APECS Belgium Leadership:
Henrik Christiansen (KU Leuven); Igor Stelmach Pessi (Université de Liège)
“APECS Belgium - Get to Know” Meeting. Meeting organized at BELSPO, Brussels on 17 August 2016 to revive APECS Belgium. During the meeting 14 PhD students and Postdocs from six Belgian institutions gathered and presented their scientific background to each other. General information about APECS was given, as well as news and updates about potential events in the near future (e.g. joint activites with APECS Netherlands, such as a a “Meet the polar scientist” activity during coming polar week in September, as well as a shared APECS Belgium & NL symposium in November). A possible contribution of APECS Belgium for the Environmental Protection anniversary on 4th October and activites during future polar weeks, for instance, with links to the Belgian Antarctic research station. We also discussed the “what – who – how” of APECS Belgium and ended the meeting with a social event at a local pub.
APECS Brazil Leadership 2015-2016
Dra Juliana Assunção Ivar do Sul (President); Biol. Juliana Silva Souza (Vice-President), Adriana R. de Lira Pessoa (1a Secretary), Ana Olivia de A. Reis (2a Secretary), Luiz Antonio da Costa (Secretary Support), Claudineia Lizieri (1a Treasurer), Douglas Lindemann (2o Treasurer), Fernanda Quaglio (1a Scientific Coordinator), Adriano Lemos (2o Scientific Coordinator), Rodrigo Alves (Scientific Support), Sandra Freiberger Affonso (1o Education and Outreach Coordinator), Roberta Piuco (2o Education and Outreach Coordinator), Alessandra Zanin (Education and Outreach Support), Erli Schneider Costa (UERGS) (1a Projects Developer Coordinator), Gerusa Radichi (2a Projects Developer Coordinator), Hugo Mariz (Projects Developer Support), Silvia Dotta (1o Graduation Action Coordinator), Claudineia Lizieri (2a Graduation Action Coordinator), Ailim Schwambach (Graduation Support), Thiago Severo (1o Resources Coordinator), Sueli Matos (2o Resources Coordinator)
International Polar Week (March-July 2016). APECS Brazil’s polar week included approximately 1,100 students and 25 teachers at 12 schools from different parts of Brazil.
IV APECS-Brazil Symposium: Legacy and Perspectives of the Madrid Protocol: 25-years of history and the next 25-years (University of Brasília, 27-29 July 2016). 100 students participated, including from high school, undergraduate and graduate programs. Ten seminars were held, including national and international researchers, who talked about their research and also shared their experience with the audience. The theme event was the Madrid Protocol and raised up the discussion about its 25 years legacy and the perspectives for the upcoming 25 years.In parallel, some council members talked about their work in Antarctica for about 700 students from La Salle School (Brasília).
Training Workshop. “The polar regions inside the classrooms" 26 October 2015
Course of Continuing Education. Integrating air, water, soil, astronomy and the food chain in Antarctica and Arctic, offered for teachers from public school, 2016, Curitiba, PR, Brazil
1a. ONDA - National Olympics of Apps associated with Sustainable Development. Applications are opened until September 2016, State University of Rio Grande, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Distance education course. We created and held an extension distance education course for teachers “Antártica ou Antártida? How to include the Antarctic science at schools”. The course is comprised of factual information, activities, videos, animations, games, and discussion groups. All the video lessons are available on our YouTube channel and are already subtitled into English. Periodic publications about “Antártica ou Antártida?” are on Facebook.
APECS Bulgaria Leadership
Iglika Trifonova (Sofia University), Denitsa Apostolova (Sofia University), Asparuh Kamburov (University of Mining and Geology “St. Ivan Rilski”)
The Bulgarian NC is mostly oriented to E&O activities and started its formal work as an organizer and partner in E&O activities to various educational institutions and organizations as British Council-Bulgaria, Spanish Institute Cervantes, National Museum of Natural History etc.
October-November 2015: Within the future celebration of Antarctica Day APECS members visited the Sunday School for children of Armenian community in Bulgaria. The geochemist Denitsa Apostolova and geologists Nadia Yanakieva and Stefan Velev from Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" made interesting presentations about Antarctica. Iglika Trifonova and Denitsa Apostolova visited other 3 schools and kindergartens talking about Antarctic animals.
December 2015: APECS Bulgaria celebrated International Antarctica Day for a fourth time. The celebration was marked by a number of activities. The largest of them was the “Polar Week at Bulgaria Mall” in Sofia where APECS displayed a polar photo exhibition with the support of Bulgarian Antarctic Institute. Early-career scientists had their own stands where visitors of the Mall could learn about minerals in the ice, volcanic activities in Antarctica, the use of satellites for creating maps. A Polar workshop for youngsters was also among the attractions at the Mall.
January 2016: The New Year started with new challenges for four members of APECS Bulgaria who stepped in Antarctica for the first time and started their work on scientific projects with their mentors:
• Geochemical studies of soils Peninsula Hurd,. Livingston Island, Antarctica.
