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.

An NSF Advanced Training Program in Antarctica for Early Career Scientists: Biological Adaptations to Environmental Change – July 2016

This US National Science Foundation sponsored course will be held in Antarctica at Palmer Station (Antarctic Peninsula) in July 2016. The course is designed to train scientists who are interested in the study of extreme environments and the biology of Antarctic organisms. Applications are invited from graduate students currently enrolled in a PhD program and researchers who have an earned Ph.D. within the past five years. This is an international course, open to all nationalities. Partial scholarships are available to cover the cost of travel from home institution and full support is provided for room/board and science activities while in Antarctica. The emphasis of the Antarctic Biology Course is on integrative biology, with laboratory- and field-based projects focused on adaptations in an extreme polar environment. This program will also provide opportunities to understand and appreciate the complexities and logistical challenges of undertaking successful science in Antarctica. A diverse teaching faculty will offer students the opportunity to study a wide range of Antarctic organisms (bacteria, algae, invertebrates, and fish), using several different levels of biological analysis (molecular biology, physiological ecology, species diversity, and evolution). Deadline for receipt of completed applications is January 25, 2016. For more information and the on-line application see and

Arctic Yearbook 2015 now online

The 2015 edition of the Arctic Yearbook is now online at . The theme of this year's edition is "Governing and Governance", including a comprehensive collection of peer-reviewed articles under the following sections: local, sub-national and national governance; Arctic regional governance; and international and global governance. Topics include issues such as energy resources, sustainable development, maritime affairs, foreign policy making, identities and indigenous self-determination, environmental regimes, Arctic Council politics, multi-level institutions, state and non-state cooperation, and security and defense policy.

The 2015 Arctic Yearbook includes 19 scholarly articles, 16 expert commentaries, and 7 briefing notes, from 68 authors from 18 countries. It is open access.

You can access AY2015 in various ways:

1. AY2015 Flip Book (ideal for tablets and smart phones). You can read the yearbook and share it via:
2. At that same web address, you also have the option to download the full 455 page PDF.

3. Access individual PDFs of the articles, commentaries or briefing notes directly on our website at

ICOP 2016 - Call for Abstracts and registration opens

The 11th International Conference on Permafrost (ICOP 2016) will be held in Potsdam, Germany, 20-24 June 2016. The conference aims at covering all relevant aspects of permafrost research, engineering and outreach on a global and regional level. Check out the conference trailer here:

We hereby open the call for abstracts. Abstracts should be submitted online until 1 December 2015 via the external conference registration system ConfTool ( For this system you have to register (as user) to be able to start with the registration for the conference (as participant), to upload abstracts, register for local excursions and field trips and other events and meetings. Payments can be carried out by bank transfer, credit card (MasterCard and VISA) and via Paypal.

A list of sessions and their descriptions are available at Please note that a maximum of two abstracts can be submitted per first author, out of which only one can be a submission for oral presentation. Particularly, early-career researchers are encouraged to submit abstracts.

By 1 February 2016, authors will be informed about the decision on submitted abstracts. Depending on the number of accepted abstracts, sessions may be subject to cancellation or combination with other sessions. The final conference program will be released 15 April 2016.

Please note that the hotel registration is NOT included in the conference fee and needs to be done following the instructions on the website or via

We look forward to receiving your submissions and registrations and to seeing you in Potsdam next June!

The ICOP 2016 Local Organizing Committee

Call for Organizing Committee Nominations for workshop "Advancing Integrated, Cross-cutting Practices for Arctic Flux Observations in Terrestrial Environments"

Call for Organizing Committee Nominations by November 6, 2015
Advancing Integrated, Cross-cutting Practices for Arctic Flux Observations in Terrestrial Environments

Please submit nominations to: Eugenie Euskirchen This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Additional questions may also be directed to: Sandy Starkweather, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Luca Belelli Marchesini, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

An international workshop is being proposed to bring together the expertise and resources of the Atmospheric, Cryospheric and Terrestrial communities that conduct energy, moisture and carbon flux observations in Arctic terrestrial environments. A series of formal and informal discussions and previous terrestrial flux workshops have identified the following topics where progress could be made:

  1. Frame pan-Arctic synthesis science questions to address as an interdisciplinary community considering in particular what can be done with the existing set of Arctic flux observations.
  2. Identify inter-operable data products (and the collaboration infrastructure that will support their development) that could address these questions; focusing across the current pan-Arctic infrastructure of Arctic flux observations; considering Arctic-specific constraints; involving the relevant range of disciplines as well as the modeling and satellite community in data product design. Develop strategies for data product design that promotes data sharing, but also facilitates spatial-temporal scaling. Address how data will be documented and accessed.
  3. Develop consistent practices for site (land surface and subsurface) characterization across the current locations where flux measurements are made; consider consistent practices for up-scaling.
  4. Identify and champion expansion of observational capacity of terrestrial cryosphere, ecosystems and atmosphere in under-sampled processes and regions.

