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apecs logo webiasc webThe International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), have the pleasure of announcing the start of the 2020 IASC Fellowship Program. APECS very kindly coordinated the application and review process; recommendations from APECS based on the review process were delivered for final selection to the IASC and CAFF Secretariats. Five successful early career scientists were identified from 70 highly qualified applicants for the five IASC Working Groups. One CAFF-IASC Fellow was also selected for the Coastal Ecosystem Monitoring Group - Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program. The reviewers were impressed by the record amount and excellent quality of the applications.

 

APECS China Winter Camp 2020

During January 11-14, 2020, the National College Winter Camp activities co-organized by APECS China were successfully completed. More than 100 college students from all over country joined this activity. Ding Minghu, the Chairman of APECS China, also the researcher in the Institute of Tibetan Plateau and Polar Meteorology, Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences joined this activity and made a scientific report entitled "Cryosphere and Climate Change".

The APECS Project Group on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is pleased to announce we have a new website! The main feature is a DEI Resource Repository that is intended to be a resource for the polar science community. Some resources are specific to polar work but many are applicable to wider conversations around academia, STEM fields, and field work.

Topics include: Community Guidelines, Ethnicity, Gender, Indigenous Communities, LGBTQIA+, Networks, Parenthood, Safety in Science, etc.

Don't see what you are looking for or know of a great resource we haven't included? Please add it to our repository!

 

APECS_Germany_Report_1.pngHow experienced are you in science communication? Do you prefer “online” or “in-person” science communication?

How do I choose the right words when talking about science? How do I connect to my audience?

Those were only a few of the questions that the 35 participants discussed among themselves and with three experts during the APECS Germany workshop “Best practice: Science communication” on the 25th of September 2019 in Bremen. Within the context of the International Polar Week 2019, the workshop took place in cooperation with the ICYMARE 2019 conference and the SPP Antarctic Research Coordination meeting. Bachelor, Master and PhD students, post-docs and young professionals from many disciplines joined us, creating a great atmosphere for exchange on one of the hot topics of the researcher’s world: science communication.

During January 26 – 30, the 14th Arctic Frontiers conference is held in Tromsø, Norway. The annual conference is an international event, linking policy makers, industry and academia focusing on the Arctic regions. This year, the APECS Arctic Frontiers organising team has prepared the following activities and events for you:

Tuesday  28/01   

16:00 – 19:00 MAIN poster session with evaluation for the Nansen poster awards

19:00 – 23:00 Networking Night, registration is required

Wednesday  29/01   

15:00 – 18:00 Poster session

apecs logo webAPECS participated in the ISAES 2019 symposium that took place in Incheon, Republic of Korea, from 22-26 July 2019. This year APECS contributed to the programme with a panel about Early carrer polar research and a poster about our association.

APECS Canada Logo webAPECS Canada board members (Jean Holloway, Jacqueline Hung and Enooyaq Sudlovenick) were involved in the organization of the ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) 2019 Student Day.

The USAPECS panel "Navigating your early career and beyond" was held in the Career Center Theater at AGU on 9 December 2019.

USAPECS held a social event on Monday night of American Geophysical Union Conference. We met at Golden Gate Taproom in San Francisco, a 15 minute walk from the convention center. Everyone had a great time, 18 people attended the social event including 3 board members and one of our panel members from earlier in the day. Additionally, at least two new people who have not previously known about APECS attended the social event!

USAPECS Early Career Spcial Event 2019

© Mariama Dryak 

Authors: USAPECS Chairs

APECS Germany2019 has flown by and we are looking back on an eventful year. The Board of the German National Committee of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS Germany) would therefore like to reflect on the past year and thank all partners, members and friends for a successful collaboration. Highlights of the past year include our APECS Germany Workshop in Bremen, a Polar Film Fest in Potsdam and a APECS Germany Photo Competition & Raffle for Antarctica Day. Scroll through the full Review of 2019 in our interactive infographic. (Make sure to click on the icons for more information :) ).

For the second year in a row, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) invited APECS to present their work with the IPCC on organizing group reviews of IPCC reports by Early Career Researchers (ECR). Gwanaëlle Gremion (APECS Individual Council Member, leader of the IPCC group review project during the past three review cycles) and Jilda Caccavo (APECS President 2018-2019, current ex-officio to the Executive Committee) presented the results of the group reviews that APECS has run of IPCC reports. The session was chaired by Tania Guillén Bolaños, a chapter scientist for the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C, and included Thelma Krug, Vice Chair of the IPCC, Palmira Cuéllar from the Young Earth Systems Scientists (YESS) network, and Adachi Muneki and Justice Musah, chapter scientists for Working Group III of the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6).

During the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Madrid, Spain, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)’s Arctic Program invited APECS to take part in a panel discussion entitled “Breaking the Ice – bringing young scientists and Indigenous youth to the decision-making table in the Arctic”. Jilda Caccavo (APECS President 2018-2019, current ex-officio to the Executive Committee) presented the work of APECS, how it supports and helps to provide a voice to Early Career Researchers (ECR), as well as how her own personal experience in APECS has provided her with opportunities to become engaged in the polar community.

arice logoapecs logo webThe Arctic Research Icebreaker Consortium (ARICE) and Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) invite for a webinar on Data Management, on 17 December from 9-10:30 am GMT.

APECS ColombiaAs part of the SENALMAR 2019 side meetings, the NC APECS Colombia, organized a fascinating talk on Tuesday 22 September from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm (local time). It was open for ECRs members and non-members of the association, as well as more experienced researchers in the mood to increase our networking. A total of 80 attendants joined to enjoy the evening together. A brief introduction to the talk by Jhon Mojica (in video) initiated the evening. The presentation on APECS association, aims, activities and challenges were given by Diego Mojica.

apecs logo webISAES2019 logoThe Asociation of Polar Early Career Scientist has a long tradition in organizing events and activities for early career researchers (ECRs) at major scientific conferences and events. In a relaxing atmosphere, ECRs come together and stablish the bases for future networking and professional relationships. During the XIII International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences celebrated between 22 and 26 July 2019 at Songdo Convensia Center in Incheon, Republic of South Korea, a dedicated group of council members from APECS organized an evening event during the first day of the conference (22 July 2019). 

APECS ColombiaThe Association of Polar Early Career Scientist has a long tradition in organizing events and activities for early career researchers (ECRs) at major scientific conferences and events. In this event, the National Committee (NC) of Colombia continues the line of polar networking between Latin American countries, in collaboration with some researchers that visualized the polar work during the first APECS Iberoamerican Online Conference 2019 in Spanish. Our aim was to show APECS to the Colombian Antarctic human sciences researchers community, come together Early Career Researchers (ECR’s) and establish the bases for future networking and professional relationships. 

On the 4th November, three APECS National Committees joined forces and coordinated a full-day workshop in Norway's capital city Oslo. The workshop, which was organized by members of APECS Norway, the UK Polar Network and APECS Russia, hosted an early career researcher (ECR)-centered event that discussed all things related to planning and undertaking research and field work in Svalbard. The day was a huge success with over 50 ECR, mid and established career attendees (including from Norway, Denmark, Germany, UK, India, Russia, Poland, Canada, Turkey, USA), many of whom received partial travel support to attend thanks to the funding support. 

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The X Workshop APECS Portugal took place in Coimbra, the Portuguese city of students, on October 25, 2019. The University of Coimbra received more than 60 participants of the X Workshop. To celebrate the first decade of the workshop, we chose the topic “A Scientist is born”. The objective was to understand the value of early career researchers (ECR) to Science and vice-versa, such as the value of the ECR in a scientific team and organization like APECS. Understand how ECR can progress in their careers within scientific teams and their importance from the perspective of a senior investigator is key to the development of ECR skills and to the progression of science itself. In the context of the national and international scientific community, we discussed the importance of scientific networks for the ECR and their contribution to these networks.

AntarcticaDayLogoAntarctica Day is celebrated internationally on 1 December, marking the day of the signing of the Antarctic Treaty in 1959. 60 years ago, Antarctica became a continent dedicated to peace and scientific international collaboration!

Like every year, APECS joins our partners Our Spaces - Foundation for the Good Governance of International Spaces, Polar Educators International (PEI) and others around the world to mark this important milestone with fun activities.

Mountain Day Logo KopieAs part of the activities for International Mountain Day on 11 December 2019, the APECS Alpine and Cryosphere Project Group invites you to share your work in mountain regions with submissions in two formats:

  • Photo entries in “Nature” and “Culture” categories
  • Graphical abstracts explaining mountain research

apecs logo webOn 26 September 2019, APECS hosted the first online conference in Spanish, the APECS Iberoamericana. This event was a joint effort from the National Committees from Spanish-speaking countries: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Spain and Uruguay. The aim for this event was to offer a space for Hispanic polar early career researchers and educators to share their work in their native language, and create resources for education of the Polar Regions in Spanish. 

CAFF greenlogo iascapecs logo webThe application deadline has been extended for the CAFF-IASC Science Policy Fellowships 2020 until 27 November 2019. The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Working Group of the Arctic Council and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), in cooperation with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) are excited to offer the CAFF-IASC Science Policy Fellowships 2020

apecs logo webiasc webThe Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) in cooperation with the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) is pleased to announce the availability of travel support for the Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) 2020 (27 March - 2 April 2020, Akureyri, Iceland).

The Working Group I (WGI) contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) is due to be finalized in 2021. The Second Order Draft (SOD) of IPCC AR6 WGI report will be open for expert review from 2 March to 26 April 2020.

The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI), the Past Global Changes Early Career Network (PAGES ECN), the Permafrost Young Research Network (PYRN) and the Young Earth System Scientists (YESS) community are coordinating a group review of the SOD of IPCC AR6 WGI report by early career experts.

apecs logo webThe APECS-T-MOSAiC webinar “T-MOSAiC for ECRs” will take place on November, 19 (14:30-16:00 GMT). This webinar will provide an overview of the T-MOSAiC project, its goals, current activities within the Action groups and possibilities for early career researchers.

T MOSAiC Logo KopieT-MOSAiC (Terrestrial Multidisciplinary distributed Observatories for the Study of Arctic Connections) project is an IASC pan-Arctic, land-based program that will extend the activities for the IASC flagship program MOSAiC.  T-MOSAiC addresses the question, what are the implications of changing sea ice, oceanography and climate of Arctic seas for the surrounding land-based geosystems, ecosystems and human systems.

iasc webCAFF greenapecs logo webThe International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Working Group of the Arctic Council, in cooperation with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) are excited to announce several Fellowship programs for 2020 for early career researchers:

  • IASC Fellowship Program 2020
  • CAFF-IASC Science-Policy Fellowships

Application deadline for both fellowship types is on 20 November 2019 at 13:00 GMT.

Find out more about the fellowships and how to apply on the APECS website 

As a first event of the National Committee APECS Colombia, we will be going to present and describe all the great opportunities to be part of APECS. This will be developed during the next SENALMAR 2019, October 22-25, in the session “La Ruta Antartica”. The venue is the Centro Cultural Universidad del Atlántico, Barranquilla, Colombia. Everyone is welcome to participate in our talk on Tuesday, October 22 from 16:15 – 17:00 (local time), and visit our poster displayed during the full week. 

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In coordination with APECS, Antarctic Science are running a webinar to help potential applicants of the 2020 Antarctic Science Bursary. This bursary runs every year and is for up to £6000 to support PhD or early career researchers to extend the scope of an existing research project.

More details here: http://www.antarcticsciencebursary.org.uk/. A great opportunity to get funding for that exciting idea of yours!

The EU Horizon2020-funded project Nunataryuk, in cooperation with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), and the Terrestrial Multidisciplinary distributed Observatories for the Study of Arctic Connections (T-MOSAiC) are organizing the APECS-Nunataryuk-T-MOSAiC School 2020 on the topic of “Arctic Coastal Adaptation - Capacity building and knowledge exchange across borders” at Abisko Scientific Research Station (Abisko, Sweden) from 21 - 30 April 2020.

apecs logo webAPECS is excited to announce that another leadership term has begun on 1 October 2019!

 

epb logo desktop 2015The European Polar Board (EPB)and the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) are seeking a rapporteur to take minutes during the upcoming EPB Autumn Plenary Meeting, to be held in Brest, France on the 22nd and 23rd of October 2019. For an early career researcher, this is a fairly unique opportunity to know how an international organisation works on a regular basis, as well as how it views, sets and reviews medium and long term goals.

Polar Week logo2 01It's APECS International Polar Week September 2019!

Join us in celebrating the icy and Polar Regions of the world, and create further awareness of the science and activities being conducted in the Arctic and the Antarctic.

The APECS International Polar Week September 2019 is shaping up to be an exciting party! From the 23 to 29 September, we will be featuring some great activities organized by Polar early career researchers from around the world. This seven-day programme includes

Fieldwork Handbook Logos UpdatedThe Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), the INTERACT Station Manager`s Forum and the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) are proud to share exciting news with you: Together, we developed the INTERACT Practical Field Guide for scientists - a pocket guide that is designed to be taken into the field. The INTERACT Practical Field Guide contains information on best practices and specific safety tips for fieldwork in the Arctic.

APECSIberoamConferencia Iberoamericana Online aims to create a space where Polar Early Careers Researchers and Educators from Spanish-speaking countries can share their work in their native language among peers and interested public.

Conference Date: 26 September 2019 (starting 19:00 GMT)

Abstract submission deadline on 20 September at 23:59 GMT

It is with a heavy heart that we bring you the news that one of our APECS Council members, Adrian Dahood-Fritz and her husband Andrew Fritz recently passed away in the Conception diving boat accident in California (USA). Adrian had been involved in the APECS Council for the past three years, and was well loved within the APECS community.

Panel Role of Social Media

Social media is one of the convenient ways to connect to the world. The main aim of the panel discussion is to explore as how we can use the social platforms to reach to wider audience. 

“Water Cycle in a 1.5°C warmer world: interdisciplinary approaches” – Joint Early Career Researcher Workshop

YESS-APECS-YHS, supported by WCRP and AGU
& ‘under the auspices of the WCRP Climate Science Week‘
December 7, 2019 @ AGU Fall Meeting, Afternoon (Tentative time: 1-5 PM)

Application deadline extended to 21 September 2019!

The first order draft (FOD) of the Working Group 2 (WGI) 6th Assessment Report (AR6) by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) is due to be published around 2021. APECS, PYRN, YESS, PAGES-ECN, MRI and IMECaN, are coordinating the next review by early career experts that will take place between October and November 2019.

APECS in association with NCPOR (National Center for Polar and Ocean Research), India and the Indian Polar Research Network (IPRN) will be organizing a Panel Discussion as a side event of National Conference on “Polar Sciences” (NCPS-2019) from 20th- 22nd August 2019 at NCPOR, Goa, India. The theme of the Panel Discussion: 'Role of Social Media in Effective Science Communication and Collaboration'

The public is increasingly aware of the Arctic and its importance to global climate and ecosystems. Yet, few people have experienced Arctic environments and the excitement scientific research in remote northern regions, despite the interconnectedness that technology offers. Our mission for the video blogs (vlogs) initiative is to help bring the public on a journey to the Arctic, to foster a deeper appreciation for northern environments and science!

APECS South Africa (APECSSA) will be holding the SCALE Mini Symposium on 28 August from 07:00-14:00 GMT. We will be hearing from early career researchers involved in SCALE, on their research aims, objectives and initial findings from the #SCALExperiment! The Symposium will consist of two sessions:

Webinar: Concisely Communicating the Relevance of your Arctic Research: Elevator Pitches and 2-pagers for Policy Makers

28 August 2019 @ 16:00 GMT

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web apecsWe are reaching out to you because we are planning to prepare a report to inform how to better support ECR attending conferences, workshops, etc. The report will be delivered to organizations giving travel support to ECRs (e.g. IASC) along with the wider scientific community. In order to reach robust conclusions, we need to collect information from an audience as broad as possible, therefore, we would appreciate very much if you could take 15 minutes to fill out this survey by 14th September 2019.

apecs logo webAPECS Webinar: Bias in professional relationships

Date and Time: 8 August 2019 at 20:00 GMT

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The webinar will be an airing of a panel that APECS Council member Meghan Helmberger helped organize with the CIRES (Cooperative Institute for Research in the Environmental Sciences) graduate association or CGA that she co-chairs at University of Colorado Boulder. The panel is 45 minutes long with about 15 minutes of questions/discussion and that will be followed by a question/answer period/discussion with the APECS community, including two of the original panelists (Kristy Tiampo and Chelsea Thompson).

APECSGermany LogoAPECS Germany workshop: Best practice - Science communication

Wednesday, Sept. 25 2019, 15:00 - 17:00
Bremen University

USAPESC newA scorching heat wave is about to consume about two-thirds of the US. Need to cool off? USAPECS is organizing the 4th Polar Film Fest, which will take place during APECS International Polar Week from September 23-28!

After the side meeting “Plastic at the Poles” during POLAR 2018 conference, the SCAR Plastic Action Group is happy to propose the Workshop “Plastic in the polar environment: sources, impact and solutions” which will take place in Hull, United Kingdom on 28-30th October 2019. More information about the activities, keynote speakers, and accommodation will be announced soon. The event will be free of charge, but with a limited number of places.

Executive Committee 2017 2018APPLY for the APECS Executive Committee to help shape our organization over the next year and help influence the future of polar research!

The elections for the 2019-2020 APECS Executive Committee will be held in September 2019 for the term from 1 October 2019 to 30 September 2020.

Application deadline: 30 August 2019 at 23:59 GMT

APECS will be organizing a workshop on 22 July 2019 at the upcoming XIII International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences (ISAES) https://www.isaes2019.org (22 – 26 July 2019, Incheon, Republic of Korea). The workshop with the title APECS workshop: careers and networking for Early Career Scientists will be from 18:00 – 21:00 in Songdo Convensia 2F, room 207. The workshop is focus on the career challenges that researchers face at different steps of their career, but in particular the personal challenges that you as attendant wish to rise up. It is an opportunity to find out about APECS, meet other Early Career researchers attending the conference, and discuss career options with our panel. 

We are pleased to announce that the Association for Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) is organising a 1 day event "Research in Svalbard: An APECS Workshop​". The workshop is a side event for the Svalbard Science Conference (SSC), and aims to bring together early career and established researchers with any interest in research or field work on Svalbard.

epb logo desktop 2015apecs logo webThe European Polar Board (EPB), in cooperation with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), is seeking one rapporteurto take minutes during the workshop, “Towards harmonisation of polar infrastructure access”, which will be held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria on the 1st August 2019. Application deadline on 10 July 2019.

Online Conference Logo 2019The fifth APECS International Online Conference was held on 20th of May 2019. A total of 31 early career researchers presented over 4 sessions that ran over 15 hours to accommodate time zones across the world. This year’s theme was: “Breaking Barriers: Promoting Interdisciplinarity in Polar Science”.

APECS congratulates the two prize winners, all of whom have won funds towards future conference travel:

APECS Canada and the ArcticNet Student Association are looking to recognize a mentor who has contributed significantly over a period of several years to the mentoring and fostering of polar early career researchers in Canada. The deadline for nomination package submissions is September 15, 2019.

apecs logo webThe first Organizational Review of APECS was conducted in 2015, and the results were used for developing the APECS Strategic Plan 2016 - 2020. In preparation for the drafting of the next APECS Strategic Plan 2021 - 2025 a second Organizational Review is being conducted throughout 2019. Findings will help the APECS leadership to better develop and adjust the strategy for APECS in the coming years.

You are invited to participate in this process and to provide feedback to the ORC by filling out a survey, which will take 20-30 minutes: https://form.jotformeu.com/91396124421352. The deadline has been extended to 30 June 2019!

1J8A7031 1 KopieDo you want to get (or remain) active in APECS and be involved in the APECS leadership? The applications for APECS Council 2019-2020 are open now! The application deadline is 31 July 2019 at 23:59 GMT.

APPLICATE course logos 2We would like to draw your attention to the APECS-APPLICATE-YOPP online course on “Advancing Predictive Capability of Northern Hemisphere Weather and Climate”. The online course is designed for early career researchers (e.g., Master and PhD students, Postdocs) with a specific interest in Arctic weather and climate prediction and modelling. The course will run from September to December 2019.

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We are delighted to announce that Floor van den Heuvel (EPFL and MeteoSwiss, Switzerland) has been selected to join the editorial board for the 2nd issue of the State of Environmental Science in Svalbard (SESS) report published by SIOS (Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System). SIOS plans to publish the report in January 2020 during the SIOS Polar Night Week in Longyearbyen.

The international programme Integrating Climate and Ecosystem Dynamics (ICED), in cooperation with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), is looking for 6 early career scientists to help out as rapporteurs for the session “Managing the effects of change on Southern Ocean ecosystems: Understanding, challenges, and solutions” at the IMBeR Future Oceans2 Conference. The session is scheduled for Wednesday 19th June, 11am-3.30pm. Application deadline is on monday 10th of June 2019!

The second China Polar Youth Forum, hosted by China Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS China), was successfully held at the International Conference Hall on the 5thfloor of Student Activity Center in East Campus of University of Science and Technology of China(USTC) by Anhui Province Key Laboratory of Polar Environment and Global Change of School of Earth and Space Sciences of USTC from May 25 to 26, 2019.

APECS Alpine / Cryosphere Webinar: Glacier changes in the European Alps between 1850 and 2100

Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Time: 15:00 GMT 

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Presenter: Dr. Michael Zemp, University of Zurich, Switzerland

COMNAPSCAR logo white backgroundapecs logo webEarly career researchers planning on applying to the 2019 SCAR and COMNAP Fellowship schemes are invited to participate in an online webinar that will introduce the available Fellowships and provide advice and practical tips on applying.

USAPESC newUSAPECS is hosting a ‘Polar Science 101’ webinar series this summer! The goal of the series is to share polar science in an easily and accessible way, and promote interdisciplinary collaboration amongst APECS members.

The June - Polar Science 101 webinar is titled Polar Science 101: Arctic Policy by Kelsey Aho on June 7th at 19:00 UCT. The 30 minute webinar (15 minute presentation and 15 minute Q&A) will introduce Kelsey and the Center for Arctic Policy Studies and will address the following:

apecs logo webThe first Organizational Review of APECS was conducted in 2015, and the results were used for developing the APECS Strategic Plan 2016 - 2020. In preparation for the drafting of the next APECS Strategic Plan 2021 - 2025 a second Organizational Review is being conducted throughout 2019. Findings will help the APECS leadership to better develop and adjust the strategy for APECS in the coming years.

apecs logo webNominations are now accepted for the APECS International Mentorship Award 2019!

APECS would like to recognize and honour the efforts of their mentors within the international polar science community. There are 2 award categories, which have been created to acknowledge the time and energy that mentors dedicated to early career researchers each year, and their efforts in building a supportive community.

USAPESC newUSAPECS is hosting a ‘Polar Science 101’ webinar series this summer! The goal of the series is to share polar science in an easily and accessible way, and promote interdisciplinary collaboration amongst APECS members.

This month’s Polar Science 101 webinar is titled Polar Science 101: International Teamwork by Pedro Marques Quinteiro on Friday, May 24, 2019 at 6 pm GMT. The 10-12 minute webinar will introduce Pedro and he will address the following:

Fieldwork Handbook Logos UpdatedThe Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), the INTERACT Station Manager`s Forum and the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) are proud to announce that we have developed a Fieldwork Planning Handbook for scientists; just in time for the start of the Arctic field season! The handbook will facilitate safe fieldwork and maximise the results of research and monitoring activities in the Arctic and other cold regions of the Northern Hemisphere.

Online Conference Logo 2019Registration is now open for audience members to participate in the APECS International Online Conference 2019 on 20 May! 

This year’s theme, “Breaking Barriers: Promoting Interdisciplinarity in Polar Science” aims to encourage collaboration between early career scientists from varied disciplines, working in the polar and alpine regions. 

APECS Sweden new logo 2016Swedish Polar Secretariat mobile highres logoAPECS Sweden & SPRS Workshop: Exploring the frontiers of Antarctic Research in Sweden

Time: May 23, 2019 at 9-12.

Place: Alexandria, Geovetarcentrum, Göteborg

For who?: Early career scientists who are interested in Polar Research

apecs logo webiasc webSCAR logo white backgroundAPECS is pleased to announce that it has renewed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) for a period of 5 years, extending the partnership through 2024. The first MoU was signed in 2008 with the creation of APECS and was renewed in 2013.

The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), the German Arctic Office of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), and the Icelandic Center for Research (RANNIS), in cooperation with the German Embassy in Reykjavik and supported by the German Federal Foreign Office are organizing a workshop "Raising awareness and building capacity for science-based policy-making" on 8 - 9 October 2019 in Reykjavik, Iceland just before the start of the Arctic Circle Assembly 2019.

APECS Alpine / Cryosphere Webinar: Thinking fast and slow about permafrost in high-mountain areas

Date: Friday, May 10, 2019

Time: 7:00 PM (UTC), 3:00 PM (EST)

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Presenter: Dr. Stephan Gruber, Carleton University, Canada

apecs logo webPEI LOGO iasc webSCAR logo white backgroundThe Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), Polar Educators International (PEI) and the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research(SCAR) jointly announce the opportunity for an AUTHOR to write a SCOPING DOCUMENT for the updated POLAR RESOURCE BOOK (PRB) PROJECT.

Dreaming of bringing polar and climate sciences actively into classrooms? Then this opportunity might be of interest for you.

The Workshop "Raising awareness and building capacity for science-based policy-making" will take place on 8 - 9 October 2019 in Reykjavik, Iceland, organized by the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), the German Arctic Office of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), and the Icelandic Center for Research (RANNIS), in cooperation with the German Embassy in Reykjavik and supported by the German Federal Foreign Office

APECS and the Arctic Research Icebreaker Consortium (ARICE) invite for a webinar on Proposal Writing, on 25 April 9-10 am GMT. The webinar is organized in two parts.

APECS Switzerland organised an Workshop on Public Outreach with the title "How to communicate Science?". It will take place in Bern, Switzerland on 24 April 2019. 

The EGU General Assembly 2019, taking place in Vienna (Austria) on 7–12 April 2019, will bring together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary, and space sciences. Full program can be found at https://www.egu2019.eu/

APECS will be co-organizing with the EGU Cryosphere Division the Polar Science Career Panel on 9 April from 12:45 - 13:45 in Room -2.32:

APECS will be organizing a workshop on “Socio-ecological interactions in the Arctic for Integral Sustainability" at the upcoming Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) 2019in Arkhangelsk, Russia  on 23 May 2019. 

The new abstract submission deadline is now April 22, 2019, for the 5th International YES Congress 2019, to be held at the Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany from  9 - 13 September 2019. 

apecs logo webSCAR logo white backgroundThe Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) in cooperation with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) is looking for an early career scientist to join the SCAR Antarctic Climate Change and the Environment (ACCE) Advisory Group.

The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) is proud to announce its 5th APECS International Online Conference on 20 May 2019. This year’s theme, “Breaking Barriers: Promoting Interdisciplinarity in Polar Science” aims to encourage collaboration between early career scientists from varied disciplines, working in the polar and alpine regions.

Polar Week logo2 01APECS International Polar Week March 2019 is approaching! A series of events will be organised all over the world, online and offline, in the week of March 17-23 to share and increase our knowledge of the polar regions!

APECS has released its annual report for the period of October 2017 to September 2018! The APECS Annual Report 2017-2018 was compiled by the APECS International Directorate Office based on information reported by the APECS committees, project groups and National Committees.

epb logo desktop 2015apecs logo webThe Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and the European Polar Board (EPB)are seeking 2 rapporteurs to take minutes during the upcoming EPB Spring Plenary Meeting, to be held in Lisbon, Portugal on the 27 - 28 March 2019.

 

Between January 20 – 24, the 13th Arctic Frontiers conference was held in Tromsø, Norway. The annual conference is an international event, linking policy makers, industry and academia focusing on the Arctic regions.

