Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

News from a variety of sources related to research in the Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine regions as well as the wider Cryosphere. Many thanks to APECS members and the wider Polar research community for contributing to this shared resources! If you have an article to contribute, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

IARPC Collaborations Webinar Series: Outcomes of Arctic Horizons

IARPC Collaborations Webinar Series: Outcomes of Arctic Horizons
7/17/17, 1:30pm US Eastern Time
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The Arctic Horizons project brought together members of the Arctic social science research and indigenous communities through a series of workshops to reassess the goals, potentials, and needs of these diverse communities and NSF’s Arctic Social Sciences Program within the context of a rapidly changing circumpolar North. The Arctic Horizon’s Program Manager and Principal Investigators will describe the outcomes of the workshop series, including the soon to be released final synthesis report which will describe the community’s vision for the future of Arctic social science research.


  • Dr. Andrey Petrov, University of Northern Iowa
  • Dr. Colleen Strawhacker, National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado
  • Dr. Shelby Anderson, Portland State University
  • Dr. Anna Kerttula de Echave, National Science Foundation

Travel grants to Arctic Circle Assembly and related course for Danish/Greenlandic/Faroese students

Concurrent with the Arctic Circle Conference 2017, University of the Faroe Islands will arrange a course concerning international cooperation, science diplomacy, geopolitics and globalization in the Arctic. In relation to this event it is possible for ten young polar scientists to receive a grant of 10,000 DKK for participation in Arctic Circle Conference.

The grant can be applied for by any master student, PhD student or Post Doc affiliated with a university or a research institute in Denmark, Greenland or the Faroe Islands. The grant can be used for airline tickets to/from Reykjavik, accommodation in Reykjavik, conference fee, catering and relevant transfers from airport to Reykjavik and back during Arctic Circle Conference.

It is mandatory for the recipients of the grants to participate in the course. The course will start in Reykjavik on Thursday 12 October 2017 and will end in Reykjavik on Sunday 15 October 2017. The course is rated for 5 ECTS points at the University of the Faroe Islands.

In 2017, the Kingdom of Denmark will be officially represented at Arctic Circle Conference in Reykjavik, 13-15 October 2017, and several sessions will be led by Danish/Greenland/Faroese representatives. The annual Arctic Circle Assembly is the largest annual international gathering on the Arctic, attended by more than 2,000 participants from 50 countries. The Assembly is held every October at the Harpa Conference Center and Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland. It is attended by heads of states and governments, ministers, members of parliaments, officials, experts, scientists, entrepreneurs, business leaders, indigenous representatives, environmentalists, students, activists and others from the growing international community of partners and participants interested in the future of the Arctic.

An application (max 500 words) plus a short CV, documentation for exams at university level and a recommendation from supervisor/teacher should be send to Chief Consultant Morten Rasch, Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen, Øster Voldgade 10, DK-1350 Copenhagen K, Denmark, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +45 23227109, no later than 25 July 2017.

The evaluation of applications will be carried out by an evaluation panel with representatives from research institutions in Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. It is a priority to secure participation of Danish, Greenlandic and Faroese ‘young scientists’. The results of the evaluation will be informed to all applicants before 15 August 2017.

Additional information about Arctic Circle Conference, the grants and the related course can be received by contacting either Lau Øfjord Blaxekjær (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +298 292599) and/or Morten Rasch (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +45 23227109).

NSF - Call for Panelist: Registration 2018 Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The National Science Foundation (NSF) invites community members to register as potential 2018 Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) panelists.

GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students pursuing research-based masters and doctoral degrees in science or engineering at accredited U.S. institutions. NSF seeks GRFP panels composed of researchers and educators from a wide range of institutions, geographic locations, and disciplinary and interdisciplinary backgrounds.

Serving as a GRFP panelist is an excellent opportunity for community members to apply their research and career expertise to help identify future science and engineering leaders, and to gain valuable perspective to share with faculty and students at their institutions. Panelists will also receive a flat rate payment of $200.00 per day for each full four-hour virtual panel session they attend. However, panelists who are Federal employees, citizens of foreign countries who are not permanent residents, and special visa holders are not entitled to the flat rate payment.

Below are details of the 2018 panels:

- All reviews and panels will be conducted online without travel requirements. There will be no on-site participation for the GRFP panels; the panels are completely virtual.
- In November, panelists must attend an orientation session webinar, selecting one from several available sessions. This is required for both new and returning panelists, as orienting information is subject to change.
- Panelists review graduate school-like applications that include one three-page statement, one two-page statement, transcripts, and three reference letters.
- Each panelist will review approximately 30 assigned applications in early December, over the course of about four weeks.
- Panelists will enter their reviews and ratings online.
- In January 2018, panels will convene online using WebEx for two virtual panel sessions scheduled on two different days (either Monday and Thursday or Tuesday and Friday) to discuss the applicant pool and make selection recommendations to NSF.

