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.

Geoscience Paper of the Future - Training Opportunities

The OntoSoft project is offering training sessions for geoscientists to learn best practices in software and data sharing, provenance documentation, and scholarly publication. These training sessions will be offered in different modalities throughout 2015. Training materials will be freely available on line.

Upcoming trainings:
August 17, 2015 at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA
September 28, 2015 at NCAR, Boulder, CO
September 28, 2015 at USGS, Golden, CO
October 9, 2015 at LDEO, New York, NY
October 30, 2015 at UT Austin, Austin, TX
November 2, 2015 at GSA, Baltimore, MD
December 2015 at the AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA

Webinars will be held:
Wednesday September 16, 2015 at 10am PDT
Monday November 9, 2015 at 10am PDT

For more information, please visit

Early Bird registration until 31 August: "In the Spirit of the Rovaniemi Process - Local and Global Arctic" 24-26 Nov 2015 Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland

Dear APECS members,

The Early Bird registration to our forthcoming conference ”In the Spirit of the Rovaniemi Process – Local and Global Arctic” is open until 31 August.

Please note also the discount prices for PhD and MA students!

With the theme “Local and Global Arctic” the conference will discuss global, regional and local views on the ongoing developments in the Arctic. In addition to discussing the local impacts of global projects and processes in the Arctic, also the roles of organizations such as the Arctic Council and the European Union in bridging Arctic stakeholders will be highlighted. More information:

The conference will take place in Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland on 24-26 November 2015. The conference is organized by the City of Rovaniemi, the University of Lapland and its Arctic Centre and the Arctic Society of Finland.

The program will consist of keynote speeches in two Plenary Sessions as well as scientific presentations in Parallel Thematic Sessions. Moreover, a variety of social program is organized, such as a Pre-Conference excursion on 24 November. More information at the Conference website:

Thematic sessions and chairs:

A The European Union and the Arctic – Paula Kankaanpää, Marine Research Centre of the Finnish Environment Institute, and Malgorzata Smieszek and Markku Heikkilä, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland

B Arctic Transportation Infrastructure and Services: Regulation, Public-private Partnerships, Weather and Climate Information – Tero Vauraste, Arctia Shipping and Petteri Taalas, Finnish Meteorological Institute

C Natural Resources in the Arctic – Jukka Similä, University of Lapland, Virpi Alenius, Natural Resources Institute Finland and Vesa Nykänen, Geological Survey of Finland

D Geopolitics of the Global Arctic by the Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security – Lassi Heininen, University of Lapland and Matthias Finger, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

E Arctic Urbanization, Urban Politics and Sustainable Development – Monica Tennberg, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland and Aileen Espiritu, the Barents Institute, University of Tromso

F Arctic Cities and Design – Päivi Tahkokallio, Tahkokallio Design+ Ltd. and Timo Jokela, University of Lapland

G Contemporary Art and Northern Heritage - Art as Innovation – Timo Jokela and Glen Coutts, University of Lapland

H Arctic Indigenous Peoples Livelihoods and Languages – Liisa Holmberg, Sámi Education Institute

I Work and Well-Being in the Arctic – Hannu Rintamäki, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health

J Indigenous Tourism in the Arctic Region – Opportunities and Challenges – Johan Edelheim and Daniela Tommasini, Multidimensional Tourism Institute

Keynote speakers in Plenaries and Thematic Sessions include:

Tara Sweeney, Arctic Economic Council

Johnny Edmonds, World Indigenous Tourism Alliance WINTA

Petteri Taalas, Finnish Meteorological Institute

Tero Vauraste, Arctia Shipping

Timo Koivurova, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland

Link to the online registration form:

More information about the conference:


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We hope to see you in Rovaniemi in November!

The Organizing Committee

EU-PolarNet Project

EUPolarNet logo2EU-PolarNet is the world’s largest consortium of expertise and infrastructure for polar research. Seventeen countries are represented by 22 of Europe’s internationally-respected multi-disciplinary research institutions. From 2015-2020, EU-PolarNet will develop and deliver a strategic framework and mechanisms to prioritise science, optimise the use of polar infrastructure, and broker new partnerships that will lead to the co-design of polar research projects that deliver tangible benefits for society. By adopting a higher degree of coordination of polar research and operations than has existed previously the consortium engages in closer cooperation with all relevant actors on an international level.

For more information go to or find them on Facebook and Twitter

Ottawa Traditional Knowledge Principles

Traditional Knowledge has been formally recognized by the Arctic Council as important to understanding the Arctic in numerous Ministerial Declarations, including the 1996 Ottawa Declaration on the establishment of the Arctic Council.

The Arctic Council Indigenous Peoples Secretariat (IPS), in partnership with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (ANNDC), led two workshops in 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 with the objective of developing recommendations for consistent and practical use of traditional knowledge in the work of the Arctic Council. At these workshops, IPS facilitated discussions and debate amongst experts nominated by the six Indigenous Peoples Organizations being Permanent Participants (PP) to the Arctic Council, who collectively developed a set of 13 fundamental principles on Traditional Knowledge for the use in the Arctic Council.

