Annual UAF Arctic Research Open House set for May 19

The International Arctic Research Center is participating in the 2022 Arctic Research Open House from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, May 19.

The event includes booths from more than a dozen research units and facilities at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the National Weather Service, including the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Alaska Center for Energy and Power, Alaska Satellite Facility, Institute of Arctic Biology  — and many more.

Visitors can walk among numerous facilities to learn about current projects and meet researchers in the fields of climate science, geoscience, natural resources, social sciences, engineering and others. This year’s theme is “It’s an Inspiring Day in the Neighborhood,” and scientists will share research happening in and around Fairbanks.

Activities and displays at the IARC open house include:

  • Fairbanks weather trivia
  • Permafrost cores
  • Berries
  • Citizen science and river ice
  • Inspiring Girls expeditions for youth
  • Wildfire
  • Alaska and science stories
  • Engineering resources
  • Arctic films and sea ice art
  • Gardening and climate change

Open houses at other UAF research units and colleges will feature a drone flight simulator, bicycle power generator competition, a dancing electric Tesla and the survival suit challenge.  

Youth as well as adults are encouraged to come to this interactive event. The office of UAF Vice Chancellor for Research will hold an ice cream social to celebrate the end of the K-12 school year.

Activities are on the UAF West Ridge, easily accessible at Thompson Drive off of Geist Road. Public parking is available in lots along Koyukuk Drive; citations are not being issued in those lots during the event. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Information is available on the event website and on the event’s Facebook page. Email questions to Watch a promotional video introducing the event.

Download an event map.