• Creating large-scale digital topographic map in scale 1: 5000 for the region of the Bulgarian Antarctic Base on Livingston Island
• Preliminary complex geological studies of Byers Peninsula, Livingston Island, Antarctica - gathering for the first time various types of fossils, mostly ammonites to establish the exact age of the rocks from which they were removed;
• Installing seasonal permanent GNSS station KOH2 for creating a database to study the seismicity of Livingston Island and the surrounding area by conducting comprehensive research in the area of the Bulgarian Antarctic base
• Implementation of GNSS measuring station KOH2 campaign lasts 60 days;
• Perform kinematic GNSS measurements to monitor the melting of glaciers
February 2016: The drawings of children that participated in Antarctica Day reached the White Continent together and were exhibited in front of the Bulgarian Antarctic Base on Livingston Island, South Shetlands.
March 2016: During the Spring Polar week APECS Bulgaria’s Vice President Asparuh Kamburov took a part in the APECS Online International Conference “New Perspectives in the Polar Sciences” with a presentation about GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) research on Livingston Island, Antarctica
April 2016: Dr. Asparuh Kamburov and assoc. Prof. Borislav Alexandrov organized a Workshop “ Geodesy and travels” in the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy (UACEG)
May 2016: each year since 2012 Bulgarian polar science is one of the main topics during the biggest educational science event in Bulgaria – the annual four-day Sofia Science Festival organized by British Council. APECS Bulgaria teamed up again with British Council to promote polar science communication including interesting scientific experiments, talks about polar explorers, polar books and films, funny polar games and quizzes for kids and the general public. This year dr. Docho Dochev and dr. Stefan Velev had a talk about their geological work in Antarctica in the big hall of the Festival. APECS Bulgaria invited as a lecturer also the Lt Javier Alonso López De Sabando, who served as a navigation and manoeuvre officer at the BIO Hésperides, an oceanographic research vessel in the Antarctic, and took part in a number of scientific campaigns in the world’s coldest and southernmost area over a period of three years.
September 2016: During the Fall Polar week 2016 APECS Bulgaria will have two important events. The first is the participation for a third year in the European Researcher’s Night in Sofia. The association has its own stand in the Gallery of the Foreign Art where the early-career polar scientists will talk about biodiversity and technologies in extreme conditions. The latest findings of Bulgarian Polar explorers will be one of the main topics as well. The second event will be the First APECS Balkan Meeting in Kurdjali town in Southern Bulgaria at the end of September. APECS Bulgaria initiates and will be a host of the workshop "Contribution of Southeast Europe's early-career researchers in the Antarctic science". The meeting will gather polar early-career scientists from Turkey, Romania and Bulgaria and representatives of their Antarctic programs. The goal is to exchange many ideas and to start new collaborations in scientific researches and educational activities.
APECS Chile Leadership 2015-2016
Sebastian Ruiz (Universidad de Magallanes); Joaquin Bastias (Universidad de Chile); Claudia Maturana (Universidad de Chile).
APECS-Chile Association Establishment. This year (October 2015 - September 2016) APECS-CHILE’s main effort was to formally establish itself as a legal entity. As a formal association it will be possible to receive public and private funds for NC activities. The NC Board was created, with a president, secretary and treasurer. The Board, with legal assistance, has begun writing the association statutes that follows the goals of APECS-International.
Antarctic Research Program (PIA). The Research Council from Universidad de Chile, has funds for Antarctic studies. APECS-Chile was invited to participate in the first meeting to reactivate this budget. Results: This is a long-term effort , however we think it is important to assist to this kind of meeting.
APECS-Chile web page, facebook page. These are the main platforms to communicate our activities and outreach with our NC logo. The facebook page is particularly effective for distributing news about scholarships, jobs and outreach activities. The facebook group page following has increased from 99 members in 2012 to 203 members in 2016. Future effort is to create an updated the APECS-Chile WIX webpage.
APECS Canada Leadership 2015-2016
Ann Balasubramaniam (Communications Coordinator); Kristina Brown; Louise Chavarie; Marianne Falardeau-Cote; Meagan Grabowski (Co-Vice Chair International Relations); Lawrence Hislop; Adam Houben (Vice-Chair Administration); Gabriela Ibarguchi; Marney Paradis; Kristen Peck (Education and Outreach Co-Coordinator); Daniel Pomerants; Jennifer Provencher (Co-Vice Chair International Relations); Pacale Ropars; Vicki Sahanatien (Chair APECS Canada); Laura Thomson (Education and Outreach Co-Coordinator); Melissa Ward; Nikolaus Gantner (ex-officio).
APECS Canada. APECS Canada had it’s first year with formalized roles for board members, and will be entering a second year with this system. We also voted in our own Terms of Reference (TOR) and Rules of Procedure (ROP).
APECS-ASA Mentor Award 2015. The award was given out at the ArcticNet ASM 2015 in Vancouver, BC, Canada to Dr. Chris Furgal, Associate Professor at Trent University (Peterborough, ON). Nominations are open for the next APECS-ASA Mentor Award and are due in October for presentation at ArcticNet in December 2016.
ArcticNet Student Day by ASA-APECS. APECS-Canada helped organize the speakers for student day and received great feedback on speakers and workshops. APECS-Canada also co-hosted the ArcticNet Student Day Social at Mahoney and Sons in Vancouver. We received prize donations from PYRN and AINA and ran an Arctic trivia session with the help from APECS International members.
