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Spanish Language Webinar on Writing for Success! Preparing winning fellowship applications on 15 March!

APECS 10 year logoComnap logoSCAR logo white backgroundSpanish Language Webinar: Writing for Success! Preparing winning fellowship applications

Preparing a successful fellowship application is a skill. Often, lack of success with applications is not due to a poor research idea but comes down to the inability to express clearly and confidently, in writing, your research to someone else. Everyone’s writing skills can be improved and be made more effective. This mentoring activity is designed to help early career persons with developing their fellowship proposal writing skills. It is particularly meant for young researchers in countries with a small or just developing Antarctic research community that may not have adequate mentoring in their home institutions.

The need for such mentoring arose after review of the many hundreds of SCAR and COMNAP Fellowship applications received over the past several years. Funding is limited and so reviewers often need to make difficult choices. Success or failure often depends on whether the proposal is written clearly and efficiency.

After the success of the first training webinar held in 2016 (recording available here https://vimeo.com/165109392), SCAR, COMNAP and APECS will be partnering again to hold a similar training webinar, but this time in Spanish . Writing about research can be difficult, writing in your second (or third) language poses yet another set of challenges. This webinar hopes to provide additional tips and tricks for writing applications in English for Spanish speakers.

Join us for a webinar on our fellowships and tips for successful applications on 15 March 2017 at 13:00 GMT

Speakers/Panel participants will be:

  • Jéronimo López-Martínez (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) (Past President of SCAR 2012-2016)
  • Irene Schloss (Instituto Antártico Argentino)
  • José Retamales (Instituto Antártico Chileno )
  • Carlota Escutia (Instituto Andaluz de Ciencias de la Tierra, University de Granada )
  • Gabriela Roldan (Gateway Antarctica, University of Canterbury)
  • Pablo Wainschenker (Antarctic Treaty Secretariat)
  • Luis R. Pertierra (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos)

Register for the webinar here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7208702077454125059

Background

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) initiated the SCAR Fellowship Programme in 2002. The aim was to encourage the active involvement of early career scientists in Antarctic scientific research and to build new connections and further strengthen international capacity and cooperation in Antarctic research. Since the initiation of the programme, 48 SCAR Fellowships have been awarded.

In 2011, the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP) launched the COMNAP Antarctic Research Fellowship Scheme, offering one fellowship per year for an early career person in order to carry out research within a COMNAP National Antarctic Program. To date, there have been 10 COMNAP Antarctic Fellowships awarded. In addition, there have been four joint SCAR-COMNAP Fellowships awarded since 2012. This year, the COMNAP Antarctic Fellowships will change their focus, from purely research-based fellowships to a broader opportunity based on a list of projects of direct relevance to National Antarctic Programs.

The Fellowships supports the scientific goals of SCAR and the goal of COMNAP to develop and promote best practice in managing the support to Antarctic science. The Fellowships enable early career researchers to join a project team from another country, opening up new opportunities and often creating partnerships that last many years and over many Antarctic research seasons.

This years fellowships will be opened on 1 March with an application deadline of 1 July 2017.

For more information visit http://www.scar.org/awards/fellowships

Link to the PDF announcement


Seminario web en español: Escribe para tener éxito! Cómo preparar solicitudes ganadoras para las becas de investigación de SCAR y COMNAP

Preparar una solicitud adecuada para una beca de investigación requiere cierta habilidad. Frecuentemente, la falta de éxito en las solicitudes no se debe a la baja calidad de la idea para la propuesta de investigación sino, a la falta de habilidad para expresarla por escrito claramente y con confianza. La destreza para escribir solicitudes puede ser mejorada, con el fin de que estas sean más efectivas. Esta tutoría está diseñada para ayudar a quienes se encuentren en una etapa inicial de su carrera de investigadores y quieran desarrollar aptitudes para escribir propuestas para becas de investigación. En particular, está dedicada a jóvenes investigadores de países con una comunidad científica relativamente pequeña o en proceso de desarrollo, en la cual la disponibilidad de mentores es limitada o inexistente en las instituciones a las que pertenecen.

La conveniencia de una orientación adecuada se pone de manifiesto a raíz de la revisión de las centenares de aplicaciones recibidas a lo largo de los últimos años para las becas de SCAR y COMNAP. Como los fondos son limitados, con frecuencia los revisores tienen que tomar decisiones difíciles. El éxito o el fracaso dependen, en muchos casos, de que las propuestas hayan sido escritas con claridad y eficacia.

