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.

Invitation to Arctic Climate Policy Seminar at AMAP Conference on Monday, April 24

On behalf of Arctic 21, ICCI is organizing a "policy preview" afternoon seminar on April 24 at the Arctic Council/AMAP conference venue in Reston (current agenda attached). The seminar will feature participation of many of the lead authors from AMAP's "SWIPA" (Snow, Water, Ice and Permafrost in the Arctic) update report that will be officially released the next day; and is organized primarily for Washington policy makers who might not have the chance to attend the entire conference. It will include a panel discussion of the implications of these findings for the Arctic Council Ministerial meeting to be held in Fairbanks on May 11; for Arctic security issues; as well as for the future of the Paris Agreement and the 2018 Stocktaking Exercise.

More info can be found in the workshop program

East Antarctica Windsled Circunnavigation 2018-19 open

Windsled is a zero emissions mobile plattform, an specially designed sled inspired in the inuit sled, moved by giant kites, and able to transport up to 6 passengers and up to 2000 kg of cargo.

A radically new concept created first time in 2000 by Spanish team, and developed through 8 succesfull traverses, and more than 20000km covered, 6 in Greenland, and 2 in Antarctica, In 2005-6. A 4000km traverse Novo-SPI-Vostok-Progress station., And in 2011-12, a 3500 km traverse Novo-SP-Patriot Hills.

Proposed Antarctica Windsled Circunnavigation 2018-19, (AWC-18-19). Expedition want to prove the capability of this plattform for developing scientific research in the high Antarctic plateau in a complementary way to existing plattforms but totally clean, cheap, safe and logistically very simple.

See full Project in enclosed document: AWC-18-19 CRYOLIST.

In resume the Project will be composed of 2 diferent traverses,

A- A light and eficient 7500 km traverse around east antárctica, Novo-SP-Dome C-Dome A-Dome Fuji-Novo. Where only light and simple projects of data gathering can fit.

B- A heavier traverse from South Pole to Vostok and Concordia where 1 or 2 scientist can join the sled and have heavier equipment up to 200 kg.

Researchers or Projects interested in participating into the Windsled Expeditions are welcome to contact and make an aplication to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. you can see more general information about windsled in

Aplicants can send a proposal with a máximum 2 page resume of aplicant CV, institutions involved as well as the Project proposed before May 30th 2017.

Acceptance of projects will take place before July 30, 2017.

Polar Networking Opportunity Available at SciPy2017

The Polar Research Coordination Network is seeking survey input from members of the polar researcher community who plan to attend the Scientific Computing with Python conference (SciPy2017) 10-16 July 2017 in Austin, Texas.

The Coordination Network aims to connect the Polar Science, Data, and High-Performance and Distributed Computing (HPDC) communities to extend computing methods and cyberinfrastructure products further into the polar sciences.

To participate in the survey, go to:

The annual SciPy Conference brings together participants from industry, academia, and government to showcase their latest projects, learn from skilled users and developers, and collaborate on code development. The full program will consist of tutorials, talks, and developer sprints.

For more information about SciPy2017, go to:

For more information about the Polar Research Coordination Network, go to:

For questions, contact:
Allen Pope
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Free online course about Antarctic geology and history starts 15 April

unnamed.jpegVictoria University of Wellington’s debut MOOC, Antarctica: From Geology to Human History, launches the 15th of April on the edX open education platform.

This virtual field trip to Antarctica is a free, five week course that will let you learn about and explore more than 500 million years of geological history and 250 years of geographical discovery and scientific endeavour on the coldest, driest, windiest continent on Earth.                                   

                                                          Sign up for Antarctica: From Geology to Human History now!

With support from Antarctica New Zealand, Dr Rebecca Priestley and Dr Cliff Atkins visited Antarctica in 2014 to film lectures on location on Ross Island, in the McMurdo Dry Valleys and the Transantarctic Mountains.

Rebecca Priestley, a science historian and writer, visits historically important places and talks to some of the people who are part of shaping today's Antarctica. Cliff Atkins, an Antarctic veteran with 12 seasons on the ice, introduces some of the planet’s most remarkable landscapes and the stories they tell about the past and future of the world's climate.

