Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

ExCom Prag

The elections for the 2017 - 2018 APECS Executive Committee will be held in September 2017 (application deadline 8 September) for the term from 1 October 2017 to 30 September 2018.

APPLY for the APECS Executive Committee to help shape our organisation over the next year and help influence the future of polar research!

You can find information about the APECS Executive Committee on the APECS website including some general information, the list of current ExCom members; as well as summaries of their meeting notes

Elections tlmeline:

  • early July 2017: announcement of elections
  • 8 September 2017 at 23:59 GMT: application deadline
  • 11 - 20 September 2017: Review period within the APECS Council including Q&A call with APECS Council and ExCom applicants
  • 21 - 25 September 2017: Voting period within the APECS Council
  • 26 September - 1 October 2017: Final vote count, review of results, transition process
  • 2 October 2016: Announcement of the 2017 - 2018 APECS Executive Committee

Who can apply? 


How do you apply?


What is the process for applicants after the applications deadline?


Applicants will be listed below in alphabetical order (by last name):

Applicant: Jean Holloway - University of Ottawa - Canada

Jean Holloway

I am a PhD candidate at the University of Ottawa, Canada. My research interests are focused around determining how permafrost is responding to climate change in the Canadian Arctic. After completing my MSc (Geography) at Queen’s University, I joined the Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics at the University of Ottawa. At Queen’s, I worked in the Canadian High Arctic looking at features related to permafrost thaw, and during this time I fell in love with the North!
My current research is focused on determining the impacts of forest fires on discontinuous permafrost in the south-western Northwest Territories, Canada. Little work has been done to quantify the impacts of fire on permafrost in this region, even though the increasing frequency and magnitude of fires has the potential to accelerate permafrost loss.

Working on large multi-disciplinary projects in northern communities has made me realize that science communication is a vital part of conducting research, and I strive to make this an important part of my projects moving forward.

Applicant: Jilda Alicia Caccavo - The University of Padua - Italy

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My apartment in Italy is home to an Antarctic researcher plush toy my parents gave to me when I began my PhD at the University of Padua studying the population structure of the keystone species the Antarctic Silverfish. Attached to the toy is a note I found in one of my childhood drawers which reads: Name: Jilda Alicia Caccavo, Age: 9, Job: Future Marine Biologist.
I am proud to say that 20 years later, I am fulfilling that dream, employing multidisciplinary techniques including genetics, otolith chemistry and trophic analyses to understand the health of Antarctic fish populations in order to gauge what impacts climate change and anthropogenic disturbances will have on them.

Becoming involved in the Antarctic sphere during my PhD and having worked on the APECS council for the past year in multiple capacities, I’m eager to work with the APECS Executive Committee to support like-minded, passionate, Polar scientists in their initiatives and pursuits.

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