The program of the French Arctic Initiative will be defined following the national symposium entitled  «Arctic : the major scientific issues», which was held June 3 to 6, 2013 at Collège de France and at L'institut Océanographique de Paris.

The preliminary agenda for the French Arctic Initiative is:

First semester 2013: National conference and national prospective exercise on the Arctic;

Second semester 2013: Preparation of a white paper on the Arctic (*);

First semester 2014: Establishment of an implementation plan for scientific activity within the French Arctic Initiative and preparation of a call for proposals (*);

Second semester 2014: Launch of the first call for proposals and selection of the proposals to be retained for funding (*).

(*) including the interchange between the Scientific Committee and the Steering Committee of the French Arctic Initiative