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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