For further background on the initiative, see:

A starting point for developing collaborative research objectives and refining community interest would be an open workshop in 2016. Given the complexity and interdisciplinarity of this challenge, the initiating group would like to solicit nominations from the international science community for organizing committee members for this workshop. Relevant expertise for this committee would include:

  • A background in acquiring, processes or applying “flux” observations
  • Experience with characterizing Arctic landscapes and addressing up-scaling issues
  • A background in cryospheric observations of the surface and sub-surface, including a background in permafrost physics
  • An interest in using terrestrial flux observations to validate model outputs
  • Experience with the following projects: PAGE21, ICOS, Ameriflux, Fluxnet, GTN-P
  • A background in data management related to flux or permafrost observations
  • Early career nominations welcome

Time line: 
November 2015 – February 2016: Teleconferences (3) to broadly establish workshop objectives
March 2016: Half day in-person organizing committee meeting in conjunction with Fairbanks-2016, Arctic Summit Science Week/Arctic Observing Summit meetings
April – October 2016: Workshop development & logistics
November 2016: Workshop

Northern Forum and 12th General Assembly

Северный форум ввввоThe Northern Forum is a non-profit, international organization composed of sub-national or regional governments from eight northern countries.

Northern regions share characteristics that set them apart from other areas of the world. These include:

  • Economies based upon the extraction of natural resources.
  • Lack of internal capital resources.
  • Limited infrastructural development.
  • Harsh climates and vulnerable ecosystems.
  • Diverse and relatively strong indigenous cultures.
  • Sparse populations.

Such complex factors create unique challenges for regional Governors and other executives.

From throughout the North, the Northern Forum brings these leaders together to address common political, environmental and economic issues.

The Northern Forum developed from a Northern Regions Conference held in 1990 in Anchorage, Alaska, attended by more than 600 delegates from 10 countries.

The Forum was formally established in November 1991.

For more information please check the Northern Forum's website or visit its Facebook page.

This year Northern Forum will host its 12th General Assembly in Yakutsk, November 4-6. The main goal of the meeting is to discuss and outline main perspectives and challenges for interregional cooperation in the changing World realities, all aimed to a same goal - to maintain and achieve new heights in making the North a convenient, friendly and safe place to live.

The General Assembly is attended by Governors and representatives of the Northern Forum member regions from State of Alaska (USA), Sakha Republic, Khanty-Mansiyskiy AO, Yamalo-Nenetskiy AO, Chukotskiy AO (Russia), Kamchatskiy Kray; Town of Akureyri (Iceland), Gangwon Province (Republic of Korea), Lapland (Finland); business partners, project coordinators and participants. Representatives from other regions, the Arctic Council observer organizations, other international organizations and Arctic business circles are also invited to the event.

For more information on Assembly please check this page.


New 6-week "Antarctica Online" course

A new six-week online course 'Antarctica Online', hosted by Victoria University of Wellington, is available to enrol with now.

The fully online course is offered by the Science in Society group. The course starts on Monday 28th September and finishes on Friday 6th November. Fee is $120.

Featuring lectures that were filmed on the ice over 10 days around Scott Base, this course examines contemporary Antarctic scientific research, placing it in a wider scientific, historical, social and cultural context and includes three two-week modules, on Antarctic Science History, Geology and Palaeoclimate and Constructing Antarctica.

To enrol go to Or to enrol by phone: +64-4-463 6556


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2nd Snow Science Winter School - February 2016 - Switzerland

Dear all,

We are happy to announce that the registration for the 2nd Snow Science Winter School is opened.

The 2nd Snow Science Winter School will take place on 14-20 February 2016, at Preda and Davos, Switzerland. It aims to teach advanced techniques for snow characterization, such as micro-tomography, measurements of specific surface area by reflection and spectroscopy, high-resolution penetrometer... The school is organized in field and laboratory training courses, combined with theoretical lessons in the classroom.

Any graduate student or post-doc working on snow or in some snow related field is welcome to participate. The course corresponds to 3 ETCS-Points.

Registration and detailed information on the 2nd SSWS are available on the website:
Special funding is available for students form member states of the Arctic Council.
Applications will close on November 10, 2015.