The EU Horizon 2020-funded APPLICATE project organised a 3-day Early Career Event in cooperation with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS). The workshop took place directly after the APPLICATE General Assembly at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) in Reading, UK, from January 30 to February 1, 2019.

The abstract submission deadline for the 5th International YES Congress 2019, to be held at the Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany from  9 - 13 September 2019 has extended. A full list of sessions and details on abstract submission can be found here: https://yesdeutschland.weebly.com/call-for-abstracts.html

Abstract submission deadline is now March 4, 2019

APECS is delighted to announce the publication of a journal article in Polar Record. The article summarises APECS' development since its foundation during the last International Polar Year (IPY) and highlights the valuable role of APECS' education and outreach initiatives, such as Polar Weeks, in training the next generation of polar early career scientists in a wide variety of skills from leadership to communication.

On December 10th, 2018 USAPECS held a panel on Diversity and Inclusion in the Polar Sciences at the 2018 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting.

apecs logo webiasc webThe Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) in cooperation with the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC)is pleased to announce the availability of travel support for the Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) 2019 (22-30 May 2019, Arkhangelsk, Russia).

The German Chapter of the Young Earth Scientists Network (YES) is pleased to announce the 5th International YES Congress 2019 to be held at the Freie Universität Berlin in Berlin, Germany from 9 - 13 September 2019. The congress will have the theme “Rocking Earth’s Future”

From hostile work environments to all white faculty rosters, polar research can be a pretty intimidating place at times. In the age of MeToo, what are polar agencies doing about it? Find out at the APECS webinar "Polar Policy: How Polar Agencies Are Changing their Policies to be More Inclusive" on February 26th at 16:30-18:00 GMT.

The APECS national committees of the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg teamed up in 2018 to organize an international outreach project within the context of Antarctica Day for elementary school children. Antarctica Day is a tradition within APECS and usually revolves around outreach projects teaching young children about Antarctica, and polar science in general.

The ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) was held in Ottawa (Canada) December 10-14, 2018 The event was the arena for several APECS Canada related activities, notably the 2018 Student Day. APECS Canada had several representatives on the ArcticNet Student Association (ASA) Student Day Planning Committee: Jean Holloway, Marianne Falardeau, Jacqueline Hung.

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The International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) have the pleasure to announce the start of the 2019 IASC Fellowship Program. The Program received 108 applications for only 5 slots.

ARICE (https://arice.eu/) invites for a webinar organized by APECS (https://www.apecs.is/) and IOPAN (http://www.iopan.gda.pl/). This webinar will take place on 19th February at 9 am UTC and is dedicated to pre-cruise planning and preparing for ship-based research activities.

The first order draft (FOD) of the Working Group I (WGI) 6th Assessment Report (AR6) by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) is due to be published around 2021. APECS, PYRN and YESS, WCPA, and PAGES ECN are coordinating the next review by early career experts that will take place between April and June 2019.

SOOSLogo1aapecs logo webThe Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and the Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS) are looking for an early career scientist to join the SOOS Amundsen/Bellinghausen Sector Regional Working Group (Amundsen RWG).

Thank you to all the participants for their submissions to APECS Antarctica Day Photo Contest 2018 ‘Tell a story’. The entries showed various facets of Antarctica from its natural beauties to the research activities and many more with a short interesting story behind it.

Antarctic Science Logo copyIn coordination with APECS, Antarctic Science are running a webinar to help potential applicants of the 2019 Antarctic Science Bursary. This bursary runs every year and is for up to £6000 to support PhD or early career researchers to extend the scope of an existing research project. More details here: http://www.antarcticsciencebursary.org.uk/

APECS was invited to contribute to a side-event for early-career researchers (ECR) on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Climate Change and the Oceans and the Cryosphere (SROCC) during the Past Global Changes (PAGES) conference in Bern, Switzerland on December 18th, 2018.

IMG 0953 Tayana ArakchaaAPECS held a presentation about APECS at the Tuvan State University, at Kyzyl, Tyva Republic, Russia on December 7, 2018. 

Four young researchers doing polar science (Andrea Bueno, Miguel Ángel Fernández, Isaac Garrido y Luis Rodríguez), members of APECS Spain, shared through short and dynamic talks at Madrid's 'Museo Geominero' their scientific studies done in Antarctica. They also presented relevant information about Antarctica's organization and history, and about the presence of Spain in the continent.

yeslogo 1The 5th International YES Congress will be held from the 9th to 13th September 2019 in the vibrant city of Berlin, Germany. The YES Congress in 2019 will be a special opportunity for young scientists from all over the world to share their experiences, their science and culture and to expand their skills.

January is coming soon and with it the Arctic Frontiers conference in Tromsø, Norway, between January 20 and 24!

Please see the little end-of-the-year-review of APECS Germany! It’s interactive. Click on the icons for more information. The Board of APECS Germany wishes you all the best for 2019 and is looking forward to new activties - maybe together with you?

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Photo4 Jilda CaccavoDuring the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) hosted a series of symposia.

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On November 30th, 16 young researchers met in Bremerhaven for the PYRN-APECS Workshop during the 10th meeting of the Working Group Permafrost of the German Society of Polar Research (DGP) in Bremerhaven (30 Nov – 1 Dec 2018).

apecs logo webInteract logoThe Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and the International Network of Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic (INTERACT) collaborate on developing the INTERACT Fieldwork Planning Handbook that summarizes many important aspects that need to be considered when preparing a field campaign in the remote, spectacular, but unforgiving Arctic.

APECS Turkey, in conjunction with ITU PolRec, hosted a workshop on Education and Outreach in the Polar Sciences in Istanbul, Turkey, at the Istanbul Technical University (ITU) from 3 - 4 October. In total, 18 attendees representing 9 countries participated in the 2-day workshop. Sessions and presentations focused on National Committee activities, the development of a polar-themed museum in Turkey, methods for outreach, introduction of polar-themed activities in primary schools within Mexico, and a discussion towards the progression of the APECS Developmental Program. Ideas were also exchanged on how to engage an audience comprised of the entire family, rather than just school-age children.

iasc webAWI WortBildmarke Farbe RGBmosaic logo Auswahl 2 rgb 08The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and the Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC) Project are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the MOSAiC School 2019.

AntarcticaDayLogoAntarctica Day is celebrated internationally on 1 December, marking the day of the signing of the Antarctic Treaty in 1959. 59 years ago, Antarctica became a continent dedicated to peace and scientific international collaboration!

iasc webapecs logo webAPECS and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) are organizing a webinar for all those interested in applying to the 2019 IASC Fellowship Program. We will be introducing the IASC Fellowship Program, and several of the current and past IASC Fellows will be introducing themselves and discuss their work with the IASC Working Groups. The webinar will also provide the opportunity for potential applications to ask questions about the program and the application process.

In the 26th of October the University of Aveiro staged another edition of APECS Portugal Workshop, the IX Workshop APECS Portugal. This year the theme was “StAY POLAR – How to communicate science?”, where several topics related to the importance of science communication were developed throughout the day.

APECS Portugal Workshop - StAY POLAR - How to communicate science

26 October 2018, University of Aveiro, Portugal

APECS Portugal workshops cover topics targeting early career researchers, providing free opportunities for professional career development. This year, the IX Workshop APECS Portugal will focus on Science Communication. From scientific conferences, to talks in schools, social media and communicating with policy makers, learning how to communicate well is increasingly relevant to the career development of young researchers. A diverse public requires the researcher to adapt the language to share scientific knowledge in a clear way for every audience. During the workshop, we will have national and international speakers from different institutions sharing their experience communicating with different audiences, including communication of large European scientific projects, communication of scientific journals, and communication with Indigenous communities. Following the talks, we will have a hands-on activity under the same topic, which will stimulate the active participation of early career researchers. The workshop will conclude with a debate on science communication featuring all the invited speakers, and open for public participation. Additionally, the attendants will have opportunities to interact and network with the speakers, as well as other participants and APECS mentors during coffee and lunch breaks.

Since the APECS Portugal workshops take place as part of the Portuguese Conference on Polar Sciences, and along with the science communication topic, this year we will offer prices for best student oral and poster presentation. This will further contribute to engage the development of early career researchers in science communication.

If you cannot join the event on site, you can follow it online via this link: https://zoom.us/j/357199619

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iasc webapecs logo webThe International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), in cooperation with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), invites Early Career Scientists (ECS) to apply for the 2019 IASC Fellowship Program.

The IASC Fellowship Program is meant to engage ECS in the work of the IASC Working Groups (WGs): Atmosphere, Cryosphere, Marine, Social & Human, and Terrestrial. Each year, one Fellow per WG is chosen.

IASC Fellows are doctoral or postdoctoral researchers who actively participate in selected activities of the IASC WGs. Fellows are expected to contribute scientifically and also to help organize specific activities and to help with reporting to the IASC Secretariat. Thus, the Fellowship Program provides the opportunity for ECSs to become involved in leading-edge scientific activities at a circumarctic and international level, to build an international network, and also to develop management skills. The level of involvement very much depends on the Fellow's interest - the more you invest, the more you get out of it!

The total duration of the IASC Fellowship Program is 1+2 years. In their first year, the Fellows will receive travel support to attend two consecutive Arctic Science Summit Weeks (ASSWs) where the annual WG meetings are held. After the first year, Fellows have the opportunity to stay involved for up to 2 more years without dedicated funding support from IASC. Note: The travel support during the first fellowship year is the only financial remuneration for the Fellows. Salary is not included during the fellowship.

For more information please see the IASC website or contact the IASC Fellowship Coordinator Maja Lisowska (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or the APECS Executive Director Gerlis Fugmann (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

For this round of applications, interested ECSs must fulfill the following criteria:

  • PhD student/candidate or postdoctoral researcher (up to 5 years past terminal degree)
  • Able to commit to participating in the activities of one of an IASC WG for at least 1 year
  • Able to attend the two upcoming ASSWs: 22 - 30 May 2019 in Arkhangelsk, Russia, and 27 March - 2 April 2020 in Akureyri, Iceland
  • Located at an institution in an IASC member country
  • Have a good command of English

How to apply:

If you are interested in this amazing opportunity then please fill out this application form. You can upload your CV as a PDF file within the form. If you have problems accessing or submitting the form, please contact the APECS Executive Director Gerlis Fugmann at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive a Word version of the form.

Application deadline is Monday 19 November 2018 at 13:00 GMT. Late applications will not be considered. Successful applicants will be notified before the end of the year.

Selection process:

The selection of candidates is coordinated by APECS and will be only based on the material you provide in the application form. So be as specific as possible. Applications will be reviewed according to multiple criteria including your research background and the quality of your statement of interest of why you would like to become an IASC Fellow. Top candidates will be suggested to the WG Steering Committees, who will decide on their 2019 IASC Fellow.

The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS)and the University of the Arctic ran a joint science communication workshop in connection with the UArctic Congress 2018 in Oulu, Finland, from 3-4 September 2018. On the first day the participants worked with mentors on a range of communication techniques, including storytelling techniques (Jessica Rohde); producing videos in iMovie (Sonja Bickford); and using social media for science communication (Hanne Nielsen). Mentors also provided best practice advice on how to communicate science to policy makers and the public (Nate Bickford), and ways of communicating with the media (Markku Heikkilä).

APECS - UArctic 2018 Student Workshop from APECS Webinars on Vimeo.

The theme of knowing your audience was common across all three sessions. For those wanting to inform evidence-based policy, Nate Bickford stressed the importance of communicating with policy makers at a local level, and with policy advisors. During the social media session, Hanne Nielsen outlined a range of tools available on social media, from the academic-focussed Researchgate through to popular platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Participants were asked to consider how they “brand” themselves as researchers, and which networks they are a part of, and to then choose a platform that would help them reach their desired networks.

All participants developed an “elevator pitch” about their own research, and practiced explaining the significance of their work to each other. They then considered how they might alter the pitch when talking to a range of specific audiences, including policy makers, family members, and young children. In order to develop skills in both speaking to camera and editing video, these pitches were filmed. Participants then put their new skills into practice throughout the duration of the congress, tweeting from the sessions, and using their elevator pitches when explaining their research to other delegates.

The workshop culminated in the production of a video, which highlights the UArctic conference activities (including twitter activity), as well as the projects of several participants. The video, which was presented at the Helsinki welcoming reception on Thursday evening on September 6th, can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/295284697

Thank you to the mentors who helped make this workshop such a valuable learning opportunity, and to all the participants who communicated with a range of audiences throughout the #UArcticCongress2018 event!

apecs logo webAPECS is excited to announce that another leadership term has begun on 1 October 2018!

APECS Executive Committee 2018-2019:

APECS’ 12th Executive Committee (ExCom) is now in place and ready to continue to shape the polar world.

  • Jilda Caccavo (University of Padua, Italy)
  • Jennifer Cooper (University of Kansas, USA)
  • Clare Eayrs (New York University Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)
  • Juan Höfer (Southern University of Chile & IDEAL research center, Chile)
  • Gabriela Roldán (University of Canterbury, New Zealand)

have been elected by members of the 2017-2018 APECS Council to form the ExCom, the main leadership body of APECS. Hanne Nielsen (Australia) and Alexander Thornton (USA) will serve as ex-officios and support the new ExCom over the coming year. And of course, Gerlis Fugmann, the APECS Executive Director will continue to support and foster the group from the International Directorate Office in Potsdam, Germany.

More information on the APECS 2018-2019 Executive Committee can be found here.

 

Jilda Caccavo 2018 1APECS President 2018-2019:

With a new term, comes a new president, and this year Jilda Caccavo will be taking on this role. Jilda just completed her PhD on the population structure of the keystone species the Antarctic silverfish. Her research interests involve combining 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. This is her second term on the APECS Executive Committee and she is excited to have the opportunity to continue to support the ambitious projects of the Council, the day to day business of running APECS, and realizing the overarching goals of each ExCom’s mandate: providing opportunities for and supporting early career Polar researchers.

 

APECS Council 2018-2019:

For the 2018-2019 term, the APECS Council is made up of 87 very enthusiastic members from 28 countries, including representatives from 24 National Committees:

APECS Council Leadership:

  • Council Chairs: Stanislav Ksenofontov (Switzerland), Morgan Seag (UK), Neelu Singh (India)
  • National Committee Coordinators: Iqra Choudhry (UK), Emily Choy (Canada), Swati Nagar (India)
  • Social Media Coordinators: Mia Bennett (Hong Kong), Rupa Rupa (UK)

Other Council member:

Kelsey Aho (USA), Keechy Akkerman (UK), Mehnaz Alam (Bangladesh), Stefano Ambroso (Spain), Tayana Arakchaa (Russia), Eda Ayadin (France), Atreya Basu (Canada), Linde van Bets (Netherlands), François Burgay (Italy), Natalie Carter (Canada), Mathieu Casado (Germany), Paula de Castro-Fernández (Spain), Nicolas Champollion (France), Eleonora Conca (Italy), Matteo Luciano Contu (UK), Adrian Dahood (USA), Rahul Dey (India), Mariama Dryak (USA), Vikram Goel (Norway / India), Gwenaëlle Gremion (Canada), Rebecca Gugerli (Switzerland), Hugo Guímaro (Portugal), Kaushik Gupta (Canada), Christel Hansen (South Africa), Carolynn Harris (USA), Alexa Hasselman (USA), Meghan Helmberger (USA), Andrea Herbert (New Zealand), Charlie Hewitt (UK), Doğaç Baybars Işıler (Turkey), Shridhar Jawak (Norway), Amy Kirkham (United States), Maria Korneykova (Russia), Erin Kunisch (Norway), Kara Layton (Australia), Jasmine Lee (Australia), Sasha Leidman (USA), Martine Lizotte (Canada), Sarah Maes (Belgium), Maciej Mańko (Poland), Sebastián Marinsek (Argentina), Ricardo Matias (Portugal), Claudia Maturana (Chile), Kyle Mayers (UK), Jhon Fredy Mojica Moncada (United Arab Emirates), Bernabé Moreno (Peru), K M Vishnu Namboodiri (India), Özgun Oktar (Turkey), Elizabeth Orr (USA), Prashant H. Pandit (India), Lindsey Parkinson (USA), Lara F. Pérez (UK), Carla Pérez Mon (Switzerland), Jean Polfus (Canada), Ankit Pramanik (Norway), José Queirós (Portugal), Arthi Ramachandran (Canada), Kabir Rasouli (Canada), Corinna Röver (Sweden), Jessica Rohde (USA), Paul Rosenbaum (France), Marius Rossouw (South Africa), Elizabeth Rudolph (South Africa), Cynthia Sassenroth (Germany), Valentina Savaglia (Belgium), José Seco (Portugal / UK), Elisa Seyboth (Brazil), Sarah Shakil (Canada), Grace Shephard (Norway), Maud van Soest (United Kingdom), Philip Sontag (USA), Greta Carrete Vega (Spain), Florian Vidal (France), Deniz Vural (Turkey), Mateusz Waligóra (Poland), Samuel Weber (Switzerland), Maximillian Samuel Van Wyk de Vries (USA), Nadya Yanakieva (Bulgaria), Sinan Yirmibesoglu (Turkey)

Additionally, Alice Bradley (USA), Meagan Dewar (Australia) Jean Holloway (Canada), Trista Vick-Majors (United States), Ruth Vingerhagen (Norway), Yulia Zaika (Russia), Scott Zolkos (Canada) remain on the Council in an ex-officio role.

More information on the APECS 2018-2019 Council can be found here.

Once again, we thank the many APECS leaders that have come before us and have helped guide and foster many of those serving today! We look forward to another year with the projects that are currently underway, and continue to look for more ways that we can improve and expand this organization and assist early career polar researchers around the world.

APECS Leadership 2018-2019 Map

APECS Leadership Map 2018 2019

USAPESC newThe 3rd Annual Polar Film Festival was held during this year's fall Polar Week, featuring films submitted from all around the world. This virtual film showcase allows for online accessibility to film submissions in locations spanning the globe. Submissions to this year's festival fell into themes including:

  • Tipping the Balance: Exploring rapid changes in polar ice cover (Monday)
  • Polar Research, Field Work, and Citizen Science (Tuesday and Wednesday)
  • Melt: An exploration of life in the polar ice pack (Thursday)
  • Environmental issues in the polar regions (Friday)

If you haven't yet had the opportunity to access the amazing entries from this year's festival, you can still access them online at: http://usapecs.wixsite.com/usapecs/copy-of-polar-film-festival-2018

Please share some your favorite parts of this year's submissions on social media using the hashtag #PolarFilmFest. Thanks for tuning in, and we look forward to sharing more polar films with you for years to come!

epb logo desktop 2015The European Polar Board, in cooperation with APECS, is seeking 4 rapporteurs to take minutes during their upcoming Autumn Plenary Meeting, to be held at La Cristalera, near Madrid, Spain on 20 - 21 November 2018. This meeting will include both normal order of business, as well as a retreat where the EPB Members will discuss implementation of their Strategy. For an early career researcher, this is a fairly unique opportunity to know how an international organisation works on a regular basis, as well as how it views, sets and reviews medium and long term goals.

The note taking will be for two full days (20th and 21st Nov), working with the EPB Secretariat. There will be a mixture of Plenary and breakout sessions, where you will have to work both in teams and by yourself. Cleaned and formatted notes should be provided to the EPB Secretariat within two days of the end of meeting. Transport to La Cristalera will be provided. Due to the fast moving nature of the meeting, it is desirable to have (1) a very high command of the English language, (2) some prior experience of rapporteuring or note taking, and (3) some knowledge of international polar organisations.

A short online meeting between the selected rapporteurs and the EPB Secretariat will be held during the week prior to the meeting to clarify duties and go over the meeting agenda.

The EPB will provide for the selected rapporteur:

  • Return flights or travel expenses up to €200 to get to Madrid (reaching Madrid daytime on the 19th Nov, and leaving Madrid on 22nd Nov)
  • Transport to meeting venue from Madrid, accommodation and meals from evening 19th Nov to Lunch 22nd Nov will be provided to the rapporteurs
  • Additional € 80 to cover any extra costs incurred (with receipts).

The copies of all receipts must be provided for the EPB to reimburse any expenses.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please provide a one-page CV and a 500 word statement detailing your previous experience as a rapporteur and motivation to attend no later than Monday 8 October 2018 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SOOSLogo1aapecs logo webThe Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and the Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS) are looking for early career scientists to join the SOOS West Antarctic Peninsula Working Group (WAP WG) and the SOOS Southern Ocean Air-Sea Fluxes Working Group (SOFLUX WG).

About both positions:

Position 1: SOOS West Antarctic Peninsula and Scotia Arc Working Group (WAP WG): The West Antarctic Peninsula and Scotia Arc Working Group (WAP WG) of the Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS) are inviting applicants for one early career scientist on our committee.The WAP WG APECS representative will attend WG meetings, and be responsible for assisting with data collection, curation, and reportage, and will be an important link is liaising between APECS and SOOS. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from countries not yet represented by the working group steering committee. For specific questions on this position contact Kate Hendry (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Sian Henley (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Oscar Schofield (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Position 2: SOOS Southern Ocean Air-Sea Fluxes Working Group (SOFLUX WG): Early career position available within the steering committee of the SOOS capability working group on Southern Ocean Air-Sea Fluxes (SOFLUX). An early career representative will contribute to telecons and planning discussions, and help to coordinate information sharing within the SOFLUX community. SOFLUX interests include fluxes of heat, fresh water, momentum, and gases. SOFLUX has three active themes: coordinating in situ observations of air-sea fluxes, including promoting process studies and sustained observations; evaluating requirements for air-sea fluxes; building links to modeling, assimilation, and satellite observations to provide a global assessment of air-sea fluxes. The early career representative will participate in telecons and meetings, help to take minutes and compile notes, serve as a liaison to APECS, help to prepare newsletter items, and contribute to other steering committee activities. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from countries not yet well represented by the SOFLUX working group steering committee. For specific questions on this position contact Sarah Gille (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Seb Swart (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), and Louise Newman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Both positions will be for 2 years and non-salaried, but there will be travel reimbursement for attending one meeting if the working group holds a meeting during your term, and potential for co-authorship of publications.

To apply, you need to meet the following criteria:

  • early career researcher (up to 5 years past PhD)
  • Have a research background that fits the focus of the two groups:
    Position 1: working knowledge of observational research of the Southern Ocean with a particular interest in the WAP and Scotia Sea areas.
    Position 2: research focus on fluxes of heat, fresh water, momentum, and gases in the Southern Ocean.
  • Country restrictions: We welcome applications from early career researchers worldwide and especially from countries not yet well represented the two groups.

How to apply?

Please send the following information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by no later than 10 October at 23:59 GMT

  • your CV
  • Statement of Interest (max one page), including your research background, your motivation in joining the working group, and your thoughts on how you can contribute to the group and how this would benefit your career

flyer september2018 KopieJoin us in celebrating APECS International Polar Week September 2018 from September 17-23! Polar Week is a series of events happening globally, with the goal of promoting the science taking place in polar latitudes.

This September, our theme is #PolarNumbers with a focus on showcasing quantitative aspects of your own polar education and research interests. Everyone deals with numbers - whether it be, for example, the number of penguins in your study, the number of days you spent in the field this summer, the year of a historical event, a statistically significant data point in your recent research, or just your favourite polar-related number - we want to know!’ We encourage you to share your #PolarNumbers through a series of fun and professional activities online, and don’t forget to seek out local events through your National Committee.

If you are oganizing your own Polar Week activity, please submit details via the Polar Week website.

To find out more about the events and how to participate, please visit our Polar Week website. If you have any questions or would like to get involved, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

iasc webapecs logo webT-MOSAiC and APECS are pleased to announce the availability of partial travel support for early career researchers to attend the 3rd T-MOSAiC workshop on 10 December 2018 during the ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting 2018 in Ottawa, Canada. The funding is generously provided by the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC).

T-MOSAiC(Terrestrial Multidisciplinary distributed Observatories for the Study of Arctic Connections) is an IASC pan-Arctic, land-based program that would extend the activities that are currently in advanced planning for the IASC flagship program MOSAiC: ‚The Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate“. MOSAiC is a multinational year-round study (2019-2020) of the central Arctic Ocean to measure the coupling between atmosphere, sea ice, ocean and ecosystem processes.

The 3rd T-MOSAiC workshop will be divided into a closed session for the steering committee (8:00 - 12:00) and an open meeting in which all are welcome (13:00 - 17:00). The selected travel support recipients would be expected to attend the entire day. All travel support recipients have to be registered for the ArcticNet ASM meeting .

Applicants should be:

  • Early career researchers up to 5 years past PhD
  • Affiliated with an institution in an IASC member country
  • Have not received IASC travel support in the 18 months before December 2018
  • Have a research background that fits with one of the IASC working groups

To apply for the travel support please fill out this application form: https://goo.gl/forms/y5AMSBzo5lxymVEY2.  Application deadline for the travel support will be on 5 October 2018. 

Please note, that there will also be T-MOSAiC Workshop at the upcoming Arctic Science Summit Week 2019 (22 - 30 May 2019, Arkhangelsk, Russia) for which travel support will be announced in early 2019. It is only possible to receive travel support for either the workshop in Ottawa or in Arkhangelsk but not both.

The review and selection process of travel support recipients is organized by the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) in close cooperation with T-MOSAiC. If you have any questions about the funding, please contact the APECS International Directorate office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

iasc webRegistration is now openfor the 2019 Workshop on the Dynamics and Mass Budget of Arctic Glaciers & the IASC Network on Arctic Glaciology Annual Meeting. 

The meeting will take place at Bardøla Hotel in Geilo, Norway, 20-24 January 2019, and host a cross-cutting activity of the Marine and Cryosphere working groups of IASC: “The importance of Arctic glaciers for the Arctic marine ecosystem”.

The meeting is open to anyone interested in Arctic Glaciology and proglacial marine ecosystems. The cross-cutting activity aims at bringing together people from glaciology, marine ecology and oceanography - more details below.

You can register and submit your abstracts (maximum length 300 words) by filling this online-form (copy paste the following link into your web browser: https://goo.gl/forms/nhmcMqH14RbHXYkx1

Registration deadline is October 31, 2018. Indicate whether you prefer oral or poster presentation and if your presentation is a contribution to the cross-cutting activity. If you have questions, e-mail Thorben Dunse (Thorben.Dunse [at] hvl.no).

Travel support is available for early-career scientists (up to 5 years past PhD), prioritizing those that wish to contribute to the cross-cutting activity. Funds will be distributed through the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS)

For further info on travel support, cross-cutting activity and workshop logistics read below or visit the IASC-NAG website: https://nag.iasc.info/workshop

Best regards,

Thorben Dunse, on behalf of the IASC Network on Arctic Glaciology and co-conveners of IASC cross-cutting activity, Renate Degen, Monika Kędra, Shin Sugiyama, Marit Reigstad and Martin Sharp

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Contributions:

We welcome contribution on all aspects concerning the mass balance and dynamics of arctic glaciers and ice caps, including the Greenland Ice Sheet, and that utilize a broad range of methods, including field observations, remote sensing and modelling. We especially encourage submission to our cross-cutting activity.

Contributions in the form of oral presentations and or posters are welcomed. Presentation will be 15-20 minutes, including discussion. For those who bring a poster, time will be reserved in the program to give a short 2-3 minute introduction to the poster. Three days of talks and poster presentations, as well as open-forum discussions are planned.

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Cross-cutting activity on “The importance of Arctic glaciers for the Arctic marine ecosystem”
Conveners: Thorben Dunse, Renate Degen, Monika Kędra, Shin Sugiyama, Marit Reigstad, Martin Sharp

Arctic glaciers contribute significant amounts of freshwater into Arctic fjords/ocean, in form of surface melt and runoff and frontal ablation (iceberg calving and submarine melt). While the impact on glacial freshwater-discharge on fjord and ocean circulation is widely recognized, awareness of the potential impacts of glacial processes and glacier-change on marine ecosystems and biodiversity is only emerging.

