APECS Brazil Leadership (Associação de Pesquisadores educadores em Início de Carreira sobre o Mar e os Polos): Erli Schneider Costa (President) - Universidade Estadual do Rio Grande do Sul; Roberta da Cruz Piuco (Vice President) - Colégio La Salle Esteio; Elaine Alves dos Santos (Secretary-general) - Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro; Claudineia Lizieri (Secretary-treasurer) - TERRANTAR-UFV; Juliana Assunção Ivar do Sul (1ª Scientific coordinator) - APECS-Brasil; Fernanda Quaglio (2ª Scientific Coordinator) - Universidade Estadual Paulista; Sandra Freiberger Affonso (1ª Communication and Education Coordinator) - APECS-Brasil; Francyne Elias Piera (2ª Communication and Education Coordinator) - Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
III APECS Brazil Symposium: Integrating the Scientific Community from Pole to Pole. Researchers from Brazil, the United States, Spain, Portugal, Chile, Argentina and England, gave twenty talks (five broadcasted live on the internet), short courses and presented posters. One of the innovations of the III APECS Brazil Symposium was to promote the participation of educators from all over Brazil as guests of the event. The teachers were able to attend the event as participants and learn more about Brazilian polar science.
XII International Polar Week and II Workshop on Career Development in Southern Brazil. More than a dozen researchers from Brazil and Portugal developed activities with more than 700 elementary and high school students, watched by 40 thousand students from more than 30 schools in Brazil and abroad.
Project Glances over a Frozen Continent. Glances over a Frozen Continent was an exhibition composed of 25 photos from Brazilian ECS and other 10 from portuguese ECS (from APECS Portugal). As a result, APECS Brazil produced the Catalogue of the Exhibition Glances over a Frozen Continent, which is being distributed to public schools throughout Brazil.
Researcher-Educator and Educator-Researcher Training Program (PEEP Project). The main objective of this long-term project, launched by APECS Brazil in 2013, is to integrate researchers and educators by organizing training workshops in scientific research and outreach activities. This initiative will encourage formation of the future leader generation in science and education in Brazil. Initially, PEEP project started by investigating, with a questionnaire, how well educators, researchers and students knew the poles. The analysis of the questionnaire responses was the basis for the definition of working groups that developed activities promoting the discovery of the poles to implement in the classroom.
APECS Bulgaria Board: Iglika Trifonova (Chair) – Bulgarian Antarctic Institute / Sofia University; Asparuh Kamburov (Vice-Chair) – University of Mining and Geology “St. Ivan Rilski”; Denitsa Apostolova (Board Member) – Sofia University
International Antarctica Day. Events included a seminar and photo-exhibition at the Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", talks by early-career scientists, a presentation of educational activities of APECS Bulgaria and an interview with Zlatil Vergilov - one of the first Bulgarian geologists and artists in Antarctica. On the occasion of the centenary of the legendary British Transantarctic expedition of Sir Ernest Shackleton Dr. Asparuh Kamburov and the poet Kaloyan Pramatarov made an audio visual performance for blind and visually impaired people fond of polar regions. Bulgarian children drew designs of Antarctic flag which were exhibited in front of the Bulgarian Antarctic Base on Livingston Island, South Shetlands.
Spring Polar week. More than ten lectures were held in two schools in the cities of Sofia, Kurdjali and Veliko Turnovo.
National Geographic Channel Competition for a Bulgarian young explorer. The APECS Bulgaria Vice-president Asparuh Kamburov won the hard competition of National Geographic Channel for a Bulgarian young explorer.
Sofia Science Festival. The annual four-day Sofia Science Festival organized by the British Council takes place in May. APECS Bulgaria teamed up 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.
First APECS World Summit "The Future of Polar Research". Bulgaria invited and was proud to be the host of the First APECS World Summit "The Future of Polar Research" in Sofia. The summit coincided with the Annual Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting which was held in Sofia, 1-10 June 2015.
Fall Polar week. APECS Bulgaria participated in the European Researcher’s Night in Sofia and “Family Saturday” – a common event with the National Polytechnic Museum dedicated to the Polar regions of the planet. The program includes lectures, demonstrations and scientific experiments for children aged 7-15 years. An article about Third Pole developed by Asparuh Kamburov became a main topic in the September issue of “BBC Knowledge”. Several issues of the magazine were given as a prize to the children during the two polar events.