International Polar Week Fall 2015. APECS Canada co-hosted an ECR panel in Whitehorse, Yukon with the Skookum Jim Friendship Centre in October 2015. This event was sponsored by Summit Environmental and Skookum Jim Friendship Centre.
International Polar Week March 2016.
• APECS Canada (Kristen Peck and Meagan Grabowski) in collaboration with APECS France ran webinars connecting ECR’s to classrooms from April 4-8th, 2016 (dates shifted due to spring break in Canadian schools). Through a connection with Science Adventures at Yukon College we were connected to several home schooled kids and classrooms in the Yukon Territory, in addition to classrooms in Ottawa, Ontario. In total we hosted six webinars in both French and English, with 20 attendees. We hope to do this again in the next polar week but are seeking more help from our members and potential collaborations with other APECS National Committees!
• APECS Canada (Vicki Sahanatien) organized one film night (Arctic research and traditional knowledge) and a poster session in with Nunavut Arctic College in Iqaluit, Nunavut. A second night was planned but didn’t happen due to blizzards!
• APECS Canada (Vicki Sahanatien) developed and held a winter camp for Aboriginal youth. This included skiing, trekking and winter survival training (quinzhee building)!
APECS Social nights in Whitehorse, Yukon. APECS Canada organizes social nights connecting early career researchers and mentors in Whitehorse, Yukon every few months with up to a dozen attendees including long-time APECS mentors like Dr. David Hik and Bob Van Dyken.
School visits. School visits have been organized by APECA Canada members (individual and teams) promoting polar science and opportunities including at Kluane Lake School (YT), FH Collins Secondary School (YT), and UiT in Alta, Norway.
APECS-Canada Website. The working group continues work on developing a website.
APECS France Leadership 2015-2016
Céline Clément-Chastel (president), Lydie Lescarmontier (vice-president), Gaëlle Lamarque (vice-president) (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil), Veronique Dansereau (treasurer) (Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Géophysique de l'Environnement), Sophie Schiavone (secretary) (Laboratoire ThéMA / University Franche-Comté)
International Polar Week Fall 2015. The APECS France Polar Week gathered early career scientists based in France, Canada, Norway and Switzerland. Thanks to the support of APECS-Canada and APECS- Switzerland, webinars were opened to Canadian and Wwiss students this year. The themes addressed were oriented towards the 21st United Nation Conference on Climate Change – COP21. This year's educational and artistic activities allowed participating students to follow the work and everyday life of one PhD candidate in the field of polar ecology, from his Arctic fieldwork site in to his home laboratory in Chizé, Deux-Sèvres.
APECS France Projects:
• APRES 3 – Ondes et Flocons. Ondes et Flocon is the educational component of the APRES3 research program run at the Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Géophysique de l'Environnement (LGGE), which aims at improving predictions in precipitations over Antarctica. Students from the participating classes are presented the opportunity to become a researcher’s apprentice. Thematic cards are used to teach them the links between snow, the climate of the Antarctic and sea level rise. Blogs present the work and fieldwork of Antarctic researchers. Students can also realize mini-scientific projects with the help of an educational team and interact with researchers as well as with other classes involved in the project.
• Savanturiers des Glaces: is an educational program throughout research for classes of any level mostly about the impact of climate change. The general idea behind the program is to link a young researcher with a class and build a project about its research, its fieldwork, etc. Participating students have to apply scientific rigour to solve a given problem or question. In doing so, they are encouraged to develop their critical mind, their will of exploring the unknown, as well as their innovative and collaborative capabilities. At the end of the school year, classes meet and share their experiences. https://savanturiersdesglaces.files.wordpress.com
• Draw me the future: Launched in 2015, Draw me the future is intended for kids from all over the world to exchange positive messages regarding the future of the their planet, and the future of polar regions in particular. With the idea of overcoming language barriers, all correspondences between the participating classes will take place as drawing exchanges, photograph exchanges, games, etc. This year, a correspondence was initiated between two classes from France and Guinea. We intent to enlarge this activity in partnership with other APECS national committee in coming years.
Seminars: The members of the leadership committee have been invited to a number of laboratories and research facilities across France to present the activities of APECS-International and APECS-France to young (and not-so-young) researchers. The Committee has also participated into the annual workshop of the Comité National pour la Recherche Française en Antarctique et Arctique (CNFRA) held in Lyon in May.
Yves Rocher Foundation Prize: APECS-France has been awarded a price from the Yves Rocher Foundation - Institut de France, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Secrétariat des Droits des Femmes for its science mediation activities, in particular in the context of the Polar Week. The 3000 euros price recognizes the Association's actions in raising awareness amongst the youngest towards issues related to climate change.
In-person events: Seminars, CNFRA workshop, Savanturiers des Glaces, APRES3 – Ondes et Flocons
Online events: Webinars were organized in the context of the Polar Week. Some online events/activities take place in the context of the Draw me the Future project.