This cross-cutting activity is endorsed by the Cryosphere and Marine working groups of IASC. Following up on last year’s event in Obergurgl, Austria, the cross-cutting aims at bringing together people from glaciology, marine ecology and oceanography to stimulate cross-disciplinary research.

Topics may include
· proglacial marine ecosystems (e.g. plankton, benthos, fish, seabirds and marine mammals) and their response to glacier processes and glacier changes
· glacier-ocean interactions / physical and bio-geochemical processes at tidewater-glacier termini
· glacigenic sediment and nutrient delivery to adjacent seas and downstream ecosystems
· new technologies to investigate proglacial marine environments

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Financial support:

apecs logo webWe have received financial support from the IASC Cryosphere and Marine working groups to enable early career scientists to participate in the meeting and cross-cutting activity, in particular. Funds will be distributed through the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS; www.apecs.is). Eligible for the funding will be early career scientist who meet the following criteria:

  • are within 5 years of finishing their PhD
  • are affiliated with an institution in an IASC member country (Austria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA)
  • have submitted an abstract for the workshop
  • have a research background relevant to the meeting
  • have not received IASC travel support in the last 18 months prior to January 2019

If you are interested, please fill out the following google form https://goo.gl/forms/0vLYQlajcbiQ9fqg2 by no later than 31 October 2018. If you have problems accessing the online form, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive a word version.

If you have questions regarding the funding applications, please contact the APECS Executive Director Gerlis Fugmann (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). If support is granted, reimbursement will be after the meeting through the IASC Office. Detailed information will be provided to those selected for the travel support. Those supported have to provide a brief 1-2 page report to IASC after the meeting.

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Meeting venue and accommodation:

The workshop will be held at Bardøla Hotel in Geilo, Norway. Accommodation is available within the main building or in comfortable cabins, shared by four to eight persons (https://bardola.no/en/rooms/). Rates are NOK 1250/1050 per person and day in a single or double room, respectively (around 125 or 105 Euros) and cover full board from dinner on arrival to lunch on departure day, refreshments/coffee/tea during two daily breaks and access to conference facilities, swimming pool and training facilities. To make reservations contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and mention that you are participating in the "Arctic Glaciology Workshop 2019”. If you choose to stay in a cabin, you may want to organize yourself in a group and provide a name list. Please inform the hotel about any dietary preferences you may have.

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Travel information:

Geilo is located 250 km northwest from Oslo and best reached by train (3.5 to 4 hours from Oslo). Bardøla hotel offers free shuttle service for groups up to 7-14 persons to and from Geilo station, upon request. For larger groups, expect to pay a return fee of around NOK 100 per person.
Geilo offers a wide range of winter activities, including great opportunities for alpine and cross-country skiing (https://www.skigeilo.no/en).

Polar Week logo2 01USAPESC newIn conjunction with the APECS International Polar Week September 2018, USAPECS is hosting the 3rd annual Polar Film Fest during the week of 18-22 September 2018. For five days, the Polar Film Fest will feature short films about the Arctic, Antarctic, and wider cryosphere. This year’s daily themes include:

Monday: Tipping the Balance: Exploring rapid changes in polar ice cover

Tuesday and Wednesday: Polar Research, Field Work, and Citizen Science

Thursday: Melt: An exploration of life in the polar ice pack

Friday: Environmental issues in the polar regions

To view the films visit the USAPECS Polar Film Fest 2018 website

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Polar Week logo2 01USAPESC newIn conjunction with the APECS International Polar Week September 2018, USAPECS is hosting the 3rd annual Polar Film Fest during the week of 18-22 September 2018. For five days, the Polar Film Fest will feature short films about the Arctic, Antarctic, and wider cryosphere. This year’s daily themes include:

Monday: Tipping the Balance: Exploring rapid changes in polar ice cover

Tuesday and Wednesday: Polar Research, Field Work, and Citizen Science

Thursday: Melt: An exploration of life in the polar ice pack

Friday: Environmental issues in the polar regions

To view the films visit the USAPECS Polar Film Fest 2018 website

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The 5th International YES (Young Earth Scientists) Congress 2019 will be held from 9 - 13 September 2019 in Berlin, Germany and APECS is a partner to the congress.

The YES Congress in 2019 will be a special opportunity for early career scientists from all over the world to share their experiences, their science and culture, and to expand their skills. We will be offering numerous summer schools and a "Workshop on Global Geochemical Baselines and Resourcing" in the period before and after the congress. Different events ranging from invited keynote lectures, to "elevator pitches" and a "market of opportunities" will offer young talents the possibility to introduce themselves to potential future employers from industry, business, universities and public authorities, and to discover opportunities for training and research in Germany.

In 2019, the 5th YES Congress will have the theme "Rocking Earth's Future".

Global change confronts us with major challenges such as rapid population growth, increasing urbanization, global warming, soil destruction and water pollution. Globalization processes increase further our vulnerability. For early career researchers, the task is to ensure that humanity is prepared to tackle all these challenges in a smart and sustainable way. This requires hard facts, reproducible and transparent science and a sound commitment.

The YES Congress 2019 will attempt at "Rocking Earth's Future" by focusing on six large topical issues:

  • Ashes to Ashes - Understanding Earth Processes
  • Unboxing Earth - Interdisciplinary Problem Solving
  • Heritage Earth - Sustainable Resource Management
  • Society at Risk - Impacting Earth Phenomena
  • Brave New World - Advanced Technologies in Earth Sciences
  • Beyond Printing - Communicating Science

For those themes, we invite you to submit your session proposals. Session formats can be anything from traditional oral presentations and poster presentations, to roundtable discussions, panel discussions, interactive Q&A sessions, open discussion rounds, science slams, barcamps, PICO, field trips, elevator pitches or others. Be creative!

Submission deadline is 30 September 2018

The lead convener in each session proposal has to be an early career scientist!

Read the detailed call for sessions on the congress website and find out how to submit your session proposal. For questions please contact the organizing committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Interact logoapecs logo webAPECS is currently involved in the EU Horizon 2020-funded INTERACT (International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic) project. One of our tasks has been to produce example introductory videos of some of the INTERACT research stations. Two of these have now produced, for:

These videos are there to provide a brief introduction to each research station, what facilities are available, what research is carried out there, and other general information about the area.

Find out more about how APECS is involved in INTERACT here or the INTERACT project here.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) special report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) will be published in September 2019. APECS is coordinating the next review by early career experts that will take place between November and December 2018.

From last April, the APECS-IPCC working group went though the first Round of Review of this report, working with up to hundred international selected early career reviewers. This first Round was a success, and we published about it in Nature Correspondence in August. Participation recognizes you not only as an early career expert, but is also an exciting opportunity to gain valuable insight and training in how the scientific review process of such a report is conducted.

We are now looking for reviewers for the second round of review and encourage members from various career stages to participate, from advanced Master students, PhD students, postdoctoral researchers to early career faculty members! (If you do not fit in these categories and are interested in applying, please email us with a short explanation so we can determine eligibility.) If you want to participate, please fill out this online form, by no later than 8 October 2018 (23:59 GMT). Accepted participants will be assigned to a chapter and contacted by the end of October.

The second round of reviews will take place from 16 November 16 December 2018, so applicants should make sure they have the necessary amount of time available during this period. You need to be intimately familiar with the recent literature in your field and will need to review roughly 10 to 20 pages of the special report. These are not anonymous reviews, so this means you will be individually credited for your contribution, and your comments will be made a part of the public record. Further informations about the reviewing process will be given to the selected participants.

For further details on the general review process for the report go to: https://www.ipcc.ch/report/srocc/ . If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Do you know anyone who has made a meaningful impact to the scientific community in the North?

APECS Canada and the ArcticNet Student Association are looking to recognize a mentor who has contributed significantly over a period of several years to the mentoring and fostering of polar early career researchers in Canada.

We encourage nomination packages from a variety of backgrounds for this award, including academics, industry professionals, community members, Elders, educators, public servants, and anyone else that has made a meaningful impact on polar early career researchers.

For more information on the award and how to nominate a mentor, visit www.apecscanada.wixsite.com/ehpecs/mentor-award. The deadline for nomination package submissions is September 14, 2018.

Mentor Award Call 2018 English

APECSSA WorkshopAPECS South Africa hosted their 1st workshop at the recent 5th SANAP/NRF PI Symposium. The symposium is organised every two years and open to any researcher and student involved in South African polar research. Since many of the APECS South Africa National Committee members were attending we decided to maximise on this opportunity to hold a workshop where we would spread the word about APECS & APECS South Africa, while also using the event to celebrate the 1st successful year as a NC.

The workshop was held on the evening of 14 August and was attended by approximately 40 people. Since APECSSA is a fairly new group within APECS, the majority of the workshop was used to introduce APECS and APECSSA to the participants.

We spoke about:

  • Who APECS is;
  • Who APECS South Africa is;
  • Advantages of joining APECS and APECS South Africa (we also spoke to PIs about the mentor program and got some promises to sign up);
  • Group activity/discussion on how to maximise attendance at conferences and networking from an established researcher's perspective, as well as an emerging researcher's perspective. Ian Meiklejohn from Rhodes University was kind enough to speak to the workshop participants from an established researcher's perspective. The APECS South Africa Chair (Christel Hansen) spoke from the view of an emerging researcher's perspective. 
  • The workshop concluded with more information on joining APECS and/or the APECS South Africa NC.

APECS South Africa was able to hold the workshop at the Symposium due to the assistance of the sponsors (the South African National Research Foundation) and organisers (the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and the South African National Space Agency). Material from the workshop is available on our website; the various presentations given are available (collated) here.

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During the last year, APECS has organised a group review of the next IPCC special report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, in which 75 Early Career Scientists were involved. This process was very instructive and we were able to compile more than 2000 comments that were submitted to the IPCC at the end of June. In light of this project, we believe that Early Career Scientists should have a greater role in the scientific review process, given that presently, Early Career Scientists account for only 6% of all reviewers.

A correspondence has now been published about this process in Nature. 

The 2018 APECS World Summit was held in Davos, Switzerland, from June 17-18, as part of POLAR2018. In total 41 representatives from 22 countries participated in the first day, with sessions dedicated to facilitating local and national networks of ECRs and how to better serve APECS members. The second day, 110 participants from 24 countries joined for a workshop on interdisciplinary and inter-polar research. While the two days had different foci and different participants, common themes emerged through the whole event. These included: Recruitment and Retention of members; Career Development; Education and Outreach; and the importance of Interdisciplinary and Interpolar Research.

Word Summit 2018 - Day 1

Twenty one APECS National Committees were represented on Day 1 (June 17) of the APECS World Summit. The local APECS Switzerland representative Carla Perzmon welcomed APECS members to Davos. Several National Committees were invited make short presentations to initiate discussions about running large funded events; engaging with mentors; collaborating with national organisations; engaging members; and effective education and outreach. It was noted that many of the challenges outlined were also faced by other National Committees, and participants were reminded they can contact each other as valuable resources when solving problems locally.

There were two major outcomes from Day 1 of the APECS World Summit. First, it was noted that for some members it is useful to have a document certifying their involvement with APECS. In order to address this point, and to provide an incentive for recruitment and retentions of APECS members, the establishment of a voluntary APECS Development Program was proposed. An APECS Project Group will develop this proposal further, providing suggested requirements and a rationale for these.

Partnerships with other organisations were also discussed. Participants decided to establish an APECS Project Group to create a resource that outlines best practice for working with partners. This project group will contact partner organisations to seek examples of what has worked well, and develop best practice guidelines to be posted on the APECS website and used by APECS International, APECS National Committees, and organisations looking to collaborate with APECS on opportunities for ECRs.

The second day of the APECS World Summit (June 18) was open to all early career researchers attending POLAR2018, and had a focus on interdisciplinary research, collaboration and exchange. The day consisted of four plenary presentations, followed by two break out group sessions. The first break out session related to the development of soft skills, including data management and education and outreach, while the second break out session was focussed on research challenges and creating connections between participants and disciplines. The day concluded with a panel discussion on interdisciplinary, inter-polar research, and participants were encouraged to continue dialogue throughout the POLAR2018 conference. Many new connections were formed, and we look forward to seeing new friendships and professional collaborations develop in the coming years.

World Summit 2018 - Day 2

A more detailed project report with the outcomes of the meeting as well as more photos from the two days will be published on the World Summit website in the coming weeks.

(Photos by Stephen Curtain and Gerlis Fugmann)

 

 

APECS Spain Logo 2018APECS Spain welcomes all members to their Workshop in Madrid on September 4th. The workshop will be held in Spanish and will take place during the whole day. In the morning we will have a couple of talks about how Polar Research is organised in Spain and another talk about carrying out effective presentations in science. In the afternoon we will discuss the future and organisation of APECS Spain, experiences from other National Committees are very welcomed.

Attending the event is free but registration is required. Registration is done by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All the information (in Spanish) can be found here: https://apecsspain.wordpress.com/2018/07/28/encuentro-apecs-spain/

APECS Turkey WorkshopAPECS Turkey was founded in 2013 by Dr. Burcu Ozsoy (Director of ITU PolReC) In 2015 Turkish Students’ Polar Research Team (PolSTeam) was founded to have organic body with APECS Turkey. Since that time APECS Turkey is a growing family with undergraduate and graduate students plus public’s involvement.

APECS Turkey has a big E&O program, executed by PolSTeam members. During one-year period, APECS Turkey members usually visit about 30-60 primary, middle and high schools, make age orientated presentations about climate change and polar regions. Also APECS Turkey members organize public event and surveys.

To reach more children, we did teach 150 science teachers all around the Turkey and around half of those teachers founded polar clubs in their schools. (60 clubs * 10-20 students/per year) During their club times (1 hour each week for 20 weeks) they follow a curriculum designed and fully filled with sources by APECS Turkey members.

Another project, named “Educators Supporting Collaboration on Polar Regions Project (ESCoP)”, is supported by ITU PolReC to involve teachers to Arctic and Antarctic expeditions to improve their knowledge on polar regions and polar science. A national open call will be opened on August for the educators.

Additionally, APECS Turkey members are working with Ministry of Education to add more climate and polar issues to national curriculums for all grade students.

Some of the main problems of APECS NCs are funding, structure and reaching children. As of APECS Turkey, we would like to share our experiences on the topics

  • how APECS Turkey solved some of those difficulties
  • how can we improve the E&O program and adapt to other countries,

by hosting you in Istanbul on 3rd and 4th of October.

If you would like to attend the workshop, please fill the form.

ITU PolReC would like to support all participants for accommodation, lunches, dinners and coffee breaks. Also we are happy to inform you that ITU PolReC accepted to support 3 participants’ travel limited with 1000 USD each. All early career scientist, educators and polar E&O programs members are welcome to apply for travel grant by filling the form.

NCs or other organizations who would like to make presentations should send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Registration deadline: 31st of August 2018 - EXTENDED to 15 September!

APECS TURKEY WORKSHOP ON EDUCATION & OUTREACH

USAPESC newIn conjunction with Polar Week this September USAPECS is organizing our third Polar Film Festival! The festival will showcase several short videos on topics related to the Polar regions to the public and broader APECS community. Films will be hosted each day digitally on our website, in accordance with each day’s theme.

This year’s themes are:

  • Tipping the Balance: Exploring rapid changes in polar ice cover
  • Polar Research, Fieldwork and Citizen Science
  • Melt: An Exploration of Life in the Polar Ice Pack
  • Polar Industries
  • Environmental issues in the Polar regions

If you would like to submit or suggest any short films or videos (1-30 minutes long) related to one of this year’s themes for viewing, please submit them using this google form: https://goo.gl/forms/zZ2i4S2wfjGOx8lq1. Submissions of independently created films (created by you or someone you know) are welcomed and encouraged. In the past, we’ve featured works ranging from feature films and documentaries to independently-produced videos, interviews and news reports, so we welcome a diversity of submissions. We are also looking for people to host in-person screenings this fall, so if you’re interested in helping to do so please indicate this as such on the film submission form or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We’ve held this event the past two years and had great turn out, so we hope to get similar participation this time. Last year’s videos can be viewed at usapecs.wixsite.com/usapecs/pff2017.

Kind regards,

USAPECS Board

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amap logoEUPolarNet logo2CAFF greenThe Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) and the EU-PolarNet are organizing a stakeholder workshop on „Research Needs on Arctic Biology and Terrestrial Ecosystems“ on 12 October at the upcoming Arctic Biodiversity Congress 2018 (Rovaniemi, Finland, 9 - 12 October 2018). They are looking for 2 early career researchers to:

  • attend the Arctic Biodiversity Congress and especially the sessions on Freshwater Ecosystems and Terrestrial Ecosystems
  • summarize the results of these sessions
  • present the results of the sessions as introductory talks at the stakeholder workshop on 12 October

Travel and participation costs in the Arctic Biodiversity Congress will be covered for the two selected early career researchers.

You can apply for this opportunity if you:

  • are an early career researcher (up to 5 years past PhD)
  • are based in at a university / research institution in Europe
  • have a research background related to Arctic Freshwater Ecosystems and Arctic Terrestrial Ecosystems
  • are able to attend the Arctic Biodiversity Congress

To apply please send the following material to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by no later than 24 July 2018 at 16:00 GMT

  • CV
  • Statement of Interest detailing your:
    • Research background
    • Your motivation in attending the Arctic Biodiversity Congress and the Stakeholder Workshop organized by AMAP and EU-PolarNet
    • Your thoughts on how you would contribute to the congress and workshop (beyond the required tasks listed above) and how this would benefit your career

Executive Committee 2017 2018The elections for the 2018 - 2019 APECS Executive Committee will be held in September 2018 for the term from 1 October 2018 to 30 September 2019.

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

Application deadline: 7 September 2018 at 23:59 GMT

The APECS Executive Committee consists of five members, who are elected by the APECS Council to manage the day-to-day decisions of the organization. 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 timeline:

  • 7 September 2018 at 23:59 GMT: application deadline
  • 10 - 18 September 2018: Review period within the APECS Council including Q&A call with APECS Council and ExCom applicants
  • 19 - 23 September 2018: Voting period within the APECS Council
  • 24 - 30 September 2018: Final vote count, review of results, transition process
  • 1 October 2018: Announcement of the 2018 - 2019 APECS Executive Committee and President

The Executive Committee is a rewarding, but high-paced and work intensive committee and its members must be willing and able to contribute actively throughout their term (except of course during e.g. field work, exam periods, holidays). To apply you have to be an APECS member and have prior experience being engaged in APECS or equivalent.

Go to the Executive Committee Elections page to see the full election announcement including the eligibility criteria, how to apply and a more detailed explanation of the election process. If you have any questions, please contact the election committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Is this your first time you want to get active in APECS? If you have not previously been involved in APECS (or equivalent organization) and want to gain some experience, we encourage you to rather apply to the APECS Council. The APECS Council is the larger of the two leadership committees of APECS and its members work on various projects, coordinate APECS activities, and govern the organization. Unlike in the Executive Committee, no prior experience in APECS is necessary to join the APECS Council, and we encourage all APECS members to consider applying. Working with APECS as a Council member is a great first step towards becoming active and gaining experience in the APECS leadership. Application deadline for the APECS Council is already on 31 July 2018!

 

POLAR2018

Over 150 early career researchers recently show-cased their reserach as part of the poster competition held during the POLAR2018conference (Davos, Switzerland, 15-26 June). The well-deserved prizes (based on geographical region) were awarded at the closing ceremony.  The competition was organised by APECS and coordinated by Ruth Vingerhagen on behalf of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) . We sincerely thank all the judges who contributed their time to judge the posters!

POLAR2018 poster winners

The six winning posters

Africa and Middle East
Winner: Luca Stirnimann, University of Cape Town, "The Island Mass Effect (IME) on carbon cycling in the plankton ecosystem around the Prince Edward Islands archipelago".
Runner-up: Daniela Monsanto, University of Johannesburg, "Genetic patterns at fine spatial scales: complex findings in a complex landscape".

Asia
Winner: Gautami Samui, ESSO-National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research, "Nutrient cycling in supraglacial ecosystems in Larsemann Hills, East Antarctica".
Runner-up: Shridhar Jawak, ESSO-National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research, "Mapping surface facies of selected alpine glaciers from Himalaya using worldview-2 imagery".

Europe
Winner: Sandra Brugger, University of Bern, "Five millennia of environmental dynamics from an ice core in the Mongolian Altai".
Runner-up: Ewa Poniecka, Cardiff University, "The secret life of bactiera: Ecological function in cryoconite hole environments".

POLAR2018 poster runnerup

The six runner-up posters

North America
Winner: Joel Singley, University of Colorado Boulder, "Sub-daily biogeochemical cycling in sediment of an ephemeral meltwater stream".
Runner-up: Mark England, Columbia University, "The contribution of internal variability to recent sea ice loss across the Arctic".

Oceania
Winner: Kara Layton, The University of Western Australia, "A newly discovered radiation of endoparasitic gastropods in Antarctica".
Runner-up: Wilma Huneke, University of Tasmania, "Deep bottom mixed layer instability drives variability of Antarctic slope front".

South America
Winner: Elisa Seyboth, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande, "Isotopic-based warming effects on the northern Antarctic Peninsula ecosystem".
Runner-up: Sérgio Gonçalves Jr., Federal University of Paraná, "Aerosol integrated analysis in central west Antarctica: Brazilian standalone unit".

POLAR2018 poster winnerpeople

L to R: Luca, Sandra and Elisa, winners of Africa and Middle East, Europe and South America respectively. Hanne Nielsen, president of APECS presenting Luca with his award. Steven Chown and Larry Hinzmann, presidents of SCAR and IASC respectively, presenting Sandra with her award. Elisa.

APECS is very pleased to announce our 2018 APECS International Mentorship Award recipients - Dr. Aleks Terauds and Dr. José Xavier! The mentorship awards were established in 2016 as a meaningful way to recognize the efforts of those mentors within the international polar science community, and to honor those who have devoted significant time and energy towards building a supportive community for early career professionals.

This year, we received several deserving nominations for both categories and it was genuinely difficult for our award committee to select the winners. Thank you to all of those who nominated mentors, and to the Mentorship Award committee members who handled the nomination and award process. Both Aleks and José have devoted significant time to training, advising, and assisting those at the start of their careers, as seen by the following highlights from both of their nominations:

Alex Terauds.jpgDr. Aleks Terauds (Australian Antarctic Division, Australia) is the 2018 recipient in the “member category”. APECS members were invited to nominate someone who has been an outstanding personal mentor to them in their career. Aleks was nominated by Jasmine Lee, Meagan Dewar, Hannah Wauchope and Jarod Hodgson, who emphasise that Aleks is an exemplary role model to early career Antarctic scientists across the world. They wrote that “Aleks is an approachable and engaged mentor… this approachability is a welcome relief, fostering a collegiate and collaborative dynamic,” and described him as “the perfect mix of academic support and career guide who has ensured that I already have a flourishing career.” Aleks makes time to support and provide opportunities to those in early career stages, and has helped to shape the career paths of many young researchers. He genuinely cares about integrating early career voices into the Antarctic community, and is invested in setting them up to successfully work with and contribute to policy-making. In addition, Aleks regularly contributes his expertise and time to APECS events, such as the 2017 APECS Oceania Symposium. APECS is therefore honoured to recognise Aleks with an APECS Mentor Award for the significant contribution he has made to fostering early career researchers.


Jose Xavier.jpgDr. José Xavier (University of Coimbra, Portugal) is the 2018 recipient in the “APECS category”. APECS committees were encouraged to nominate a mentor who has made an outstanding contribution to the success of APECS, and José was nominated by several National Committee, including APECS Portugal, as well as several individual APECS members. They remarked upon the way he brings people together and “is constantly identifying and introducing ECRs to leaders in their scientific field and marking introductions,” and described APECS as “José’s second love, scoring close to science!” José is an excellent example of how APECS is now growing its own mentors. He has been actively engaged with APECS since our establishment in 2007, held a vital role in helping to develop our organisation, and over the years he has participated in numerous panels and workshops as a mentor. José is also dedicated to building capacity around the world, and has supported the creation of several APECS National Committees. In addition, he has mentored numerous students in his career - regardless of whether he was their supervisor or not - leading them to professional success. This support has ranged from guidance during Antarctic fieldwork to helping students learn how to best take advantage of time at international conferences, or to become better educators themselves. José is an enthusiastic communicator who inspires not only the people of Portugal, but also the entire APECS community with his infectious enthusiasm. We therefore congratulate José on a well-deserved award.

On behalf of all APECS members, we would like to sincerely thank José and Aleks for all that they have done as mentors for both our organization and so many early career researchers as individuals. The 2018 APECS International Mentorship Award is a small token of our gratitude for all of the time, wisdom, and passion they have shared. We look forward to working with both of them further in future. Both awards were handed out during the POLAR2018 Conference in Davos.

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Mentors come in many guises – if there is someone who has made a difference in your career who you think deserves recognition, please do put them forward for next year’s awards. Nominations for the 2019 APECS International Mentorship Award will be announced early in 2019 on our website, and you can learn more about this year’s nomination process through our archived page.

Award Committee (2017-2018):

José Queirós, University of Coimbra, Portugal (Chair)
Julie Bull, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health / University of New Brunswick / University of Toronto, Canada
Natalie Freeman, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, United States
Laura Hobbs, University of Strathclyde / Scottish Association for Marine Science, United Kingdom
Nadya Yanakieva, Bulgarian Antarctic Institute, Bulgaria
Gabriela Roldan, Gateway Antarctica, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Alex Thornton, ARCUS, United States
Gerlis Fugmann, APECS / Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research, Germany (ex-officio)

Online Conference logo 2018 1The 4th APECS International Online Conference was held on 16th of May 2018. 22 early career researchers presented over 4 sessions than ran over 17 hours to accommodate time zones across the world. This year’s theme was: “Butterfly Effect: Small Changes, Big Impact!.”.

APECS congratulates the three prize winners, all of whom have won funds towards future conference travel:

  • Arctic: Mariama Dryak, Climate Change Institute, Earth and Climate Sciences; University of Maine, “Understanding Ocean Forcing of Polar Glacier Change Using Remotely Sensed Iceberg Melt Data” (Session 3)
  • Antarctic: Amy Kirkham, University of Alaska Fairbanks, “How do hormones and the skin transcriptome influence molt in a polar pinniped?” (Session 4)
  • Innovative Communication: Allison Lee, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, “Antarctic Ambassadors Learning to Love Fjord Phytoplankton” (Session 4)

A very big thank you to our keynote speakers: Nicole Biebow (AWI) and Veronica Willmott (AWI) - Session 1, Margareta Johansson (Lund University) and Sarah Baatout (SCK•CEN) - Session 2, James Overland (NOAA/PMEL) - Session 3.

We are also grateful to all the presenters and volunteers who made the conference possible.

For links to the conference recordings, and to view all abstracts of the 2018 Online Conference on the APECS website.

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We are delighted to announce that Elizabeth Orr (University of Cincinnati) has been selected to join the editorial board for the 1st issue of the State of Environmental Science in Svalbard (SESS) report published by SIOS (Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System). SIOS plans to publish the report in January 2019 during the SIOS Polar Night Week in Longyearbyen.

Elizabeth is currently a PhD student and her research focuses on the reconstruction of Quaternary landscape and glacial histories of the Himalayan-Tibetan orogen.apecs logo web

The selection process was organised in cooperation with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), who managed the applications and coordinated the work of independent, volunteer reviewers to evaluate and recommend the highest quality candidates. The final selection was made by SIOS.

