt) aims to improve our understanding of the Antarctic sea ice zone

    through focussed and ongoing field programmes, remote sensing and

    numerical modelling. This is our first workshop after a while. We will use the time for some general exchange and distribute an agenda for the meeting at a later stage.

  • International buoy programs (IABP and IPAB)

    Date/Time: Saturday 10 June 09:00-18:00 & Sunday 11 June 09:00-15:00

    Room: tbd

    Main contacts: Ignatius Rigor, Petra Heil

    This workshop will combine the (annual) meetings of the International Arctic Buoy Program (IABP) and the International Program for Antarctic Buoys (IPAB). The meetings will discuss ongoing work with autonomous measurements platforms, mostly in connection to sea ice applications. Deploment plans and opportunities will be discussed as well as technological developments. We aim sharing experiences and plans in open discussion formats, but also following the regular protocols as in earlier workshops.

  • CliC Arctic Sea Ice Working Group (ASIWG)

    Date/Time: Sunday 4 June 09:00-16:00

    Room: tbd

    Main contact: Melinda Webster

    The Climate and Cryosphere(CliC) Arctic Sea Ice Working Group (ASIWG) will host a meeting to bring the Arctic sea ice observational and modelling communities together to exchange knowledge, coordinate activities, and promote collaboration across the international Arctic sea ice community. The meeting will span several topics, with an emphasis on the 3 key objectives:

    (1) Developing, standardising, and implementing observation and measurement protocols for Arctic sea ice in coastal, seasonal, and perennial ice zones;
    (2) Integrating surface-based observations with remote sensing and modelling efforts and;
    (3) Establishing and fostering connections between international groups involved in sea ice observations, modelling, remote sensing, and data assimilation.