Clément-Chastel C., Dansereau V., Lamarque G., Lescarmontier L., Schiavone S., APECS France, un réseau de jeunes chercheurs et médiateurs des regions polaires, 12° journées scientifiques du CNFRA (oral presentation – may 2016)
APECS France Activities Report 2015
APECS Finland Leadership 2015-2016
Friederike Gehrmann (Univerity of Heslinki)(president)
Nordic Oikos Conference 2016. Poster and presentation about APECS (February 2016)
International Polar Week Spring 2016. Polar Week film screening "Greenland is the melting point", Helsinki
APECS Germany Board 2015-2016
Josefine Lenz (AWI Potsdam); Andreas Preußer (Uni Trier / ILTS Sapporo); Caroline Coch (AWI Potsdam); Heike Link (Uni Kiel); Stefanie Weege (AWI Potsdam); Liv Heinecke (AWI Potsdam); Christian Katlein (AWI Bremerhaven); Stefanie Arndt (AWI Bremerhaven); Clara Burgard (MPI Hamburg); Muhammed Arsalan Afzal (Uni Köln); Matteo Puglini (MPI Hamburg); Svenja Kohnemann (Uni Trier); Johanna Grabow (Uni Leipzig); Svenja Halfter; Kathrin Keil (IASS Potsdam); Rita Melo Franco Santos (AWI Bremerhaven/Helgoland); Magnus Schneider (Uni Trier); Charlotte Havermans (AWI Bremerhaven / Uni Bremen); Alevtina Evgrafova (Uni Koblenz-Landau / Uni Bern)
APECS Germany has just recently been brought to life, during the first NC meeting on July 4th, 2016. APECS Germany Board members are now holding monthly virtual meetings and preparing the first APECS Germany events, including a panel discussion linked to the upcoming coordination workshop by the German Research Foundation's Priority Program on Antarctic Research (Rostock, Sept 14th, 2016) and outreach activities during APECS International Polar Week.
Prior to the official foundation of APECS Germany, two of our board members promoted its formation at different occasions in 2015 and 2016 by (1) attracting young Polar scientists in Germany and (2) promoting this idea to established polar committees in Germany:
1) 26th International Polar Conference (“Polartagung”, 06-11 September 2015, Bavarian Academy of Science, Munich, Germany), organized by the German Society of Polar Reseach (“Deutsche Gesellschaft für Polarforschung e.V.”). Andreas Preußer (Univ. of Trier) took the initiative to present APECS in form of a poster-stand at the main entry/exit to the venue.
2) Coordination workshop 2015 of the DFG (“Deutsche Forschungs Gemeinschaft”) priority program 1158 „Antarctic research and comparable studies in the Arctic cryosphere“ (30 September to 02 October 2015, Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Center, Frankfurt am Main, Germany; Report (in German): http://www.spp-antarktisforschung.uni-rostock.de/fileadmin/Antarktisforschung/Koordinationsworkshop_Bericht_2015.pdf ). On invitation by Dr. Julia Regnery (Univ. of Rostock, Germany), coordination assistant of the priority program, Andreas Preußer promoted APECS through an oral presentation on the first day of the workshop. General feedback was very positive and the importance of a national ECS network was mentioned several times.
3) Annual meeting of the German SCAR/IASC National Committee (19-20 Mai 2016, Marum, Bremen, Germany. On invitation by the German SCAR/IASC National Committee and APECS, Heike Link presented APECS activities by German ECs and in Germany to the Committee members and guests. A very supportive feedback (including from APECS itself) and increased curiosity in ECs finally triggered the foundation meeting in early July.
We are now excited to plan our first and upcoming events as NC APECS Germany. You will also hopefully meet us during upcoming conferences in Germany. As a fresh NC we are still under construction and open for new members and ideas.
Indian Polar Research Network Leadership 2015-2016
Anant Pande (Wildlife Institute of India); Archana Dayal (University of Sheffied, United Kingdom)
IPRN started publishing biannual bulletin titled Polar Bytes to reach out a wider audience within and outside India. Talks were organised at Indian Antarctic stations to introduce IPRN to Antarctic program members.
• Dec 2015 - Release of 2nd edition of Polar Bytes bulletin - a public outreach initiative by IPRN to create awareness on polar science activities in India
• Jan 2016- Talk by Anant Pande on popularizing Polar Science in India given at Bharati station, Larsemann hills, Antarctica
• Mar 2016- Talk by Anant Pande on role of IPRN in connecting young scientists given at Maitri station, Central Dronning Maud land, Antarctica
• April 2016 - Talk by Sudipta Sasmal at Kolkata College on IPRN activities in India
• Aug 2016 - release of 3rd edition of Polar Bytes bulletin
• Sept 2016 - Celebration of polar week at Dehradun
APECS Italy Leadership 2015-2016
Andrea Spolaor, Giuseppe Aulicino, Matteo Cattadori, Tosca Ballerini
Antarctic Day 2015 @ Ca Foscari University of Venice. The Antarctic Day, organized at the Ca Foscari University of Venice, was a cycle of seminar involving 7 researcher (5 subscribe in APECS) who did at least one scientific experience in Antarctica. The aim of the "open day" was attract student to the polar science and give them some information about the polar environment and hoe to continue in the research career.