Tras el éxito del primer seminario web que se realizó en 2016 (archivo con la grabación disponible en https://vimeo.com/165109392), SCAR, COMNAP y APECS se han unido nuevamente para ofrecer un seminario similar, que en esta ocasión será en español. Escribir sobre una investigación a realizar puede resultar difícil, y hacerlo en una segunda (o tercera) lengua plantea desafíos adicionales. Este seminario tiene como objetivo proporcionar consejos y sugerencias a hispano-hablantes para escribir aplicaciones en inglés.

Participa en el Seminario web sobre las becas de investigación de SCAR y COMNAP y averigua como elaborar solicitudes exitosas: 15 de Marzo de 2017 a las 13:00 GMT

Los presentadores serán:

  • Jerónimo López-Martínez (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Ex presidente del SCAR, 2012-2016)
  • Irene Schloss (Instituto Antártico Argentino)
  • José Retamales (Instituto Antártico Chileno)
  • Carlota Escutia (Instituto Andaluz de Ciencias de la Tierra, Universidad de Granada)
  • Gabriela Roldán (Gateway Antarctica, Universidad de Canterbury)
  • Pablo Wainschenker (Secretaria del Tratado Antártico)
  • Luis R. Pertierra (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos)

Regístrate en el Seminario web aqui: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7208702077454125059

Antecedentes

El Comité Científico para la Investigación en la Antártida (SCAR) inicio su programa de becas SCAR en el año 2002. El objetivo fue fomentar la participación activa de investigadores en una etapa inicial de su carrera en investigaciones científicas antárticas, ayudar a construir nuevas relaciones y a reforzar la capacidad y la cooperación internacional en las investigaciones antárticas. Desde el inicio de este programa se han seleccionado 48 becarios SCAR.

En el año 2011, el Consejo de Administradores de Programas Nacionales Antárticos (COMNAP) lanzó su programa de becas COMNAP, ofreciendo una beca por año para una persona en el inicio de su carrera profesional para llevar a cabo un proyecto de investigación dentro de los Programas Nacional Antárticos pertenecientes al COMNAP. Hasta la fecha, se han otorgado 10 Becas Antárticas COMNAP. Además, desde el año 2012 se han otorgado 4 becas conjuntas SCAR-COMNAP. Este año, la beca COMNAP cambiará el enfoque, de becarios basados únicamente en investigaciones abiertas a que sean sobre una lista de proyectos de relevancia directa para los Programas Nacionales Antárticos.

El programa de becas encaja con los objetivos científicos del SCAR y con el objetivo del COMNAP de desarrollar y promover las mejores prácticas en el apoyo de la ciencia antártica. Las becas permiten que investigadores que se encuentran en el inicio de su carrera puedan unirse al proyecto de un equipo de otro país, abriendo así nuevas oportunidades y, en muchos casos, creando conexiones que pueden durar mucho tiempo.

Este año, el plazo para la solicitud de las becas de investigación se abrirá el 1 de Marzo y la fecha de vencimiento es el 1 de Julio de 2017.

Para más información visitar http://www.scar.org/awards/fellowships

Listado de proyectos para aplicar a la Beca de Investigación de COMNAP 2017

Link to the PDF announcement

 

APECS International Online Conference 2017 on 20 March: Audience registration now open!

Outside the box logoAPECS International Online Conference 2017: Outside the Box: Encouraging alternative solutions for understanding and communicating polar research, think outside the box!

Conference Date: 20 March 2017 (07:30 GMT to 00:30 GMT of the following day)

Event Format: Online conference (webinar)

Registration is now open for audience members to participate in the APECS International Online Conference 2017 "Outside the Box - Encouraging Alternative Solutions for Undertaking and Communicating Polar Research" on 20 March 2017 (07:30 GMT to 00:30 GMT of the following day). It is completely free to attend from the comfort of your home!

How to register? Please register separately for each session of the conference you wish to attend. Once you register you will receive a unique attendance link for each of the sessions you registered for in your email inbox. Please use the attendance links to join the conference as an audience member on March 20. Please register as early as possible but no later than 30 minutes before the session starting time in order for you to receive your attendance link via email. Sessions are limited to 100 participants each.

Outside the Box: As a new generation of polar researchers stepping up to the plate, we must embrace new and innovative polar challenges. Our ability to successfully address such challenges and steer the polar world in a positive direction has far-reaching local, regional, and global consequences. We should not be afraid to venture Outside the Box of the ideas that previous generations of polar researchers have left us in order to overcome the severity of polar challenges we face.