Read their full report here.
APECS Canada Board Members: Ann Balasubramaniam, Leah Beveridge, Alexandre Bevington, Kristina Brown, Louise Chavarie, Selena Raven Cordeau, Mark Edwards, Jenna Gall, Nikolaus Gantner, Laurent Gosselin, Meagan Grabowski, Lorelei Guery, Karen Hall, Adam Houben, Gabriela Ibarguchi, Kimberley Keats, Jennie Knopp, Daniel Lamhonwah, Rebecca Means, Marney Paradis, Kristen Peck, Daniel Pomerants, Jennifer Provencher, Breanne Reinfort, Vicki Sahanatien, Heidi Swanson, Laura Thomas, Jana Tondu, Niki Trudeau.
Networking event at Paddy Bolands as part of the ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting. In December 2014, APECS Canada worked with the ArcticNet Student Association (ASA), Permafrost Youth Research Network (PYRN) and APECS to throw this mixer/networking event. Attendance was estimated to be over 250 people. Additionally, during the conference the ASA and APECS Canada continued the APECS Canada/ASA Mentor Award. This year during a moving ceremony the award was given posthumously to Dr. Éric Dewailly, a professor at Laval University who was tragically killed in 2014. Dr. Éric Dewailly was a key mentor and contributor to polar research over several decades.
CAFF Meeting. In February 2015, Meagan Grabowski of APECS Canada attended the CAFF Meeting in Whitehorse, Yukon on behalf of APECS and contributed to a recommendation that early career scientists be engaged in the activities of CAFF in the Actions for Arctic Biodiversity.
Polar Week Tweet Storm. In March 2015, APECS Canada members participated in the APECS Polar Week Tweet Storm using @ehpecs and #PolarWeek to share photos, facts, and fun about polar science. Classroom science outreach presentations were also given in several communities including Destruction Bay, Yukon, Canada, and a presentation in collaboration with UKPN in London, England.
Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) management committee: In May 2015, Jennifer Provencher attended the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) management committee meeting as the representative for APECS. Also in May, in preparation for attending the APECS World Summit, APECS Canada initiated a member survey to understand APECS Canada Member needs. The results were reported, in brief, at the APECS World Summit and a report is being drafted for distribution to the Board.
APECS Finland Leadership: Sanna Majaneva (University of Helsinki, Finland), Daniel Kramer (Finnish Meteorological Institute)
APECS Finland organized a workshop on “Fieldwork and expeditions” in Helsinki in February 2015. It also contributed to the Summer School of the 16th International Congress on Circumpolar Health: Focus on Future Health and Wellbeing, held in June 6 - June 8, 2015 at Oulu, Finland
Read their full report here.
APECS France Executive Committee: Pascaline Bourgain (freelance, AVUNGA company), Anne-Mathilde Thierry (Norwegian Institute for Nature research and Université du Québec à Rimouski), Céline Clément-Chastel (freelance), Gaëlle Lamarque (University of St Etienne)
The French Polar Week. As for the International Polar Week, schools can attend webinars, interact with researchers all week long through emails, and participate to an educational and artistic activity. More than 3600 children participated.
Antarctica Day. In collaboration with the foundation "Our Spaces", French school children are encouraged to imagine a flag for Antarctica. The drawings are then sent to the French overwintering base Dumont d'Urville, and pictures are taken in front of the station and sent to the schools together with a certificate.
"Zoé en Expé” Project. Expedition follow-up: New education and outreach project called "Zoé en Expé". Using different media about 800 children, aged 6 to 12, and from 40 schools, were actively involved in the project.
Icebreaker event for the ISTAS workshop. In November 2014, APECS France organized icebreaker event for the ISTAS workshop in Brest (France). Les Savanturiers des Glaces. In collaboration with Wild Touch and the "Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires" (CRI), 11 young polar researchers have been helping 11 classes to set up a research project about polar regions, and to present it in a congress in Paris like researchers do.
May 2015: Presentation of APECS-France to the scientific council of Chantier Arctique
Read their full report here.