The course is available through the edX platform—a non-profit, open education platform founded by Harvard and MIT. Enrolments are open now. Sign up and we will see you in Antarctica on April the 15th!

Learn more about this course.

AGU Call for Nominations: Nye Lecturer and Cryosphere Early Career Award

Call for Nominations: Nye Lecturer and Cryosphere Early Career Award
American Geophysical Union, Cryosphere Focus Group Executive Committee

Nomination deadline: 15 April 2017

For instructions about nominations for the Nye Lecturer, go to:

For instructions about nominations for the Cryosphere Early Career Award, go to:

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) Cryosphere Focus Group Executive Committee announces a call for nominations for the Nye Lecturer and the 2017 Cryosphere Early Career Award.

The Nye Lecturer is selected based on highlighting and recognizing an outstanding cryospheric scientist and her/his recent accomplishments as well as the individual's ability to present exciting science to the non-cryosphere community of AGU scientists. To qualify for the Nye Lecturer, nominees must be an active AGU member.

Formerly known as the Cryosphere Young Investigator Award, the Cryosphere Early Career Award is given annually to one honoree in recognition of significant early career contributions to cryospheric science and technology.

To qualify for the Cryosphere Early Career Award, nominees must be within ten years of receiving their degree, have an active AGU membership, and have their primary affiliation with the Cryosphere focus group.

For more information about award qualifications and nominating instructions for the Cryosphere Early Career Award, go to:

For more information about award qualifications and nominating instructions for the Nye Lecturer, go to:

Attention R Users: A new package with Antarctic place names is now available for use!

README leafletThe SCAR Composite Gazetteer of Antarctica (CGA) is the authoritative source for Antarctic place names. It was begun in 1992 and consists of approximately 37,000 names corresponding to 19,000 distinct features. These place names have been submitted by the national names committees from 22 countries. Since 2008, Italy and Australia have jointly managed the CGA, the former taking care of the editing, the latter maintaining the database and website. The SCAR Standing Committee on Antarctic Geographic Information (SCAGI) coordinates the project.

Recently, the SCAR Expert Group on Antarctic Biodiversity Informatics and SCAGI have produced an R package around the CGA. This R package (called "antanym") is intended to provide R users with easy access to CGA data, as well as functionality for filtering, searching, and using place names in the R software environment.

The package can be found here, along with installation instructions and examples of its use. Currently the package only exposes data from the CGA but may be expanded at a later date to other place name sources, such as subantarctic gazetteers. For more information about the CGA, see the overview page on the SCAR website or the CGA home page.

Some GIS packages (e.g. QGIS and ArcGIS) are capable of running R scripts, and so the antanym package might also be of interest to GIS users. QGIS users can alternatively access the CGA through Quantarctica, which also provides some of the same functionality for searching and filtering place names.

The #GreatAntarcticClimateHack Seeks Participants

Screen Shot 2016 09 16 at 10.57.28 AM#GreatAntarcticClimateHack will be held October 9-12 2017, at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography Forum, La Jolla, CA. Our first-ever Climate Hack will focus on bringing Antarctic and Southern Ocean observations to bear on evaluating the latest generation of climate and earth system models, producing new climate model metrics for the 21st century.

#GreatAntarcticClimateHack is a workshop to train non-modeling experts to use observational datasets to interrogate CMIP model results, thereby creating new model metrics and validation tools. The aim of the workshop is to facilitate preparation for the next IPCC report for a much broader science community, increase non-traditional climate modeling publications, and learn to apply/utilize data sets that help develop model validation skills. This first workshop will accommodate 50 participants on site, and 50 participants to join remotely online. To learn more or apply to attend, please visit

RIAC Webcast Expert Discussion on the Arctic: 21 March 2017

On March 21, Russian International Affairs Council will host an expert discussion titled “Science Diplomacy: US-Russia Cooperation in the Arctic”.
The meeting will be broadcasted online at 12:00

Paul Berkman, Coordinator, Arctic Options and Pan-Arctic Options; Professor of Practice in Science Diplomacy, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; Director, US-Russia Relations Project, Carnegie Corporation, will deliver the key speech at the event.
Leading Russian experts on international cooperation in the Arctic will take part in the discussion.


