APECS International Online Conference 2020
The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) organized the 6th annual APECS International Online Conference live on 20 May 2020. This year’s theme was, "Opening Doors: Collaboration across knowledge systems" aiming to encourage collaboration between early career researchers, science communicators, educators, and local community members in polar and alpine regions.
The 6th edition of the APECS International Online Conference focused on knowledge exchange among multidisciplinary scientists, local communities, educators and science communicators. In a fast changing world, we believed it is important to pair traditional knowledge, education, and outreach with science efforts to better understand present and future challenges to the polar regions. This sort of comprehensive approach was best achieved by incorporating knowledge from a diverse array of disciplines and perspectives and is especially important for guiding policy-making. Through this conference, we hoped to gain a better understanding of the many ways that Indigenous knowledge, science communication, and art can benefit our research. With this, APECS called for early career researchers, science communicators and educators to come forward with a short presentation outlining their approach for promoting collaboration in polar science. This year’s conference was also introduced online breakout chat rooms through the Zoom platform, to foster interactions between presenters and attendees and to enable future collaboration. Within our team, we had science communication experts that assisted as facilitators in these chats.