To be considered as a 2018 GRFP panelist, please register in the panelist system found at:

If you have not been a GRFP panelist, you may create a new profile by clicking "Create an account." If you have been a GRFP panelist, please log in with your email address and password, and update your profile.

Registering in the panelist system or creating a profile does not commit you to serving as a GRFP panelist. Based on anticipated needs, NSF will send formal invitations to registered panelists starting in late September.

NOTE: If you have a student applying for the 2018 GRFP program or you will write a letter of recommendation for an applicant in a particular field of study, we request that you do not register to be a panelist in that field due to the conflict of interest. Since GRFP applicants are early in their scientific training and are still developing their interests, most panelists are qualified to review in a range of fields.
If you register in a particular field and subsequently learn of a conflict of interest, please inform us so we can remove your name from the list of potential panelists or attempt to place you on a different panel.

NSF invites community members to share this opportunity to review GRFP applications with their colleagues.

For questions, contact the GRFP Operations Center at:
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Phone: 866-673-4737

To register to be a panelist, go to:

For additional panelist information, go to:

Calling all Early Career Researchers and Young Scientists

ICSU World Data SystemThe World Data System (WDS) is a body of the International Council for Science (ICSU) that helps to coordinate and supports research data centres and date services worldwide. Our activities span all disciplines, and are designed to ensure that research data are preserved and openly disseminated to safeguard the integrity of science. WDS is also concerned with the availability to scientists and policymakers of the critical information necessary to manage Earth’s resources wisely.

WDS recognizes the important role of Early Career Researchers in developing and promoting best practice in data management and data sharing through its annual Data Stewardship Award. We have now started to create a WDS Network of Early Career Researchers and Young Scientists (collectively ECRs), and we are looking for enthusiastic and brilliant individuals to take this even further by helping foster better communication among ECRs, and to design activities targeting their interests and concerns.

If you are a data scientist or a scientist who collects and uses large data resources then this Network is specifically for you. Moreover, if you are interested in becoming involved in WDS endeavours and would like to contribute to the development of ‘next-generation’ data practices, then please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more about joining the WDS ECR Network.

Svalbard Science Conference 2017

SvalbardScienceConference2017Svalbard Science Forum and the Research Council of Norway in collaboration with the Norwegian Polar Institute and the Ny-Ålesund Science Managers Committee (NySMAC) invites researchers, research managers and stakeholders to a conference on research in and about Svalbard.

The bi-annual Ny-Ålesund Seminar will be an integrated part of the conference in collaboration with The Norwegian Polar Institute and The Ny-Ålesund Science Managers Committee (NySMAC).

The conference will take place in Oslo, 6-8 November 2017.

It is free to register for the conference and the abstract deadline is 10 August 2017.

Further details, including tentative programme and registration form can be found here.

Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies

PCAS 2017 posterThe Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies (PCAS) is a 14-week, in‐depth, multi‐disciplinary programme of study that critically examines contemporary scientific, environmental, social and political debates focused on Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.

Jointly developed by the University of Canterbury and Antarctica New Zealand, this unique summer programme is the only programme in the world to take students to experience life in the Antarctic – at Scott Base, New Zealand’s station on Ross Island, and at a field campsite on the Ross Ice Shelf. The 10-day visit to Antarctica is supported by Antarctica New Zealand, and participants undertake a mix of analytical and interpretive field projects and environmental monitoring projects in the vicinity of Scott Base.

The programme provides a unique Antarctic experience that is valuable for:

  • Future Antarctic researchers;
  • Employees and managers within National Antarctic Programmes;
  • Employees within government agencies involved in Antarctic policy or environmental management;
  • School teachers and university lecturers; and
  • Antarctic enthusiasts.

The programme can be used as part of a Master’s Degree. While the University of Canterbury does not offer scholarships for PCAS, financial support may be available for participants from National Antarctic Programmes and through external funding bodies.

Please note that applications for PCAS close on 1 August 2017.

For further details, please visit the PCAS website.

Free Polar HPC Training/Tutorial (and hackathon)

The Polar HPDC Research Coordination Network ( is offering a free computing skills training.

When: The mornings (approximately 4 hours each day) of August 1-4, 2017
Where: IACS, Stony Brook University
What: Software Carpentry modules on computing fundamentals, as well as content on high performance computing (HPC) and reproducibility.
Cost: The training is free, but participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses.

To participate: Please fill out this application form by June 30th.

The Polar-HPDC RCN

P.S. Please share!

P.P.S. Polar-HPDC RCN is still open to one or two more proposed teams for the Hackathon portion of this event which will take place each afternoon after the training. Please see a flyer for details of the event and how to apply. Click here to access the application template to submit ASAP. Funding is available for Hackathon participants.

