APECS, together with the Our Spaces - Foundation for the Good Governance of International Spaces, Polar Educators International, PolarTREC, the International Polar Foundation, Gateway Antarctica, the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operations, eBIRD and the British Antarctic Survey are once again proud to support Antarctica Day 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 2013 is an international effort to disseminate knowledge about Antarctica and APECS is proud to help 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 several events and classroom activities are happening and centered around Antarctic science and exploration. To see a list of activities for Antarctica Day 2013, visit the Antarctica Day 2013 website.
To include your support for Antarctica Day 2013 you can also insert your information in our map available.
Continuing in the spirit of international cooperation, APECS, in conjunction with Our Spaces and Polar Educators International, are once again encouraging educators and their students from around the world to express their own knowledge, curiosity and amazement about Antarctica in the form of Antarctica Flags and Books.
Happy Antarctica Day 2013 from APECS!
APECS is pleased to announce the APECS Nordic “Bridging Early Career Researchers and Indigenous Peoples in Nordic Countries” research project. Funded through Norden, this 14-month research project leverages the research, education and outreach experience of the APECS network to identify ways to enhance engagement between Early Career Researchers and Indigenous peoples in Nordic regions.
This exciting research initiative has been developed in response to some of the challenges in polar research. As stated during the Indigenous Peoples’ Global Summit on Climate Change in Anchorage (2009) “Indigenous Peoples have an important role to play in addressing climate change through their knowledge, experience and rights over land and development…however, this contribution has been largely ignored”. This is often a result of the communication gap between researchers and Indigenous peoples. Better incorporation of this knowledge into Arctic research as well as better communication between Northern residents and researchers is crucial. Thus, a demand for more training of Arctic researchers in how to approach Indigenous peoples, how to work with local experts and how to successfully and respectfully incorporate Traditional Knowledge in research projects is urgently needed.
The APECS Nordic Project is working towards enhancing engagement between Early Career Researchers and Indigenous peoples in several ways:
- Development of an APECS Nordic Network
- An ECR and Indigenous peoples APECS database
- An online survey aimed at ECRs and Indigenous Peoples in Nordic Countries
- Webinar Series
- A two-day workshop at the Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) in Helsinki, April 2014
- Development of a Report and Educational Materials
Please check the APECS Nordic webpages for the latest project updates and information.