Project Reset- Research and education Svalbard experience. The RESEt project will last three years and includes several disciplines of school. RESEt is a project of scientific nature, of exploration and research…pointed toward our goal of learning and personal enrichment. The principle objectives consist not only of the Arctic trip, but to work hard and succeed with determination and dedication to achieve a big goal. The journal of our visit and exploration of Svalbard is just “the tip of the iceberg” in our initiative. Foremost, it is an occasion of growth and empowerment. In the first two years of RESEt we have been busy searching for finding and sponsors. We have also been studying the Arctic regions.
APECS Japan Leadership 2015-2016
October 2015 - March 2016: Shunsuke Tei (National Institute of Polar Research), Kazuki Nakata (Hokkaido University), Ryo Shingubara (Hokkaido University), Shinya Takano (Hokkaido University), Tomoki Morozumi (Hokkaido University); April 2016 - March 2017: Shunsuke Tei (Hokkaido University), Shun Tsutaki (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), Daiki Sakakibara (Hokkaido University), Naoya Kanna (Hokkaido University), Kazuki Nakata (Hokkaido University).
APECS Japan meeting at the Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2016. We had a APECS JAPAN meeting on a big national scientific meeting (Japan Geoscience Union meeting 2016 on 26 May 2016 in Chiba, Japan. In the meeting, we got 9 members newly (total 30 members) and discuss our organizational structure as follows, to work more active.
APECS Netherlands Leadership 2015-2016
Douwe Maat (Netherlands Institute for Sea Research); Ariadna Szczybelski (Wageningen University)
APECS Netherlands annual symposium in Den Haag (6 November 2015). National APECS Netherlands meeting in the building of the Netherlands Organisation for scientific research (NWO). 20 APECS members currently working in the Netherlands joined the event. Each member presented work of their current projects and several invited speakers were present to talk about a career in science, funding for (polar) research and the politics of polar science.
Polar Day (Pool tot Pool), March 12, 2016, Leiden. Two members of APECS NL (Douwe and Ariadna) joined a polar event in Leiden, the Netherlands, to explain about their polar research and APECS international/ Netherlands. The event was joined by people with an interest in polar regions as well as high school students doing projects on polar science.
September 2016: We will organize a 'meet the polar scientists' event for students either at Wageningen University or the Netherlands Institute for Sea Research.
APECS Oceania Leadership 2015-2016
Hanne Nielsen (University of Tasmania, Australia), Gabriela Roldan (University of Canterbury, New Zealand), Indi Hodgson-Johnston (University of Tasmania, Australia), Meagan Dewar (Deakin University, Australia), Julie Janssens (University of Tasmania, Australia), Mana Inoue (University of Tasmania, Australia), Harriet Love (Otago University, New Zealand), Eleri Evans (University of Tasmania, Australia). The following members stepped aside during this term: Sira Engelbertz (New Zealand), Lorna Little (New Zealand), Holly Winton (Australia)
New APECS Oceania logo. APECS Oceania has adopted a new logo, which was designed by Indi Hodgson-Johnston, and voted on by committee members. The Penguin reflects the strong Antarctic focus of APECS Oceania members, while the Southern Cross appears on the flags of both Australia and New Zealand.
International Polar Week Spring 2016. Quiz Night in Hobart. This Antarctic-themed quiz was held at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies in Hobart, Tasmania. The APECS- branded quiz was run in conjunction with the Bottom of the Earth Society (BOTES), which is the social club of the Institute. Posters about APECS were put up around the room, APECS pins were given as prizes, and a membership sign-up stand attracted a number of new additions to the APECS Oceania mailing list.
APECS Online Conference 2016. APECS Oceania members participated in the 2016 APECS Online Conference, and the prize for best Antarctic presentation was awarded to Lavenia Ratnarajah, from the University of Tasmania.
International Polar Week September 2016. Poster Session during Australian Antarctic Festival APECS Oceania members organised a poster session to showcase the work of local Antarctic scientists. Posters were displayed during an open day at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), in conjunction with the Bottom of the Earth Society (BOTES) and the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC).
• Gabriela Roldan & Sira Elgelbertz presented a poster about APECS Oceania at the 2015 NZARI Conference in Christchurch, New Zealand. The poster detailed the aims of APECS and for the National Committee, the activities that have been organized in the past and the benefits of being an APECS member.
• Hanne Nielsen presented on previous APECS Oceania projects at the APECS Workshop on August 21, prior to the SCAR 2016 Open Science Conference in Kuala Lumpur (20-30 August 2016). The presentation highlighted previous events from the Oceania region, and the opportunities afforded by becoming involved in a local APECS National Committee.
Several APECS Oceania members moved on to new regions and new jobs during the 2015-2016 period. We thank them for their previous work, and look forward to welcoming new volunteers to help with projects such as Antarctica Day and the Polar Weeks (March and September) in the coming year.
