About POAC

POAC, The International Conferences on Port and Ocean Engineering under Arctic Conditions began in 1971 and since then, it has been held every two years at different international venues. Over the years, POAC has been the mainstay of Arctic engineering conferences and typically attracts over 150 participants to each conference.

The objective of POAC is to improve knowledge of ice-related problems by having scientists and engineers discuss and exchange ideas on relevant topics. In addition to personal communications, one major objective is to have national and international organizations, industries, and research institutes engaged in Arctic and Antarctic work report their work at the POAC Conference.

Everyone is welcome to attend POAC. The conferences have a loyal following since they provide current information on the state-of-the-art of ice engineering in a friendly atmosphere. People who attend POAC Conferences continue to attend on a regular basis.

POAC 2013 will be held on the Aalto University campus in Finland. This is the third POAC in Finland, the earlier ones were 1983 and 1999. The Aalto University campus is in Espoo, about 10 km from the center of Helsinki. The campus area is famous for the architecture and for the concentration of high technology.


Jukka Tuhkuri for
The Local Organizing Committee


POAC'13 program

You can download POAC'13 final program from here: POAC'13 program. Notice that the program has only minor changes when compared to the preliminary program: Few presentations were re-scheduled (within their original session) due to withdrawn presentations.

Delegate survey 2013.

A delegate survey is performed during POAC'13. You may participate the survey online, but please answer on Thursday, June 13th, at the earliest. To answer the survey online, use this link: Delegate survey

POAC'13 preliminary technical program available

The preliminary technical program is now available. The program can be downloaded using this link: POAC'13 preliminary technical program (16.5.2013).

SAFEWIN seminar in Aalto on June 13-14, 2013

Some participants of POAC'13 might be interested to join the final seminar of SAFEWIN project right after POAC'13 on Aalto University campus. The seminar provides an excellent opportunity to influence ongoing efforts to implement the latest ideas in ice compression descriptions and forecasting. The seminar is free of charge and you can register to it using this form. Learn more about the seminar from the the brochure of SAFEWIN seminar. You can also visit the safewin webpage at www.safewin.org.

POAC'13 draft manuscript deadline extended

Due to many requests, the deadline for the draft manuscript submission for POAC'13 has been extended. New deadline is on Friday, February 15, 2013.

Registration for POAC'13

The registration for POAC'13 has now started. The registration should be done using our online registration system. You can find more information about the registration here.

Full manuscript submission

You can now send your full manuscript to POAC'13 using our electronic submission system. Please use the POAC'13 template when preparing your manuscript. Note that the full manuscript will be required for review by no later than February 1, 2013.

Template for the full manuscript now available

The template for the full manuscript is now available on our website. Note that the full manuscript will be required for review by no later than February 1, 2013. You can send your full manuscript starting by the end of the next week (Friday 11th of January, 2013) using our electronic submission system.

Abstract submission has finished

The abstract submission for POAC'13 has finished. We received approximately 170 abstracts by the deadline of 30th of November and would like to thank all of the authors for their submission. The authors of the accepted abstracts will be informed of the acceptance by the end of December 2012. If you missed the deadline and would still like to send an abstract for POAC'13, please contact the local organizing committee at poac13@aalto.fi directly.

Call for papers

Abstracts of about 300 words are invited by November 30, 2012. Abstracts should be uploaded directly on the Conference web site. Authors of accepted abstracts will be asked to submit full papers, which will be reviewed. Accepted papers will be published in Proceedings in electronic form. In order to ensure the production of the Proceedings in time, final manuscripts will be required by April 30, 2013.

Conference brochure

The POAC'13 conference brochure may be downloaded from the following link: brochure for POAC13 (pdf)

Important dates of POAC'13:

Abstract submission

November 30, 2012

Abstract acceptance

December 2012

Draft manuscript submission

February 1, 2013

Registration open

January 15, 2013

Early registration ends

April 30, 2013

Final manuscript submission

April 30, 2013

Hotel reservation deadline

April 30, 2013

POAC'13 is sponsored by:







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