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POAC is the acronym for the International Conference on Port and Ocean Engineering under Arctic Conditions. This conference addresses the unique issues related to coastal and offshore engineering in ice-covered waters. POAC began in 1971 in Trondheim, Norway, and since then, it has been held on a regular basis every two years at different international venues. Over the years, this conference 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, technologists, and design and development engineers discuss and exchange ideas on relevant topics. In addition to personal communications, one major objective is to have other national and international organizations, industries, and research institutes engaged in work on the Arctic and Antarctic of interest to POAC, report their work at the POAC Conference.

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

The 2015 POAC conference will be held in Trondheim, Norway, on June 14-18. The conference website can be found at www.ntnu.edu/poac15.