FRISP 2019: Forum for Research into Ice Shelf Processes

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Final information for participants

Conference programme
Map of The Queen’s College


FRISP is an annual meeting to share research related to ice shelves, and their interactions with the ice sheet, ocean, and atmosphere. It is an Expert Group of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), and has organised regular meetings in Europe since 1984. FRISP is an appropriate meeting to present work in progress and discuss emerging research ideas, and is well-suited to early career researchers as well as senior scientists.

FRISP 2019

FRISP 2019 will begin on the evening of 15 September (Sunday) with an icebreaker and dinner, and will conclude with lunch on 18 September (Wednesday). Please aim to arrive in Oxford no later than 5pm on Sunday.

The conference will be followed by the annual meeting of the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration (ITGC) from Wednesday afternoon to Thursday evening. This meeting is intended for those already involved in the ITGC project; however, FRISP-only attendees are welcome to stay for the Wednesday afternoon sessions, subject to space in the auditorium. Similarly, ITGC-only attendees who arrive early may attend the Wednesday morning sessions of FRISP if there is space. Since there will be a number of participants attending both conferences, we encourage you to register early and secure your spot.


Photo: with special thanks to the Provost and Fellows of The Queen’s College

This year, FRISP will be held at The Queen’s College at the University of Oxford. Oxford is frequently named one of the most beautiful cities in the UK, with medieval buildings and riverside parks, as well as a rich scientific and literary history. We are hoping to organise a walking tour of Oxford on the Sunday evening of the conference, so that attendees can appreciate the sights.

The Queen’s College was founded in 1341 and is centrally located on the High Street. Conference sessions, meals, and accommodation will all be provided within the college grounds. Most rooms are single ensuite, while a small number of shared rooms will be reserved for students due to their reduced price. In the evenings, the on-site Beer Cellar pub is available for the exclusive use of FRISP attendees.

Registration & fees

Registration for FRISP is via Eventbrite and is combined with registration for the ITGC meeting. The registration fee for FRISP includes conference attendance, accommodation, and meals, and has two ticket types:

  1. standard registration is £500 plus booking fees;
  2. reduced registration for students who choose shared accommodation is £450 plus booking fees.

Students are also eligible to apply for a partial scholarship from SCAR. Each scholarship will be approximately $100-$200 (£75-£150 at the current exchange rate) and will be paid directly from SCAR to the student. Scholarship applications are within the registration form; you must pay the registration fee to secure your place, and will be reimbursed later if your application is successful.

If you are also attending the ITGC meeting, you can register for both conferences at the same time.

Abstract submission

We encourage all attendees to present at FRISP (either a poster or an oral presentation), but it is not required. Abstract submission itself will be done through a separate form, and does not have to be completed at the same time as registration.


Participants must make their own way to Oxford. We can suggest the following services:

From Heathrow Airport:

From Gatwick Airport:

From central London:

All coaches stop on High Street directly opposite the entrance to the college. The Oxford train station is a 20 minute walk from the college, with public transport options available. Parking is extremely limited in central Oxford, so we do not recommend that you drive.


2019 organising committee: Peter Davis, Kaitlin Naughten, Christopher Bull
Contact email:
If there is anything preventing you from attending FRISP, such as childcare responsibilities, please let us know and we’ll see if there’s anything we can do to help.