Program in english

Catherine and Rémy MARION will  show some of the photos  in preview from the  exhibit in Monaco at the  “Galerie des Pêcheurs” (Oct. 26, 2012 – Jan. 9, 2013).

Individual earphones for  simultaneous translation will be  available (French <>English)  during  the 2-day  conference.

Monday – October 22, 2012

 14:00 : Opening of the conference by Lawrence Cannon, Ambassador of Canada to France

14:30–18:30  : Session 1 – Polar bears and Us.

The  polar bear’s role in social and political issues of modern day Arctic,  the symbolic perception of polar bears  in our civilisation.  The way we “think” of  polar bears, is very significative of  who we are

1.1 – The significant  media interest  in  Polar bears, by Rémy MARION (PÔLES ACTIONS). Résumé

1.2 – What is the symbolic meaning of “Nanuq” ? The different perspectives and interpretations between Eastern  Canadian Inuit and Westerners , by Vladimir RANDA (LACITO/CNRS). Résumé

1.3 – Polar bear management in Nunavut, and  the Inuit role in the management, by Markus DYCK (Polar bear biologist, Government of Nunavut). Résumé

1.4 –  The vulnerable status of Polar bears,  lacking in sufficient legal recognition,  by Hervé LETHIER (EMC2I, Saint-Cergue, Switzerland). Résumé

1.5 – Debrief of « Arctic Futures » Conference of Octobre 4th and 5th, 2012 in Bruxelles, by Thierry TOUCHAIS (International Polar Foundation, Bruxelles).

18:15-Conclusion by Terry Audla (Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

20:00 : Evening

  • Living with polar bears, by Eric BROSSIER (the “Vagabond”‘s Captain).  Presentation of  “hivernage” (boat winter station) at Grise Fiord and at Spitzberg (30 mn).
  • Preview  of the film : « Polar bears in Alaska” by Fabrice SIMON. Résumé
  • Round table in presence of Andrew DEROCHER, Vladimir RANDA, Eric BROSSIER,  Basile Van HAVRE (environment Canada), presented by  Patricia RICARD

Tuesday, Oct 23rd, 2012

9:00 – 18:00   Session 2 – Polar bear, who are you ?

Origins, kinship to the brown bear, evolution of the species and fragilization of the species due to climate change.

How  can  the species  become a biological  study model in regards to the appearance of new species , climate change and adaptation. Who was the prehistoric bear and do we know why  this “cousin”  disappeared and not the others ?

9:00 – 12:30

2.1 – Debrief of Day 1 and introduction of Day 2, by François MOUTOU (ANSES, Maisons Alfort).

2.2 – Arctic climate and evolution, by Valérie MASSON-DELMOTTE (LSCE, CEA Saclay, Gif sur Yvette).  Résumé

2.3 – Sea Ice of Arctique Ocean. Situation in Summer  2012 , by Jean-Claude Gascard (UPMC, LOCEAN, Paris).  Résumé

2.4 – Brown bears during  the glacial periods, by Sébastien CALVIGNAC-SPENCER (Robert Koch Institut, Berlin). Résumé

2.5 – The fate of an arctic icon, by Andrew DEROCHER (University of Alberta, Canada). Résumé

12:30 : Lunch

14:30 – 17:30

2.6 – When  genetics come to the rescue of  Polar bears,  by Johan MICHAUX (CBGP, Montpellier). Résumé

2.7 – The polar bears of the Barents Sea: population size and habitat use, by Jon AARS (Norwegian Polar Institute, Oslo).  Résumé

2.8 – The East Greenland polar bear as a messenger of global temporal contaminant trends, by Rune DIETZ (University of Aarhus, Danemark).  Résumé

17:30 : Conclusion of  the  Conference by Anne Dorte Riggelsen, Danemark’s Ambassador.

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