Engage with IARPC at the AGU Fall Meeting

December 3, 2015
By Jessica Rohde

We hope you will join the IARPC secretariat and team leaders this year at AGU! We will host a town hall (TH25G) to exchange information on IARPC with the research, education and policy communities as well as two posters: one highlighting the progress of our website as a tool for hosting multi-institutional dialogue (GC11G-1104), the other on IARPC's structure for expanding collaboration circles to include the research talent outside of the federal government (PA23A-2182). 

TH25G: Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC): Accelerating the Pace of Arctic Research


  • Simon Stephenson - Senior Advisor, NSF Geosciences 
  • Martin Jeffries - Program Officer and Arctic Science Advisor, ONR
  • Tammy Dickinson - Principal Assistant Director for Environment & Energy, OSTP, EOP
  • Sandy Starkweather - Implementation Scientist, IARPC
  • Jessica Rohde - Web Manager and Project Coordinator, IARPC

Monday, 14 December 2015, 12:30 - 13:30
Location: Moscone West - 2006

This town hall provides a forum for exchange of information on IARPC, a working group of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), and will include a discussion of IARPC collaborations with the research community. Specifically it will discuss how:

  • IARPC is accelerating the pace of Arctic research.
  • The Arctic research community can engage in IARPC Collaborations, an innovative partnership between the Federal and non-Federal research communities.
  • The Arctic research community can inform the future of IARPC planning. 

Members of the Arctic research, education, and policy communities are invited to attend.

Refreshments will be provided!

PA23A-2182: Networking 2.0: Expanding your collaboration circles through the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC)

Tuesday, 15 December 2015, 13:40 - 18:00
Location: Moscone South - Poster Hall

The Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) envisions a prosperous, sustainable, and healthy Arctic understood through innovative and collaborative research coordinated among Federal agencies and domestic and international partners. IARPC’s approach is to harnesses the talent of the scientific and stakeholder community through Federally-run but broadly open collaboration teams, and an innovative website that expands the frontiers of collaborative research.

The Obama Administration released the five-year Arctic Research Plan: FY2013-2017 in February 2013. The Plan focuses on advancing knowledge and sustainability of the Arctic by improving collaboration in seven priority research areas: sea ice and marine ecosystems, terrestrial ice and ecosystems, atmospheric studies, observing systems, regional climate models, human health studies, and adaptation tools for communities. From these seven research areas, 12 collaboration teams were formed to respond to the 145 milestones laid out in the Plan. The collaboration teams are charged with enhancing inter-institutional and interdisciplinary implementation of scientific research on local, regional, and circumpolar environmental and societal issues in the Arctic.

The collaboration teams are co-chaired by Federal program managers, and, in some cases, external partners and are open to research and stakeholder communities. They meet on a regular basis by web- or teleconference to inform one another about ongoing and planned programs and new research results, as well as to inventory existing programs, identify gaps in knowledge and research, and address and implement the Plan’s milestones. In-between meetings, team members communicate via our innovative, user-driven, collaboration website. Members share information about their research activities by posting updates, uploading documents, and including events on our calendar, and entering into dialogue about their research activities. Conversations taking place on the website are open to any other member, enabling new talent to enter into conversations and collaborations to form.

GC11G-1104: Look Who’s Talking – The Role of the IARPC Collaborations Website in Supporting Multi-Institution Dialog on Arctic Research Imperatives

Monday, 14 December 2015, 08:00 - 12:20
Location: Moscone South - Poster Hall

The IARPC Collaborations website (www.iarpccollaborations.org) was developed to support collaborative implementation of the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee’s (IARPC) 5-Year Plan for Arctic Research. The Plan describes an ambitious agenda for advancing understanding of the changing Arctic, a challenge that requires innovative approaches to integrate disparate research activities. IARPC was created by Congress to address this integration with a mandate that includes developing interagency collaboration and outside partnerships, specifically those with the State of Alaska, indigenous communities, academia, industry and non-governmental organizations. The IARPC Collaborations website was introduced in October of 2014 as an innovative means to address IARPC’s mandate. It is an open, social networking platform with member-driven content and features to support dialog and milestone tracking. In its first year, IARPC Collaborations has attracted more than 600 members. Member-supplied content added to the site includes more than 575 research planning documents and scientific presentations and 300 updates on research plans and resources; all content is tagged with descriptive keywords to expedite discovery and elucidate connectivity across members and topics. Applying a social network analysis to metadata from the site reveals the strength and nature of this connectivity. This analysis demonstrates that Collaboration Team phone meetings remain the dominant form of communication. Dialog on the site through comment forums has been slow to emerge despite its merits of persistence and transparency. While more than 80 members have used the comment features at least once, the strong centrality of the IARPC Secretariat to website dialog is apparent. An analysis of content keywords demonstrates the potential for improved dialog based on overlapping interests as revealed by trending topics like “sea ice prediction”, “traditional knowledge” and “permafrost carbon”. Less than one year into launch, this analysis of IARPC’s experiment in collaborative integration reveals the enduring strengths of traditional collaboration tools like secretariat support and phone meetings; the full potential of IARPC’s social networking tools remains to be seen.

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Join scientists from Federal, State, academic, NGO, and industry organizations working to accelerate the progress of Arctic research.

Membership in IARPC Collaborations is subject to approval and adherence to the codes of conduct.


Sara Bowden, IARPC Executive Secretary
(703) 447-7828

Please direct website questions to Jessica Rohde, Web Manager, at jrohde@arcus.org.