Indian Polar Research Network Leadership: Archana Dayal (Vice-President: Research Education and Outreach); Anant Pande (Vice-President: Membership Affiliations and Finance); Abhinav Srivastava (Vice-President: Social Outreach and Website)
IPRN Cool Clicks Photography Contest was held online in December 2014 to mark the historic achievement of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and his team to reach South Pole on 14th of December in 1911. 52 entries were received from across the country and the winners were awarded an online IPRN certificate. The winning photos were displayed on our website and facebook pages.
4th Bharatiya Vigyan Sammelan IPRN presented a poster at this event in Goa in February 2015.
Polar Bytes. In July IPRN launched its very first quarterly newsletter.
XII International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences. IPRN presented a poster at this event in Goa in July 2015.
Read their full report here.
APECS Italy National Committee: Matteo Cattadori (Museo di Scienze Naturali di Trento), Maddalena Maccario (Università di Camerino), Giuseppe Aulicino (Università di Napoli)
PEI (Polar Educators International) meeting. This meeting was attended by Matteo Cattadori and the meeting in 2017 will be held in Italy.
Participation in the Milano Expo, May 2015.
4th Polar Summer School for science teachers (SPES). Including organizers and teachers from APECS Italy. Several seminars and hands-on-laboratory including “The Cryosphere goes to school”, “Oxygen, foraminifera and climate: an unexpected connection”. University of Camerino, July 2015.
Workshop for teachers on inquiry based science education. Included organizers and teachers from APECS Italy. Museum of Sciences of Trento, August 2015
Progetto Reset: una scuola alle Svalbard (ongoing)
APECS Japan Leadership: Shunsuke Tei (National Institute of Polar Research); Kazuki Nakata (The Institute of Low Temperature Science, Hokkaido Univ.); Ryo Shingubara (Graduate School of Environmental Science, Hokkaido Univ.); Shinya Takano (Graduate School of Environmental Science, Hokkaido Univ.); Tomoki Morozumi (Graduate School of Environmental Science, Hokkaido Univ.)
Sixth APECS Japan Meeting during ASSW 2015 in Toyama. APECS-Japan consists of 21 graduate students and postdocs from three organizations, with varying previous APECS experience and scientific field (Sea ice physics, Ice sheet, Ocean dynamics, Microbial oceanography, Marine ecology, Biogeochemistry, Hydrology, etc.). APECS-Japan is now on the way of establishment. We therefore plan to have another local meeting soon for discussing further activities and selection of a chair and establishment of the board.
APECS Netherlands Leadership: Frigga Kruse (Arctic Centre, University of Groningen), Sarah Dresscher (Arctic Centre, University of Groningen)
APECS Netherlands Symposium 2014. APECS Netherlands organized a symposium at the Arctic Centre in Groningen (Netherlands) on 4 November 2014. They are planning another symposium for fall 2015.
APECS Oceania Leadership: Dr Meagan Dewar (Aust) (Deakin University), Dr Sira Engelbertz (NZ) (no affiliation currently), Julie Janssens (Aust) (University of Tasmania/IMAS), Dr Lorna Little (NZ) (no affiliation currently), Hanne Nielsen (University of Tasmania/IMAS), Holly Winton (Aust) (Curtin University)
APECS Oceania contributed to the 2015 NZ Antarctic Science Conference with a conference poster and convened a mentor panel discussion on Webcasting and Remote Conferencing.
APECS Portugal Leadership: José Seco (University of Aveiro, Portugal / University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK); Sílvia Lourenço (IPMA, Portugal); Patricia Azinhaga (University of Coimbra, Portugal / University of Lisbon); Sara Aparício (DCEA FCT-UNL, Portugal); Alexandre Nieuwendam (DCEA FCT-UNL, Portugal), Ana Salomé (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal), Hugo Oliveira, Sara Pedro (University of Connecticut, CT, USA), Maria Monteiro (University of Porto, Portugal), Eduardo Amaro (University of Lisbon, Portugal), Ana Padeiro (University of Lisbon, Portugal), José Queirós (University of Aveiro, Portugal)
6th Portuguese Polar Science Conference. During this conference in October 2014 APECS Portugal organized its 5th Edition Workshop of Career Development in Porto (Portugal) with the theme "APECS Portugal: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow".