What to Expect: Presenters will address this topic in relation to a wide range of research, including Atmosphere and Climate, Biology, Cultural, Education, Science Communication, Geology, Environmental, Cryosphere, History, Oceanography, Policy research. Audience engagement is encouraged, with time for questions at the end of each 10 minute presentation.

The detailed conference programme including all abstracts can be found on the APECS International Online Conference 2017 Website.

APECS Webinar on Eco-Cultural Communication

APECS Webinar: Understanding the ecological power of communication: Culture & nature tourism contexts

Presented by A/Prof Tema Milstein - University of New Mexico​

Scholars of environmental communication argue that “What we say is what we see” - communication shapes environmental perceptions, and perceptions shape environmental actions. This argument has broad implications at a time when our planet responds to a range of human actions, from the tremendously destructive and extractive to the potentially restorative and transformative. It has particular significance for those who study – and communicate about - the polar regions.

This talk will introduce an overview of the trans-disciplinary field of environmental communication, and introduce several core concepts and frameworks. A/Prof Milstein will use the lens of ecotourism and illustrative examples from her own work, including research on whale and dolphin tourism in North America and New Zealand, to explore an ecocultural way of understanding our current situation.

Tema Milstein worked as a journalist, editor, and current events talk show host before entering academia. She now examines the ways communication functions as a cultural force. Tema’s award-winning ethnographic and qualitative research includes examinations of cultural environmental meaning systems, ecotourism and endangered wildlife, climate crisis activism, culture jamming, and ecopedagogy. You can read her research at https://unm.academia.edu/TemaMilstein/ and join the conversation in her Ecocultural Communication Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/428111227269773/.

Communicating Your Science - USAPECS Spring Webinar Series

USAPECS (the United States national committee of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists) is organizing a webinar series for Spring 2016 (April - June) focusing on how to best share your science, including sessions on:

Directed at early career researchers, webinars are open to those from any career stage.

Registration links are available on the US-APECS website, which will also be updated as details are finalized: http://usapecs.wix.com/usapecs#!webinars/cdv7

Updates will also be sent to the USAPECS email list. You can sign up for APECS here: http://www.apecs.is/get-involved/join-apecs

See you at the sessions this spring!
The USAPECS Board

Call For Abstracts "Polar Science: Through New Eyes"

Call for abstracts: APECS International Online Conference

  • Conference Date: 18 May 2016, 08:00-23:00 GMT
  • Event Format: Online conference (webinar)
  • Abstract Submission Deadline: 25 April 2016
  • View schedule and sign up for the audience HERE

Abstracts are now being accepted for the APECS International Online Conference, “Polar Sciences: Through New Eyes” which is scheduled to take place on 18 May 2016. Talks are maximum 12 minutes long, with 3 minutes for questions. This conference will encourage scientific dialogues between early career scientist from multiple disciplines and backgrounds, with presentations on new research perspectives from a range of research fields. With increased attention on the changing polar environment and the future challenges this will bring, this conference aims to convey the broad range of new research currently being conducted internationally.

Early career researchers are well placed to present new developments in their own fields through “new eyes,” while the conference provides an opportunity for those in the audience to gain exposure to a range of new techniques, methods, questions and themes. All polar researchers are invited to share their current research findings, but we particularly encourage the submission of abstracts by early career scientists, so they can gain invaluable experience presenting their research projects to the public. There will be a $300 prize given for best presentation at this conference which has been donated by APECS.

Session Themes

  • Biological – marine/freshwater/terrestrial
  • Geological/Environmental/terrestrial cryospheric environments
  • Atmospherics/Climatology
  • Oceanography/Sea-ice
  • Cultural/Historical/Policy/Education

To submit an abstract, fill in the form at this link

Abstract submission guidelines:

  • All abstracts will be written in English.
  • State which session you want your abstract to be submitted to (refer to sessions available above)
  • Include a short title which summarises your presentation
  • Abstract must be limited to 300 words
  • Include your name and any other authors involved in this presentation
  • Include your institution and your additional author institutions
  • State which country and time zone you will be presenting from, so that we can find a sensible time slot for your presentation

Abstract must be lodged online or emailed to Rachel Downey (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by 25 April 2016.

The APECS International Online Conference will be using GoToWebinar platform (so you can enjoy the conference behind your desk or from your couch!).

Contact APECS

APECS International Directorate
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research
Telegrafenberg A43
14473 Potsdam
Germany
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