The principles are known as the" Ottawa Traditional Knowledge Principles“ and can be found here:

Young scientists discussed the problems of Arctic region in Murmansk, Russia

Last month in the building of the Murmansk Marine Biological Institute the 15th International Scientific Conference of students and graduate students "Problems of the Arctic region" was held.

The welcoming words were addressed by Professor Dr.Vladimir K. Zhirov from Russian Academy of Sciences, who told that this conference is organized every year and it became a tradition for the young scientists of Murmansk region and beyond such as Siberia, the Urals, Central Russia and the Far East.

The range of issues covered in the course of the scientific sections was wide from "Biology and Medicine", "Geology and Geophysics of the Arctic region", "Humanities and social challenges", "Information Technology and Mathematical Methods" "Marine biology" to "Problems of education in the Arctic region", "physical problems", "Chemical and technological problems", "Ecology of the North", "Economic Problems of development of the Arctic."

This year the number of reports submitted to the conference was quite large, and therefore conference "Problems of the Arctic Region" is a great place for young researchers to try their hand at public speaking, to be able to competently write and arrange their thesis work and receive important and sensible comments on their research by the colleagues.

The 6th Early Career Scientists conference – Looking ahead: Oceans, Earth and Human Impact

ECC 2015The conference for early career scientists: "The 6th Early Career Scientists conference – Looking ahead: Oceans, Earth and Human Impact".
When: October 5th to 7th, 2015
Where: Wissenschaftszentrum, Kiel, Germany
The conference is organised mainly by and for PhD students and PostDocs and continues the Early Career Scientists Conference series initiated by the three German Marine and Climate Science Clusters of Excellence in Bremen (MARUM), Hamburg (CliSAP) and Kiel (Future Ocean).
More information at:

Abstract submission and iregistration is now open and ends July 31.
There is no conference fee!

Arctic Summer College 2015

Ecologic Institute and its partners are pleased to announce the 2015 Arctic Summer College and are seeking applications from emerging leaders working to improve Arctic governance from around the world. The Arctic Summer College creates a network of emerging leaders and experts that will be brought together for 8 weeks in a series of web-based seminars (webinars) Thursdays from 18:00-20:00 Central European Time from June 25 to August 13. The program aims to build a lasting, policy-oriented network of Arctic professionals to strengthen communication between peoples and nations, scientific disciplines, policy areas, and across the science-policy interface to improve governance and sustainable development in the Arctic. Fellows may earn spots to travel and present their work at this year's Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik. Participation in the Arctic Summer College is open to applicants with a minimum of two years of experience in a related field, and a desire to share perspectives and seek professional collaboration with a network of peers. The course will be conducted in English. Applicants will be accepted until June 11.

More information here or go to the Arctic Summer College 2015 website

Polar Code to curb pollution from vessels

Ships plying Arctic and Antarctic waters face specific environmental regulations for the first time, after the International Maritime Organization agreed rules to combat polar pollution on 15 May. The environmental provisions are designed to prevent pollution from oil, sewage and rubbish from vessels, and will begin coming into force in 2017. The rules are an addition to the ‘Polar Code’, which was adopted in 2014 as the first set of standards specifically regulating polar shipping (see

Carleton Offers Unique Program on Aboriginal Research Ethics

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This June, Carleton University will offer Canada's first program dealing with the ethics of engaging in Aboriginal research - a five-day course for a diverse audience of researchers, government representatives and non-governmental organizations, as well as First Nations, Inuit and Métis community members.

The intensive course on the Ethics of Research with Indigenous Peoples takes place on campus from June 8 to 12. It will equip researchers of all kinds with tools to implement ethical practices when working with Aboriginal communities or conducting research on their traditional territory.
''We want to explore the life cycle and best practices of research with Indigenous people and communities so that people can conduct effective, ethical studies to support policy change and positive action,'' said Katherine Graham, professor emerita at Carleton's School of Public Policy and Administration.

Featured speakers will have expertise in community engagement and research ethics, design and review. Participants will work together in small groups using case studies. Elders and experts will be on hand for consultations, while a model ethics review body will provide feedback.

Building on the advances of Aboriginal communities in governing their own research, Carleton has the expertise and capacity to deliver a curriculum that will provide a solid grounding in community-based research principles and academic research standards and processes. The curriculum is also intended engage Aboriginal communities and organizations to build bridges on ethical research.

The importance of the program has been widely recognized and it has received support from all faculties at Carleton, as well as the Government of Canada's Secretariat for Responsible Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

The university's goal is to share knowledge and build cultural awareness as it seeks to expand its base to community and government researchers who engage in projects that directly affect Aboriginal peoples in Canada.

