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Formal discussions between SCAR and IASC were sentatives, attend each other´s annual administra- initiated by Summerhayes, the new Executive Direc- tive meetings. tor of SCAR, in a January 2005 e-mail message to Rogne, Executive Secretary of IASC, with a view to Cooperation is now happening in key areas of sci- improving collaboration in areas of common interest, ence. These include joint sponsorship of the Ice by holding a joint SCAR-IASC forum in association Sheet Mass Balance and Sea Level (ISMASS) group, with SCAR´s proposed 2008 meeting in St. Peters- cooperation between the Social Sciences and burg, and considering the implications of the IPY for History groups, and the inclusion of bipolar perspec- both organizations. Summerhayes and Rogne met tives in most new science programs and groups, as in the margins of the IPY Planning Meeting in Paris well as SCAR and IASC jointly representing ICSU at, in March 2005. Given that both bodies had polar in- e.g., IPCC workshops and various steering commit- terests, and both were associated closely with ICSU tees. (SCAR as an Interdisciplinary Science Body, and IASC as an International Scientific Associate), there were As an interdisciplinary body of ICSU, SCAR is eligible strong grounds for supposing that a closer linkage to bid for ICSU grants. These grants have always between the two organizations would bring ben- been bipolar in character and therefore have been efit to both parties, not least in an exchange of submitted in partnership with IASC. Despite the stiff views and experience on important scientific top- competition for these grants the two organizations ics. A SCAR and IASC Letter of Agreement was de- have (to date) had a 100% success rate with their veloped, and duly signed in July 2006. Through it, applications. These grants have been on topics SCAR and IASC agreed to combine their efforts in such as IMASS (2007 and 2012), Lessons Learned selected fields and activities so as to raise the level in Education and Outreach from the IPY (2009), and of impact of both organizations in terms of making on Circumpolar Integration of Permafrost Microbi- scientific advances, advising policy-makers, and ological Studies (2009). The latter was led by the avoiding duplication. The development of the IPY International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS), was an important driver for the two organizations and IPA. coming together, though not the only one; the partnership would have developed, regardless. A joint In July 2008, SCAR and IASC co-signed a Letter of presentation announcing the linkage of the two Agreement on cooperation with the new Interna- organizations “The science legacy of IPY: Antarctic tional Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS) of and Arctic Research Partnership Opportunities” was ICSU´s IUGG. In March 2009, they co-signed a Let- made by Summerhayes and Rachold on 16 March at ter of Agreement with the IPA, which was already ASSW 2007 in Hanover, New Hampshire, USA. An co-sponsor of SCAR´s Permafrost science group. update Post-IPY Scientific Cooperation – Ongoing In July 2008, IASC joined SCAR as a co-sponsor of and Planned Joint SCAR/IASC Bipolar Activities was the WCRP´s Climate and Cryosphere program (CliC). presented by Thiede and Rachold at the next ASSW These various agreements effectively bind togeth- in Syktyvkar, Russia, on 29 March 2008. er the main polar bodies of ICSU. SCAR and IASC were concerned that the polar sciences did not have The association proved successful, notably due to System Science Partnership – ESSP, and Internation- SCAR Executive Directors, Summerhayes (2004- al Geosphere-Biosphere Program – IGBP), though 2010) and Sparrow (2010-) and IASC Executive recent experience – for example, a joint presentation Secretaries Rogne (1991-2005) and Rachold by Rachold, Sparrow and Baeseman (from APECS) (2006-). These officers are in regular contact, and, to the 2010 ICSU General Assembly – suggest that along with SCAR and IASC Presidents or their repre- 91 a higher profile within ICSU´s global programs (Earth the amicable and cooperative linkages between this is no longer the case. 04 Cooperation with Other Organizations