About the host institute

The International Centre for Polar Studies (ICPS),

a new initiative at the Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, is a Polar Cooperation Centre of both science and social sciences. The Centre was formed as a result of continuous interaction with the National Centre for Polar Sciences, the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India. ICPS supports a multilevel strategic approach for attaining environmentally and socially responsible development in the polar regions.


The rapid changes in polar ecosystem have ecosystemic,

socio- political and governance implications. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the melting glaciers, disappearing sea ice, and thawing permafrost in the Arctic have led to predominantly negative impacts, on food security, water resources, water quality, infrastructure, transportation, tourism, and recreation. The socio-cultural and human geographical implications, often with indigenous dimensions, are complex.

India’s stakes in the Poles have grown after proclaiming its Arctic policy & enunciating the Antarctica law in 2022, India’s Arctic Policy aims to enhance the country’s cooperation with the rapidly transforming Arctic region. The policy also seeks to combat climate change and protect the environment in the region, which is warming three times faster than the rest of the world.

ICPS is hosting a conference that stretches on scientific, social & diplomatic frames in the polar region. The conference aims to highlight the research in alignment with the critical international relationship in the Arctic, Antarctic and the third pole- Himalayan region in the arena of socio-economic, political, anthropologic, ethnographic and traditional knowledge.

The International conference will put emphasis on climate change and the politics of climate change, cryospheric science, geopolitics of the polar region as well as environmental governance. Anthropology of polar life and relationship will pay critical attention to human/non human ecologies. further we explore the interdisciplinary dimensions of polar technologies, blue economy as well as the contexts of pollution in the region.

EPR-2023 also aims to bring eminent researchers and scientists working in the diverse Polar region of the Arctic, Antarctic, Southern Ocean and the Himalayas to a common ground. This event will also provide a platform for Early Career Researchers to interact and exchange their research ideas, findings and experiences. The EPR 2023 aims to

  • Create awareness about Polar issues among the research scholars as also the media, bureaucrats and the intelligentsia and discuss the impact of climate change on the polar regions of the Arctic, Antarctica and the Himalayas as well as the Southern Ocean.

  • Bring together scientists from a broad spectrum, research scholars, academicians and also policy makers.

  • Discuss sustainability aspects in the Polar region with the rapid warming of the region.

  • Shape the future adaptation and exploration programmes.



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Contact Us

Dr. Mahesh Mohan
Convener, EPR – 2023 Joint Director, ICPS School of Environmental Sciences Mahatma Gandhi University Priyadarshini Hills P.O., Kottayam, Kerala, India – 686 560