The APECS council had a productive call on the 2nd of November. Please read more about the call and get all the updates from the council here.
On December 14th the APECS Council had another productive call. Read about the updates from the call here.
In February the Council met for a meeting. The meetings will occur evey second month. To read about the call click here.
The APECS Council Term Report was full of exciting news. International collaborations amongst APECS members and mentors are spanning the globe in multiple directions, and there are many tangible outcomes of these cooperative interactions. To name a few activities: Virtual Poster Sessions were organized, posters were added, jobs were added to the website, and new members and new mentors joined APECS, and there have been numerous APECS Workshops, panels and other events. National APECS websites are under development, webinars are drawing presenters and participants and being shown to broader audiences. Workshops for APECS members as well as for Arctic teachers have broadened the interactions of each side, and the APECS Facebook, Google Groups and Twitter pages have been actively used. Listservs have been created for various disciplines, and they have proven to be a great venue for discussions and announcements. As these developments have taken place, ways to streamline and improve APECS activities and operations have come to light. The RAC Charter and the Council Charter updates have been accompanied by stimulating discussion and contributions from a number of APECS members, and some very productive meetings were held for both the RAC and the Council. Additionally, there is discussion about merging the Sea Ice and Geophysics Discipline Coordinator positions to better work together in benefitting the sea ice focus.There has been APECS representation and participation by Council members at numerous international conferences and symposia, including:The International Whale Watching Conference in Tokyo, Japan (APECS Presentation)
Research Funding Workshop in Tromsø
The IV International Workshop on Micropollutants in the Environment at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (presented poster on APECS)
The XIII Simpósio Brasileiro de Paleobotânica e Palinogia (presented poster on APECS)
The 3rd Annual Polar Law Symposium (APECS Workshop and Mentor Panel)
II International Symposium on "Reconstructing Climate Variations in South American and the Antarctic Peninsula Over the Last 2000 Years" (APECS Mentor Panel)
LIII Annual Meeting of Chilean Biology Society IV Chilean Annueal Meeting of Evolution (presented poster on APECS)
International Glaciological Conference Ice and Climate Change: A View from the South (Mentor Panel)Some of the highlights from various countries and discipline groups include:An APECS Norway trainee program is in development with the Career Center at the University of Tromsø.
APECS signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Artic Council Working Group, Conservation of Flora and Fauna (CAFF) and preparations are under way to facilitate APECS involvement in the new CAFF project, Arctic Sea Ice.
APECS Chile is working to establish formal relations between APECS and the Chilean Antarctic Research Council.
The first APECS Brazil Workshop was organized, and APECS Brazil and APECS Portugal have been cooperating to facilitate phenomenal workshops.
APECS Portugal is working with the Organizational Committee of Portugal Polar Science (Structure and Logistics), and is working to increase communication and interaction with the Minister of Science and Technology. APECS Portugal has also been busy with an E&O project, "Researchers Night".
The APECS brochure and the APECS Mentor Form have been translated into Russian, greatly extending the reach of these documents. On a similar note, APECS Italy and the Climate Change Answer Working Group is working to translate materials into Italian.
APECS Russia is working to establish a connection with the Russian Union of Young Scientists and has initiated work on the Funding Bodies Data Base Working Group.
APECS USA organized a mentor panel for "Alternative Careers in Polar Science" and has helped to arrange the Gordon Research Seminar and the accompanying APECS Workshop. Additionally, APECS USA is developing the agenda for a proposed IMPETUS Sea Ice Workshop. Additionally there is an initiative to establish a relationship with the AMS Committee on Polar Meteorology and Oceanography.
APECS Poland organized an APECS Discussion Panel at the XXXIII International Polar Symposium, organized promotional events at the 5th SEDIBUD Workshop the Lublin Geopolitical Conference, and a special conference on "Global Climate Change and its Implications on Polish Landscape Transition" organized by the Committee of Geographical Sciences, and the Polish Academy of Science and National global Change Committee. One of the outcomes of this activity has been the creation of the new APECS Working Group of Sediment Budgets in Cold Environments.
APECS India has established an outreach program on polar science that involves the participation of students from forty (yes – 40!) schools. Plans are under development to provide opportunities for some of the students who have expressed interest in polar research can participate in research activities in polar biology. Outreach activities have also been undertaken at various universities, and there is now the possibility for a polar workshop in India, along with an APECS India webpage.Upcoming activities include:APECS representative for the University Antarctic Expedition of Students on Ice.
The Arctic Law Thematic Network is being developed, and APECS participation is welcomed.
There will be an APECS Workshop in conjunction with the International Congress of Arctic Social Scientists (ICASS) in Akureyri, Iceland in June.
Francisco will attend the AGCS meeting as the APECS representative during the IUGG Conference in Melbourne.
APECS Portugal meeting will be in March/April.
APECS presentation at the PPS Arctic Meeting, the "Present day processes, Past changes, and Spatiotemporal variability of biotic, abiotic, and socio-environmental conditions and resource components along and across the Arctic delimitation zone"
APECS presentation at the Avalanches & Related Subjects – IV International Conference
APECS presentations at Kola Science Center of Russian Academy of Sciences and Polar Geophysical Institute
APECS Career Development Workshop, presentation, and convenor at Arctic Science Summit Week
Gordon Research Seminar – APECS Workshop
APECS Panel at the 10th AMS Conference on Polar Meteorology and Oceanography
APECS Funding Workshop with Saint Petersburg State University of Service and Economics
Career Development Symposium at the Baltic Sea Conference
Click here to read the full Council term report
Do you want to know what our current Council members are doing?
The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists Council met for a Council meeting in April. The Council members are involved in many activities. To read about the call please click here. Next Council meeting will be in June 2011.
Council Minutes 22 June 2011
In June the Council met for yet another Council call. To read the notes from the call download it by clicking here.