Polar Weeks: APECS Portugal takes a very important role in the Portuguese Polar weeks, being an active partner with Polar Educators International and Portuguese Polar Program (PROPOLAR). During the two polar weeks (2 to 9 of October 2014 and 1 to 7 March 2015) we reached more than 23 000 students from all ages with the participation of more than 38 scientists and 607 teachers and educators from Portugal, Angola, Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, France, Holland, Norway and United Kingdom. The activities held during the polar weeks were mainly talks in schools and Universities.
Since its foundation in 2013 APECS Romania has performed an annual meeting in January 2014 in Bucharest – Faculty of Geography, and in September 2015 will be it Cluj Napoca. Corina Itcus member APECS Romania, participated to the ROICE 2015 expedition in Antarctic King Sejong Antarctic Station (King George Island in western Antarctica) in collaboration with the Korean Institute for Polar Research.
Russian Polar Initiative Leadership: Nikita Kuprikov (Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI), head of the national committee), Yulia Zaika (APECS ExCom ex-officio, active member), Alexey Pavlov (Norwegian Polar Institute, active member), Ivan Dubinenkov (APECS ExCom, active member).
APECS Russia community was formed in 2009 and is led by young and enthusiastic group of polar researchers from different parts of Russia: from Saint-Petersburg and Moscow to Murmansk and Vladivostok in strong cooperation with active members who study and work abroad, and who help and significantly contribute to the activities of the National Committee providing the direct link to the international community of young polar researchers.
In March 2015 APECS Russia was renewed and reorganized in form of NGO and named as Russian NGO "Polar Initiative" (Russian Polar Initiative). Russian Polar Initiative aims in bringing together undergraduate and graduate students, early career professionals, mentors, and senior researchers interested and working in polar regions. Russian Polar Initiative stimulates the dialogue among early career polar professionals to identify the most relevant and urgent information, skills and knowledge.
Currently there are more than 200 members within the Russian Polar Initiative - Russian National Committee of APECS. Members of the Russian Polar Initiative community actively contribute to the international office of the APECS where they served and currently serve as Council and Executive Committee members, have participated in the running of the international directorate of APECS. Members and representatives of Russian Polar Initiative community are attending large polar-oriented conferences, participate in international organizations and boards.
In March 2015 as part of the workshop for early career polar scientists, the Russian Polar Initiative discussed and prepared the Letter of Agreement with the APECS International, which was signed during the first APECS World Summit in Sofia, Bulgaria.</>
Members of Russian Polar Initiative community actively work on partnerships with other national committees, with national and international polar-oriented organizations and boards (e.g. INTERACT, IASC, PYRN, EGEA etc.). Members of Russian Polar Initiative regularly represent APECS on international and national conferences, workshops, roundtables and summits.
Our Priorities and Aims:
- to unite early career polar researchers from Russia
- to foster integration of Russian polar community into the international society of polar researchers
- to provide information on career opportunities and perspectives for early career scientists
- to establish a dialogue between the young and senior researchers
Our past, ongoing and planned Russian Polar Initiative programs include:
Online Presence and Outreach Projects:
- We actively maintain our social media presence with the account name @RussianPolar: in VK (213 followers), Facebook (142 followers), Twitter (213 followers) and have recently launched an instagram account.
- Currently the web-site (polarinitiative.ru) is under development, which will serve as a platform for interaction and as an information source for Russian early career polar researchers
- "Popular Science: Arctic, Antarctica, Climate" (@pop_nauka), the outreach resource which aiming at communication and popularization of polar research to the general public has been maintained as one of the outreach projects of Russian Polar Initiative.
Networking projects and opportunities:
- Self-organized workshops and seminars.
- Presence on national and international polar-related conferences
- National Committee representatives in national and international organizations and boards
- Teleconferences and webinars for young polar scientists
Arctic Days. Arctic Days is a federal Arctic forum on variety of topics and was held in Moscow. Problems and perspectives of young polar researchers and specialists were addressed during a special section of the forum. Vice-president of APECS, Ivan Dubinenkov gave a presentation where he highlighted the major activities and projects of APECS International and the Russian national committee of APECS. As a result, APECS received attention in media and on federal TV channels.
Round table for early career polar researchers in Lomonosov Moscow State University: This event brought together members and mentors of APECS in Russia, representatives of partner organizations (IASC, EGEA, INTERACT, PYRN), students, early career and senior researchers interested and working in polar regions. The APECS Russian committee changed its name to "Russian Polar Initiative". The newly established organization was recognized as the APECS national committee in Russia with new open opportunities to operate as officially registered non-profit organization.