APECS Poland Leadership 2015-2016
Maja Lisowska (University of Silesia); Marta Bystrowska (University of Silesia)
APECS Poland Workshop 2016. During the XXXVI Polar Symposium in Lublin, Poland, on 8 June 2016, APECS Poland held a workshop for young researchers dedicated to interdisciplinary cooperation in polar science, entitled: “What really matters is not ‘How to do it?’ but ‘With whom?”, with kind support of the Centre for Polar Studies, University of Silesia; the Polish Polar Consortium; and the Scientific Committee of Antarctic Research (SCAR). After the workshop in Lublin we ran an evaluation survey that allowed us to gather ideas and make some pans for more regular activities (mostly workshops) starting this Autumn.
APECS Portugal Leadership 2015-2016
Sara Aparicio (European Space Agency); Filipa Carvalho (Rutgers University); José Seco (University of St. Andrews / University of Coimbra); José Queirós (MARE Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre).
VI Workshop APECS Portugal. Annual event. The 6th edition of the APECS Portugal Workshop took place on October 28th at the University of Evora. This year’s edition topic was the “GAME OF FUNDINGS: a tale of seek and f(o)und” and it was dedicated exclusively to one of the main tasks scientist face regularly: where to get funding. The morning was dedicated to presenting some international and national (polar) institutions that are currently the main reference for fellowships and grants and understand how they work. The invited speakers in the morning were Teresa Cabrita from PROPOLAR (Portuguese Polar Program) and Huw Griffiths from the British Antarctic Survey. The latter one provided, through a skype call, important insights regarding the importance networking to progressing in one’s career. The afternoon was spent learning about less traditional and conventional methods of fund seeking. Invited speakers were Maria João Leão from Maratona da Saúde and Pedro Pina from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) who talked about the successful growth of fundraising and crowdfunding efforts. Maria Leão talked about how involving the society in science is can help boost fundraising efforts and Pedro Pina showed us how the 3D Antarctica project was so successful. http://www.apecs.is/news/apecs-news/1285-apecs-portugal-workshop-2015.html
International Polar Week Spring 2016: Bi-annual activity. Active participation of APECS Portugal members in Polar Week event launched by APECS international, under the direct coordination of “Educação PROPOLAR” (https://www.facebook.com/educacaopropolar/?fref=ts).
“Ciência às Claras”. Monthly activity. This education and outreach activity takes place every 15th day of each month. On this day, a member of APECS explains in a simplified way an scientific polar-related article, making easily understood by people of all ages and backgrounds. This activity has shown an increasing number of online views (each article is currently viewed by an average of 560 people. The last second article has in fact reached nearly 800 viewers. The articles are placed in our website and spread and shared through Facebook.
Translation of the website. November 2015. Prior to that date, APECS Portugal had only one language – Portuguese. The decision came in order to meet the international character of the Association.
Projects under development:
a. Merchandizing of APECS Portugal. It is still under study the possibility of creating t-shirts with original draws from APECS’ members allusive to polar science. Examples below. This is also a measure of APECS Portugal funding itself whereas for scientists traveling expenses (during Polar Weeks; poster pritings; etc). (Note: it is just one of the examples under study).
b. “Member of the day”/Featured member. Monthly event. Once a month, besides our “Ciência às claras” education and outreach activity, this event is taking also place in order to provide a short new and bio of newcomers and old members of APECS Portugal. This aims at disclosing the faces and science made by all the members, in order to bring everyone closer and more engaged.
Russian Polar Initiative Leadership 2015-2016
Ivan Dubinenkov (NGO Polar Initiative), Nikita Kuprikov (Moscow Aviation Institute / NGO Polar Initiative), Denis Doronin (Arctic Antarctic Research Institute)
Organization of the federal forum "Arctic Days" in Moscow. Organization and moderation of the section for Early Career Scientists (both oral and poster sections). November 2016
Organization of the round table of the "Arctic 2016 conference". Round table on roles and participation of early career scientists in shaping of the Russian Arctic Science
Participation in govermental forum "The Arctic: Present and Future". We suggested our program about the regional educational centers to major Russian polar research institutuions.
Training program for students from MGIMO - Moscow Institute of Foreign Affairs. Analytical reviews on international affairs in the Arctic with focus on Russian Arctic . Interviews with the opinion leaders in Russian Polar Science.
Help in organization of Russian-Japanese forum "perspectives of russian-japanese joint projects in polar research".
APECS Sweden Leadership 2015-2016
Patrícia Pečnerová (Executive Secretary) (Stockholm University); Ylva Sjöberg (Stockholm University); Eric Paglia (KTH); Céline Heuzé (University of Gothenburg); Mats Björkman (University of Gothenburg); Matthias Siewert (Stockholm University); Juri Palmtag (Stockholm University); Christopher Cosgrove (Uppsala University); Magdalena Pfaffl (James Cook University).
Film Screening. After a period of inactivity, APECS Sweden has restarted its operation with a film screening. On March 15, we organized two screenings of a film by a Swedish artist Hanna Ljungh "I am a mountain, to measure impermanence". The first screening took place during the day at the Swedish Museum of Natural History and was accompanied by a poster session, photo slideshow and comics competition. The second screening took place in the evening at Stockholm University and was followed by a discussion with Hanna Ljungh and professor Ninis Rosqvist, as well as a social event with posters and comics.