V Symposium APECS-Brazil - Organizing Committee.jpgThe V Symposium was held at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil from May 15 to 18, 2018. The event connected 68 researchers and students from 30 different institutions. It is important to emphasize that this is the only scientific meeting focused on polar science in Brazil. In the first day of event, the members of the APECS-Brazil ministered the mini-courses “Political and environmental aspects of the Antarctic treaty: structure and functioning of the Madrid protocol”, “Polar science in basic education: from scientific literacy to school practice”, “Pollution in the Antarctic environment” and “Antarctic mycology”. On this day, also had a scientific communication activity “Talking with Polar Scientists: Antarctic experience” that gave lectures to over 600 children of basic education activities. In the next three days, guest speakers gave lectures in the most diverse areas: archeology, mycology, parasitology, medicine, education, geology, geopolitics, marine biology, paleontology, botany, ecology, evolution and climate change were performed. The roundtable discussed the achievements of the APECS-Brazil, which for 10 years are promoting and disseminating knowledge about the Polar Regions in Brazil.

Also, during the symposium, the polar early career scientists presented the abstracts - oral and mini video. As a way to stimulate them, the best works presented were awarded at the end of the event.

We thank the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), APECS-International and the other supporters.

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APECS in collaboration with the Marine Ecosystem of the Southern Ocean (MEASO) and the IDEAL research center of Chile held a panel in Hobart, Australia on April 8th.

APECS in collaboration with the Marine Ecosystem of the Southern Ocean (MEASO) and the IDEAL research center of Chile held a panel in Hobart Australia on April 8th. This panel was one of several workshops preceding the first MEASO conference. The two hour event discussed how early career researchers (ECR) can get involved in large international initiatives that are shaping Antarctic research and policy. Our panel covered topics such as: advantages/disadvantages of being involved, when and how to get involved as an ECR and best ways to make an impact on politics. The panel consisted of: Dr. Aleks Terrauds (AAD and chair of SCAR standing committee on the ATS), Indi Hodgson-Johnston (IMOS and ECR rapporteur for ATS and CCAMLR), Dr. Nadine Johnston (BAS and ICED program manager) and Dr. Stephen Nicol (UTAS and Australian delegation to CCAMLR). The panel was moderated by APECS ExCom member Jilda Caccavo. Twenty-two ECRs attended the panel.

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According to our panelists ECR should try to get involved with these initiatives as soon as possible. They highlighted the many advantages participating in these groups, and noted that the only downside is that it is time consuming and represents an extra workload during your PhD or post-doc. However, all the panelists agreed that being involved is an excellent way to raise your professional profile and increase the impact of your research. Involvement in these large international initiatives would also give you plenty of opportunities for networking and influencing policy. The panel noted that there are many ways to get involved as there are many different initiatives. . The panel recommend looking for a group that matches your interests, be thy research, policy or career development interests, and becoming involved. The group noted that most scientific meetings and the Antarctic Treaty System require rapporteurs for their large meetings. Rapporteuring is an excellent opportunity to become more actively involved in the groups, network, and learn the very useful (and marketable!) craft of writing reports. The panel highlighted that organizations differ in how easy it is to get involved. For example, CCAMLR is more political and participants in CCAMLR process need to be invited into the group. Invitations can take the form of CCAMLR scholarships, internships or jobs such as, rapporteuring. Other organizations, like ICED, are more open and you only need to browse through their website and register yourself to participate. Finally, being involved gives you an outstanding platform for your research to impact policy. Many of the scientific organizations (like SCAR and ICED) have an established reporting chain to political bodies such as, CCAMLR and the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting. High quality research with a crystal clear message is always helpful to impact policy. It is also helpful to cultivate relationships with policy makers who can carry your message into the decision making processes. Maintaining these relationships is time consuming, but it is a very effective way to ensure that your science influences policy. A less direct, but also effective way to have your research message reach policy makers is to engage in outreach and publishing “non-academic” abstracts for larger audiences (e.g. twitter, websites, etc.).

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Foto World SummitDo you want to get (or remain) active in APECS and the APECS leadership? The applications for APECS Council 2018-2019 are open now! Application deadline is 31 July 2018 at 23:59 GMT

About the Council

The APECS Council is the larger of the two leadership committees of APECS. Its members work on projects (e.g. webinars, workshops, Polar Weeks), coordinate APECS activities, and govern the organisation.

The Council has two categories of members:

  • individual Council members (any APECS member who wants to serve on the APECS Council as an individual);
  • representatives from APECS National Committees and organisational members of APECS (i.e., partner organisations).

The 2018-2019 Council term is from 1 October 2018 through 30 September 2019. In September 2018 we will run several orientation webinars for new Council members and you will get an introduction to our Council project groups, so you are well prepared to start your term on 1 October.

More information on the Council, the Council member categories and their tasks, rights and responsibilities can be found in the Council Charter and on our Council pages. Please also get to know our current Council members and read notes of our meetings. No prior experience with APECS is necessary to join the Council, and we encourage all APECS members to consider applying!

Why should you get active in APECS? Being involved in the APECS Council provides you with opportunities to engage internationally and across disciplines with other early career researchers and professionals who are interested in the Polar and Alpine regions and the wider Cryosphere. Within our projects, you can develop valuable skills in project management, leadership and communication skills in a friendly and supportive environment that will help you in your future careers no matter if they will be in academia or non-academic professions. APECS Council members value the international networks they develop through the council, as well as the recognition and accomplishments through their work.

How to apply?

 

For both new applicants and returning applicants, the Executive Committee will vote on your application at the end of August and inform you of the outcome of your application.

If you have any questions, or you want any general information about the APECS Council please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We really appreciate all our APECS volunteers and their commitment to paving the way for the future of polar research!

Foto World SummitDo you want to get (or remain) active in APECS and the APECS leadership? The applications for APECS Council 2018-2019 are open now! Application deadline is 31 July 2018 at 23:59 GMT

About the Council

The APECS Council is the larger of the two leadership committees of APECS. Its members work on projects (e.g. webinars, workshops, Polar Weeks), coordinate APECS activities, and govern the organisation.

The Council has two categories of members:

  • individual Council members (any APECS member who wants to serve on the APECS Council as an individual);
  • representatives from APECS National Committees and organisational members of APECS (i.e., partner organisations).

The 2018-2019 Council term is from 1 October 2018 through 30 September 2019. In September 2018 we will run several orientation webinars for new Council members and you will get an introduction to our Council project groups, so you are well prepared to start your term on 1 October.

More information on the Council, the Council member categories and their tasks, rights and responsibilities can be found in the Council Charter and on our Council pages. Please also get to know our current Council members and read notes of our meetings. No prior experience with APECS is necessary to join the Council, and we encourage all APECS members to consider applying!

Why should you get active in APECS? Being involved in the APECS Council provides you with opportunities to engage internationally and across disciplines with other early career researchers and professionals who are interested in the Polar and Alpine regions and the wider Cryosphere. Within our projects, you can develop valuable skills in project management, leadership and communication skills in a friendly and supportive environment that will help you in your future careers no matter if they will be in academia or non-academic professions. APECS Council members value the international networks they develop through the council, as well as the recognition and accomplishments through their work.

How to apply?

 

For both new applicants and returning applicants, the Executive Committee will vote on your application at the end of August and inform you of the outcome of your application.

If you have any questions, or you want any general information about the APECS Council please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We really appreciate all our APECS volunteers and their commitment to paving the way for the future of polar research!

UKPN and APECS Russia Presidents Archana Dayal and Yulia Zaika meet at Polar2018 to continue to build links and collaborations between UK and RussiaThe UK Polar Network and APECS Russia, national committees (NCs) of APECS (Association of Polar Early Career Scientists), collaborated on organizing activities in 2017-18 with mutual interests benefiting early career researchers from the UK and Russia. The NCs organized 2 workshops in Moscow and Cambridge in February and March 2018, which saw an exchange of 20 Arctic early career researchers with a focus on learning about working in the Russian Arctic in the future. These were funded and organized in collaboration with the NCs national bodies - NERC Arctic Office, British Antarctic Survey, UK Science and Innovation Network, Marine Research Centre and Geography faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University and Embassies.

This resulted in some unique and great deliverables, including a publication of a joint opinion piece in Nature (https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-05340-5) and the creation of a website (https://ukrussiaarctic.wordpress.com/), a great resource in-the-making for further research and outreach opportunities.

In order to continue and build on this collaboration, the NCs have recently successfully submitted and won a joint funding bid to the Foreign Commonwealth Office for an interdisciplinary field course workshop in the Russian Arctic, to be organized in February – March 2019.

The NCs are extremely grateful to have been mentored by APECS Executive Committee and Council members over the years, who have provided their guidance and support in all their endeavors. They therefore commit to cooperate, foster links and build relationships for future scientific advancements and progress.

UK Polar Network President – Archana Dayal
APECS Russia President – Yulia Zaika

 

UKPN and APECS Russia polar early career researchers meet at Polar2018 for a meeting

SOOSLogo1aThe Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and the Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS) are looking for one or two early career scientists for a new regional working group on the Weddell Sea - Droning Maud Land. The objective of the working group will be to coordinate the international long-term observation of the Weddell Sea – Droning Maud Land.

The selected candidates, will contribute to the work of the group helping among others with scientific / management input (e.g. discussions, workshop), and eventually writing papers and contribute to a special issue on present research in the Weddell Sea – Droning Maud Land.

This is a volunteer position for a term of minimum 3 years with no associated direct funding. However, if e.g. a workshop is organized, early career scientists of the working group will be considered first for available early career funding.

There will be a meeting of the working group in Davos at the POLAR2018 conference and those selected early career researchers, who are attending the conference are welcome to join this meeting. More information will be sent to the selected early career researchers before the conference. You can also apply for this opportunity if you are not attending the POLAR2018 conference.

To apply, you need to meet the following criteria:

  • early career researcher (up to 5 years past PhD)
  • previous experience in Southern Ocean research (ideally focused on the Weddell Sea - Droning Maud Land area)
  • Country restrictions: We welcome applications from early career researchers worldwide and especially encourage applications from Asia, South America and Africa. Due to the composition of the already existing group members, early career researchers from Germany and Norway are unfortunately not able to apply for this opportunity.

How to apply?

Please send the following information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by no later than 14 June at 23:59 GMT

  • your CV
  • Statement of Interest (max one page), including your research background, your motivation in joining the working group, and your thoughts on how you can contribute to the group and how this would benefit your career

apecs logo webcsm GermanArcticOffice Logo CMYK 300dpi 468c0c2589AWI WortBildmarke Farbe RGBWe are announcing an exciting opportunity to work as project manager in the APECS International Directorate and the German Arctic Office at AWI!

The Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) is a member of the Helmholtz Association (HGF) and funded by federal and state government. AWI focuses on polar and marine research in a variety of disciplines such as biology, oceanography, geology, geochemistry and geophysics thus allowing multidisciplinary approaches to scientific goals. The AWI invites applications for a Project Manager to support its German Arctic Office and the APECS International Directorate Office, both based at the AWI research center in Potsdam, Germany.

You will be a member of both offices at AWI Potsdam, working 50% for the German Arctic Office and 50% for the APECS International Directorate Office. Your tasks will include but are not limited to: (1) supporting and assisting both offices in the management of projects and events including their planning, coordination and implementation; (2) helping with the communication and public relations of both offices, including assisting with the websites and social media and the development of promotional materials; (3) handling of administrative tasks for both offices including the maintenance of mailing lists and various financial and accounting tasks and reporting.

Application Deadline: 27 June 2018

The position is full-time and limited to two years. Please note that excellent written and oral German and English language skills are needed for this position.

More information about the requirements and the full position description are available in this PDF or on the AWI website.

 

About the German Arctic Office and APECS:

German Arctic Office: Established by AWI January 2017, in consultation with the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry for Education and Research, the German Arctic Office serves as an information and cooperation platform for German stakeholders from science, politics and industry. The office advises the Federal Government on Arctic issues and fosters Germany's participation in the Arctic Council's scientific activities. The German Arctic Office initiates and organizes national Arctic meetings and events in cooperation with partners from science, politics and industry, and supports the federal government in the representation of German Arctic research and policy at international conferences.

Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS): APECS is an international and interdisciplinary organization for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, early faculty members, educators and others with interest in Polar and Alpine Regions and the wider cryosphere. APECS aims to 1) create a network of polar researchers across disciplines and national boundaries to meet, share ideas and experiences, and develop new research directions and collaborations; 2) provide the opportunity for career development for both traditional and alternative polar and cryosphere professions; c) promote education and outreach as an integral component of polar research and to stimulate future generations of polar researchers. The International Directorate Office of the organization is funded and hosted by the AWI in Potsdam.

Polar Week logo2 01APECS hosted the 12th International Polar Week from 19-25 March 2018. Polar Week is a series of international events with the goal of promoting the science that takes place in polar latitudes. This March, our theme was #PolarPride with a focus on appreciating APECS members from all aspects of polar sciences. We have fantastic members and wanted to show our pride! Our goal was to provide a range of activities where members could interact, participate in professional development training, and showcase their research. We also hoped to recognize individuals that are traditionally underrepresented either because of what they study or because of systemic issues of diversity within polar sciences. Overall, we had good engagement with members during this Polar Week, especially on social media, and you can find a summary of the specific activities below.

March Polar Week 2018 was a huge success. Read the report about the main activities that took place on the APECS website. We thank the Polar Week planning group for all their hard work! Stay tuned for more activities during the next Polar Week from September 17 - 23, 2018.

APECS_Canada_Logo_web.jpgWe’re excited to be hosting a new webinar on Data Management Essentials presented by Gabrielle Alix (Data Manager) and Chantal Risdale (Project and Outreach Coordinator) from the Canadian Cryospheric Information Network/Polar Data Catalogue. This webinar is all about good data management practices and will be held on Thursday June 7th from 11:00-12:15 am EST/3:00-4:15 pm UTC.

Register for this webinar: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YiZLvGYVTMmpQRy0fYZK_w

Title: Data Management Essentials

Abstract: Data Management is increasingly required by funding agencies in several nations around the world. Most researchers are familiar with this new requirement, but many do not know how to prepare data for archiving properly. CCIN/PDC has worked closely with the Polar data community in Canada and internationally to develop guidelines based on stakeholder feedback, as well as implementing data archiving for a number of Canadian national research programs, and so we are well positioned to help others understand and implement them effectively. This webinar will help students and researchers understand why data management is important, what the best practices are, how best to undertake it, as well as address concerns about sharing data. We believe that through education and training, data contributors are capable of attaining success through preparation proactively, rather than reactively.

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APECS and the organizers of the 2018 North Pacific Arctic Conference (NPAC)held from 15 – 17 August 2018 in Honolulu, Hawaii, United States with the theme "Arctic 2030 and Beyond – Pathways to the Future" are looking for early career researchers to join their sessions.

In total we need for the following four conference sessions one early career researchers each:

  • Session II: The Future of Arctic Ocean Cooperation
  • Session III: Climate Change in the Arctic: Future Directions for Adaptation
  • Session IV: Trends in Arctic Resource Extraction and Logistics – Global Drivers and Regional Conditions
  • Session V: The SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) and Agenda 2030 in the Arctic

Click the "read more" button below to read a more detailed description about the four conference session and their framing questions.

The selected early career researchers would participate in the conference

  • as panelists in one of the sessions
  • as contributors to the published NPAC 2018 Proceedings and
  • as participants of the general discussion and contributors to the social media output of the conference and potential published policy briefs
  • contribute a 5 - 7 page summary document 

All selected early career researchers would receive the following funding support:

  • Airfare to Honolulu from their home location
  • Per Diem Ground Transportation
  • Other Travel Costs
  • They are included in all NPAC 2018 programs, events and special dinners

Who can apply?

  • To apply for this opportunity, you have to be early career researchers (US citizen or international) based at a US institution (university, research institution or other institution where they are engaged in a professional career with Arctic perspectives)
  • working on a research topic that fits the topic of the session you apply for

How to apply?

Please send the following information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by no later than 11 June at 23:59 GMT

  • your CV
  • The session you want to apply for
  • Statement of Interest (max one page), including your research background, your motivation in joining the conference, and your thoughts on how you can contribute to your preferred session and how this would benefit your career

 

 

APECS and the Polar Climate Predictability Initiative (PCPI) are looking for six early career researchers to be included in their leadership structure (one in each of their six themes).

The PCPI is an initiative of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), whose goal is to improve the understanding of the predictability of climate and the effect of human activities on climate. The PCPI has a focus on polar regions and their role in the global climate system and aims to improve predictability of the climate system on all time scales by improving our understanding of the underlying physical mechanisms and their representation in climate models. The PCPI includes 6 themes:

  1. Improve knowledge and understanding of past polar climate variations (100+years)
  2. Assess reanalyses in polar regions
  3. Improve understanding of polar predictability on seasonal to decadal timescales
  4. Assessing model performance in the polar regions
  5. Model error
  6. Improve understanding of how jets and non-zonal circulation couple to the rest of the system in the Southern Hemisphere

You can see a more detailed description of each theme here. Each of the themes is led by two senior researchers, and we will be adding one early career researcher for each of the six themes. The early career researcher will then work in close cooperation with the two senior researchers on the development of the themes.

The position advertised will last for a 2 – 3 year term. These are volunteer positions with no associated direct funding. However, if e.g. a workshop is organized, PCPI tries to fund attendance of early career scientists and the selected early career researchers for each of the themes will be considered first for available funding.

There will be a meeting of the participants in the PCPI themes at the Polar2018 conference in Davos and those selected early career researchers, who are attending the conference are welcome to join this meeting. More information will be sent to the selected early career researchers before the conference. You can also apply for this opportunity if you are not attending the POLAR2018 conference.

Who can apply?

  • early career researchers (which is for this opportunity within 10 years of the PhD!) with an already completed PhD
  • Research background that fits at least one of the themes of the PCPI

How to apply?
To apply please send the following information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will be starting to review applications on 9 June 2018, so please apply before that.

  • Your CV
  • The theme(s) you would like to join
  • A Statement of Interest letter detailing
    • Your research background
    • Your motivation in joining the PCPI and theme(s) you selected
    • Your thoughts on how you can contribute to your preferred theme(s) and how this would benefit your career

The APECS International Directorate Office will only share your application data with the selected group of reviewers deciding on the applications and with the leadership and theme chairs of the PCPI. The data will not be shared with any other third party.

apecs logo webImportant Information for all APECS members:

As you may have heard the new General Data Protection Regulations (“GDPR”) in the European Union comes into effect on 25 May 2018. Since our international Directorate Office is based in the EU (Germany) and to ensure our compliance with the new regulations for our mailing list, you will have to re-confirm your APECS membership and that you want to continue receiving updates from APECS, regardless of whether you are in the EU or not..

Please note that if you do not re-confirm your membership, we will no longer be allowed to email you after 25 May and will have to remove you from our mailing list and delete your personal information.

To update your settings and confirm that you want to stay an APECS member and receive our email updates, all of you have received an email from APECS earlier today with a big blue “I want to remain an APECS member” button. All you have to do is to click this button, check the information we have stored from you (update it if necessary), read our new data use permission text, check the box where it say "Yes, I want to be an APECS member and receive APECS emails" and then click the "Update Profile" link at the bottom of the form. This all takes only a few seconds and can also e.g. be done from a mobile device: please take a moment and update your profile immediately and by 25 May.

If you have not received this email from APECS, please check also your spam folders and if you still have not received it, you have to re-register for APECS on our Join APECS page

If you cannot re-confirm your membership by 25 May, the “I want to remain an APECS member” link above will remain active until end of June 2018. After that you can only re-subscribe by filling out our membership registration form on the APECS website.

If you so far have not been an APECS member yet and want to subscribe, we have updated our membership registration form and you can access it on our Join APECS page

APECS is strongly committed to protecting the data of our members so we see compliance with the new regulations in the EU, where our international office is based, as extremely important. Besides the current changes on the APECS membership and mailing list, the APECS leadership is actively working on a new data policy for APECS and our activities, which will be published in the coming weeks.

If you have any questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Best regards,

Gerlis Fugmann (Executive Director of APECS) and Hanne Nielsen (APECS President 2017-2018) on behalf of the APECS Executive Committee

Do you know anyone who has made a meaningful impact to the scientific community in the North?

The Association of Early Polar Career Researchers Canada and the ArcticNet Student Association are looking to recognize a mentor who has contributed significantly over a period of several years to the mentoring and fostering of polar early career researchers in Canada.

We encourage nomination packages from a variety of backgrounds for this award, including academics, industry professionals, community members, Elders, educators, public servants, and anyone else that has made a meaningful impact on polar early career researchers.

For more information on the award and how to nominate a mentor, visit https://apecscanada.wixsite.com/ehpecs. The deadline for nomination package submissions is September 15, 2018.

Cheers,

Jacqueline Hung
APECS Canada-ASA Mentor Award Committee Chair

On behalf of the APECS Canada-ASA Mentor Award Committee 2018-2019:
Enooyaq Sudlovenick, University of Prince Edward Island
Kamil Chatila-Amos, University of Guelph
Samuel Gagnon, Université Laval
Kate Snow, Department of Fisheries and Oceans (Ex-officio)
Marianne Falardeau, McGill University (Ex-officio)

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In short: 100s of Swedish potatoes, 10s of delicious cinnamon rolls, 29 enthusiastic students, 26 fascinating lectures, 13 excellent lecturers, 10 hands-on practicals, 7 kind sponsors, 1 brilliant training school!

The Polar Prediction School was held from 17-27 April 2018 at the beautiful Abisko Scientific Research Station in northern Sweden. It brought together 29 students from nine different countries and at various career stages, from early PhD students through to post-docs. The programme for the school was designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the main aspects related to polar weather and climate prediction. It included theoretical lectures, practical exercises, meteorological fieldwork, and a dedicated science communication programme.

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The lectures and exercises covered polar weather, chaos and predictability, polar lows, polar ocean forecasting and sea-ice modelling, sea-ice prediction and predictability, limits of predictability, data assimilation and reanalysis, model verification in polar regions, remote sensing of the cryosphere, polar boundary layer dynamics, polar mid-latitude linkages, as well as air-sea exchange and turbulence.

To introduce the students to various observational techniques as well as the challenges related to making these sorts of measurements in high latitudes, they conducted practical exercises based on data obtained from a micrometeorology mast. The mast was erected on the first full day of the training school by the students on the surface of the frozen Lake Torneträsk, a 5-minute walk away from the research station.

Radiosondes were also launched each day and the soundings were uploaded to the Global Telecommunication System, which is used in operational forecasts. In addition, a mini intense observational period was held on one day where radiosondes were launched every six hours. This was to study the diurnal cycle of the polar boundary layer at the site, even though the weather conditions at the time were not ideally suited to this.

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Soft skills training was provided through a dedicated science communication programme, with six evening sessions and an afternoon of final presentations. These sessions were run by Jessica Rohde of the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee and specifically designed for early career researchers. Topics covered included how to distil information, tailoring messages for specific audiences, using social media, and slide design.

The students put what they learnt directly into practice through the brief informative videos (‘FrostBytes’) about their research that they worked on during the school. On the final afternoon each student presented their work and this was recorded. The videos will be made available on the APECS and APPLICATE websites.

Daily weather briefings were also made by the students each evening. They were asked to provide an overview of the day’s weather, to compare the previous day’s forecast with the observed radiosounding they made, and to analyse forecasts for the coming days using global and regional products. The briefings were an opportunity for the students to learn to interpret weather forecasts in complex polar mountain environments, such as where Abisko is located, and to better understand how today’s models perform in such regions. Furthermore, they led to interesting discussions about model skill and uncertainty in polar regions.

A diverse course such as the Polar Prediction School, bringing together a wide set of students and lecturers, helps build and maintain the community needed to address the polar prediction problem, which is inherently multi-disciplinary. Overall, the school was a great success and we recommend this model be used for any future schools for early career researchers.

The Polar Prediction School 2018 was organised as part of the EU Horizon 2020-funded APPLICATE project, in cooperation with the World Meteorological Organization’s Polar Prediction Project (PPP) in occasion of the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP). It was also generously supported by the World Climate Research Programme's (WCRP) Climate and Cryosphere project (CliC), the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), and the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SCAR).

Eu Arctic ClusterIn partnership with the European Polar Board (EPB), APECS organises a series of webinars that aim to connect polar research and policy. The webinars are aimed at polar researchers, policymakers and other professionals at all career stages.

The fourth EPB-APECS webinar will be held 13:00-14:00 (UTC) on Tuesday 5th June 2018. 

Kristina Bär, EU-PolarNet Communications Officer, will introduce the EU Arctic Cluster and how it is bringing together EU-funded polar research projects to jointly maximise their impact.

The EU Arctic Cluster is a network of Horizon 2020 and a Framework Programme 7 funded Arctic projects, with APECS being involved in four of them. Currently it comprises eight projects: APPLICATE, ARICE, Blue-Action, EU-PolarNet, ICE-ARC, INTAROS, INTERACT and NUNATARYUK. The Cluster thus merges a broad spectrum of research and coordination activities - ranging from the most up-to-date findings on permafrost and sea ice, from enhancing observation to improving predictions, and from networking research stations to coordinating access to icebreakers.

The EU Arctic Cluster's objective is to bring the insights from various areas of expertise together in order to provide one entry point to EU funded Arctic research. Jointly the Cluster aims to provide policy-relevant information and support the EU in implementing its integrated policy for the Arctic.

To join the webinar, please register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kqUmTRS4QP-IdG8D5NLmSQ

Details of all webinars in the EPB-APECS series, including recordings and summaries, can be found here.

SIOS logo ORIGINAL rgbapecs logo webThe Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System (SIOS) in cooperation with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) are looking for an early career scientist to join the editorial board for the State of Environmental Science in Svalbard report. Application deadline is on 25 May!

SIOS is a consortium of international institutions with research infrastructure in and around Svalbard. SIOS is building an integrated observing system for long-term measurements addressing Earth System questions. 

Starting in 2018, SIOS will produce an annual State of Environmental Science in Svalbard (SESS) report. The report will summarise the state of current knowledge of key Earth System Science (ESS) parameters and analyse how these parameters influence one another. The SESS report will outline the work that has been done in the previous year within the SIOS cooperation to optimise the observing system and recommend research priorities for the following year(s).

The first issue of the SESS report will be published in two steps. A preliminary report will be published online in early summer; its chapters will be subject to an open review. A final report will be based on the reviewed chapters and additional contributions and will be released during the Polar Night Week in Longyearbyen, 14-17 January 2019.

SESS report

The editorial board consists of three persons, two of which are senior researchers from SIOS member institutions. We would like to appoint an early career scientist as a third member of the editorial board.

The tasks of the editorial board are:

  • review received contributions
  • invite additional contributors
  • organise a scientific review process ‘light’
  • merge all contribution to a coherent report (synthesis work)
  • develop a layout and design profile
  • prepare the SESS report release
  • prepare promotion material


The editorial board works in close cooperation with scientific and communication advisors within the SIOS community.

Applicants should:

  • have an education background within Earth System Science
  • be available during the next 8 months and the Polar Night Week
  • have an interest in editorial activities
  • be an active team player
  • be fluent in oral and written English

We offer an excellent opportunity

  • to gain insight in the editorial work of scientific reports
  • to influence the development of the SESS report, both in content and layout
  • to build a network with diverse fields of arctic research within Earth System Science

The applicant is expected to attend board meetings (mainly on video) and the Polar Night Week in Longyearbyen 14-17 January 2019. Travel costs will be refunded. 

SIOS expects the work of the editorial board to commence right after the appointments are made (beginning of June). The time period of appointment to the editorial board is limited to the completion of the first issue of the SESS report (January 2019). There may be the opportunity to continue on the editorial board, depending on the decisions made by the SIOS Board of Directors.

The application and selection process is coordinated by APECS. If you are interested in applying, please send the following information by no later than 25 May 2018 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

  • CV
  • Statement of interest (max one page), including
    • your research background
    • your motivation in joining the editorial board for the SESS report
    • your thoughts on how you could contribute to the editorial work and how this work would be beneficial for your career

If you have questions about the position, please contact SIOS directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

APECS International Online Conference 2018: “Butterfly Effect: Small Changes, Big Impact!”Online Conference logo 2018 3 no day

Conference Date: 16 May 2018 (06:55 GMT to midnight GMT)

Event Format: Online conference (webinar)

Registration is now open for audience members to participate in the conference! It is completely free to attend from the comfort of your home or office!

