The theme "Our Ice Dependent World" is meant to address the impact of dwindling ice--terrestrial as well as ocean bound--on the complex interface of nature and society in all climatic zones of the world. In light of man-made aspects of climate change, the natural phenomena of ice are gradually becoming a concept of global politics affecting societal life in dramatic ways on a global scale. The 6th NRF Open Assembly will focus on the interrelationships of human and environmental dimensions of ice in a global context, and particularly in the Arctic, the Antarctic, and the Himalayans. Discussions are expected to highlight the role of research, the social relevance of science, and community in addressing the issues globally. For further information on the program, please click on the 'NRF 6th Open Assembly Thematic Program' link in the 'What's New' box at:

Young researchers and professionals who meet one of the following requirements are eligible to receive full or partial travel funding from the NRF in order to participate in the Open Assembly:

- Individual has completed a Master's degree in the past 2-3 years, and plans to complete a doctoral degree;
- Individual is a current terminal degree student (e.g. PhD, JD); or
- Individual is a postdoctoral student/professional, no more than five years past terminal degree completion.

Further information, including the application form, is available on the NRF website at: To access the application please click on the 'Call for Participation from Young Researchers' link in the 'NRF Calendar' box. At that page, click on the 'Young Researchers 2010 Open Assembly Registration' link.

Application Deadline: Monday, 15 March 2010

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