The workshop has grown out of a series of informal annual meetings started in 1970 by John T. Andrews The purpose of the early meetings was to give graduate students an opportunity to present their ongoing research, gain experience in public speaking, and obtain feedback from more senior researchers. Subsequent meetings retained this emphasis while simultaneously expanding the contributions of professional researchers. For many years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has generously supported graduate student participation. In 2004 Tad Pfeffer (INSTAAR) became the Workshop Director.
The workshop is held at INSTAAR every two years. During alternate years, the workshop is hosted by various academic institutions worldwide and supported by NSF and INSTAAR. These institutions often obtain additional support from their respective governmental agencies.
38. 2008 Boulder, CO (INSTAAR, Univ of Colorado)
37. 2007, Reykyavik, Iceland (U of Iceland)
35. 2005, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Earth and Atmos Sciences, U of Alberta).
33. 2003, Tromsø, Norway (Norwegian Polar Inst; Dept Geology, U of Tromsø)
31. 2001, Amherst, Massachusetts (UMASS Geosciences & Climate System Research Cntr)
29. 1999, Seattle, Washington (College of Forest Resources, U of Washington)
27. 1997, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Dept of Geography, U of Ottawa)
25. 1995, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, (Centre d’Etudes Nordiques, U Laval)
23. 1993, Columbus, Ohio (Byrd Polar Research Center, Ohio State Univ)
21. 1991, Fairbanks, Alaska (Alaska Quaternary Cntr, U of Alaska Museum, U of Alaska)
20. 1990, Tromsø, Norway (Geology, U of Tromso) – two workshops in same year.
18. 1989, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada (Geography, U of Lethbridge)
16. 1987, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Boreal Inst for Northern Studies, U of Alberta)
14. 1985, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada (Bedford Inst of Oceanography)
12. 1983, Amherst, Massachusetts (Dept of Geology & Geography, UMASS)
1-11. 1970 – 1982, Boulder, Colorado (INSTAAR, Univ of Colorado)