How to register? Please register separately for each session of the conference you wish to attend. Once you register you will receive a unique attendance link for each of the sessions you registered for in your email inbox. Please use the attendance links to join the conference as an audience member on 16 May, 2018 and please check that you are using the correct link for each session you wish to join. Please register as early as possible but no later than 30 minutes before the session starting time in order for you to receive your attendance link via email. Sessions are limited to 100 participants each. Note that session timings are subject to change so do keep an eye on the schedule in the run-up to the conference.

This year’s theme, “Butterfly Effect: Small Changes, Big Impact!,” challenges polar scientists to communicate the impacts of changes occurring in and connected to polar and alpine regions, including their environment, local communities, science methods, and policy and education.

What to Expect: Presenters will address this topic in relation to a wide range of research, including Atmosphere and Climate, Biology, Cultural, Education, Science Communication, Geology, Environmental, Cryosphere, History, Oceanography and Policy research. Audience engagement is encouraged, with time for questions at the end of each presentation.

The detailed conference programme including all abstracts can be found on the APECS International Online Conference Website.

POLAR2018
During POLAR2018 we are offering the opportunity for a small group of Early Career Researchers (ECR) to have an informal lunch with the morning's two plenary speakers. If you wish to have the chance to take part in this opportunity please fill in this form by 3 June! Participants will be drawn by lots from the applications received. This event is sponsored by SCAR and IASC and organised by APECS.

Plenary Speakers and abstracts

apecs logo webUArctic logo newThe APECS-UArctic Science Communication Workshop is organized in connection with the UArctic Congress 2018 in Oulu, Finland on 3 September 2018. Participants will be expected to work on tasks throughout the duration of the congress. Deadline for applications is on Sunday 13 May 2018.

The workshop will focus on four topics:

  • Storytelling as a tool for science communication
  • Using social media for science communication
  • Videos as a tool for science communication
  • Communicating with the Media

The workshop will include both introductory lectures and also hands-on practical parts. In addition to the workshop day, the participants will receive a task to use the skills gained during the workshop during the UArctic Congress (incl. conducting interviews). More information will be communicated to successful applicants before the workshop. The results of the workshop and message from Oulu will be communicated at the Helsinki welcoming reception on Thursday evening (Sep 6th).

As the workshop is limited to max 25 participants, you will have to apply for it. Application deadline is on Sunday 13 May 2018. We will let applicants know if they are accepted to participate in the workshop by 25 May so that successful applicants can still register for the UArctic Congress before its early bird registration deadline. The workshop is open to students at all levels as well as for other early career scientists.

To apply and to find more information about workshop, please visit workshop webpage.

Dear APECS Germany members,

APECSGermany LogoOver the last ~21 months we as APECS Germany initiated several very successful events all over Germany, some of which you might have heard of via our website or facebook-page. However, all this was only possible through our board-members, many of which are now actively involved since July 2016. Just last summer, we established some official terms of reference (see http://apecsgermany.wixsite.com/apecsde/about) to ensure that a thought-through future continuation of our network is possible. One major puzzle piece of that is a board full of motivated young scientists, but for that we are of course relying on a more or less steady inflow of new board members, and that’s where you come into play!

The new board-term will start very soon in May 2018, and we happily invite you to join the board of our network so that you can bring your ideas into action!One of the very first tasks in a new board term will be the election of a new leadership team consisting of one chair and three co-chairs. However, we understand if there are question marks about being active in such a network, so in order to give you an overview on what exactly we`re doing and what we did in the past you are all invited to an informal online-presentation and a Q&A via the Zoom-Meeting-platform on May 8th, 2018 at 3 P.M.

You can join this meeting using the following link: https://zoom.us/j/353220763

Please drop us a short line whether you’re interested to join on May the 8th, but please feel free to also join on short notice. Some of our current board members will be online and answer any upcoming questions regarding our past work.

We’re very much looking forward to hearing from you!

Cheers, Andi
On behalf of the APECS Germany board

arice logoThe EU Project ARICE (Arctic Research Icebreaker Consortium)opens now a call for ship-time proposals to access the icebreakers CCGS Amundsen, RV Sikuliaq and PRV Polarstern. This call will remain open until the 5th of July 2018.

Applications are welcome from international teams of researchers and industry partners from all career stages. Female applicants are encouraged to apply.
Check full eligibility criteria and funding conditions at: https://www.arice.eu/apply-for-ship-time

The access to PRV Polarstern is offered in the frame of the Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC) Expedition, the first year-round expedition into the central Arctic exploring the Arctic climate system. Specific access regulations to PRV Polarstern in the frame of MOSAiC apply. Further information at https://www.arice.eu/apply-for-ship-time

NOTE: Proposals submitted to ARICE for PRV Polarstern will require a Confirmation of Endorsement from MOSAiC, a process which is encouraged to be started by potential applicants as soon as possible, as the endorsement process is expected to take 3 weeks from the submission of the request for endorsement until endorsement is confirmed. Detailed information is available at https://www.arice.eu/apply-for-ship-time

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Indigenous Peoples of the Arctic Countries website

When we conduct research in the Arctic we are visitors in someone else's homeland: people who live there all year round, who have unique knowledge and wish to be involved in research concerning their land and ways of life. In this pair of webinars, arising from conversations at the 2017 Siberian Environmental Change Network (SecNet) workshop (arranged in cooperation with INTERACT), two speakers will build on their personal experiences to highlight ways in which researchers can successfully engage with local communities, from a Canadian and a Russian perspective.

Webinar 1: Dr. Sandra Juutilainen, University of Waterloo
When: Friday 4 May, 16:00 GMT (12 noon Toronto) Register here!

Webinar 2: Lidia Rakhmanova, PhD in Sociology, Sociologist of the Center of Sociological Research, the State Hermitage Museum, associated member of the Sociological Institute of FCTAS RAS
When: Thursday 10 May, 13:00 GMT (16:00 Moscow) Register here!
Please note this webinar will be held in Russian.

Thank you for all the great submissions to the APECS Polar Week Photo Contest 2018 "My #PolarPride"! After all the votes are in, we are happy to announce the winner in each category:

 

Category: Working Environment

1st Prize: Sarah Baatout, Belgian Nuclear Research Centre, Belgium

Description: Health, drugs & environment monitoring, & school connections at Belgian Princess Elisabeth station in Antarctica as analog for
human space exploration.

 Sarah Baatout


 Category: Research and Laboratory

1st Prize: Gustavo Souza dos Santos, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo, Brazil

Description: Antarctic macroalgae in exposition at the Summer School in Pharmaceutical Sciences 2018, showing to undergraduate students from different states of Brazil the importance of Polar Science.

 

Gustavo Souza dos Santos

 

apecs italy logoAPECS Italy is proud to support the NET project, in which ten students from the Istituto Tecnico Industriale Statale “Max Planck” high school in Treviso (Italy) become involved in scientific research about climate change in the Arctic environment. The purpose of the project is to expose students to the various issues and techniques involved in climate change research at the poles, and how knowledge gained from polar research on climate change can inform climate change decisions back home in Italy. Following the field portion of the work, the students will gain experience in science communication and outreach by preparing presentations of their experience that will be shared with the public. In order to secure the last funding needed to support this project, NET is sponsoring a crowdfunding campaign, more information about which can be found at the following website (in Italian) https://schoolraising.it/progetti/net/.

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APECS Canada Logo webThe 6th Queen’s Northern Research Symposium will be held on Thursday April 12th, and broadcast as a webinar presentation by APECS. The three keynotes for this year’s event include:

  • Valerie Michaelson of Queen’s University (Department of Public Health Sciences and School of Religion),
  • Elyn Humphreys of Carleton University (Department of Geography and Environmental Studies), and
  • Daniel Fortier of Universite de Montreal (Department de Geographie).

The day also includes a variety of talks on reconciliation in Canada’s North, Arctic contaminants, and vegetation responses to the warming Arctic.

Participants can view the event for free from 8:30 am to 2:45 pm EST via webinar; register for the webinar here (https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hhV5ssh8RR6c0TVh4Mve-g) to receive an access link to the event. For those interested in this event but unable to attend, this presentation will be recorded and published on the APECS vimeo site (https://vimeo.com/apecs) at a later date. For more information about the Queen’s NRS, visit queensnrs.wordpress.com.

Your APECS Canada (ehPECS) Board

POLAR2018 logos travel award KopieIn February 2018, the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) in cooperation with the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), the Tinker Foundation, the US National Science Foundation, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the UK Science & Innovation Network Nordics, the Antarctic Science Ltd. and the Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) Project of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) announced the availability of travel awards for the POLAR2018 (15-26 June2018, Davos Switzerland), including Arctic Science Summit Week 2018 & IASC Business Meetings, XXXV SCAR Biennial Meetings, SCAR/IASC Open Science Conference, and 2018 Arctic Observing Summit.

We received a total of 346 applications for this process and due to the high quality of the applications it was very difficult to make a decision. All applications were reviewed by two reviewers each via a blind review process. Final recipients were then determined from the resulting ranked list keeping in mind as wide as possible country spread.

Through this generous financial support from all contributing organizations, we were able to fund 91 applicants from 27 countries (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States). All recipients have been notified and have accepted their awards. Congratulations to all recipients!

Thank you again to all the funders for making this incredible support possible. Also a big thank you to the reviewers who took their time to help us evaluate all these applications.

We are looking forward to seeing many of you in Davos!

More information on the awards can be found on the APECS website

EGU logoThe European Geosciences Union (EGU) will bapecs logo webe meeting again in Vienna, Austria, from 8-13 April 2018 for the General Assembly. The annual meeting is the largest gathering of geoscientists in Europe, with events and sessions covering a wide range of polar and cryospheric activities.

If you are planning to attend please consider joining us for all three of the early-career social events that APECS is co-organizing. Attachedis also a list of some of the polar-related sessions, organized by day.

Polar & Cryo Pre-icebreaker
Sunday 8 April
16:00–18:00
Cafe Merkur
Florianigasse 18, 1080 Vienna, Austria
Facebook event

Polar & Cryo Midweek Meetup
Wednesday 11 April
19:30–23:30
Zwölf-Apostelkeller
Sonnenfelsgasse 3, 1010 Vienna, Austria
Signup
Facebook event

Session SC3.4/CL6.05/CR8.10/OS6.3
Polar science career panel (EGU Cryosphere and APECS) (co-organized)​
Tue, 10 Apr, 12:15–13:15 / Room -2.85

On Thrusday 22nd March, APECS Norway held their first in-person event in Oslo at the univeristy's science library. The event coincided with the APECS Polar Week. It was a successful evening with keynote speakers (Lars Eivind Augland, UiO; Bob Paquin, Canadian International Arctic Centre and Andy Kääb, UiO) and a "PolarPitch" where  audience members, who came from a range of disciplines and career stages, gave a two minute introduction to their work. We then headed for pizza downtown.

Please get in touch with us (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you would like to help organise a future event with APECS Norway around the country. 

Pictures clockwise from bottom left: Keynote speakers Lars Eivind Augland, Andy Kääb and Bob Paquin. APECS Norway committee members Pierre-Marie Lefeuvre, Grace Shephard and Ruth Vingerhagen.

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We are pleased to announce the winner of the APECS Norway logo competition!

Our new logo was designed by Kyle Mayers, the Vice-President of the UK branch of APECS - UK Polar Network. As Kyle explains "The inspiration for the image idea came from a trip I took earlier this year to Tromsø, and seeing the Northern lights, which was a really special experience! It is also something people usually ask about when they think of Norway (although in Bergen the clouds are usually in the way)! The mountain is a great symbol of Norway, but also polar regions (Arctic, Antarctic and alpine) so I thought it was a a nice all encompassing image!". We agree, and here provide the original black version as well as a white background version - tusen takk, Kyle.

We would like to again sincerely thank all the participants for their entries!

Thank you for the 58 amazing photos that were submitted for our APECS International Polar Week March 2018 #My PolarPride Photo Contest! Now it is time for YOU to vote on your favourite photos in each of the two categories. 

How to vote? Click through the photos on our photo contest website and note their number and photographer name. And then fill out the two voting polls below.

You can only vote once in each category! Voting will close on 27 March at 23:00 GMT. The winners will be announced afterwards as soon as the voting results have been verified.

Bildschirmfoto 2018-03-21 um 12.33.08.pngWebinar title: Glaciology in the St. Elias Mountains of Yukon, Canada: science, logistics and surprises
By Dr. Gwenn Flowers, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada

Summary: The St. Elias Mountains of Yukon, Canada, are home to vast icefields, surging glaciers and some of the highest peaks in North America. Since 2006, Gwenn and her research group at Simon Fraser University have been carrying out glaciological field work in this area to investigate surface mass and energy balance, glacier response to climate, glacier thermal structure, ice dynamics and outburst floods. This webinar will highlight some of the research results, illustrate the role of funding and logistics in defining the research, and touch on the opportunities and challenges associated with field-based studies in this relatively remote area.

Please register for Glaciology in the St. Elias Mountains of Yukon, Canada: science, logistics and surprises on Wednesday April 11th, 2018 at 4:00 PM GMT here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2F7JMn4zRAOwBltkedstug.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

web apecsIDEAL logoAPECS Panel - Placing your research within the big picture Opportunities for Early Career Researchers (ECRs) to be involved in large international initiatives


When: Sunday 8th of April 2018 from 13:30 to 16:30MEASOVertical

Where: Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies (flexspace), University of Tasmania, 20 Castray Esplanade, Hobart, Australia

Organized by: Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

Co-organized by: MEASO2018, IDEAL research center

Registration Link

Over the past decade many large international initiatives have been developed to address the significant environmental and climatic changes impacting the Southern Ocean, to further our knowledge and to influence international policy. Initiatives and organizations such as SOOS, ACE Expedition, Southern Ocean Research Partnership and ICED are leading interdisciplinary and international research efforts to better understand the causes and impacts of changes in the Southern Ocean. These initiatives are influencing international policy on climate change, fisheries, and environmental practices. But how can you as an ECR get involved in these international initiatives and how can your research influence international policy in the Southern Ocean?

APECS will be hosting a panel session to address how Early Career Researchers can contribute to and participate in large international initiatives within the Southern Ocean. Our panel will address questions such as:

  • What are the knowledge gaps that an ECR can partially answer within international initiatives (SCAR, SOOS, etc.)?
  • What opportunities are there for ECRs to be involved in large international initiatives?
  • How can an ECR work (thesis, manuscripts …) have a greater impact within global/international initiatives?
  • How can networking help ECRs become part of large international initiatives?
  • How can an ECRs work influence policy and how can ECRs get involved/gain experience in Southern Ocean Policy?

Panel:

  • Dr. Aleks Terauds (Australian Antarctic Division)
  • Indi Hodgson-Johnston (University of Tasmania)
  • Dr. Nadine Jonhston (British Antarctic Survey)
  • Dr. Stephen Nicol (University of Tasmania)

apecs brasil logoV Symposium APECS-Brazil: Achievements and challenges in a decade of changes in the national and international scenario
15 - 18 May 2018, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

In is fifth edition, the APECS-Brazil symposium brings not only updates and new findings in polar science, but also celebrates the 10th anniversary of the creation of the Brazilian APECS committee and the last International Polar Year. We hope to stimulate important reflections and discussions about the achievements of our association and the challenges that we will face from now on.

Registration: Registration is open and should be done through the APECS Brazil website

APECS members have reduced registration fees.

More information https://www.apecsbrasil.com/a5th-symposium-apecs-brazil/

Swedish Polar Research Secretariat

The Swedish Polar Research Secretariat, in cooperation with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), are seeking three early career researchers (ECR) from Nordic countries to participate in the upcoming Way Forward: Knowledge Gaps in Nordic Arctic Research Workshop from 30 - 31 May 2018 in at Hanaholmen in Espoo, Finland.

apecs logo webThe workshop is sponsored by the Swedish Ministry of Higher Education and Research and NordForsk and will be organised by the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat with the support of Hanaholmen – The Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre as a part of the Swedish Presidency programme of the Nordic Council of Ministers 2018.

The workshop aims to identify urgent research areas and present Nordic Arctic research collaborations. A group of renowned Nordic and international scientists will identify knowledge gaps and research challenges that the Nordic countries, in international collaboration, are particularly apt to develop into world leading Arctic research. The results aim to contribute to sustainable development for the people in the Arctic, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and give an enhanced understanding of the global implications of a changing Arctic. Furthermore the workshop aims to provide input to the Arctic Science Ministerial in Berlin, October 2018.

The workshop is expected to produce a report consisting of white papers on three preset research themes. The report will support NordForsk and other Nordic funding providers in prioritising in Arctic Research and will be thoroughly disseminated to relevant authorities in the Nordic countries, EU, and international partners.

The three scientific themes are:

  • Arctic data and global modelling: What data gaps are the most crucial to get a better disciplinary and interdisciplinary understanding of Arctic past, current and future in the Arctic? What global consequences do these data gaps create?
  • Arctic strategies and social innovation: How do Arctic societies respond to climate change and pollution? What are the challenges and opportunities for adaptation strategies and social innovation at the local level? How can traditional indigenous knowledge contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of Arctic and northern environment and communities?
  • Sustainable use of Arctic resources: How to foster sustainable use of national and common Arctic resources for e.g. energy, shipping, fishing, and tourism? What are the crucial questions in regional and in international contexts to implement Sustainable Development Goals?

We will select three early career researchers to attend, one for each of these three themes.

Applicants should:

  • be from an institution / organisation in a Nordic country (Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Åland and Greenland)
  • have an Arctic research background fitting into one of the three themes of the workshop
  • be a PhD candidate or Postdoc / early faculty member within five years of completing their PhD (with deductions for periods of parental leave)

The selected ECRs will be provided funding for travel, hotel and food expenses.

If you are interested in applying, please send the following by no later than 28 March 2018 (extended deadline!) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • CV
  • Statement of Interest (maximum length one page) addressing
    • your research background
    • how your research interests fit into one of the three themes
    • why you would like to attend the workshop
    • what you would like to contribute to the discussion
    • why attending the workshop would help your career

If you have questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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apecs logo webarice logoAWI WortBildmarke Farbe RGBWe are announcing an exciting opportunity to work as part-time scientist in APECS International Directorate at AWI for the ARICE project!

The Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) is a member of the Helmholtz Association (HGF) and funded by federal and state government. AWI focuses on polar and marine research in a variety of disciplines such as biology, oceanography, geology, geochemistry and geophysics thus allowing multidisciplinary approaches to scientific goals. The APECS International Directorate in Potsdam, Germany, invites applications for a Scientist (Arctic research) (50%) to coordinate the APECS tasks of the ARICE project.

The Arctic Research Ice Breaker Consortium (ARICE) is a recently funded EU-Horizon2020 project to improve the capacities for marine-based research in the ice-covered Arctic Ocean. The project includes a consortium of fifteen partners from thirteen countries and will run for four years from 2018 – 2021. The project aims to better coordinate the existing polar research fleet by offering scientists access to six research icebreakers and collaborating with the maritime industry. APECS, hosted by AWI, is a member of the consortium and is leading the work package on educating a new generation of polar researchers and professionals by creating educational materials and performing training activities.

You will be a member of the APECS International Directorate Office at AWI and will be coordinating the APECS tasks of the ARICE project which include but are not limited to organising, content development, coordination and evaluation of in-person and online training courses and resources on research and soft-skills topics related to ARICE (including a summer school for early career researchers and professionals and several webinar series), participating in ARICE project meetings and contributing to other APECS activities as needed. You will support and work with a group of volunteers as part of the project tasks. The position is temporary part-time (50%) and limited until the end of 2021. It will be based in Potsdam, Germany.

Application deadline is 3 April 2018.

More information about the requirements and the full position description are available in this PDF or on the AWI website.

https://static.wixstatic.com/media/16f1d1_79c9569af1a9440793852cf2b91960d3.png/v1/fill/w_1074,h_294,al_c,lg_1/16f1d1_79c9569af1a9440793852cf2b91960d3.pngUS APECS is organizing a Reddit Science AMA for Polar Week (March 19-23). The idea is to have several early career researchers in polar fields available to answer questions from the public over the course of a one-day period. They have done similar events before, making it on to the front page of Reddit Science.

US APECS is also launching a blog on their website featuring different post 'series' relevant to early career researchers. The first series will be focused on science communication. Posts will relate individual researchers' science communication experiences (e.g. science communication experiences, outcomes, advice for science communicators, what worked/didn't work) to other young scientists, and should include details on what you think makes communication experiences effective, exciting and inclusive. If you are interested in writing for the blog post series, or know someone who might be, please contact Mariama Dryak (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information.

Polar Week logo2 01APECS International Polar Week March 2018 will be from March 19-25! Polar Week is a series of events happening globally, with the goal of promoting the science taking place in polar latitudes.

This March, our theme will be #PolarPride with a focus on appreciating APECS members from all aspects of polar sciences. We have fantastic members and want to show our pride! We also hope to recognize individuals that are traditionally underrepresented either because of what they study or because of systemic issues of diversity within polar sciences. We will focus on celebrating YOU, the members of APECS through a series of fun and professional activities:

We encourage APECS members and National Committees to organize their own activities and to submit details via the Polar Week website!

To find out more about the events and how to participate, please visit our Polar Week website. If you have any questions, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

APECSGermany LogoOn March 25th (3-6pm) we`ll have an APECS Germany Workshop on “Getting involved in Polar Organizations: Opportunities and Challenges” in Rostock, Germany.

During the workshop we will navigate the acronym jungle of polar sciences and explore ways to engage in international polar organizations. What possibilities and opportunities are there for groups and individuals? What challenges need to be overcome for young scientists as well as for organizations such as the German Society for Polar Research (DGP)?

The Workshop is embedded into the International Polar Conference and free of charge. If you are interested to participate, please write an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Online Conference logo 2018 3 no dayAbstract submission for the APECS International Online Conference 2018, “Butterfly Effect: Small Changes, Big Impact!” has been extended to 9th March, 2018 at 22:00 GMT. More detailed information on the call for abstract, the presentation formats, abstract guidelines as well as the abstract submission form can be found on the APECS International Online Conference 2018 website.

There are three opportunities for recognition this year! We will award prizes for the best Arctic and Antarctic Oral Presentations and another for best Innovative Communication!

IT'S TIME TO VOTE!!

Here are the fantastic submissions from our APECS members! Please vote for your favourite option here by March 6th: http://pollmaker.vote/p/Q4VLZO6J

The APECS Norway National Committee will make the final decision soon after.

While the options are 'anonymous' we would like to thank (in no particular order) Nathalie Carrasco, Ruth Vingerhagen, Kyle Mayers, Sian Roberts, Pierre-Marie Lefeuvre, Morgan Ip, Denis Migulin/APECS Sweden, and Constanza Rojas. 

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APECS-EPB Webinar: ESA's Human Research Programme

apecs logo webepb logo desktop 201515 March 2018 at 15:00 GMT

Speaker: Jennifer Ngo-Anh, Head of the Human Research Office at the European Space Agency (ESA)

Registration Link

On Thursday 15th March 2018, Jennifer Ngo-Anh, Head of the Human Research Office at the European Space Agency (ESA), will give a webinar on 'ESA's Human Research Programme', including an overview of ESA's work at Concordia research station in Antarctica. The webinar is the third in a series of webinars organised by APECS and the European Polar Board (EPB).

Details of previous webinars in the EPB-APECS series, including links to recordings, can be found here.

APECS Canada Webinar1 KopieAPECS Canada is excited to be hosting their first webinar of 2018! Join us on February 28th from 1-3pm EST to hear Dr. Jennifer Provencher present on her experiences collaborating with northern communities to form research partnerships. The presentation will be followed by a Q+A session. Dr. Jennifer Provencher is currently a W. Garfield Weston Post-Doctoral Fellow in Northern Research at Acadia University. For more information about Jennifer’s research, check out her website: jenniferprovencher.com.


Title: Working with Northern Communities to Build Collaborative Research Partnerships: Perspectives from an Early Career Researcher


Abstract:
Working with northern communities is a part of Arctic research in Canada. I will discuss my experiences from my graduate and post-doctoral work as a natural scientist working with communities in Nunavut, Nunavik and the NWT. I will talk about how early career researchers can engage with communities, co-develop research questions, and create meaningful training programs with communities. This will include discussing opportunities, mechanisms, and barriers to engaging in community collaborative research in northern Canada. I will also expand on some ideas from a co-authored essay (Tondu et al. 2014, Arctic), and talk about specific examples of how I implemented these practices in my own work as an ecologist.

Register for this webinar: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xgj_T-bgQhG1nmkTsCHMbA

apecs logo webNominations are now accepted for the APECS International Mentorship Award 2018!

APECS would like to recognize and honour the efforts of their mentors within the international polar science community. There are 2 award categories, which have been created to acknowledge the time and energy that mentors dedicate to early career researchers each year, and their efforts in building a supportive community.

APECS International Mentorship Award 2018 Categories:

  • “Member category”: APECS members are encouraged to nominate a mentor who has been an outstanding mentor to them during their career.
  • “APECS category”: APECS members, committees (including National Committees) and project groups are encouraged to nominate a mentor who has made an outstanding contribution to their APECS committees, activities or the organisation as a whole

The nomination process is open until 15 April 2018. More information about the award and nomination instruction you can find on the APECS website. Only complete nomination packages are accepted.

This year the Arctic Frontiers 2018 poster session was held on 24 January and, new this year, in the city centre at the Scandic Ishavshotel. A team of judges helped evaluate the posters across the four themes: Aquaculture in the High North in times of change; Circumpolar Safety, Search and Rescue Collaboration; Resilient Arctic Societies and Industrial Development; and The New Arctic in the Global Context. With more than half of the nearly 70 posters being from early career researchers and the excellent quality of posters, the competition was tough! In the end, after a difficult decision, the three winners were chosen. The excellent prizes sponsored by Arctic Frontiers were awarded at the Science Conference dinner also at the Scandic Ishavshotel. A warm congratulations to:

  • 1st prize: Emmelie Åström – Trophic relationships and community structure at cold seeps in the Barents Sea
  • 2nd prize: Chloé Maréchal – Wasting disease assessment in the northern sub-Arctic seagrass beds
  • 3rd prize: William Hatchett – Reinforcing Reinforcement: Reinforcement in Fucus distichusand Fucus serratus

 

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Photos: Alberto Grohavaz

Continuously growing in popularity, this year’s edition of Arctic Frontiers Science for Schools, organized by APECS and the Science Centre of Northern Norway, brought together well over 100 students from five different schools in Tromsø. Living above the Arctic circle means the kids are very familiar with ice and snow, but most of them have so far not had the occasion to see what scientific research really entails. Scientists from five different countries, either living in Tromsø or abroad, shared their first-hand experiences of what it’s like to do research in Polar environments – whether it be drilling ice cores, investigating the rich sea life through diving or deep-sea cameras, or learning about permafrost through cartoons. They were amazed by the beautiful underwater photography of Peter Leopold and fascinated by Kirstin Werner explaining how ocean sediment cores can be used to say what the climate was like thousands of years ago. Thanks to Polona Itkin and Anja Rösel they also nearly all got a chance to saw through a real piece of sea-ice and find out just how salty it really is!

After the presentations and hands-on experiences it was the turn of the students to impress us with their excellent posters. Grade 10 classes presented their projects on Tuesday and Thursday, while the more advanced grade 12 class presented the experiments they had carried out on Wednesday. For many of them this was the very first time they presented a poster at a mini scientific conference – and they did an absolutely fantastic job! The level of English was just astounding, not to mention their enthusiasm as well as the well-thought out research projects.