Supporting Aboriginal communities, promoting cultural awareness and positioning Carleton as a university of choice for Aboriginal students and faculty is a key goal of Carleton's Strategic Integrated Plan.

To register, and for more information, please go to:

For more information:
Christopher Cline
Media Relations Officer
Carleton University
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Call for Contributions from Environmental Science researchers in the Yukon, Canada

Dear APECS Colleagues,

Wanted! Case Studies for Environmental Science research in the Yukon!

The Yukon College is currently developing an Environmental Science online course and is seeking input from researchers working in the Yukon on topics related to Environmental Science! This is an opportunity to highlight your Yukon-based research in a Yukon College online class room by either providing content for the course or through participation in an online-webinar during the course.

Background: The ENVS100 online course, a 100-level Environmental Science course, with a focus on community impacts will be offered online through Yukon College. Every second week of the course, a Case Study related to the weekly course theme will be presented to the students. This Case Study would be based in the North (ideally in the Yukon), can be conducted by communities, academics, government agencies, or private entities. Themes/topics of environmental science research can be focused on terrestrial, water (freshwater and marine), wildlife, contaminants or integrate one or more of these topics. Case studies should focus on ‘western science’ but can include traditional knowledge methods. Students enrolled in this course are not pursuing a science program but wish to learn more about the physical and biological processes that shape our environment. Students will thus appreciate high-level overviews of your important work, which introduce your subject of expertise and highlight the relevance of your research to them and their communities in an accessible way!

Ways you can contribute:

1.       Provide content (to be readied by mid-June 2015)

a.      You provide raw materials (and work with the instructor and YC staff on creating content)

b.      You provide online content (with the aid from YC staff and instructor)

2.       Participate in a webinar (dates TBD)

Length: the final content of each Case Study should be a maximum of 20 minutes in duration.

Types of material sought:

1.       Voice over power point slides (or alike presentation platform)

2.       Video explaining theory being applied in research (during field work / lab work / etc)

3.       Online short-courses or virtual labs or demonstrations etc

4.       Interactive online teaching tools or Social Media interactions

Themes / topics: Water, Terrestrial, Wildlife, and Contaminants

If you are interested in contributing to ENVS100 or wish to receive more detailed information on how, please respond to this email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or contact Dr. Nikolaus Gantner at (250) 532 9780 by April 30th 2015.

All contributions must be confirmed by May 15th 2015 to allow for timely inclusion in the course curriculum.


Note: You received this email as you have been identified as a leader or member of a relevant organization or research project. Should you or a member of your organization or project team not be able to contribute, we would appreciate if you could suggest colleagues that might be interested in contributing to us or pass this invitation on to a colleague on our behalf. Apologies for cross postings.

We look forward to hearing from you!


Nikolaus Gantner


Dr. Nikolaus Gantner
Curriculum Developer
Yukon College
500 College Drive, PO Box 2799
Whitehorse, Yukon  Y1A 5K4 Canada

Phone: (250) 532 9780 (off campus)
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Announcement for the 9th Graduate Climate Conference

The 9th Graduate Climate Conference will assemble a broad range of talks and posters featuring high-quality student research focused on past, present, and future climate, its changes, and their impacts. Students at all stages of their graduate career are encouraged to apply. Abstracts are sought on climate research from a variety of disciplines from the sciences, engineering, and humanities, including: oceanography, atmospheric sciences, biology, geosciences, environmental science and engineering, geography, public policy, economics, law, ethics, and anthropology.

The conference will be held November 6th-8th in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The abstract submission period opens April 15th and closes June 1st. Lodging and meals are provided for all participants, and limited travel funds are also available. Please see the conference website for more information and to submit an abstract:

"The Lena Delta region from different points of view" workshop


LenaD Workshop

The workshop "The Lena Delta region from different points of view" will take place 26-30 June 2015 in Tomsk, Russia. The workshop will be a part of the conference on Computational Information Technologies for Environmental Sciences CITES-2015 (26-30 June, 2015, Tomsk, Russia), which is already announced here . Workshop section is 'Complex study of the state and climate variability of the East Siberian sector of the Arctic.

This workshop is the first one in a series of four workshops in frame of BMBF Russian-German project 'Die Entwicklung von numerischen Modulen für die Lena Delta Region' (The development of Numerical Modules for the Lena Delta region). Particular focus of the workshop is the analysis and simulation dynamics in the Lena Delta region. Accordingly, the round table 'Development of numerical modules for the Lena Delta Region, theoretical and data gaps, possible solutions' will be organized.

The main purpose of the workshop is engaging of all available information about morphology, hydrodynamics features, temperature regime, permafrost conditions, chemical composition of water, concentration of organic material in different freshwater channels in the Lena Delta and etc. Early career researchers are especially encouraged to participate. The travelling and other grants for young scientists are possible. 


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Contact APECS

APECS International Directorate
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research
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