Through the IPA-IAG Agreement, the International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG) offers 2 travel grants of 300 euros to Early Career Researchers to take part in the 12th International Conference on Permafrost (ICOP 2020) to be held 22-26 June 2020 in Lanzhou, China. The International Permafrost Association (IPA) will cover the conference registration fee of the grant winners.

The grants will be devoted to support the active participation (oral or poster presentation) of 2 Early Career Researchers* whose interests intersect with those of the two associations, generally in the area of permafrost and periglacial geomorphology.

The submission and acceptance of an abstract and the active participation in the conference (with oral or poster presentation) are mandatory to receive this support. Early career researchers based in the organizing country for the international conference are not eligible for this support.

Please visit the IAG's call for the grants for full details about applying; the deadline is January 15, 2020. 

The selection of candidates will be carried out by a Commission appointed by the IAG and IPA Executive Committees.

*An early career researcher is defined as an individual currently enrolled as a student in a post-secondary institution or having completed their most recent post-secondary degree within the last six years and not holding a tenure-track or tenured professorial appointment.


The 12th International Conference on Permafrost will be held in Lanzhou, China on the Lanzhou University Campus. Lanzhou is the permafrost research hub of China and the location of the Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute and the State Key Laboratory of Frozen Soil Engineering, both groups of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The conference will include scientific sessions, keynote lectures, and a Permafrost Young Researchers Network (PYRN) workshop held before the conference. There will be a local field trip day during the conference, and multiple multi-day field trips following the conference covering the following areas: the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, Northeast China, the Qilian Mountains, and the Ordos Loess Plateau.