The excellent quality of all the projects meant that for those of us serving as judges we had an extremely difficult task on our hands! We evaluated the posters and learnt a lot from the students through our discussions about their topics of choice, which ranged all the way from understanding the impact of climate change on different Arctic species through to whether munition from the local shooting range was polluting nearby freshwater streams.

After some very difficult decisions, we chose one winner from each day of the event. They were: My name is carbon, black carbon (Tuesday); Heavy metal seaweed (Wednesday); and An ocean of problems (Thursday). The overall winners of the Grade 10 classes was An ocean of problems. There is definitely enormous potential in the next generation of scientists!

We want to warmly thank all the great speakers who volunteered their time to be part of the Science for Schools event: Anja Rösel, Polona Itkin, Charlotte Havermans, Julie LePage, Kristin Werner, Peter Leopold, Lawrence Hislop, and Mona Fuhrmann.

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APECS organized a fascinating panel discussion on Tuesday 23 January during the Arctic Frontiers conference entitled “Adventures in the Field”. Inspired by the work that APECS is doing as part of the INTERACT project, the panel discussion focused on what it takes to do fieldwork in the Arctic. Four speakers, with many years of experience between them, shared many of their stories, anecdotes, and advice with an enthusiastic audience of over 40 people. Ingrid Wiedman(University of Tromsø) shared her experience of doing fieldwork from research vessels and how one needs to ensure excellent planning and communication when one is a scientific cruise leader. Alex Messerli(Norwegian Polar Institute) also highlighted how important it is to have detailed plans as well as several backup plans. She pointed out how essential it is to have a good field team that is well-informed and aware of each of their responsibilities. Morten Rasch(University of Copenhagen) shared a few stories from his perspective as station manager and leader of the INTERACT station manager’s forum. Being well prepared to go out into the field makes the station staff’s lives much easier, and is particularly important in view of safety and avoiding any possible rescue operations. Morten also highlighted how as early career researchers one should focus on the smaller and ‘relatively easy’ to obtain funding opportunities that are available, for example, the INTERACT transnational access programme. Svein Mathiesen(International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry) gave an excellent overview of how fieldwork in the Arctic, particularly through working with local communities, had changed his life. He shared several very funny anecdotes as well as much good advice. A healthy discussion with the audience rounded off a well-appreciated and interesting hour talking about adventures in the field!

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APECS will be hosting several events to celebrate the APECS International Polar Week from March 19-25th. Our theme this year will be #PolarPride with a focus on appreciating APECS members from all aspects of polar sciences. We have fantastic members and want to show our pride! We also hope to recognize individuals that are traditionally underrepresented either because of what they study or because of systemic issues of diversity within polar sciences.

During Polar Week, we will be hosting a number of events from a photo competition to social media gatherings to blog posts. One of the events we hope to hold are webinars that directly relate to our theme of #PolarPride. We would love your opinion of which topics to discuss. Please choose your favorite topic with the poll linked below and let us know if you have any questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The deadline for submitting a response is February 17th. We hope to see you all at our upcoming events.

Webinar Poll: https://goo.gl/zfZs5s

Thank you,

The Polar Week Organizing Committee

EU funds an Arctic Research Icebreaker Consortium, which will provide researchers with improved access to research icebreakers.


ARICE logo[Bremerhaven, 6th February 2018] Fifteen partners from thirteen countries including two North American partners from USA and Canada have joint forces to improve the capacities for marine-based research in the ice-covered Arctic Ocean. In the project “ARICE- Arctic Research Icebreaker Consortium”, they aim at better coordinating the existing polar research fleet, at offering scientists access to six research icebreakers and at collaborating closely with the maritime industry. The European Commission funds the project, which is coordinated by the German Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), with 6 million Euros. The project kick-off meeting takes place at the German Maritime Museum in Bremerhaven 6th to 7th February 2018.

See here the full press release: Making the Arctic accessible for excellent science

Lisa LesotoDr. Loseto has been a solid presence in arctic science for several years, and when not in the field, is often found in households and harvesting camps across the north. Her attention to the well-being of northern residents, coupled with her commitment to ensure that Indigenous peoples are involved in the science and study of traditional foods, make her a visible and honoured member of the arctic science community.

One of the central components in Dr. Loseto's impeccable reputation is her drive to serve as a mentor to early career scientists. A work colleague to Dr. Loseto, Dr. Robert Young, says this about her mentorship:

"Since 2008, Lisa has mentored and contributed to the training of over more than 20 northern students through her beluga health research program. These students have had the opportunity to work with her in the field, to travel to Winnipeg to work for periods in the lab as well as to scientific conferences where they were exposed to a range of Arctic research. Many of her students were given the opportunity and guidance necessary to present posters or make presentations on their research projects. Her mentoring efforts have had a profound impact on these students. It has inspired them to gain a new insight into the value of their environment, research and its importance to northern communities. Her leadership has also instilled a sense of self confidence in these students that has contributed to successful careers in range of professions, including polar research, for most of her students. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has benefited because Lisa's approach to research and training has created a highly successful community-based monitoring program and a leader in incorporating traditional ecological knowledge into research and management decision making.

Dr. Loseto has also mentored and trained 18 students at a number of academic institutions. The range in students has been broad and includes supervision and mentoring of high school, postsecondary, graduate (MSc and PhD) students as well as post-doctoral fellows. The mentoring opportunities for these students have been quite varied ranging from field work and conferences to developing highly innovative laboratory techniques and statistical modeling approaches."

One of the greatest and most unique aspects of Dr. Loseto's mentoring approach is found in her commitment to ensure that students are able to connect their work with Indigenous communities and to involve these communities in many phases of the science process. This necessary approach highlights cooperation and strong community-based involvement, which is an essential component in how science is conducted across the Arctic.

Dr. Loseto, congratulations on being recognized as a leader in arctic science mentorship. Your work is commendable, and your commitment to engendering both students and community members is exemplary!

Online Conference logo 2018 3 no dayThe Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) is proud to announce the 4th annual APECS International Online Conference to be live-streamed on 16 May 2018. This year’s theme, “Butterfly Effect: Small Changes, Big Impact,” challenges polar scientists to communicate the impacts of changes occurring in and connected to polar and alpine regions, including their environment, local communities, science methods, and policy and education.

The Poles are dynamic and complex regions, vulnerable to the effects of climatic and other changes, and inextricably linked to the rest of the globe. The concept of the butterfly effect was originally coined by Edward Lorenz to illustrate how a tornado could be affected by minor changes, such as the flapping of butterfly wings far away and several weeks earlier. This concept also has broader applications. For example, a change in the mid-latitudes can effect changes at the Poles and vice-versa; minute temperature changes can significantly impact local communities or ecosystems; the development of new scientific methods and technologies can generate answers to outstanding questions and open new fields of research; in the wake of shifting global politics, a small alteration to a document can modify treaty impacts and lead to significant consequences; a small act in your community, such as sharing your science at a local school, can inspire and mold future visions for our planet.This year, APECS challenges the scientific community to make an impact by presenting the large and the small of their research ideas, methods, and outcomes: a short presentation in our one-day virtual event can have a significant impact, both on you and the audience of the 4th APECS International Online Conference!

Abstract submission is now open until 2 March 2018 at 22:00 GMT. More detailed information on the call for abstract,the presentation formats, abstract guidelinesas well as the abstract submission formcan be found on the APECS International Online Conference 2018 website.

We will award three prizes this year for the best Oral Presentations (Arctic and Antarctic) and the best Innovative Communication!

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iasc webSCAR logo white backgroundAPECS, SCAR and IASC are organizing an Early Career Research Poster Award. If you would like to be included in this competition, please fill in this form. There are no strict definitions of 'early career'; SCAR and IASC generally consider early career to be within 5 years of a terminal degree, but we trust your judgement! You will be judged on both the visual AND oral presentation of your poster, and you should therefore plan to be present at your poster during the relevant poster session.

In order that the poster competition is a success, we require the help of volunteer judges (of all career stages, as long as you are not entered in the competition!). As a judge, you will be asked to evaluate and provide constructive feedback on a handful of posters using a set of defined criteria. Your help would be very much appreciated by the ECRs! Please also fill in this form if you would be able to help at one or more of the poster sessions.

apecs logo webSCAR logo white backgroundiasc webPOLAR2018The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS)in cooperation with the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) are pleased to announce the availability of travel support for the POLAR 2018 Conference  (15 - 26 June 2018, Davos Switzerland)

Travel support via this process is currently available for:

  • Early career researchers up to 5 years past PhD with an Arctic and / or Antarctic and / or Cryospheric research focus (an allowance will be made for career breaks such as parental leave)
  • Indigenous researchers of all career stages(defined as researchers who are of Arctic Indigenous heritage, in particular those represented by the Arctic Council Permanent Participants)

APECS will be administering the funds provided by IASC and SCAR and will coordinate the application and distribution process of the funds on behalf of these organisations. We are continuing to work with other polar organisations to raise additional funds and encourage our partner organisations to get in touch with the APECS Secretariat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you want to take advantage of having your early career travel funds for the conference distributed via this APECS-led application process.

These travel awards will only be able to cover part of your travel costs and the costs will be reimbursed after the meeting based on receipts that you provide (unfortunately, upfront payment is not possible).

Please read the more detailed announcement text and requirements for the funding and submit your application via the online form on the APECS website.

Application deadline for the Travel Awards will be on 28 February 2018 at 23:59 GMT. Late applications will not be considered. No exceptions will be made.

If you have any questions please contact the APECS Secretariat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

UK Russia Workshop2018The National Committees of APECS in Russia (APECS Russia) and the UK (UK Polar Network), NERC Arctic Office, The Faculty of Geography Lomonosov Moscow State University, Marine Research Center of Lomonosov Moscow State University in partnership with the UK Science and Innovation Network in Russia and the British Embassy in Moscow will held the UK-Russia ECRs workshop devoted to the Arctic research priorities and collaborations on 1-2 March 2018, at Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia.

The Workshop will get together 50 participants including 40 early-career researchers to discuss the ongoing bi-lateral research projects and future priorities for joint scientific collaborations, and possibilities to build longstanding partnerships.

Links to APECS Russia: https://vk.com/apecs.russia
Links to UKPN: http://polarnetwork.org/

APECS Norway logo competitionThe Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) aims to stimulate interdisciplinary and international research collaborations in polar research. APECS Norway is a newly formed chapter to connect those based in or interested in activities in Norway.

In order to share this exciting news and the role of our broader organization, we would like find a new APECS Norway logo. We would like to invite all members to design and create an APECS Norway logo which reflects the polar regions, and with a bit of Norwegian 'inspirasjon'.

We invite all APECS members to send us a logo in .pdf .eps .jpg .png or .tif-format by Tuesday 20th February 2018 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.! All entries will be uploaded to the APECS Norway facebook page after this date where the public can see and vote for their favourite until 6th March (note, that you don't have to be a facebook member in order to vote in the poll). The top 5 will be reviewed by members of the APECS Norway National Committee who will choose the best logo! The design will be used on APECS Norway materials so plenty of future glory for the winner.

The original APECS logo in various formats is available on the APECS website. N.b. the orange colour is (RGB 241,106,34) and the Blue is (RGB 0,77,140), and the text font is Optima Bold. Though you are encouraged to be creative - check out the various other National logos.

Any questions: please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

Lykke til/Good luck!

CAFF-IASC Fellows in 2018 Erica Oberndorfur and Thomas Lameris
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and Erica Oberndorfer are the inaugural CAFF-IASC Fellows!

The Conservation of Flora and Fauna (CAFF) and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) welcome Thomas Lameris and Erica Oberndorfer to the inaugural CAFF-IASC Fellowship in 2018.

CAFF and IASC have teamed up together to provide Fellows with an opportunity to identify an area of interest and expertise, participate in and contribute to CAFF’s work, and produce at least one peer reviewed publication and/or deliverable report to the Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials.

The selection process was organized in cooperation with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), who managed the applications and coordinated the work of independent, volunteer reviewers to evaluate and recommend the highest quality candidates. The final selection was made in consultation with CAFF and IASC.

Lameris and Oberndorfer will begin their Fellowship by attending the CAFF Board Meeting February 6-8, 2018 in Fairbanks, Alaska. After this initial introduction, they will delve into their respective projects and continue with appropriate meeting(s), and advance the work of the groups on which they will focus. In addition, they are expected to contribute to the program of the Arctic Biodiversity Congress, 2018.

Lameris will focus his activities on CAFF’s Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI) and Oberndorfer will focus on CAFF’s Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program’s (CBMP) Terrestrial work.

Lameris is a bird ecologist, mainly focusing on the impacts of climate warming on phenology and reproduction of Arctic migratory birds. During his MSc at the Wageningen University in the Netherlands (2013), he studied the effects of anthropogenic land use changes on breeding birds. He shifted in focus to climate warming effects during his PhD, where he studied barnacle geese that migrate from wintering grounds in Western Europe to breeding grounds in Arctic Russia. He is currently finishing up his PhD thesis, and starting his post-doc work on the effects of climate warming on the growth of red knots that breed in the Russian Arctic.

Oberndorfer received her PhD from Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada) in 2016 and is a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Labrador Institute in Happy Valley-Goose Bay (Labrador, Canada), where she lives. Her work is guided by plant mentors in the Inuit Community of Makkovik (Nunatsiavut), with a view to understanding how plants are integrated into daily life in the region, and how plant communities express the ecological legacy of cultural practices in Labrador. She is currently working on the Makkovik Plant Book, a community book focused on the teachings of Makkovimiut plant mentors.

CAFF and IASC welcome Lameris and Oberndorfer and thank APECS for helping to promote the Fellowship and securing the successful candidates.

b_670_446_16777215_00_images_news_2018__DSC4913_Large.jpgYou may have heard some version of the phrase “If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter.” This statement has been accredited to many great people from Mark Twain to Cicero to Winston Churchill, but it was actually Blaise Pascal - a French mathematician, theologian, physicist and inventor - who penned the original that has been paraphrased for nearly 400 years.

Although Pascal championed his way through many fields of science in the 17th century, his wit still offers a good lesson in humility to scientists today when it comes to communicating their research. Putting complex ideas into simple, direct language can take a lot of effort, as a group of us recently learned.

For three days in August 2017, thirty-two researchers from around the world (the majority of whom were early career) gathered at the University of Colorado in Boulder, USA for a workshop to improve their skills at “Communicating Polar Science". Sponsored by NSF and NASA, and co-organized by IGS, APECS and USAPECS, this event was led by science communication professionals.

The first two days focused on oral communication, led by instructors from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University. Using role playing exercises and games from the world of improvisation, we learned how to connect with a range of audiences by finding common ground, telling stories, and painting evocative pictures.

Our first lesson was that communicating well requires listening and thinking from the perspective of your audience. Our instructors illustrated this point by noting how reading a scientific paper for a layperson is like someone with no knowledge of baseball trying to read a technical newspaper account of a game. In a parallel to oral communication, we performed an improve exercise in pairs in which one person had to precisely mirror the motions of the other. When in the role of the leader, we realized we had to adapt the speed and complexity of our motions so that the copier could follow, in the same way that a great communicator reads and adapts to the reactions of their audience. We also practiced techniques to better get to know and understand our audience. For instance, asking questions to establish their level of understanding, or breaking an opponent’s views down into shared core values (e.g. equality, honesty) when in a debate to reveal their line of reasoning.

Another key skill we honed at the workshop was how to engage an audience and convey a foreign concept using metaphors and analogies, along with movie quotes and song lyrics. Learning by doing, we practiced giving TV interviews; each being filmed and then critiqued by the group. Feedback covered tone (e.g. show more passion), clarity (e.g. shorter sentences, repeat key points) and body language (e.g. more eye contact, stay present). This collaborative format nurtured team building, too: participants began to coach one another, and as the paths of communication opened up, everyone became more animated and confident. We also learned the power of putting your key message up front and then using repetition to embed it in the minds of your audience. Other highlighted techniques included stating something surprising about your research, or showing how it relates to your audiences’ lives to create intrigue, and revealing why you care about what you study to generate rapport.

DHIEfx-V0AA9QgQ.jpgThe final day of the workshop focused on written communication. Dr. Max Boykoff and his team from the Center for Science and Technology Policy at CU Boulder provided new perspectives on how to develop different writing styles for different media, from academic journal articles to social media posts. We learned how to build a Twitter following by finding your niche tweeting topic, along with sharing parts of your non-scientist personality, like external interests. Studying examples, we saw how photographs (e.g. animal encounters), short videos (e.g. interviews) and graphics can make a critical difference in achieving a wide reach. Comparing and discussing articles in groups, we saw how keeping language free of jargon, using a frame (e.g. adventure journalism), and incorporating characters and human interest (e.g. food) could be employed to great effect.

The workshop provided many opportunities to step outside one’s comfort zone and to develop the skills to talk effectively with the wider public. Participants practiced using the ‘Yes, and…’ exercise when confronting an opposing viewpoint. Instead of responding ‘no’ and setting up a debate where we remain opposed, we started with ‘yes, and…’ to build positive momentum on what someone else thinks, creating a bond by agreeing with something they find important. After they understand you’re listening, they are more willing to hear what you want to say. This simple technique can be used in everyday in both formal and informal settings. Participant Robin Matthews said, “I came away with a deeper understanding that communication should have a clear purpose. Now, instead of jumping straight into the show of my communicating, I first ask myself - what do I what my audience to think, feel or do?”

Christian Wild, a PhD candidate at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, put his training to use even before leaving Boulder. “I was thrown in at the deep end when I joined a panel discussion on science communication at the IGS symposium immediately after our workshop, along with workshop participant Michaela King and two more senior scientists. During this discussion and the question session from the audience, I was particularly thankful for the improvisation techniques that we learned from the Alda team just a few days earlier. Paying close, dynamic attention to others, reading their body language and nonverbal cues helped me to shift my focus from what I was saying to what the audience was receiving.”
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This workshop report from “Communicating Science for Polar Researchers” was written by Robin Matthews, Paul Rosenbaum, and Christian Wild who, as international participants, received funding from the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) to attend the workshop. The workshop was organized by Alice Bradley, Ellyn Enderlin, Mahsa Moussavi, and Allen Pope and funded by the NSF Office of Polar Programs (Award #1720574) and the NASA Cryosphere Program (Award #NNX17AK61G).

USAPESC newWith the start of a new year, USAPECS would like to announce a call for applications for its executive board for 2018. Members of the USAPECS Board are expected to work together to develop and execute activities that they think will be of interest and beneficial to APECS members living in the US. The activities can include anything you're passionate about, from organizing social events or panel discussions at meetings to running a Reddit AMA session or organizing a webinar. This past year we ran a super successful science communication workshop at the University of Colorado Boulder and we would love to have new Board members organize something similar in the future! We'd also love volunteers to continue our Polar Film Festival in September and organize a panel and social at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in Washington DC in December.

It's a great opportunity to become more involved in the broader polar science community within the US. The activity (or activities) you help with are totally up to you! The time commitment varies depending on your level of involvement, but is typically an hour or so per month unless you are particularly involved in an activity (like running a scicomm workshop).

If you're interested in serving on the USAPECS Board in 2018, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, title of your current position (undergrad, Masters student, PhD student, postdoc, faculty, etc), where you are employed, and a few short sentences on activities you would like to help organize this year. Applications are due January 21st. We'll have an online meeting to welcome new members the following week.

I hope to see your applications!
Ellyn
USAPECS Chair

MariaMonteiro 2INTERACT LogoThe Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) is currently involved in the EU Horizon-2020 INTERACT project, an Arctic-wide network of field stations. In relation to this work we are organising a panel discussion about 'Fieldwork in the Arctic' during the upcoming Arctic Frontiers 2018 conference in Tromsø, Norway.

The aim is to have a stimulating discussion about what it takes to plan and carry out field work in the Arctic, covering aspects such as logistics, safety, and how best to ensure fieldwork is as successful as possible. The hour-long discussion will comprise four panelists who will share their experiences and plenty of time for questions from the audience.

Panelists: 

  • Alex Messerli, Norwegian Polar Institute
  • Ingrid Wiedmann, Norwegian Polar Institute
  • Svein Mathiesen, International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry
  • Morten Rasch, University of Copenhagen

Date & Time:
Tuesday 23 January 2018, 17h00-18h00

Location:
Radisson Hotel Tromsø, Norway, Room TBD

iasc webapecs logo webIASC and the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) have the pleasure to announce the start of the 2018 IASC Fellowship Program. The Program received 135 applications for only 5 slots. During the selection process, APECS coordinated the generous work of our independent, volunteer reviewers to evaluate and recommend the highest quality candidates, and final selection was made in consultation with each of the IASC Working Group chairs.
The chairs and reviewers were certainly impressed by the record amount and excellent quality of the applications.

The 2018 IASC Fellows are:

The IASC Fellowship Program is meant to engage ECS in the work of the IASC Working Groups. More information about the IASC Fellowship Program can be found here.

Dear APECS members, supporters and friends,

2017 Seasons GreetingsAPECS had again a very successful year in 2017 and we wanted to thank all of our members, mentors, sponsors and partners for helping us shape the future of polar research!

Enjoy some of our best moments of 2017 in our APECS 2017 Season’s Greetings video.

Happy New Year to all of you! We are looking forward to a fantastic 2018!

Best wishes,

Hanne Nielsen, APECS President 2017-2018
Gerlis Fugmann, APECS Executive Director
on behalf of the APECS Leadership

This year, APECS Italy organized its third Antarctica Day event in conjunction with the ‘Climate change, the grand challenge’ public outreach symposium, held at the Zattere campus of the University of Venice Ca’ Foscari. In contrast to previous years, APECS Italy teamed up with a larger event to celebrate Antarctica Day, one that was focused on the use of art to communicate science. To this end, as well as to emphasize how the themes of polar research and climate change are in inextricably intertwined, the event was organized in two parts: after a brief introduction to the impacts of climate change in the Veneto region by Professor Roberto Pastres from the University of Venice Ca’ Foscari, the first half of the event focused on the use of art to capture themes of climate change. In this section, works by artists submitted to a competition for inclusion in the symposium were displayed and discussed by the symposium judges, as well as by the artists (when they were present). Works included painting, sculpture and poetry. The second part of the event was spearheaded by APECS Italy, more specifically addressing Antarctica Day by discussing topics in polar research and how they relate to climate change concerns. The presentations revolved around the theme of polar exploration in research, specifically, the confluence of the scientific aspects with the human experience. The ‘Protecting Ice Memory’ project was discussed, promoted by the University of Ca’ Foscari Venice, the CNR-IDPA in Venice and the LGGE in Grenoble. The final section concluded with a reading of the polar diary recently published by Federico Dallo, which sheds light on the human side of conducting polar research: the hardships, emotions and triumphs.

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Thank you for all the great submissions to the APECS Antarctica Day Photo Contest 2017 Antarctica Alive! After all the votes are in, we are happy to announce the two winners in each category:

 

Category: Antarctic teamwork in the field 

1st Prize: Maria Monteiro, University of Waikato, New Zealand

December 2016, Lake Vanda in Wright Valley, McMurdo Dry Valleys - Sampling soil and microbial mats at Lake Vanda, Wright Valley

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2nd Prize: Roseline C. Thakur, National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research, Goa, India

The pic was taken by me from the bridge of Ivan Papanin which was embarked at the ice shelf of East Antarctica which is around 100km from the second Indian station Maitri. The pic was taken during the summer (March) of 2014.

Description:Arduous teamwork of Indian Scientists and Logistic personnel on the ice shelf of east Antarctica to unload the cargo on the ice shelf and transport the necessary ration, fuel and scientific equipment to the permanent Indian base, Maitri, in vehicle convoys. The excellent coordination and hard work of the team ensures the sustenance of the Station and ensures the smooth functioning of the scientific activities throughout the harsh winter of this frozen continent.

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"Antarctic fauna" category: 

1st Prize: Stefano Ambroso, Institut de Ciencies del Mar Barcelona, Spain

Photo was taken the 3rd of January 2014 During Polarstern Expedition ANTXXIX/9 in the Weddell Sea

Description: Lobodon carcinophagus Crabeater Seal looking intensely the photographer!

Stefano Ambroso

 

2nd Prize: Angela Klemmedson, University of San Diego, United States

Neko Harbor, Western Antarctic Peninsula (December 2015)

Description: Gentoo penguins (Pygoscelis papua) basking in the glory of icebergs

Angela Klemmedson

 

 

The pace of Arctic change is outrunning the process of conducting scientific assessments. However, the demand and need for timely, accurate, relevant, and credible information is greater than ever. Scientific assessments synthesize, document and supply critical information to decision-makers on key issues. They continue to be the principal means for harnessing and communicating scientific knowledge, but the mechanisms of this process are unfamiliar to many early-career researchers.

To address this need, the Association of Polar Early Career Researchers (APECS), the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) hosted a one-day workshop about scientific assessments on 24 April 2017 in conjunction with the International Conference on Arctic Science: Bringing Knowledge to Action. The workshop was attended by two dozen early-career and mid-career researchers and professionals from a range of countries and disciplines. Thirteen panellists, including assessment creators, contributors, communicators and end-users, discussed how assessments are produced, how scientific knowledge is translated and communicated, and how scientists can leverage assessments in their own outreach. Many valuable lessons and practical skills were discussed, as well as challenges and opportunities for the future of scientific assessments in the Arctic.

Full Article in The Polar Journal: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/2154896X.2017.1394122

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The next Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) special report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate will be published in September 2019 and APECS will be participating in the review process by coordinating an early career expert review group. We are therefore looking for early career researchers to help review sections of the report. Participation recognizes you not only as an early career expert, but is also an exciting opportunity to gain valuable insight and training in how the scientific review process of such a report is conducted.

We encourage members from various career stages to participate, from advanced Master students, PhD students, postdoctoral researchers to early career faculty members! (If you do not fit in these categories and are interested in applying, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a short explanation so we can determine eligibility.) Participants will be teamed up by area of expertise, and we will make sure that we partner those of you who have some experience with reviewing already with those who have never done this before.

If you want to participate, please fill out this online form, by no later than 15 January 2018 at 18:00 GMT. Accepted participants will be assigned to a chapter and contacted by the end of February.

The first round of reviews will take place from May through June of 2018, so applicants should make sure they have the necessary amount of time available during this period. You need to be intimately familiar with the recent literature in your field and will need to review roughly 10 pages of the special report. These are not anonymous reviews, so this means you will be individually credited for your contribution, and your comments will be made a part of the public record. All participants will be required to participate in an online training session provided during March and April 2018.

For further details on the general review process for the report go to: https://www.ipcc.ch/report/srocc/ . If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NERC_UKRussia_Flyer_02 (1).pngThe UK Polar Network invites applications from UK Arctic early career researchers (from PhD level to 10 years post PhD) to participate in and foster research links through collaborative workshops in the Russian Arctic.

These events are organised in collaboration with the UK Science & Innovation Network, APECS Russia, NERC Arctic Office and Lomonosov Moscow State University.

These events will stimulate new collaborative work between early career researchers based in the UK and Russia. The intended outcomes are capacity building, intellectual exchange, joint development programmes and networking. In essence, the aim is to develop the next generation of experts in Russian Arctic Science.

Workshops will be held at Moscow and Cambridge with travel and accommodation support available.

Application deadline is 5th January, 2018 and any additional enquiries can be addressed to the NERC Arctic Office: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information and the application form, please visit: http://polarnetwork.org/uk-russia-ecr-event/.

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9 January 2018 at 17:00 GMT

Speaker: Dr. Doug Smith (MetOffice, United Kingdom)

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How does the Arctic influence mid-latitude weather and climate? What physical mechanisms play a role and how can we better model these processes? How does sea-ice loss affect the atmosphere and oceans in remote regions? Doug Smith, of the UK MetOffice, will discuss some of the science around these questions and how coordinated multi-model experiments can help to answer them. This webinar is the third in a series part of the EU-funded APPLICATE project. The APPLICATE project brings together a European consortium of scientists from different disciplines to advance our capability to predict the weather and climate in the Arctic and beyond. To find out more about the project go to: https://applicate.eu/​.