Logo Contest. In spring, we organized a logo contest. We have received 16 amazing contributions and the steering committee then chose the logo by Denis Migulin from Russia as the best. Denis received a softshell jacket provided by the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat as the prize. The logo is now used for APECS Sweden's branding.
International Polar Week Fall 2016. In September, we are organizing a social and networking event in Gothenburg. Participants can sign up for a talk or poster, with no registration fee and a free coffee break. In the evening, the event will continue with an informal dinner.
APECS Switzerland Leadership 2015-2016
Saskia Gindraux (Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL); Martin Proksch (WSL-Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF).
Early Career Panel at Swiss Geoscience Meeting (November 2015). Early Career Panel and official public APECS Switzerland kick off at the Swiss Geoscience Meeting in Basel, 21.11.2015: Presentation of APECS Switzerland in a talk during the Cryosphere Session, apero and social event with drinks and snacks after the conference with about 50 participants.
APECS Switzerland Excursion (June 2016). Excursion to the high-alpine research station Jungfraujoch, 17.6.2016: Whole day excursion with guided tours through the research station Jungfraujoch, financial support of the train tickets, social event at the end of the day in the train. 20 participants form differnent swiss research institutes.
APECS Turkey Leadership 2015-2016
Burcu Ozsoy (ITU Polar Research Center (ITU PolReC)), Ozgun Oktar (ITU Polar Research Center (ITU PolReC))
One of the significant project conducted by Istanbul Technical University (ITU) Polar Research Center (PolReC), started in 2015, was establishing “Polar Research Clubs” under 26 different middle schools. It is still an ongoing project and each club has about 15 students. In total, 400 middle school students have joined to the clubs. Simultaneously “University Students Polar Team” (PolSTeam) was established under the same university in 2015, provided information and floor for joining different activities with regard to polar research and studies. More than 150 university students joined PolSTeam. Following to the effectuation of these two formations, university students visit middle school clubs and students, convey their knowledge to juniors and respond to their questions.
ITU PolReC, PolSTeam, Istanbul and Marmara Universities jointly gave half a day workshop, in the beginning of May 2016, to more than 150 middle school teachers about Polar climate, Global Change, importance of Sea Ice, Polar Navigation and expedition conducted in 2016.
Turkish Antarctic Research Expedition 2016 (TARE 2016) joint with Ukraine was conducted with participation of 13 Turkish scientists with 13 different research projects from 7 universities plus Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK). One important project related to outreach during the expedition was conducted by researcher on behalf of Scientific Council. Researcher daily conveyed all scientific researches conducted, to senior high school students who were the main target of popular science journal, named as “Science for Young”. Feedbacks to this project proved that the attempt for this project was successful and took extreme interest of the young generation.
During the expedition, ITU PolReC researchers had a live satellite phone connection to one of the middle school polar research club to respond to questions from students.
A blog created for interaction between children and scientist. Questions, posed by students, were replied by scientists and PolSTeam members. The motto "Globe is ours, keeping clean is the duty for all of us "
Popular science online magazine (by The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) published 20 articles to reach young generation with Antarctic Science.
UK Polar Network Leadership 2015-2016
TJ Young (University of Cambridge); Sammie Buzzard (University of Reading); Laura Hobbs (Scottish Association of Marine Sciences); Gunnar Mallon (University of Sheffield); Archana Dayal (University of Sheffield); Kyle Mayers (National Oceanography Centre); Catherine Docherty (University of Birmingham); Jenny Turton (British Antarctic Survey & University of Leeds); Madeleine Brasier (University of Liverpool & the National Oceanographic Centre); Michelle McCrystall (British Antarctic Survey & University of Cambridge); Dwayne Menezes (Human Security Centre); Kassandra Reuss-Schmidt (University of Sheffield); Ruth Vingerhagen (University of St. Andrews); Amber Leeson (University of Lancaster); Scott Davidson (University of Sheffield); Lucy Hyam (Scottish Association of Marine Sciences); Eleanor Darlington (Loughborough University); Jon Hawkings (University of Bristol); Eleanor Jones (University of Sheffield); Julia Feuer-Cotter (University of Nottingham)
“Antarctica Flags” event. 22 schools participated, 150 flags taken to Antartica by 16 deliverers (date was continuous in the Autumn/ Winter of 2015 and location was worldwide)
Leeds Science Festival outreach workshop, 'Pole to Pole: Life at the ends of the Earth', 21/03/16, Leeds UK
UKPN 2 day workshop at UK Antarctic Sciences conference, 04-05/07/16, University of East Anglia UK
Workshop given at the ASE teachers conference, 08/01/16, Birmingham UK
In addition we have been applying for funding for several workshops next year, as well as taking part in a Reddit AMA and providing Skype lessons in collaboration with Digital Explorer.
Online: UK Post-doctoral survey in collaboration with UKAAP to look into working conditions for post doc, continuous, nationwide
US APECS Leadership 2015-2016
Ellyn Enderlin (Co-Chair) (University of Maine); Alex Thornton (Co-Chair) (University of Alaska Fairbanks); Alice Bradley (University of Colorado); Allen Pope (University of Colorado); Lauren Frisch (University of Alaska Fairbanks); Mia Bennett (University of California Los Angeles); Olivia Lee (University of Alaska Fairbanks); Sophia Albov (University of Helsinki); Ariel Morrison (University of Colorado); Jim Crowell (Arizona State University).