Discussion Points:

● The Arctic on the international agenda: geopolitical interests, sustainable development and ever-increasing research
● Russia–US cooperation in the Arctic against the background of Russia–West crisis
● Promoting connections between science, diplomacy and technology on the path to good governance and informed decision-making
● Science diplomacy as a way to reduce tension and build common Russia-US interests
● Interaction between scholars on the Polar issues: prospects for joint Russia-US research and multilateral formats


Working Language: English

The meeting will be broadcasted online at RIAC’s website.
You may send your question to the key speaker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or RIAC’s Facebook page and we will be glad to voice it.


Russian International Affairs Council

Joint UK- Russian Workshop "Climate Change Impacts on Surface Water and Groundwater Hydrology in Cold Regions"

Fully funded places for early career researchers based in UK and Russia (travel, accommodation and meals) are available on competitive basis.

The Workshop will address the following research topics:

• Observational evidence of change in coupled snow-frozen ground-hydrology-ecology system
• Present state and future projections of local, regional and pan-Arctic and Antarctic hydrology
• Modelling studies representing landscape evolution, dynamics of water storage and permafrost degradation
• Impacts of cold-region hydrology changes on ecology and local communities

Programme includes lectures from leading researchers, presentations from early career researchers, meeting with local stakeholders, field trip to research sites and local excursions.

Applications open now to early career researchers. Deadline is 26 March 2017.

Workshop website:
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Call for paper proposals: Arctic social sciences, humanities, and the roles of library, archival, and information sciences

We are in the process of putting together and editing a book of collected papers on the role(s) of librarians, archivists, and information professionals working in and with the Arctic social sciences and humanities. The working title of the book is “Arctic Social Sciences and Humanities: The Role of Library, Archival, and Information Sciences in the Circumpolar North.” Our aim is to publish the book through Routledge, the international academic publisher, who has expressed interest in the project.

We are seeking proposals for papers on topics related to the roles, activities, and scholarship of librarians, archivists, curators, and information professionals specifically within the context of Arctic social sciences and humanities.

Priority consideration will be given to submissions from:

  • Persons currently working within Arctic geographies and/or working directly with Arctic materials, information, data, and populations
  • Persons currently involved with library/archival/museum/information/data projects in Alaska, Canada, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, and Sweden

Proposals pertaining to all types of libraries, museums, and information centres—including academic, public, government, etc.—will be considered. Possible examples of topics might include, but are not limited to:

1. Current, real-life, applied projects and topics in: special collections, archives, digital humanities, cultural heritage, literacy, education, etc.

2. Current, real-life, applied projects and topics in: information representation and retrieval with indigenous languages, particularly in terms of website and/or database development, language translation, online information-seeking behaviours, etc.

3. Current, real-life, applied projects and topics in: social sciences data/dataset management and curation, particularly related to libraries’ involvement in quantitative or qualitative data for specific disciplines such as anthropology, communication, geography, history, political science, psychology, sociology, etc.

4. Critical, conceptual, and theoretical papers about: libraries and museums as spaces for the communication, display, and critique of Arctic societies and cultures—perspectives from anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, communication studies, gender studies, philosophy, psychology, etc. are encouraged

We are only interested in high-quality proposals. If you have an idea or project in mind and would like to submit a proposal for consideration, please email, in English, the following:

  • Names, institutional affiliations, and brief biographical information of all intended authors
  • Email address of primary author/main contact
  • Proposed title of paper
  • Proposed abstract of paper (i.e., tell us about your intended paper, please be as specific as possible)

Deadline for proposal submissions: 17 April, 2017.

Authors will be notified of proposal status on: 1 May, 2017. Authors of accepted proposals will be asked to write a paper aimed for academic and professional audiences. Papers must be original submissions not published elsewhere. Papers must be submitted to the editors in English to be included in the book. Complete details for writing the full paper will be sent to authors whose proposals are accepted.

Expected deadline for final paper submissions: 1 September, 2017.

If you have any questions about the proposal process, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!

Thank you and best regards,

Spencer Acadia, editor
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Marthe T. Fjellestad, editor
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APECS International Directorate
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