CAFF IASC Fellowships

As two international organizations based in Akureyri, Iceland, the Conservation of Flora and Fauna (CAFF) and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), are teaming up together and with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) to help early career scientists get more involved in the process of taking research from results through to science policy recommendations.

We are looking for two CAFF-IASC Fellows in this inaugural year. Fellows will identify a joint area of interest and expertise, participate in and contribute to CAFF’s work, and produce some culminating output.
Application deadline: 20 Dec 2017 at 13:00 GMT

This year's areas of interest are:

The duration of the Fellowships will be from January through November 2018. Each Fellow will begin by attending the CAFF Board Meeting (6-8 Feb 2018; Fairbanks, Alaska), continue on with an appropriate working group meeting, and contribute to the program of the Arctic Biodiversity Congress. As appropriate, Fellows will continue working with their CAFF groups to deliver peer-reviewed publications and/or a report to the Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials.

Fellowship Commitment
During their appointment, both Fellows will be expected to attend the followning meetings:

Travel support to attend 3 – 4 meetings for each Fellow during their Fellowships will be made available through CAFF and IASC. The travel support is the only financial remuneration for the fellows. Salary is not included during the fellowship.

Fellowship Deliverables

  • Fellows will deliver meeting reports for partner newsletters.
  • As this is a pilot program, Fellows will deliver program feedback and evaluations.
  • As part of their Fellowship, Fellows will contribute to at least one peer reviewed publication and/or deliverable report to the Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials.

Application & Selection Criteria
Fellows should:

  • be an advanced Master Student, Doctoral student / candidate, postdoctoral researcher or early career faculty members (up to 5 years past PhD),
  • Commit to participating in the activities and meetings listd above in the announcement text from January to November 2018,
  • Be excited about international teamwork, be open to cross-disciplinary work, and appreciate the need to engage between science and policy-related institutions, and
  • Have a good command of English.

To apply please fill out this online application form: https://goo.gl/forms/JevkrFsRpHv4EgQV2. Applications are due by 20 December 2017 at 13:00 GMT and applicants will be contacted on 11 January 2018. A Word copy of the form is available through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for those who have problems viewing or accessing the online form. In recognition of project funding from Sweden, candidates from Sweden are encouraged to apply. APECS will coordinate the application and review process; recommendations from APECS based on the review process will be delivered for final selection to the CAFF and IASC Secretariats.

Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF)
CAFF is the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council and consists of National Representatives assigned by each of the eight Arctic Council Member States, representatives of Indigenous Peoples' organizations that are Permanent Participants to the Council, and Arctic Council observer countries and organizations. CAFF’s mandate is to address the conservation of Arctic biodiversity, and to communicate its findings to the governments and residents of the Arctic, helping to promote practices which ensure the sustainability of the Arctic’s living resources. For more information: www.caff.is

AntarcticaDayLogoThe APECS Antarctica Day Photo Contest 2017 has received 52 submissions! And now it’s time for YOU to vote for the best photos in two different categories:

  • Antarctic teamwork in the field
  • Antarctic fauna

How to vote?
Go to the photo contest website and look up the photo numbers and the names of the photographers of the photos that you like best in the two categories. And then submit your vote in the polls below:

Voting deadline is Sunday 3 December 2017 at 21:00 GMT. The 1st and 2nd prize of each category will win a prize of €100 (Hundred euros) and €50 (fifty Euros) respectively. These funds can be only used towards travel costs to a polar or cryosphere related conference of your choice within 1 year of the date of the award.

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Winter weather and climate extremes: How can researchers, authorities, and local peoples work together to record, predict and adapt?Salekhard, Yamal-Nenets automonous district, 31 Oct – 4 Nov 2017

The message was clear: To understand world climate, you need to understand the Arctic. To understand Arctic climate, you need to understand the Russian Arctic. To understand the Russian Arctic, you need to understand Yamal!

The Siberian Environmental Change Network was founded in 2016 to provide a “super mega transect” of stations; to create a science mega facility analogous to CERN that would serve as the hub of Siberian research. The workshop was jointly organised by INTERACT and indeed several SecNet stations are INTERACT partners. But the main theme of the workshop was not increasing research infrastructure, but rather how to effectively work with all stakeholders including government and local residents. The unique, and refreshing aspect with this meeting was that instead of scientists talking about these issues amongst themselves, representatives from the various stakeholder groups were present and fully engaged in the meeting.

Due to the diverse backgrounds of the workshop participants the first day was spent on introductions. Thereafter, the format of the workshop centered on breakout groups. In the first breakout, participants were split according to sector (Researcher, Northern Peoples, Decision makers) and asked to identify the challenges and opportunities related to communicating with the other groups. Out of interest, I joined the Decision Makers group. In terms of communicating with scientists, they identified a lack of local experts able to engage with regional problems. Additionally, they highlighted the lack of clear, coherent priorities coming from the international science community. A positive example identified was the CALM network where rather than saying that ‘permafrost research is important’, exact variables that needed to be measured were defined. For communicating with local people, they raised the interesting point that after a few years the representatives of those communities may not be ‘representative’ anymore, after having spent considerable time away from home.

In the second breakout, the groups were mixed and each new group had to discuss areas of high priority, which required the three groups to work together. A common theme amongst all groups was education: developing Arctic specific courses and being able to deliver them close to home. Salekhard, population 40 000, has no university. Education includes learning about the legal system: how to influence the decisions that will impact you. Land access, was also identified as an area ripe for inter-sector collaboration.

In the final section of the workshop, all the discussions were summarised and an action plan developed to drive the momentum forward. The overwhelming impression I got from this meeting was that communication is crucial, whether that is within your own ‘group’ or between sectors. There are many examples of good practice and various guidelines have been developed, but to make a real impact they need to be widely communicated and translated (both in terms of language and style of delivery). Clearly not all scientists should/need to engage in inter-sector communication and would be best served by dedicated representatives. But, as was highlighted in this meeting, care needs to be taken that those representatives don’t just end up travelling from meeting to meeting, losing touch with their ‘constituency’ along the way.

I would like to thank the organisers of the conference for providing me opportunity to attend and experience Yamal, and Olga who provided real time Russian-English translation, without which this workshop would not have been as successful as it was.

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NWO logoAPECS 10 year logoThe Netherlands Polar Committee of NWO and APECS Netherlands are pleased to invite you for the annual Symposium of the Netherlands Polar Programme, to be held on 8 December, 2017 in The Hague. The central topic of the symposium is:

The value of International Collaborations and Networks in Polar Research

The 2017 annual symposium of the Netherlands Polar Programme (NPP) aims at highlighting the importance of international collaborations and networks in polar research. Networking and collaborations are essential for the future of polar research in the Netherlands, from early career researchers looking to develop networks for research opportunities to the provision of large-scale international research programmes to address pressing scientific questions in polar regions. Speakers from different career stages and various disciplines are therefore invited to discuss the many aspects of international partnerships, collaborations and communication that can lead to a successful, commended and cost-effective polar research programme. We welcome you to the annual symposium to discuss and celebrate these concepts, and to increase the links already in place within the polar community. 

Manfred Reinke will share his extensive experiences in international networks as the former Executive Secretary of the Antarctic Treaty. Stef Bokhorst from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam will talk about his collaborations with multiple international partners and why these are essential for his science and journey home from the Antarctic. Henrik Christiansen from the University of Leuven will share his experiences as chair of APECS Belgium and early career scientist in (inter)national networks. Many more presentations about international collaborations and networks in polar research will be scheduled and an interactive workshop will provide a different perspective on networking within the polar community.

The symposium will be held on 8 December, 2017 at NWO, Laan van Nieuw Oost-Indië 300, 2593 CE in The Hague. The symposium will be English spoken.

Participation is free, please register online before 24 November.

You are invited to present a poster during the Symposium and can choose for this option on the registration form. The deadline for submitting an abstract for a poster is 17 November.
*Due to room capacity, symposium attendees limited to 120.

For more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

On behalf of the organising committee:

Gemma Kulk (APECS)
Patrick Rozema (APECS)
Hans Slagter (APECS)
Alison Webb (APECS)
Jacqueline Stefels (NPC)                                   
Dick van der Kroef (NWO-NPC)
Debbie Liauw (NWO-NPC)

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During the recent Svalbard Science Conference (6 - 8 November, Oslo, Norway) there were two evening poster sessions where researchers had the opportunity to showcase their work and impress a team of judges.  The well-deserved prizes were awarded during the conference dinner. Prizes were awarded in two categories: early career researcher (ECR) and experienced researcher (ER). The competition organised by APECS in collaboration with the Research Council of Norway. We would like to thank all the judges who contributed their time to judge the posters and of course to all the presenters!

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Winner: Alistair Everett "Seals like plumes"
Runner Up: Megan Lee "The impact of pollution on pathogen prevalence in an Arctic seabird"

ER
Winner: Agnès Baltzer "Evolution of pro-deltas: a print of glacier melt processes"
Runner Up: Edyta Łokas "Airborne contaminants in terrestrial environments in Svalbard"

Congratulations to all! 2017 Svalbard ScienceConference PosterAwards

 

Caption: The winning posters and (L to R) Harald Ellingson (Managing Director, UNIS and Chair of Advisory Scientific Committee), Ruth Vingerhagen (APECS), Agnès Baltzer, Edyta Łokas, Alistair Everett, and a colleague of Megan Lee.

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Antarctica Day 2017 will be on 1 December 2017 and APECS will be again joining Our Spaces - Foundation for Good Governance of International Spaces and other partners in supporting the commemorations. This event was created to celebrate the spirit of international peace and scientific cooperation that signified the signing of the Antarctic Treaty in 1959.

Antarctica Day 2017 is an international effort to share knowledge about Antarctica. APECS is proud to take part, helping to inspire a new generation of polar researchers. The day is for everyone, so take some time to celebrate with your co-workers, family and friends!

This year will see many events and classroom activities take place, centered around Antarctic science and exploration. Who goes there? What happens in Antarctica? And why is Antarctica important to the planet as a whole? We look forward to having these discussions all over the globe.

As a highlight for this year, we will be organizing an Antarctica Day Photo contest - Antarctica Alive! We encourage you to submit your best Antarctic photos for the following two categories:

  • Antarctic teamwork in the field
  • Antarctic fauna

Please read the rules and regulations for the contest before submitting your photo. Submissions are due 24 November 2017 at 18 GMT and should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. See also the announcement of the photo contest for more information.

Are you planning to organize something for Antarctica Day 2017? See all of what is happening at the APECS Antarctica Day website, and add your events to the list of activities for Antarctica Day 2017.

To include your support for Antarctica Day 2017, you can also insert your information on our map.

Happy Antarctica Day 2017 from APECS!

29 November 2017 at 17:00 GMT

Applicate logoSpeaker: Dr. Matthieu Chevallier(CNRS-GAME/MétéoFrance, Toulouse, France)

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Weather and climate models have typically been developed for mid-latitude regions, but different processes are relevant for the Polar regions. Prediction in the Arctic and beyond using global models can be improved through a better representation of processes at the atmosphere-sea ice-ocean interfaces, including small-scale processes, and through a revisit of the atmosphere-ocean coupling strategy in coupled models.

This webinar will focus on ‘Enhanced weather and climate models’, one of five science work packages of the EU-funded APPLICATE project, which brings together a European consortium of scientists from different disciplines to advance our capability to predict the weather and climate in the Arctic and beyond. Improved modelling capabilities will be achieved through enhanced process descriptions in the various components (atmosphere, snow, sea-ice, ocean) of the models. Our primary targets will be to address well-known problems in processes that contribute to momentum transfer at the surface and to the surface energy budget. Other improvements are related to coupling processes between the atmosphere and the land or sea-ice/ocean surface. A novel approach of a coupled single-column model will be extensively used as an intermediate step to constrain the model physics towards fully coupled modelling for weather and climate predictions. Based on a set of coordinated model experiments, using available and upcoming observations, we will assess the impact of model improvements. To find out more about the APPLICATE project go to: https://applicate.eu

Foto World SummitAPECS is organising the APECS World Summit 2018 just before the start of POLAR2018 in Davos, Switzerland from 17-18 June 2018.

The preliminary program for our 2-day summit is available online. Day one (17 June) is a closed meeting for members of our APECS Leadership and APECS National Committee Leaderships only. Day 2 (18 June) will be an open workshop for all early career researchers attending POLAR2018. We will continue to update the World Summit page over the coming months with more information.

The registration form for the summit is available on the summit websiteThere will not be a registration fee for the World Summit (either day), but participants are required to register for the IASC/ASSW business meetings section of POLAR2018, at a cost of 30 CHF.

Registration deadlines will be:

  • 16 February 2018 for APECS Leadership and APECS National Committee leadership reps who want to attend both days of the summit.
  • 31 March 2018 for APECS members and other interested early career researchers wanting to attend the second day of the summit.

There will be also other interesting workshops and events planned for early career researchers around the POLAR2018 conference. We will add information about them to our APECS website as they are scheduled. Current information on all side-meetings of the conference can be found here.

If you have any comments or questions about the APECS World Summit, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Further updates from POLAR2018

POLAR2018The abstract submission deadline has been extended for the POLAR2018 conference. It is now on 12 November 2017 at 18:00 CET.

To submit your abstract go to: https://www.polar2018.org/abstracts.html

Session categories, descriptions and conveners you can find here: https://www.polar2018.org/session-program-categories.html


Registration for the Open Science Conference, the SCAR and IASC/ASSW business & satellite meetings and the 2018 Arctic Observing Summit are now also open. You can also book your hotel, hostel or holiday flat within the registration system. Go to the registration page for more information https://www.polar2018.org/registration.html

A facebook group has been established to help early career researchers share accommodation and thereby reduce conference expenses.

For more information on the conference itself go to: https://www.polar2018.org/

APECS - EPB Webinar: An introduction to the Arctic Council

2 November 2017 at 15:00 GMT

Speaker: Timo Koivurova, Research Professor and Director, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland

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The Arctic Council is the leading intergovernmental forum promoting cooperation, coordination and interaction among the Arctic States, Arctic indigenous communities and other Arctic inhabitants. Giving an overview of its structure, including Members, Permanent Participants and Working Groups, this webinar will act as an introduction to the Arctic Council, providing information on its workings, issues of focus, and recent achievements.

This webinar series is jointly organized by APECS and the European Polar Board (EPB).

SCAR logo white backgroundAPECS 10 year logoThe Solid Earth Response and Influence on Cryosphere Evolution (SERCE) SCAR Research Programme, in cooperation with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), would like to appoint an early career researcher (ECR) to the SERCE steering committee. The overarching objective of SERCE is to advance understanding of the interactions between the solid earth and the cryosphere to better constrain ice mass balance, ice dynamics and sea level change in a warming world. The role of the ECR would be to contribute to the leadership and implementation of SERCE activities in general, and specifically to help improve the reach of SERCE science outcomes through outreach and communication by:

  • liaising between the ECR community and the SERCE steering committee
  • giving feedback on how SERCE can ensure ECR engagement with their activities

Applicants should:

  • preferably be within 5 years of completing their PhD; and
  • have an active research interest in understanding interactions between ice sheets and the solid Earth, preferably with a focus on Antarctica (as this is a SCAR program).

The ECR rep would be expected to attend the SERCE steering committee meeting, which will be held in conjunction with the POLAR2018 conference in Davos in June 2018, and will be provided with US$500 towards expenses associated with attending this meeting.

The SERCE program is slated to end in 2020 and the incoming ECR representative would have the opportunity to remain part of the steering committee until the conclusion of the program. Please note that you can also apply for this opportunity if you cannot commit to the entire period (recommended minimum commitment is 18 month) .

If you are interested in applying, please send the following by no later than Monday 30 October 2017 at 15:00 GMT to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • CV
  • Statement of Interest including: 
    • Your research background and how it relates to the foci of SERCE
    • Why you would be interested in joining SERCE and how this position would be beneficial for your research career
    • Clear statement how long you could commit to participcate SERCE steering committee (if until 2020 or shorter).

If you have questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

APECS Chile Mentor Panel 2017 4During the IX Congress of Latin-american Antarctic Science held in Punta Arenas (CLCA, almost 300 scientist from 15 countries), APECS Chile was able to performed a Mentor Panel and our first Annual Meeting.

Three mentors were invited to the Panel: Dra. Maria Andrea Piñones Oceanographer from the center of high Latitudes research (IDEAL), which is the most important long term chilean project in Antarctic science, Dr. Ricardo Jaña, Engineer in Geography and specialized in GIS platform from the Chilean Antarctic Institute (INACH), the main chilean government entity in Antarctic logistic and funding and Dr. Claudio González Marine Biologist from the University of Magallanes, the local university which has recently open a PhD program in Antarctic and sub-Antarctic Sciences.

We advertised in our website, social media and the official site of the conference (links below) and prepared the biography of each mentor and suitable question to open the debate.

The whole activity took 40 minutes. The panelist share their experiences and how they got involved in Antarctic research. We were able to share different aspects of being an Antarctic scientist, working opportunities and discuss the importance of networking in Antarctic science. We gave them an acknowledgment award for their participation during the closing ceremony.

After the Mentor Panel, we had time to discuss the idea of APECS Chile as a formal institution, the aims as a National Committee of APECS international and how to work to incorporate more active members in order to achieve our goals. We have more than 50 people on the audience including mentors, undergraduate and graduate students from Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina and Peru.

APECS Chile Audiencia Mentor Panel 2017 2After a long day preparing the Panel and the annual meeting, we went to El Rustico bar, which is a nice and friendly bar in Punta Arenas. Here we ordered Pizza and beers for the members and coordinators which help us during the whole week. We enjoyed the moment and recruited more members as they were able to ask and chat more about APECS initiative after the “formal” meeting. Also, it was an opportunity to discuss with teachers and mentors about our organization and listen their feedback and comments.

In addition, the british Embassy organized a meeting-coctel to talked about possible fundings for Post-doc and early career scientist opportunities invitation that was extended to the APECS Chile members, recognizing the importance of this platform as a direct link with early career scientist. We will put together the information compiled in this meeting to make it available for students the next month.

Our second most important activity was to award the best oral and poster student presentation. We rigorously evaluate more than 200 works (two evaluators per work) and we had the collaboration of mentors and APECS members to do this (almost 10 collabs). It was a huge amount of work, but it was satisfactory to see great level of presentations and the spirit of working together. Thanks to the congress organizers, we were able to used the closing ceremony to gave the awards.

At the closing ceremony, Claudia Maturana, the president of APECS Chile, gave a speech to the audience about the main aims of this organization and how it was clear during the IX CLCA that we have enthusiastic people and we could achieve any goal that we propose with coordination and effort.

After the conference, we received lots of good comments about our activities and performance, several students and mentors are very keen to participate and motivate their students to be part of this initiative. Even Dr. Steven Chown congratulated Claudia for the active participation of APECs Chile at the conference and her speech.

Special Thanks to all the people involved who made this possible: Renato Borrás, Marely Cuba, Gustavo Chiang, Daniel Ramirez, Claudio Gómez, Claudio González, Andrea Piñones, Ricardo Jaña, Zambra Lopez, Javier Naretto, Elie Poulin, Elias Barticevic, Marcelo Leppe, Paulina Rojas, Carolina Lamas, Carlos Pineda

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More information:
http://www.inach.cl/inach/?p=22399

http://congresoantartico2017.com/apecs-chile-mentor-panel-chilenos-liderando-en-antartica/

 

iasc webAPECS 10 year logoThe International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), in cooperation with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), invites Early Career Scientists (ECS) to apply for the IASC Fellowship Program 2018.

The IASC Fellowship Program is meant to engage ECS in the work of the IASC Working Groups (WGs): Atmosphere, Cryosphere, Marine, Social & Human, and Terrestrial. Each year, one Fellow per WG is chosen.

IASC Fellows are doctoral or postdoctoral researchers who actively participate in selected activities of the IASC WGs. Fellows are expected to contribute scientifically but also to help organize specific activities and to coordinate the reporting to the IASC Secretariat. Thus, the Fellowship Program provides the opportunity for ECSs to become involved in leading-edge scientific activities at a circumarctic and international level, to build an international network, and also to develop management skills. The level of involvement very much depends on the Fellow's interest - the more you invest, the more you get out of it!

The total duration of the IASC Fellowship Program is 1+2 years. In their first year, selected Fellows will receive travel support to attend two consecutive Arctic Science Summit Weeks (ASSWs) where the annual WG meetings are held. After the first year, Fellows have the opportunity to stay involved for up to 2 more years without dedicated funding support from IASC. Note: The travel support during the first fellowship year is the only financial remuneration for the Fellows. Salary is not included during the fellowship.

For more information please see the IASC website or contact the IASC Fellowship Coordinator Maja Lisowska (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or the APECS Executive Director Gerlis Fugmann (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

For this round of applications, interested ECSs must fulfill the following criteria:

  • PhD student/candidate or postdoctoral researcher (up to 5 years past the PhD)
  • Able to commit to participating in the activities of one of an IASC WG for at least 1 year
  • Able to attend the two upcoming ASSWs: 15-18 June 2018 in Davos, Switzerland (as part of POLAR2018), and Spring 2019 in Arkhangelsk, Russia
  • Located in an IASC member country
  • Have a good command of English

How to apply:
If you are interested in this amazing opportunity then please fill out this application form. If you have problems accessing or submitting the form, please contact the APECS Executive Director Gerlis Fugmann at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive a Word version of the form.

Selection process:
The selection of candidates is coordinated by APECS and will be only based on the material you provide in the application form. So be as specific as possible. Applications will be reviewed according to multiple criteria including your research background and the quality of your statement of interest of why you would like to be come an IASC fellow. Top candidates will be suggested to the WG Steering Committees, who will decide on their IASC Fellow 2018.

Application deadline is Monday 20 November 2017 at 13:00 GMT. Late applications will not be considered. Successful applicants will be notified before the end of the year.

APECS Canada Logo webYou are cordially invited to a two-day workshop entitled “Intercultural Indigenous Workshop: Sharing perspectives and experiences of research in Canada's North.” hosted at McGill University in partnership with APECS Canada

When: November 16th and 17th, 2017

Where: Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU), University Centre, 3480 McTavish, Montreal, QC.

Thursday November 16th, Ballroom 301: This is a full-day workshop entitled “Indigenous Realities: A Cultural Awareness-Building” facilitated by Suzanne Keeptwo, Métis of Kichisipirini (Algonkin) descent. This presentation explores Canada’s historic relationship with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and how it impacts current realities using storytelling, music and visuals. Lunch, coffee and snacks provided. Registration required.

Evening of Thursday November 16th, Ballroom 301: All are welcome to participate in this evening event including a keynote speaker, a round table discussion on sharing perspectives and experiences of research in Canada’s North, and a networking event with cocktails and snacks available. No registration required.

Friday November 17th, Rooms Madeleine Parent and Lev Bukhman: This half-day event called “The Exchange Experience: Validating 500 Years of First Nations History” with Suzanne Keeptwo is an interactive, arts-based and experiential workshop. The workshop thrives on an indigenous teaching model in concept, structure and content. Participants become the creative collaborators exploring First Nations historical, political and social issues while guided through a creative learning process. The experience works to validate Indigenous realities and sensitize Canadians’ understandings of Aboriginal history and worldviews. Lunch not included. Registration required.

For whom: Early career scientists conducting fieldwork in Canada’s North or with an interest in conducting research on traditional territories across Canada. These workshops are targeted to graduate and post-graduate students, however undergraduates may also register.

How to sign up: Please follow this link to register for the workshops: www.qcbs.ca/iiw

Costs are $35.00 + tx. for both Thursday and Friday or $20.00 + tx. for the Thursday workshop only. Presence at the Thursday workshop is a prerequisite for participation in the experiential workshop on Friday. The number of places is limited, please register early. The deadline to register is November 1st, 2017 at 5:00pm. A detailed program will be soon available.

You will find a poster promoting this event attached to this email, please share it with interested colleagues. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

We look forward to seeing you at the Indigenous Intercultural Workshop!

The IIW Planning Committee
Sophie Dufour-Beauséjour (Université INRS / Centre d’études nordiques), Marianne Falardeau (McGill University), Justine Lacombe-Bergeron (Université de Montréal), Gwyneth Anne MacMillan (Université de Montréal / Centre d’études nordiques), Allyson Menzies (McGill University), Élise Morin (Université de Montréal / Ok8APi‎ (graduated)), and Pascale Ropars (Université de Québec à Rimouski), and Cécile de Sérigny (Université de Montréal).

For any questions, please contact:
Marianne Falardeau: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Justine Lacombe-Bergeron: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Notte della ricerca Venezia 09 2017As part of the Venice VeneTOnight event series‘Notte della Ricerca’ (Night of Research), which took place on September 29th, in three cities across Veneto on the same evening, APECS Italy represented together with the University Ca’Foscari of Venice and IDPA-CNR at the ‘Climate of the Past’ stand, where researchers offered the public a glimpse of how polar research is organized. Real ice cores, a poster and a hands-on component using an artificial ice core helped to engage visitors by bringing to life the techniques used and the impacts of the data acquired when engaging in this type of polar research.

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Are you are attending the Svalbard Science Conference in Oslo next month, or are based nearby?

APECS has reserved a room on 6 Novemberfrom 14:00to 14:30 in the conference venue (Scandic Fornebu) so that we can meet each other!

This is a chance to meet other ECR and ask any questions you may have about APECS' activities.

 

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The Association of Polar  Early Career Scientists (APECS) and the organizers of the Marine Ecosystem Assessment for the Southern Ocean (MEASO18) Conference (9-13 April 2018, Hobart) are excited to announcenine volunteer opportunities relating to the MEASO18 conference, which are now available for early career researchers interested in attending the conference. The positions are well suited to those with backgrounds in marine or polar ecology, policy, or polar science. Some of the positions are open to only local early career researchers but others also open to anyone interested in applying no matter where you are located.

The following positions are available:

1) MEASO18 conference: support for theme contributions

Available positions: 4 (local or remote)

Research Background: Marine/Polar Ecology

Time commitment: October 2017-May 2018

These roles will assist with contributions to the four MEASO themes (one role for each theme). The themes are:

  1. Assessments of status and trends in habitats, species and ecosystems, and the causes of change
  2. Responses of species to changing habitats, including ocean acidification, sea ice and temperature;
  3. Modelling and analytical methods to assess status and trends; and
  4. Implementation of observing systems to estimate dynamics and change.

Specific tasks include:

  • Assist in maintaining databases of contributors
  • Assist with email contact to contributors - seeking and guiding input as appropriate
  • Assist with theme report generation

Successful candidates will have the opportunity to establish networks with working group contributors, and to be involved in workshops.Travel support to attend the MEASO18 Conference in Hobart is also available (amount TBC)

 

2) MEASO18 conference: support local organisation

Available positions: 2 (only local)

Research Background: Polar Science, with interest in Southern Ocean Ecosystems

Time Commitment: February 2018-April 2018

These roles will assist with local conference organisation and running tasks. The two volunteers will act as contact points, and assist with general tasks in the immediate lead up to the MEASO18 conference, and during the event.

Successful candidates will have the opportunity to establish networks with conference attendees, and will have the conference registration fee waived.

 

3) MEASO18 Policy Forum Co-organiser

Available positions: 3 (local or remote)

Research Background: Policy and/or Conservation for Polar Environments

Time Commitment: October 2017-May 2018

These roles involve working with Professor Tony Press to coordinate the one-day Policy Forum as part of the MEASO18 conference.

Specific tasks include:

  • Contact and invite contributors
  • Plan and help coordinate the running of the day
  • Assist in generating summary outputs 

Successful candidates will have the opportunity to establish networks with working group contributors, and to be directly involved in both the policy forum and the rest of the conference. Travel support to attend the MEASO18 Conference in Hobart is also available (amount TBC)

 

To apply for any of these positions, please fill in the application form by 18 October 2017.

