The Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) brings together 18 federal agencies to create and implement a five-year plan to enhance scientific monitoring and research on environmental issues in the Arctic. IARPC’s activities are coordinated through a secretariat supported by the National Science Foundation and other agencies.
UIC Science has been selected to support the IARPC Secretariat as it implements the Arctic Research Plan 2022-2026. The plan responds to the priorities of those living and working in the Arctic and considers the strong interconnections among land and waters, people and infrastructure. The plan supports research to better understand the impacts of Arctic change on the plan.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to contribute to this work,” said Terri Mitchell, UIC Science general manager. “The Arctic is our home, and we support a number of research and educational projects every year. There is so much happening in the Arctic today. We provide researchers meaningful access to Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge (ITEK), technical and logistical support, project management and strategic planning, Indigenous community outreach, and science support.”
“This collaboration will ensure the long-term sustainability and success of the IARPC Secretariat, and will allow us to continue to make IARPC Collaborations an effective hub for building connections and facilitating research for a thriving Arctic and Earth,” said Larry Hinzman, Assistant Director for Polar Science, Office of Science and Technology Policy and Executive Director of the IARPC Secretariat. “This partnership will also enable us to increase capacity around engaging with Arctic Indigenous communities.”