For further questions, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Martin Schneebeli and Neige Calonne
WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF

GIA Training School 13 - 19 September - Opportunity for Virtual Participation

A training school focused on exploring glacial isostatic adjustment (GIA) modeling will be held from 13-19 September 2015. The school entails training on GIA modeling and relevant processes, including ice mass change, solid-earth deformation, and sea-level and geoid variations. Virtual participation in the lecture segments of the course has been organized. As a virtual participant, you will have the option of attending 11 lecture sessions beginning on 14 September and concluding on 18 September 2015. At the website address below you will find links for each lecture as well as important instructions for using the webinar software interface.

Student Opportunities: ESIP Student Fellowship and Raskin Scholarship

The Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Raskin Scholarship (due 10/1) and ESIP Student Fellows (due 10/9).

ESIP Student Fellows are graduate students interested in bridging the gap between informatics and Earth Science. This fellowship provides students a chance to work closely with professionals in an interdisciplinary, cross-sector group (ESIP collaboration area) on current Earth Science problems. Student fellows become engaged in ESIP collaboration areas as rapporteurs, documenting group activities on monthly telecons and at ESIP’s semi-annual meetings (Summer/Winter). As fellows become more familiar with collaboration-area activities they may choose to integrate their own research, which can result in publication and additional funding opportunities. Student Fellows will receive a stipend of $2000 plus travel expenses to the summer and winter ESIP meetings.

The Raskin Scholarship is in memory of Rob Raskin, a long-time ESIP community member and major contributor to Earth science informatics field. The scholarship is awarded to a current graduate student studying an Earth science, computer science or closely related discipline and have an interest in fields related to current technical, scientific or applied activities of the ESIP Federation. In addition to a cash prize, the awarded scholar will give a keynote talk at the 2015 ESIP Summer Meeting.

Please feel free to forward these opportunities along to other networks of interest. For full details on the either of these opportunities see the ESIPFed website. For questions, please e-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

5th International Forum: The Arctic: Today and the Future

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Annual International Forum “The Arctic: today and the Future” will take place in St-Petersburg on December. The Forum summarizes public agenda in sphere of the Arctic zone development, gather topical issues, initiatives and propositions in annual Resolution which reflect all-Russian, regional and sectoral agendas. 

Forum “The Arctic: today and the Future” is held under the aegis of the IRPO “Association of Polar Explorers”. Association of Polar Explorers is a public leader and participates in north regions development through joint efforts of all public parties interested in Russian Arctic development.

The Forum is an effective instrument for direct interaction of business and society representatives concerning ecological management of natural resources, transport and transit potential and energy complex, education and science, national safety and international cooperation. 

More than 1000 delegates of the International Forum “The Arctic: today and the Future” from Russia and foreign countries are expected to participate. Representatives of federal and regional authorities, state corporations, scientific and educational organizations, civil society, foreign participants of the international cooperation will be among them. There will be an exhibition covering more than 1500 sq.m in the specialized area.

For more information please visit -

The Russian National Committee of APECS - The Polar Initiative - is invited to participate in this forum and take part in some of the panels and discussions.

Arctic Days in Moscow

Federal Arctic Forum «ARCTIC DAYS in MOSCOW» organized by Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation will take place November 19 – 21, 2015,  in Moscow.

This year's forum promises a lot of interesting activities. Last year The ARCTIC DAYS, November 2014, was attended by over 3500 people. More than 2000 scientists and specialists  from Moscow, Russian Arctic Regions, Great Britain, Germany, Norway, Island, Chech took part  in discussion of topical issues of the Arctic region at the scientific conference "The Arctic Open", which has become a key event of  ARCTIC DAYS in MOSCOW. The Federal Arctic Forum «ARCTIC DAYS in MOSCOW» is held from 2010 and traditionally causes the  huge public & media interest. This event is very popular in scientific and political circles. In 2015 ARCTIC DAYS in MOSCOW includes next events: Panel Dicussion «THE BUSINESS CLIMATE IN THE ARCTIC», II International Scientific Conference «OPEN ARCTIC», Folk Festival «HELLO! IT'S ARCTIC!», Multimedia Exhibition «THE ARCTIC».

The main goals of the forum: drawing attention to the natural, historical and cultural sites in the Arctic, increasing of the tourism attractiveness of the Far North of Russia, showing Great North and dialogue about environmental problems in the Arctic.

For more information please visit the conference's website -

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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

Contact APECS

APECS International Directorate
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research
Telegrafenberg A43
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