If you have questions about the application process, please contactThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information about the conference, please seehttp://www.measo2018.aq

APECS - EPB Webinar: The Antarctic Treaty and the protection of the environment

23 October at 14 GMT

Speaker: Yves Frenot, Director, Institut polaire français Paul-Emile Victor (IPEV)

Registration Link

The Antarctic Treaty, signed in Washington on December 1, 1959, has the purpose to ensure that "in the interest of all mankind that Antarctica shall continue for ever to be used exclusively for peaceful purposes and shall not become the scene or object of international discord". Signed in 1991, the Protocol on Environmental Protection (the Madrid Protocol) to the Treaty, designates Antarctica as “a natural reserve, devoted to peace and science”. This webinar will give an overview of how the Antarctic Treaty and its Madrid Protocol work, and how the Treaty system is used to protect the Antarctic environment.

This webinar series is jointly organized by APECS and the European Polar Board (EPB)

APECS Italy Workshop 2017 KopieIn conjunction with the Past Antarctic Ice Sheet Dynamics (PAIS) conference, an international conference held every year in Trieste, Italy, APECS Italy organized a workshop open to the public for scientists and anyone to whom the title “Social Media and Science Communication” might strike an interest.

The objective of the workshop was to examine the various ways in which science can be communicated, from more traditional means such as print media, to those that require a greater investment but may affect a wider audience such as film, to finally the new frontiers in science communication via social media.

After a brief introduction about APECS by Jilda Alicia Caccavo and Mathieu Casado, the first session began, discussing science communication in print media. First Emilio Antoniol spoke, discussing the goals of the publications of Officina, a cultural association at the University IUAV of Venice with the goal to promote communication between the world of academic research and the general public. Next, Enrico M. Balli of SISSA (Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati) discussed the Journal of Science Communication (JCOM), an open access journal on science communication. Given the rapid growth in the need for effective science communication, JCOM seeks to provide theoretical guidelines both for scholars and practitioners in the field of public communication of science and technology.

APECS Italy Workshop 2017 3 KopieDuring the second session of the workshop, Peter Barrett, an Emeritus Professor in Geology from the Antarctic Research Centre at the University of Wellington presented his recent work on the film “Thin Ice –the inside story of climate science”. After studying Antarctic climate history for over four decades, Peter Barrett turned to film to better bridge the gap between the climate science community and the general public, creating this film in order to provide scientists themselves with a platform to communicate why their research and results related to climate change matter, and what we can all do to mitigate the impacts of climate change.APECS Italy Workshop 2017 2 Kopie


Finally, the last session was geared towards the use of social media to communicate science research. During the session, Giulia Annovi, a Scientific Freelance Journalist from SISSA, as well as Angel Del Prete, a Social Media Manager, and Giulia Massolino from the National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics demonstrated practical examples of effective Social Media use by various platforms and third-party add-ons. This culminated in the launching of hashtag #PaiSocial and the creation of a summary of the workshop using the app storify (https://storify.com/GiuliaMassolino/paisocial).



APECS 10 year logoAPECS is excited to announce that another leadership term has begun on 1 October 2017!

APECS Executive Committee 2017-2018:

APECS’ eleventh Executive Committee (ExCom) is now in place and ready to continue to shape the polar world.

  • Jilda Caccavo (University of Padua, Italy)
  • Jean Holloway (University of Ottawa, Canada)
  • Hanne Nielsen (University of Tasmania, Australia
  • Gabriela Roldán (University of Canterbury, New Zealand)
  • Alex Thornton (University of Alaska Fairbanks, United States)

have been elected to form the ExCom, the main leadership body of APECS. Ruth Vingerhagen (Norway) and Alice Bradley (United States) will serve as ex-officios and support the new ExCom over the coming year. And of course, Gerlis Fugmann, the APECS Executive Director will continue to support and foster the group from the International Directorate Office in Potsdam, Germany. More information on the APECS 2017-2018 Executive Committee can be found here.

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APECS President 2017-2018:

With a new term, comes a new president, and this year Hanne Nielsen will be taking on this role. Hanne recently completed her PhD at the University of Tasmania, where she analysed representations of Antarctica in advertising material. She is a 2017 SCAR Fellow, and an active member of the SCAR Humanities and Social Sciences Expert Group. Hanne has been involved in APECS leadership for the past three years, and is also a member of APECS Oceania.

More information on Hanne can be found here. 

 

 

APECS Council 2017-2018:

In 2017-2018 the APECS Council is made up of 65 very enthusiastic members from 24 countries: 

Kelsey Aho (USA), Stefano Ambroso (Spain), Atreya Basu (Canada), Liz Bowman (USA), Julie Bull (Canada), François Burgay (Italy), Emily Choy (Canada), Nicolas Champollion (Germany / Switzerland), Henrik Christiansen (Belgium), Casey Clark (USA), Matteo Luciano Contu (UK), Jennifer Cooper (USA), Jim Crowell (USA), Adrian Dahood (USA), Donovan Dennis (USA), Meagan Dewar (Australia), Denis Doronin (Russia), Clare Eayrs (United Arab Emirates), Alevtina Evgrafova (Germany/ Switzerland), Natalie Freeman (USA), Yi-Ming Gan (Belgium), Vikram Goel (Norway / India), Christel Hansen (South Africa), Laura Hobbs (UK), Juan Höfer (Chile), Bruno Ibañez (Peru), Cyril Jaksic (New Zealand), Shridhar Jawak (India), Meric Karahalil (Turkey), Hanna Maria Kauko (Norway), Amy Kirkham (USA), Nikita Kuprikov (Russia), Sasha Leidman (USA), Josefine Lenz (Germany), Arinda Mandal (India/ Germany), Sebastián Marinsek (Argentina), Claudia Maturana (Chile), Kyle Mayers (UK), Swati Nagar (India), Ozgun Oktar (Turkey), Ankit Pramanik (Norway), José Queirós (Portugal), Kabir Rasouli (Canada), Corinna Röver (Sweden), Paul Rosenbaum (France), Morgan Seag (UK), Jose Seco (Portugal / UK), Elisa Seyboth (Brazil), Grace Shephard (Norway), Neelu Singh (India), Runa Skarbø (Norway), Petr Sorokin (Russia), Kent Spiers (Canada), Sara Strey (USA), Greta Carrete Vega (Spain), David Velazquez (Spain), Florian Vidal (France), Deniz Vural (Turkey), Gary Wesche (USA), Nadya Yanakieva (Bulgaria), Sinan Yirmibesoglu (Turkey)

Additionally, TJ Young (UK), Tristy Vick-Majors (Canada), Yulia Zaika (Russia) and Scott Zolkos (Canada) remain on the Council in an ex-officio role. More information on the APECS 2017-2018 Council can be found here.

Once again, we thank the many APECS leaders that have come before us and have helped guide and foster many of those serving today! We look forward to another year with the projects that are currently underway, and continue to look for more ways that we can improve and expand this organization and assist early career polar researchers around the world.

APECS PolandAPECS Polska and IPSIP Conference team invite early-career researchers to the Project Management intensive workshop, which will be held on 16 November.

Project Management intensive workshop is aimed at early career scientists who want to lead top-quality research projects. During the workshop, you will work in small groups and learn step by step what project management is about. The workshop covers following topics:

  • Introduction to effective project planning;
  • How to design a convincing Project Concept Note;
  • Good project proposal in 10 steps;
  • Funding sources and how to read them;
  • Stakeholders and why to include them;
  • Problem/objective/strategy analysis;
  • Project logic - the simple way how to structure your project;
  • Work plan in 6 steps;
  • Basics of budgeting.

It is an intensive, all-day course prepared by our excellent mentor Kamil Jagodziński. 

If you want to participate, please fill in the short survey and send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 25 October. We will inform selected candidates by email short after closing of application process.

Please note that due to limited number of places we will make a selection based on the date of application, but we will prioritize PhD students and post docs attending IPSIP Conference (http://www.ipsip.pl/).

The workshop will be held on 16 November 9.00-18.00 (with breaks) in Warsaw. We will inform you about the details later. The participation is free of charge.

If you have any questions, please contact Marta Bystrowska: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

1st APECS Oceania Symposium

"Addressing Future Antarctic Challenges from an Oceania Perspective"

  • 18th -19th September 2017
  • Monash University, Melbourne (Australia) 

Symposium Summary:

The inaugural APECS Oceania Symposium was held during Polar Week on the 18th and 19th of September 2017 at the Monash University Conference Centre, Melbourne. Twenty early career researchers (ECRs) attended the symposium in person, with at least another dozen attending remotely.

Eighteen ECRs presented their work during the symposium, with five remote presentations from ECRs in New Zealand and Tasmania. Two keynote presentations were given by Dr Gwen Fenton and Dr Aleks Terauds.

 APECS Oceania Symposium openedDr Gwen Fenton presents speaker awards

The best ECR presentation was awarded to Kara Layton from the University of Western Australia for her presentation on the diversification of parasites in gastropods (pictured above with Dr Gwen Fenton) and the runner up prize was awarded to Cyril Jaksic from Lincoln University (NZ), for his presentation on predicating the human response to extreme environments.

Three early career workshop sessions were run to help support ECRs with career advice, CV writing and optimising social media impact. The symposium was well represented on facebook and twitter, with over 100 tweets generated and the symposium hashtag #APECS17 trending on the Australian twitter. The symposium can be considered a success on all accounts.

This conference was made possible with the support of Monash University, the Australian Antarctic Division and APECS International.

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Session Overview:

Day 1

The symposium was opened by Jasmine Lee with a brief overview of APECS Oceania and a summary of the greatest challenges Antarctica faces into the future, as described by Antarctic scientists and policymakers across Oceania.

Dr Gwen Fenton, Chief Scientist of the Australian Antarctic Division, delivered the first keynote address for the symposium. She provided an overview of the Australian Antarctic Division's 20 year Strategic plan and the level of investment Australia is making in Antarctica and Antarctic research, including the construction of the new Icebreaker which will be equipped with state of the art equipment and technology to facilitate innovative and strategic scientific research. Gwen also unveiled the new Antarctic Foundation which will provide funding for research in Antarctica for Australian Scientists. Gwen highlighted that this is an exciting time for ECRs to be involved in Antarctic science and asked for feedback on how the Antarctic Division could better support ECRs.

The following three sessions consisted of 18 presentations by early career scientists from Australia and New Zealand across a range of disciplines including psychology, social sciences, climate modelling, invasive species, parasites and microbes.

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Day 2

Thanks to our sponsorsThe second day began with a workshop from Prof Michael McCarthy from Melbourne University on career skills, including writing CVs, understanding and applying for both academic and non-academic jobs and tips for career progression from post-doctoral to fellowship or lecturer stage.

Dr Aleks Terauds gave the second keynote presentation for the symposium on the pathway to impact: undertaking science that can impact Antarctic policy. This was followed by a session on utilising and optimising social media by Jasmine Lee and Hanne Nielsen.

The symposium concluded with a panel session focusing on challenges facing ECRs and potential solutions. The panel consisted of Dr Aleks Terauds, Dr Gerlis Fugmann (APECS Director), Dr Helena Baird from Monash University and Hanne Nielsen, and was chaired by Dr Meagan Dewar and Jasmine Lee.

The first APECS Oceania Symposium was organised by Meagan Dewar, Jasmine Lee, Gabriela Roldan, and Hanne Nielsen.

Recordings of the sessions are avialble via vimeo: https://vimeo.com/channels/APECSoceania2017

For more on APECS Oceania activities, see www.apecsoceania.com, www.facebook.com/APECSOceania, or follow www.twitter.com/APECSOceania.

APECS Switzerland organized a one-day symposium on polar research, the “Swiss Polar Day” that took place in Zürich on September 7th 2017 at the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL.

The symposium provided a broad overview on all Polar research topics taking place universities/ institutions in Switzerland. For the first time, representatives of most Swiss universities or research institution presented their university's’ activities in Polar research, informed about research platforms and future plans in Polar research, such as planned expeditions or projects.

The first part of the day was filled with presentations open for the larger interested public. The second part of the day was reserved for a round table and networking event of the representatives of the universities/ institutes.

Around 60 people took part in this meeting and the feedback was very positive. Most participants agreed on the need of such event on a regular basis. The Swiss Polar Institute will organize similar events in the future based on this first meeting and we are very happy that stronger national connections will be made in the future!

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PEI Webinar Polar Week KopieAPECS - PEI Polar Week Webinar: Kids are not your peer reviewer

24 September at 19:00 GMT

Speaker: Julia Dooley (Polar Educators International)

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If a six-year old can talk about a Tyrannosaurus and describe how it differs from a Stegosaurus, they can engage with some of the big ideas in your research. You just have to remember they are not your typical science audience. Julia Dooley, President of Polar Educators International and Primary level teacher of Gifted and Talented students will share a few teacher tools, and ideas for making your classroom visits engaging, and actually a little fun.

APECS Polar Week Webinar: How to get involved: Insights from EPB, IASC and SCAR fellows

23 September 2017 at 13:00 GMT

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Speakers:

  • Joseph Nolan, Junior Policy Officer, European Polar Board (EPB)
  • Alevtina Evgrafova, 2017 Fellow, International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) 
  • Lavenia Ratnarajah, 2016 Fellow, Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR)
  • Jilda Caccavo, 2016 Fellow, Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR)

Whether you research phenomena in the Arctic or Antarctic, there are worldwide committees available to you. International collaboration is an integral part of polar research for early career professionals and beyond. How do you get involved? Just ask our panel! The webinar will be convened by Sara Strey form our APECS Polar Week Committee.

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FionaTummon photoAPECS is excited to announce that Fiona Tummon will be joining the APECS International Directorate as new Project Officer on 1 October 2017. Fiona will be based at the Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics, UiT The Arctic University of Norwayand will be responsible for managing the UiT tasks focused primarily on training and outreach activities that complement APECS activities within the recently funded Horizon 2020 EU projects APPLICATE(Advanced Prediction in Polar regions and beyond: Modelling, observing system design and LInkages associated with ArcitC ClimATE change) and INTERACT (International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic). In addition, she will contribute to other APECS activities in the APECS International Directorate.

Fiona grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, where she completed her undergraduate education in Oceanography and Zoology. In 2007 she started a joint PhD between the University of Cape Town and the Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse-III focused on the regional climatic effects of aerosols, which she completed in 2011. Thereafter she shifted focus (and countries!), moving to Zurich, Switzerland, to work for the World Climate Research Programme’s Stratosphere-troposphere Processes And their Role in Climate (SPARC) project. There, she spent half her time doing research focused on atmospheric chemistry and the other half of her time doing work for the SPARC project office. She has extensive experience with science communication, organising scientific workshops and meetings, and coordinating international scientific research.

Fiona first joined the APECS community in 2016, inspired by a visit to the high-altitude Swiss research station at the Jungfraujoch organised by APECS Switzerland. She also has been very involved with the YESS (Young Earth System Scientists) community and hopes to provide a nice link between the two active networks.

As a participant in the recent Antarctic Circumpolar expedition, Fiona fulfilled part of a dream of going to the Antarctic (although she’s yet to make it on to the continent itself!). She’s very excited to join the APECS team and learn more about the polar regions and their importance for the global Earth system.

Welcome Fiona!

APECS OceaniaPolar Week is nearly upon us, as is the first APECS Oceania Symposium "Addressing Future Antarctic Challenges from an Oceania Perspective." This event will be held in Melbourne, Australia from 18-19 September, and a video link is available for those in other locations who are interested in the talks.

Keynote speakers are Dr Gwen Fenton, Chief Scientist at the AAD, and Dr Aleks Treads. Early Career Researchers from NZ and Australia will also be presenting their work.
To sign up to attend symposium sessions remotely, please use the links below, or visit https://apecsoceania.com/2017/04/06/1st-apecs-oceania-symposium/

Remote registration for APECS Oceania Symposium Sessions:

If you want to know what else is happening during Polar Week, check the APECS website. 

Applicate logoAPECS-APPLICATE-Webinar: Advanced Prediction in Polar Regions and Beyond

28 September 2017 at 15:00 GMT

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Thomas Jung (Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research, Germany)

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In November 2016, a European consortium of scientists from different disciplines set out to advance our capability to predict the weather and climate in the Arctic and beyond in the framework of the EU-funded project called APPLICATE. In this presentation, I will describe the basic rationale behind this project and outline what is needed to make step changes in our ability to predict Arctic weather and climate prediction, and to increase our understanding of the impact of Arctic climate change in mid-latitudes. In this context I will touch on the following topics: model evaluation, model development, teleconnections, observing system design, education and stakeholder engagement. To find out more about the APPLICATE project go to: https://applicate.eu/

European Commission LogoApplicate logoThe EU Horizon 2020-funded APPLICATE project, in cooperation with the World Meteorological Organisation’s Polar Prediction Project (PPP) in occasion of the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP), the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and other partners are organising the second Polar Prediction School 2018 on weather and climate prediction in the polar regions from 17 - 27 April 2018 at Abisko Scientific Research Station in Sweden.

APECS 10 year logoYOPP LOGO beb4effb3cThe course will cover topics including chaotic systems and predictability, polar boundary layer processes, polar clouds, sea ice and high latitude ocean processes, polar extreme weather and polar-mid-latitude linkages. It will include a combination of polar weather and climate theory lectures with exercises on modelling and field meteorology techniques as well as soft skill training. Each of these components forms a crucial pillar of the prediction problem, and the motivation for combining these is to provide participants with a complete overview of the components required to understand and predict polar weather

The Polar Prediction School 2018 will be open to 30 early career researchers (focus on advanced graduate students, PhD students, and postdoctoral researchers) from around the world. An international set of instructors will be teaching the sessions. As during the first Polar Prediction School in 2016, classes will be held at the Abisko Scientific Research Station, in Sweden, where the instructional facilities are conveniently located in an environment well suited to Arctic observations.

More information and how to apply can be found on the Polar Prediction School 2018 website. Application deadline has been extended until 22 September 2017 at 23:59 GMT.

APECS Canada Logo webApplications are now open for the 2017-2018 APECS Canada Board!

APECS Canada is a diverse group of early career scientists who are part of the larger APECS network. We are involved in polar research, whether in the Northern or Southern hemisphere, and live or work in Canada. Our research runs the gamut – from ocean sciences to political sciences, from people, birds and whales to plants and permafrost…you name it, we’ve likely got it!

APECS Canada has a board formed of members from across Canada and we will be working over the coming months and years to create great resources for all of the early career polar researchers in Canada!

For more info please check out our new website: https://apecscanada.wixsite.com/ehpecs

And if you’d like to join our APECS Canada Board please submit applications here by September 15th: https://goo.gl/forms/xlDeyFvw9Cwoyqdm2

Looking forward to hearing from you soon! Please feel free to distribute the application link broadly!

Meagan Grabowski
APECS Canada Chair

APECSGermany LogoAPECS Germany invites you to our APECS Germany workshop on Wednesday, 20 September 2017, 4:00-6:00 p.m. in Erlangen in the run-up to the coordination workshop of the German Priority Programme for Antarctic Research from 20 to 22 September 2017 in Erlangen.

We want to seize the opportunity to introduce APECS Germany to you and hold a Panel Discussion on

Career paths and funding opportunities for postdocs

with both experienced researchers and people who started to work outside of the 'traditional scientific career path' after their PhD. There will be plenty of time for your questions and thoughts on the topic.

*** Please indicate your participation for planning purposes to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ***

The workshop will be held in English. However, especially during the panel discussion, questions in German are also very welcome.
Please feel free to contact us in advance if you have any questions concerning the workshop.
A more detailed programme will follow soon.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Erlangen!
Best wishes,
Stefanie Arndt and Tim Carlsen (APECS Germany Board Members)

APECS Webinar: Research Processes and Politics in the Peruvian Andes

25 September 2017 at 23:00 GMT

Presenter: Mark Carey (Professor of History and Environmental Studies, Robert D. Clark Honors College, University of Oregon)

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This presentation will discuss nearly two-decades of research strategies and practices for glacier-related research in the Peruvian Andes, particularly the Cordillera Blanca. This mountain range is one of the world’s hardest hit by glacier-caused disasters, with more than 10,000 people dying from glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs) and rock-ice landslides since the 1940s. But it is also the place where Peruvian engineers and scientists have done some of the most effective mitigation work to prevent GLOFs: they have studied, monitored, partially drained, and even dammed 35 dangerous glacial lakes over time. It thus served as an ideal site for my social science research on the history of climate change adaptation and human interactions with glaciers over 75 years. Yet doing the Cordillera Blanca research was never easy. Access to information, data, and research sites was often blocked. Local authorities and experts needed to personally approve (or not) many of my research practices. Institutions sometimes rejected my proposals or thwarted my progress. Collaborations emerged slowly. In short, my studies have required what I call “research diplomacy,” which involved extensive personal connections, collaborations, networking, and reciprocal interactions with a host of individuals, institutions, and stakeholders in Peru. This kind of research diplomacy is useful (and I would say essential) for researchers in any field, from glaciology and hydrology to history and human geography.

APECS Chile copyAPECS Chile will be organising a mentor panel on "Chilenos liderando en Antártica“ on 4 October 2017 at 19:00 at the Centro de Convenciones del Hotel Dreams del Estrecho in Punte Arenas, Chile.

APECS Chile aims to gather early careers and mentors into a familiar and closer communication through the long path to reach where they are now. We want to hear their ideas, past projects, failures and the importance of networking through all their career. As APECS Chile, we believe this could be an important opportunity to gather the most important actors in Antarctic science in our Country: INACH, Universidad de Magallanes, IDEAL Fondap, APECS Chile and ECRs.

For more information and to register contact the organiser Claudia Maturana at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

APECS South Africa, one of the newest APECS National Committees has published it’s first newsletter. You can find the PDF version here.

Enjoy reading it!

Panel ICASS IX 2017 2On 8th June 2017, APECS invited interested current and future APECS-members to join our career panel discussion on "Career opportunities in Arctic Social Sciences" during ICASS IX, the ninth International Congress on Arctic Social Sciences, in Umeå, Sweden. The event was co-organized by APECS International and APECS Sweden and attracted an audience of around 20 people. Our panelists were Gail Fondahl (University of Northern British Columbia), Anna-Lill Drugge (Centre for Sami Research, Umeå University), Mare Pit (German Arctic Office, Alfred Wegener Institute), and Björn Dahlbeck (Swedish Polar Research Secretariat). 

When the panelists shared their experiences in the first part of the session, their accounts offered a glimpse of the diverse paths that professional careers may take. Supposedly ‘messy’ career paths outnumbered the ‘standard career’, and it became clear that academia is by far not the ‘last stop’ for Arctic Social Scientists. Asked about a skill they would not put on their CV, one panelist revealed that some of your crucial career skill may come out where you least expect them: “I love to rinse the sewage drain in the kitchen. I like to take away the hinder and clear the way – and that fits, I work as a manager.”

(Panel organizers: Gerlis Fugmann, Gesche Blume-Werry, Corinna Röver, Marta Bystrowska)

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One of the immediate results of the Fourth International Polar Year (2007-2008) was an increase in the visibility of education and outreach activities across the polar research community. Not least was the founding of APECS. It is now 10 years since the last IPY and we would like to ascertain what impact involvement in APECS' education and outreach activities has had on your career as part of a wider effort documenting the legacy of IPY on education, outreach and engagement. We would like to encourage as many members (past and present) to fill in the survey, no matter what your level of involvement was.

The survey has now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Polar Week logo2 01APECS International Polar Week Fall 2017 will be from September 18-24! Polar Week is a series of events happening globally, with the goal of promoting the science taking place in polar latitudes.

For the upcoming Polar Week we are specifically highlighting how we are living in a #PolarWorld, where issues happening in the poles affect everyone on the globe. To learn more about the #PolarWorld tune in to our online events throughout Polar Week:

We encourage APECS members and National Committees to organize their own activities and to submit details via the Polar Week website!

To find out more about the events and how to participate, please visit our Polar Week website. If you have any questions, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

APECS is holding a #PolarWorld FrostByte competition, with winners announced during International Polar Week, from 18 - 24 September 2017! FrostBytes are short audio or video recordings used as a tool to help researchers easily share their latest findings with a broad audience. This year’s fall celebrations of the #PolarWorld and wider cryosphere will highlight how what happens in the poles affects the entire world as well as science, people living and working there, and international collaboration. We invite APECS members to send in short videos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than September 15, 2017. For more information, visit the competition website.

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In conjunction with Polar Week 2017, USAPECS is announcing the second annual Polar Film Fest 2017 from 18 - 22 September 2017.  This year's theme is #PolarWorld, so we're looking to showcase the best the planet has to offer in movies about the Arctic, Antarctic, and wider cryosphere - no matter what language they're in.

We're looking for film suggestions that fit any of the following themes:

1) #PolarWorld: Polar Issues are Global
2) Science in Action: Working in Extremes
3) People at the Poles: The Human Dimension
4) Polar Policy: Preparing for the Future
5) Icing on the Cake: Frozen Fun

Film eligibility and submission
We invite you to please submit your suggestions by August 25 through the Google Form we've set up. Films may be original or produced by someone else. To submit your own film, upload it to a video sharing site (i.e., YouTube or Vimeo) and submit the link, along with a description of the film and a note indicating that you made the film, on the submission form. Films produced by others must be available publicly online. Films that can be watched for free are preferred, but please do not submit links to illegal streaming websites.

In-person and virtual watch parties
Once the films have been selected and curated, organizers from US APECS will be putting together a schedule with virtual and in-person watch parties. If you're interested in organizing an event, please get in touch with Mia Bennett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Spread the word!
Please share this email and the below graphic with your networks. The more submissions we have, the better.

For more information and to submit films, go to the Polar Film Fest 2017 page

Polar Film Fest 2017

“Addressing future Antarctic challenges from an Oceania perspective”

18th – 19th September 2017

Monash University, Melbourne (Australia)

 

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Global change now, more than ever before, is threatening society and biodiversity around the planet. The Antarctic region is no exception, and whilst largely considered to be pristine, and a “nature reserve, devoted to peace and science”, it is actually at risk from multiple pressures. The Antarctic Peninsula has experienced one of the most rapid temperature rises in the Southern Hemisphere, and managing invasive species has been labelled as the number one priority of the Antarctic Committee for Environmental Protection (CEP). Tourist numbers to the region continue to grow and each year more countries are interested in joining the Antarctic Treaty System and being involved with the governance of Antarctica. We are only beginning to understand what these changes mean for Antarctic science, biodiversity and society.

What can the Oceania region do to help address future Antarctic challenges and in what way can we contribute to perpetuate the aims of the Antarctic Treaty and the Protocol for Environmental Protection?

The 1st APECS Oceania symposium aims to bring together early career Antarctic researchers from across Oceania to address these questions and highlight what our region can contribute to tackling future Antarctic challenges.

This two days Symposium will include keynote presentations from prominent Antarctic Scientists, APECS Oceania Members and 2 x half day workshops.

Date:

The symposium will run on 18th – 19th of September as part of Polar Week celebrations worldwide.

Venue:

The symposium will be held in Australia with presentations from early career scientists and keynote speakers. For NZ speakers unable to attend in person – we can connect via video link to allow attendees to participate from across the Tasman Sea.

The venue for this event will be: Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Abstract Submission:

Opening: A call for abstracts is now open

Closes: Abstract submission closes on the 30th of July 2017

Click link here for Abstract submission

Guidelines:

All abstracts will be written in English
Abstract must be limited to 300 words
Include your name and any other authors involved in this presentation
Include your institution and your additional author institutions
Include a short title which summarises your presentation
State which session you want your abstract to be submitted to
Registrations

Registration:

To attend the APECS Oceania Symposium are now open. To register click here.

Sponsors:

This event is sponsored by Monash University.