The Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) and its partners are designing a novel conference to foster collaborative relationships between Arctic scientists, indigenous knowledge holders, and policy makers. The conference will be held on 4-6 September 2019 at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC. The conference will highlight the shared value of informing policy with science and call for improved communications. Scientists need to understand the cultures and challenges of policy makers, and policy makers need to help scientists make their research more actionable. SEARCH is a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional program synthesizing understanding of the changing Arctic and making that understanding readily accessible to policy makers.