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structure to reflect the progressively more inte- 2007 in Hanover, and subsequent discussions, grative nature of today┬┤s polar science; expand its Executive Secretary Volker Rachold and I developed functions to embrace various science policy issues an outline for the new IASC structure and funding such as new technology, data management, edu- strategy. The Executive Committee discussed the cation and public outreach; strengthen its relations outline in great detail and mandated us to revise with the Arctic Council, social science organizations, the structure. The final document was presented and other global organizations interested in the to Council at ASSW 2008 in Syktyvkar, Russia for science of the Arctic region; and, lastly, reorganize discussion, together with financial plans for the fu- and revitalize the ASSW as a major cross-disciplinary ture. The new IASC structure and strategy to sup- venue. In addition, the group suggested some inter- port science development, which includes Working nal changes to IASC to improve its public image and Groups and Action Groups, are now the core working efficiency. Following the above recommendations, elements of IASC. The new structure and strategy the IASC Executive Committee and the IASC Secre- of IASC embraced more scientific fields and involved tariat, with approval from Council, began in 2006 to more international cooperation, and included an in- implement major structural changes to IASC and its crease in the science development budget that was way of operating. Many of the implemented struc- evidently required. Consequently, the secretariat tural changes were highly controversial, but in my had to be enlarged and support to Working Groups view it strengthened its organizational structure improved. In early 2009, this broadening of the IASC and its position as the leading scientific organiza- secretariat was undertaken and the secretariat was tion in Arctic research. A discussion of all the struc- relocated to Potsdam, Germany. The secretariat was tural changes implemented during this period would hosted by the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) for Po- be too vast for this paper; however, I would like to lar and Marine Research and co-financed by the Ger- mention just a few. man Science Foundation. It was mostly the dedication and work of the IASC secretary, Volker Rachold During this transitional period, IASC strengthened and the Director of AWI, Karin Lochte that enabled its relationship with several polar and global orga- IASC to enlarge the secretariat and to secure the re- nizations, including SCAR, AOSB, IASSA, the World quired funding for increased scientific development. Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and others, Relocating the secretariat from Stockholm, Sweden as well as with the Arctic Council and its Working to Potsdam was highly controversial, but in retro- Groups. IASC also intensified its outreach activities spect it was strategically a splendid idea. such as a new website and the IASC Bulletin, all of which contributed substantially to raising the level In the period 2006-2010, IASC did indeed change of global knowledge and public awareness about significantly; the secretariat was enlarged and the Arctic. ASSW 2009 in Bergen, Norway was the moved to Potsdam, the form of 55rv26