The Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) is organised annually by the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) to provide opportunities for coordination, cooperation and collaboration between the various scientific organisations involved in Arctic research. It was initiated by the IASC in 1999 and has evolved into the most important annual gathering of the Arctic research organisation.
The Business and Community Meetings includes annual meetings of the participating organisations:
- International Arctic Science Committee (IASC)
- Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS)
- European Polar Board (EPB)
- Forum of Arctic Research Operators (FARO)
- Indigenous Peoples' Secretariat (IPS)
- International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA)
- Ny-Ålesund Science Managers Committee (NySMAC)
- Pacific Arctic Group (PAG)
- University of the Arctic (UArctic)
In addition, other organisations and projects regularly hold workshops and project meetings at ASSW.
In odd number years, the ASSW also includes a Science Symposium. These symposia create a platform for exchanging knowledge, cross fertilisation and collaboration and attract scientists, students, policy makers and other professionals from all over the world.
In even number years the ASSW includes the Arctic Observing Summit (AOS), a high-level, biennial summit that aims to provide community-driven, science-based guidance for the design, implementation, coordination and long-term operation of Arctic observing systems.