Future Earth offers travel support for early career professionals

Diverse early career professionals in global sustainability, including researchers and leaders in policy, business, civil society and more, can apply for travel grants from Future Earth on a rolling basis.

Future Earth will offer a series of grants to early career professionals to support their travel to sustainability events around the world. The grants are open to early career researchers working in fields relevant to sustainability and to practitioners in policy, business, civil society and more. Interested professionals can apply on a rolling basis throughout the year.

The travel grants will support up to 20 early career professionals each year and provide as much as 1500 Euros in assistance. Professionals can use this support to attend Future Earth events or to serve as ambassadors for the Future Earth mission at other international conferences, workshops and symposia.

For more details about how you can apply for travel support and who is eligible see the official grant description.

For questions about these opportunities, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., capacity building and research enabling officer for Future Earth.

Future Earth is dedicated to supporting early career professionals to become leaders in global sustainability. We work with motivated individuals in and out of research to strengthen their skills in conducting inter- and transdisciplinary research and to build solutions for the challenges facing the world today. As part of these efforts, we partner closely with the Early Career Researchers Network of Networks.

You can learn more about our support for early career professionals here.

2017 Catalyzing New Research Partnerships (Cat-NRP) Program

As part of its efforts to promote and support international collaboration in science and technology, CRDF Global is pleased to announce the 2017 Catalyzing New Research Partnerships Program (Cat-NRP). Through this program, CRDF Global aims to catalyze new international research collaborations designed to open up new scientific directions for U.S. early career scientists, their South/Southeast Asian, Latin American West/Sub-Saharan African counterparts, and the broader international science community.

This solicitation will support travel grants of up to $10,000 for U.S. early-career scientists residing and working in the United States, so that they may travel to one of the aforementioned regions to undertake a new collaboration with a non-U.S. colleague. During visits to their colleague’s institution, CRDF Global expects selected applicants to participate in specific activities including data gathering, preliminary fieldwork, and research planning that will lay the foundation for a new international research partnership.

The scope of the research project that will be eventually undertaken should be in the area of the natural sciences or engineering and must be directly related to one of the following NSF directorates:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Computer and Information Science and Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Geosciences
  • Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Refer to the Request for Proposals (RFP) below for full program guidelines.

To Apply, please submit the required application materials through the electronic proposal submission system:

Call for Papers: Polar Record Special Issue: Education, Outreach, and Engagement

Editors announce a call for papers for a special issue of Polar Record.
This special issue of Polar Record will be dedicated to education, outreach, and engagement related to polar research and will help to draw scholarly attention to this aspect of polar research.

Submission deadline: 31 January 2018.

The special issue will be published in conjunction with the tenth anniversary of the International Polar Year 2007-2008. That International Polar Year led to an upwelling of education, outreach and communication (EOC) initiatives across the polar research community. At the 2016 Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) conference in Kuala Lumpur, the Humanities and Social Science Expert Group identified science communication as a research priority.

Submissions of original research articles of 9,000-12,000 words in length, Research Notes (peer reviewed short articles up to 3,000 words), and Commentaries (focused, view-point coverage of topics relevant to this special issue topic) are invited. Contact the editors if submitting Research Notes or Commentaries prior to submission.

All papers will be subject to the journal's peer-review process and submission does not guarantee acceptance. Accepted papers will be published in FirstView within a month after acceptance with the full special issue due for publication in January 2019.

Papers must be submitted through the journal's online submission center.
Choose the special issue "10 years of Polar Education, Outreach, and Communication initiatives" from the dropdown list in the "special issue question."

To view the full call for papers, go to:

To submit a paper, go to:

For questions and to discuss the submission of Research Notes or Commentaries, contact the co-editors at:

Rebecca Priestley
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Rhian Salmon
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Call for Papers: Ocean Mapping

The Journal of Ocean Technology (JOT) production team invites the submission of technical papers that describe cutting edge research related to Ocean Mapping for its winter 2017 issue. Papers should present the results of new (i.e., not previously published) research in ocean technology, science or engineering, and be no more than 7,500 words in length. Student papers are welcome.

See the PDF for further details.

Deadline: August 25, 2017.

Feel free to distribute this invitation to your professional networks or any group you think might be interested.

New Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for the NSF Antarctic Research Program Solicitation

The National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs has issued a new FAQ to address specific questions regarding proposal submittals to its Antarctic Research program solicitation.

The FAQ, "Compliance Issues to Avoid When Submitting Proposals to the NSF Antarctic Research Program Solicitation (NSF 17-543)", can be found at

The Antarctic Research program solicitation (NSF 17-543), describes all requirements for submitting a proposal and can be found in HTML and PDF formats at

The deadline for full proposals is 5:00 PM, at the submitter's local time, on May 23, 2017.

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