Conference organizers
The Museum and Exhibition Centre for Technical and Technological Development of the Arctic
Branch of the World Ocean Museum in St. Petersburg - Icebreaker Krassin

PAO Sovcomflot / ZAO SMM / State Museum for the Arctic and Antarctic / Arctic Academy of Sciences / Association «Maritime Heritage»

The eight scientific and practical conference

Polar readings 2020

History of science research in the Arctic and the Antarctic

К 100-летию Арктического и антарктического научно-исследовательского института и 200-летию открытия Антарктиды, 18-21 мая 2020 г.

The International Scientific and Practical Conference “Polar Readings” is held every year at the end of April, on the eve of the Icebreaker festival on the Neva River. The world’s first Icebreaker festival took place in 2014 under the leadership of the working group responsible for organising the “Polar Readings” conference.

The theme of the Polar Readings conference changes every year. Each year’s theme is carefully chosen as to reflect the most pressing issues in the world of polar studies.

The conference’s main focus is on historical and cultural research, nevertheless, the chosen topics are not limited to these two subjects. This two-day conference brings together researchers, various specialists, and many interested listeners. All the research and presentations are published in the conference proceedings after the conference. Several thematic exhibitions are also held during the conference.

Polar readings 2020

In 2020, Russia and the world scientific community will celebrate two significant dates – the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica by Russian sailors and the 100th anniversary of the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, which is one of the largest scientific institutions in the world engaged in the study of polar regions. Over the past periods, extensive experience in research projects within the Arctic and Antarctic has been accumulated, which requires reflection and detailed consideration.

In this regard, on May 18-20, 2020 on the eve of Russian Polar Explorer’s Day (May 21) in St. Petersburg on the basis of the Arctic and Antarctic research Institute will be held the next “Polar readings” dedicated to the history of scientific research of polar countries.

Dear friends!

In connection with the epidemiological situation, the organizers of the conference “Polar Readings – 2020” decided to conduct it online. The conference will be held on official days – May 18–20, 2020 (from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.).

The conference is using a grant of the President of the Russian Federation, which was  provided by the Presidential Grants Fund.

Conference organizers

The conference is hosted jointly by the Museum and Exhibition Center for Technical and Technological Development of the Arctic (Arctic Museum and Exhibition Center) and the State Scientific Center “Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute.”

Conference partners

  • St. Petersburg Arctic Affairs Committee;
  • Branch of the Museum of the World Ocean in St. Petersburg – “Icebreaker Krasin “;
  • Russian State Museum of the Arctic and Antarctic;
  • Maritime Heritage Association;
  • PJSC Sovcomflot;
  • ZAO “SMM”.

The following areas expected for the conference:

  • The history of scientific research in various fields of natural science (geography, hydrometeorology, oceanology, geology, geophysics, glaciology, ice science, permafrost, etc.);
  • The history of scientific research in various fields of socio-humanitarian knowledge (history, archeology, ethnography / ethnology / anthropology, linguistics, cultural studies, monuments, sociology, psychology, economics, medicine, etc.);
  • History of multidisciplinary research in the Arctic and Antarctic;
  • The history of research and development and their implementation in the Arctic and Antarctic;
  • The history of scientific and operational support of economic activity in the polar regions;
  • Undisclosed pages from the life and work of prominent researchers in the Arctic and Antarctic;
  • Unknown and little-studied expeditionary works and field research methods in the Arctic and Antarctic;
  • The history of scientific and educational institutions, commissions and bodies in scientific research of the Arctic and Antarctic;
  • History of research management in the Arctic and Antarctic;
  • The history of the translation and popularization of scientific knowledge about the Arctic and Antarctic;
  • Understanding and highlighting the main stages of scientific research of the Arctic and Antarctic.
  • Based on the materials of the conference, the publication of the collection is planned.

The deadline for submitting applications for participation and abstracts (up to 500 words) is until January 1, 2020. In the application for participation in the conference, please include the title of the report, your coordinates (place of work, position, academic degree and title, phone, fax, and e-mail). Abstracts will be published on the Polar Readings website. With the application and abstracts, the manuscripts are accepted for publication. The final submission deadline is June 1, 2020

How to get there?

The conference will be held at the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute

St. Petersburg, 38 Bering str.


Filin Pavel Anatolievich

Emelina Margarita Alexandrovna

Savinov Mikhail Avinirovich



Requirements for Submitting Articles

Papers are accepted prior to each year’s conference. The application for participation in the conference, please include the name of the report.Texts of the reports up to 15 pages in Word, font Times New Roman, size 12. Black-and-white photographs, drawings, charts in JPEG format (minimum 300 dpi), no more than 5 fig.; with a legend under each figure; within the text should be indicated by reference to the fig., eg. (photo 1). Links and references are made using footnotes.

Abstract: should be no more than 300 words and translated into English. It should also include title of the article, the author's name, place of work, annotations and keywords.

Acceptance is contingent on the final article meeting peer-review standards and, with regards to consistency with the themes outlined in the submitted abstract, and the organising committee approval of the article. Examples of accepted publications from previous conferences can be found here.