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- Move responsibility for the organization of the all components of the arctic system. The AOS is led bi-annual, science-focused ASSW to the inter- by the IASC Network “International Study of Arctic national coordinating group chaired by IASC. Change (ISAC)” (see Appendix 6.3) and is a contri- - Invite the IASSA and organizations representing bution to the Sustaining Arctic Observing Network polar residents to take a more active role in (SAON) initiative (see Chapter 2.8). planning for the ASSW, and to hold their execu tive sessions during that time to facilitate inter- Today, the ASSW is a formal gathering of Arctic actions between the scholarly community and science organizations aimed at encouraging inter- polar residents. action and cross-fertilization between the various organizations. Experience so far shows that the In 2008, the IASC Council agreed to the changes ASSW provides a key arena for enhancing cooper- recommend by the Review and Strategy Group. ation. Most attendees find it to be an extremely The 2009 ASSW in Bergen (Norway) was the first valuable opportunity for sharing information, form- gathering of the arctic science organizations that ing alliances, and meeting collaborators. Further- included a Science Symposium. The event was a more, ASSW has been an invaluable venue for IASC great success, attracting more than 300 scientists, to build ties with Arctic organizations. In fact, ASSW students, policy-makers and other professionals. Af- has functioned as a pathway to bring IASC out of ter the success of the Bergen meeting, IASC and its its early years of ‘isolation’ and place it as the lead- partner organizations involved in the ASSW, decided ing international organization for Arctic research. to arrange a Science Symposium every second year. ASSW has provided attendees with the unique A business-oriented ASSW is held in alternate years. opportunity to learn about and experience Arctic Since 2014 these business-oriented ASSWs include research from host countries, establish new a high-level, biennial Arctic Observi