About the Workshop

The UK Polar Network is holding the 2013 Software and Polar Research Workshop, immediately preceding the UK Arctic Science Workshop at the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge: Tuesday, 17th September 2013.

Workshop Theme

The theme of the workshop is “Using software for better polar research”. In particular, the workshop emphasises how software has and will play an important role in polar research and in your research.

This workshop is sponsored by the Software Sustainability Institute, an organisation that help researchers enhance their research and improve the speed and accuracy of their results through improving the “sustainable” software used in current research.


This workshop aims to bring together a group of 20-30 early career polar researchers to discuss and learn how software has and will play an important role in polar research in general, and your research in particular.

Some funds will be available for travel to Cambridge and accommodation for the workshop, as well as possibly for the duration of the Arctic Science Conference, depending on demand.

Workshop Schedule

The schedule of the workshop includes access to all keynote presentations, speed presentations, sessions, and mentor panels. Tea & coffee and a light lunch will be provided.



Registration for the workshop is now closed. We will send out confirmations of your registration over the next few days. Please contact TJ Young <tj.young@polarnetwork.org> if you have any questions.

Travel and Accommodation

The Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI) is located in south-central Cambridge, and is approximately 10 minutes walk from the Cambridge city centre and appriximately 10 minutes walk from the Cambridge train station.

There is no accommodation available at SPRI. However, there are several housing options close to the venue (please see map):

Hotel accommodation can also be found using University Rooms Cambridge service or the Visit Cambridge website.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments, please contact either TJ Young (Website, Logistics), or Jen King (Publicity, Registration).