All of APECS activities are governed by its organizational Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedure. They were originally written and approved by the founding Council of APECS and have since been amended several times reflecting the constant development of the organisation. Find out more on our key documents page.
Who We are
The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) is an international and interdisciplinary organization for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, early faculty members, educators and others with interests in Polar Regions and the wider cryosphere.
APECS Goals and Objectives
APECS' goals include creating opportunities for the development of innovative, international, and interdisciplinary collaborations among current early career polar researchers as well as recruiting, retaining and promoting the next generation of polar enthusiasts. Specifically we aim to:
- Create a network of polar researchers across disciplines and national boundaries to meet, share ideas and experiences, and develop new research directions and collaborations
- Provide the opportunity for career development for both traditional and alternative polar and cryosphere professions
- Promote education and outreach as an integral component of polar research and to stimulate future generations of polar researchers
Worldwide, many early career polar researchers work in isolation within our institutes, as well as in our fieldwork. Becoming an APECS member connects you to our membership network of researchers and educators with similar interests, passions and experiences. APECS has many activities and resources that could use your help and that will simultaneously advance your career. Being an APECS member gives you access to resources that will be helpful for your career development, along the continuum of undergraduate through to successful polar researcher:
- Job vacancies and other opportunities around the globe from a variety of institutions and organizations.
- Advisory committee members – established senior scientists – who are happy to help with career advice or put you in contact with others who can help you with various questions (see APECS Find a Mentor).
- APECS career development and research-related workshops (see APECS Events). We work closely with partners to find financial support to ensure and increase early career participation in all events.
- From time to time opportunities arise for early career representatives at science planning activities and other events – being a member allows you access to those opportunities to help build an international and interdisciplinary polar career.
- Being a member lets you search the membership database to find new colleagues or email people questions you might have on various science topics, and to develop new professional contacts and friendships.
- Have questions regarding laboratory procedures or where to get polar experience, or have a story to share or recent publicaton to disucss? APECS members and the APECS mailing lists are great resources
- You can also access a variety of RSS feeds regarding polar research and job opportunities all in one place – from recent news stories to the latest polar science related paper.
One of the most useful benefits of membership is the membership database itself. Using this tool can help you find other people in your field asking similar questions, allowing you to meet new international colleagues, or find additional resources to help your research and career development.
To sign up to become a member of APECS, go here. We only use the email address to send you announcements from time to time. Make sure to sign up to our newsletter mailing list at the same time. Your information can only be accessed by other members for the purposes of finding new collaborators, networking and learning more about other polar research projects. The more information you enter, the more people will be exposed to your work. If you have troubles, please contact us.
There are lots of things you can do within APECS and we are always looking for excited people with great ideas. Start by visiting our "Get Involved" section and checking out some of our active working groups. If you are interested in contributing polar content, jobs, events, and more to the APECS website, we can show you how here (log in to the website with your member credentials first). There are also a number of national committees you can check out. If your country does not have a national APECS group and you would like to start one, let us know! If you are interested in discussing/collaborating with other APECS members in similar research areas, you should check out our mailing lists, Virtual Poster Session, and Research Features. If there are specific things you would like to help with, work on, or like to see APECS doing, please contact us.
I am really interested in the Antarctic/Arctic. How do I get a job or volunteer position to go there?This is probably the most common question we get. We personally understand the intrigue the polar regions have and why people want to go, and also that very few have this opportunity. The answer is a not an easy one. There are several ways you can get to the Poles; it all depends on your interest in being there. If you are interested in conducting research, we recommend looking at the National Funding agencies in your country and see what types of polar research they facilitate. You can then contact the principle investigators of these projects. If you want to undertake undergraduate or graduate research, you can use a similar process to investigate universities in your country or abroad and find a place that matches your interests. Or find a field school that will take you there! Also, keep an eye on our job vacancies page. If you are looking for a science support type of job, there are several countries that operate research stations and hire people to manage and run the stations – you can find those on our links page. There are a number of tourism companies that operate in the polar regions and they are always looking for knowledgeable people to work for them. International Antarctic Tourism Association has a lot of great information and the Sustainable Arctic Tourism group does as well.
I was reading some polar science material and came across a bunch of acronyms I didn't understand. Help?There are definitely a lot of acronyms in polar science, which can get very confusing. Check out our searchable Who's Who in Polar Science directory to find what the acronym stands for and what the organization/project is about, including a link to their website. This is always a work in progress, so if something is missing or need to be updated, please let us know. You can also watch an APECS Webinar as an Introduction to Polar Research Organizations, Major Projects, and Acronyms. You might want to try the SCAR (Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research) for an Antarctic Acronym List.
Outreach is a very important part of APECS and we are here to help. Please visit our Education and Outreach Page where you will find links to several sites that will be helpful for you as well as materials (such as the Polar Resource Book) and presentations given by other early career polar researchers. If you need photos for a presentation, you should check out the APECS Picasa Gallery and other linked galleries.