AGU Career Development Panel & Pub Meet-up. On Wednesday December 16th, APECS and the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Cryosphere Focus Group held the annual APECS-AGU Cryosphere Career Panel. Five representatives of the polar community participated in the panel, sharing their views on work, school, and polar lifestyles with the ~3-dozen people in attendance. Several of the panelists and approximately half of the panel attendees went out to a local pub afterwards to keep the discussion rolling!
The panelists were selected to represent a broad spectrum of potential career pathways in polar science and outreach, and included Larry Hinzman (Professor; University of Alaska Fairbanks), Vena Chu (postdoctoral; University of California Berkeley), Gifford Wong (Congressional Science Fellow), Kathy Young (field logistics coordinator; Polar Field Services), and Helen Wiggins (Director of Programs; Arctic Research Consortium of the United States). The questions asked to the panelists included:
1) What does your typical day look like?
2) What are some skills that you’ve found are helpful in your job but that you didn’t learn in school?
3) How did you first become interested in polar science and/or outreach?
4) Do you have any tips for navigating the funding environment?
5) As an undergraduate student, how do you build connectors with potential employers and transition into graduate school?
6) Reflecting back, would you do anything differently to manage your career?
7) What would you say to people on the fence about pursuing a polar career?
8) Do you see any new research or job opportunities on the horizon?
9) Is undergraduate research valuable for graduate school?
10) How do you find a non-academic job?
11) Is it better to develop a broad set of skills or really hone-in and refine your specialized skills (i.e., shallow and broad or narrow and deep)?
A full report, including key messages from the panelists, is posted on the USAPECS website.
Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) Arctic Policy Workshop. APECS hosted an Early Career Arctic Policy Workshop on Monday, March 14 during Arctic Science Summit Week in Fairbanks, Alaska. This half-day workshop began with a keynote presentation (‘Perspectives on ocean science, policy and lesson learned Henry Huntington, Research, observations and outreach, or the production of science vs. the consumption of science’)from Bradley Moran, Dean of the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Following, participants heard five short presentations addressing the global effort to use best-available science in the development of Arctic policy from our workshop’s mentors: Carolina Behe (‘Indigenous knowledge and monitoring: Applying a food security lens and co-production of knowledge approach’), Terry Chapin (‘Interdisciplinarity: When, if ever, is the right time to embrace’), Henry Huntington(‘Research, observations and outreach, or the production of science vs. the consumption of science’), Amy Lovecraft (‘Scenarios as social learning: Community-scale anticipation of healthy sustainable communities in Arctic Alaska’), and Peter Winsor (‘Managing science projects across the world with a keen eye to industry and the private sector’). Following the talks, participants broke into smaller, mentor-led groups to discuss strategies for incorporating scientific knowledge into impactful Arctic policy. The workshop had great attendance, with 34 participants from a range of countries and different career stages.
Arctic Observing Open Science Meeting (AOOSM) Social: An informal social was held at Shawn O’Donnell’s Irish Pub in Seattle, Washington, on November 18th at 7pm. There were ~10 early career scientists in attendance from the AOOSM meeting.
International Glaciological Society (IGS) Research-Life Balance Panel: After conducting a survey of preferred topics for future USAPECS panels, co-chair Ellyn Enderlin organized a panel on research-life balance at the IGS symposium on glacier-ocean interactions held in La Jolla, California, from July 11-15. The panel was held during lunch, with both the 4 panelists and the ~30 attendees participating in BYOL (bring your own lunch), on Tuesday July 12th. Panelists were selected to represent a broad spectrum of specializations, career levels, and demographics. Panelists included Doug MacAyeal (Professor; University of Colorado), Fiamma Straneo (Senior Scientist; Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution), Dave Sutherland (Assistant Professor; University of Oregon), and Helene Seroussi (Scientist; NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory). Key takeaways from the event included (1) to focus on quality, not quantity, in both the tasks you take-on and interactions with collaborators and (2) that the key to success lies in doing good science! Detailed and abbreviated summaries of the panel are posted on the USAPECS website.
Webinars: A series of webinars focused on science communication were held from April-June in 2016. Webinar recordings are all archived on the USAPECS website under the webinars tab. The webinars were all well attended and the several of the archived recordings are posted with additional resources to minimize the long-term impact of the webinars on APECS members. Webinar titles include:
• Data Visualization
• Boiling Down Your Message
• Outreach from Afar
• Writing for the Media and the General Public
• Broadening Your Scientific Impact
• Building Bridges and Designing Activities with Teachers
• The Art and Science of Blogging
Polar Film Festival. We organized an international polar film festival during the September 2016 Polar Week. The community was asked to submit their favorite polar films available on a variety of platforms. There were four themes (Frozen Worlds: The Cryosphere, Partly Frozen Mostly Cute: Polar Biology and Ecology, People at the Poles: The Human Dimension, & Climate and Connections) and a theme was selected to focus-on each day. Experts were recruited for each theme and participated in live tweeting during the theme day.