Maintenance of the successful educational and outreach project - "Arctic, Antarctic and Climate". This project was established and maintained by Alexey Pavlov and shows interesting issues and topics of the polar research, demonstrates life and challenges of polar researchers in the expeditions.
Summer 2015: a series of the interviews with early-career polar researchers was organized. The major aim of this initiative was to illustrate the needs and advantages of polar researchers, to attract the attention of media and government to early career scientists, to interest scholars and students in polar-related activities. These interviews will be published starting from fall 2015.
APECS Switzerland leadership: Saskia Gindraux (WSL/ETH); Martin Proksch (WSL Institute for Snow and Analanche Research SLF)
The APECS Swiss National Committee started in the beginning of the year 2015. A website and a facebook page have been created.
IUGG conference. APECS Switzerland organized a panel discussion and social event at the that took place on the 27th of June 2015.
APECS Turkey Leadership: Dr. Burcu Ozsoy Cicek (Head, Istanbul Technical University, Maritime Faculty), Dr. Noyan Yılmaz (Vice-head, Istanbul University, Institute of Marine Biology and Management)
APECS Turkey, PolReC (ITU Polar Research Center), and PolSTeam (Turkish Students Polar Research Team) collaborated and prepared joint-survey questions about Polar Regions. APECS Turkey started collaboration with 14 schools in Turkey in 2014-2015. These schools will have polar clubs and will have activities with APECS Turkey members through the academic year in 2015-2016.
UKPN Leadership: TJ Young (President, Scott Polar Research Institute), Laura Hobbs (Vice President, Scottish Association for Marine Science), Sammie Buzzard (Treasurer, University of Reading), Katrin Schmidt (Secretary, University of East Anglia), Maddie Brasier (Education and Outreach, University of Liverpool), Millie Watts (Webmaster/Social Media, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton), Amy Jowett (UK Arctic Sciences Rep, University of Sheffield), Jon Hawkings (UK Antarctic Sciences Rep, University of Bristol), Ella Darlington (Member, Loughborough University), Jenny Turton (Member, British Antarctic Survey), Jonny Day (Member, University of Reading)
Sea Ice, Shackleton and Science. This was a series of three workshops each lasting a weekend and hosted at three science centres around the UK: the Dundee Science Centre (27-29 September 2014), Birmingham Thinktank Science Centre (24-26 April 2015) and the At-Bristol Science Centre (30 May – 1 June 2015). We were funded by the Foreign Commonwealth Office, and worked in partnership with the International Polar Foundation. Each workshop allowed members of the UKPN to attend and volunteer in science communication, and were free to the public.
UK Arctic Sciences conference. The UKPN organized a mentor panel on postdoctoral opportunities and a workshop on “Engaged Research” which had the aim of linking social and physical early career scientists together.
UKPN have also been working extensively on developing the social science side of the UK Polar Network, by including a social science representative (Julia Feuer-Cotter, Nottingham University) to the committee.
UKPN are also working to integrate some new ideas into our website, such as a blog page, which we will encourage UK Polar Network members to contribute to with their own blogs to provide a “working in the Polar Regions” resource.
US APECS Board Members: Alice Bradley (University of Colorado Boulder, Co-Chair); Ellyn Enderlin (University of Maine, Co-Chair); Allen Pope (NSIDC/University of Washington); Olivia Lee (University of Alaska Fairbanks); Jeff Bowman (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory); Emily Voytek (Colorado School of Mines); Lauren Frisch; Alex Thornton (University of Alaska Fairbanks); Adam Naito; Mia Bennett (UCLA); Shelly Knuth (University of Colorado); Chelsea Thompson (NOAA); Gifford Wong
USAPECS was founded in December 2014 at the AGU fall meeting. At this meeting, regional committees joined forces to form the US National Committee. Much of the last seven months have been spent organizing the USAPECS leadership (first formal board meeting occurred in late-January, 2015), drafting organizing documents, and formalizing the relationship with APECS.
In addition to organizational efforts, we have coordinated two sets of webinars, one on field safety and one on ice core research in the US. Expanding our outreach efforts will be a project for the next board term: so far, we have only run online events (Reddit IAMA, mildly successful Twitter Q&A).