Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


iassa logo1APECS organized a career development workshop on 21 May 2014 during the 8th International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS VIII) held from 22 - 26 May 2014 in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada.

About ICASS VIII: ICASS is held every three years, bringing together people from all over the world to share ideas about social science research in the Arctic. The University of Northern British Columbia was the host of the 2014 conference. ICASS VIII's theme was Northern Sustainabilities. More information can be found on the conference website:

Early Career Researcher Travel Support: The ICASS VIII Organizers and partnering organizations raised funds to provide support to students and early career scientists on a competitive basis to help cover their travel costs to attend the conference. APECS helped with the coordination of the travel awards.


APECS held a 1-day career development workshop on 21 May 2014, prior to the International Congress on Arctic Social Sciences VIII in Prince George, Canada. The workshop brought together over 30 young scientists and senior scientists to participate in a series of plenary talks, breakout sessions, and discussions. The plenary speakers were animating and extremely informative. The talks were on managing research (Dr. Nikolaus Gantner) and successful proposal writing (Dr. Arthur Mason). The breakout sessions were fantastic as well, and it was hard to decide which to attend. Drs. Anna Kertulla de Echave, Kathrin Keil, and Roberto Delgado led a conversation on Informing Policy and Policy Makers while Drs. Tristan Pearce and Ross Hoffman discussed Incorporating Traditional Knowledge into research. The workshop opened with a brief presentation by Dr. Gail Fondhal on the International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA) and an introduction into Arctic-FROST, a new NSF funded project on sustainability science. We all enjoyed a pizza lunch together and swapped contact information on the coffee breaks. Due to a generous donation we were also able to host a drawing for 9 Arctic books. The evening after the workshop we met in the campus bar, the Thirsty Moose, for casual conversation. It was great to meet so many APECS members and see them throughout the conference.


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Workshop Agenda

21 May 2014

Location:  Room 6-205/211 Conference Centre 

09:00 – 09:10

Opening Remarks

by Heather Gordon

09:10 –09:25

The International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA)

presented by Gail Fondahl

09:25 – 09:35 Andrey Petrov: Arctic-FROST

Arctic-FROST funds early career scholars to participate in network activities, including annual Arctic-FROST meetings, workshops, and side meetings at various venues.Arctic-FROST builds international interdisciplinary collaborative network that teamstogether environmental and social scientists, local educators and community members from all circumpolar countries to enable and mobilize research on sustainable Arctic development, specifically aimed at improving health, human development and well-being of Arctic communities while conserving ecosystem structures, functions and resources under changing climate conditions.

09:35 - 10:30

Plenary: How to succesfully manage your research project

Presented by NikolausGantner

An enormous challenge for early career researchers is becoming an effective
manager. Your graduate studies have prepared you well to conduct science, but
have they prepared you to manage the people, equipment and resources
necessary for successful research? If not, you should attend this breakout
session, where three mentors with many years of experience managing large
research groups, institutions and projects will share their advice for becoming an
effective manager. (30 – 40 min presentation + 20 – 30 minutes questions)

10:30 - 11:00

COFFEE BREAK Room 6-205/211 Conference Centre 

11:00 - 13:00  

Breakout Groups Room 6-205/211 Conference Centre and 6-305

-- Incorporating Traditional Knowledge into your research/ Science Ethics. Mentors: Dr. Tristan Pearce and Dr.Ross Hoffman

-- Informing Policy and Policy Makers. Mentors: Dr. Anna Kertulla de Echave and Dr. Kathrin Keil

13:00 - 14:00

LUNCH Room 6-205/211 Conference Centre (pizza)

14:00 - 15:00

Plenary : Succesful proposal writing and funding your research?

Presented by Arthur Mason

Finding sufficient funding is a challenge that is faced by all graduate students
and early career researchers working in the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Training
on identifying funding sources or writing a successful funding proposal is often
lacking in many university setting. This breakout session aims to overcome this
deficiency through presentations and discussions with three mentors with many
years of proposal writing and reviewing experience. (30 – 40 min presentation +
20 – 30 minutes questions)

15:00 - 15:30

Summary Reports from the Breakout Groups Room 6-205/211 Conference Centre

15:30 - 16:00

The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS)

 Presented by Gerlis Fugmann
16:00 – 16:15

Closing remarks and summaries by Heather Gordon


Social Events/ ICASS Icebreaker 

20:00 to close

APECS Social at the Thirsty Moose on campus



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