Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


SCAR OSC logoAPECS organized several events during the SCAR Open Science Conference 2014 "Global Messages from Antarctica" in August 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand.

  • a workshop on science communication organized by APECS and Polar Educators International (PEI) on 24 August
  • an APECS Workshop on the Antarctic Environmental Portals on 28 August
  • a Networking Cruise

Joint APECS & PEI Science Communication Workshop

apecs logo webPEI logoAPECS and the Polar Educators International (PEI) organised a full day workshop on science communication in the rooms of the University of Auckland. The workshop was well attended with around 50 participants. Although early career scientists made up the majority of participants, some senior scientists and teachers joined in as well. Themes APECS and PEI had chosen to address in the workshop were purposely broad and diverse. In six different thematic sessions, the workshop aimed to works out, in an interactive manner, various ways how science can be communicated.

APECS PEI Workshop2014 3After Sira Engelbertz welcomed everyone to the workshop, Gerlis Fugmann (APECS) and Sarah Bartholow (PEI) introduced the two host organisations. On behalf of PEI, Sarah Bartholow and Heidi Roop presented the Art of Communicating in the Classroom. Early career scientists Hanne Nielsen, Lorna Little and Kimberley Collins talked about The Power of Social Media and how to make use of podcasts, blogs or twitter. Lecturer Jenny Rock and her students Ellen Sima and Lydia McLean introduced Multiple Methods for Creative Communication. Artists and academics Megan Jenkinson and Ruth Watson shared their experience with the medium Photography and how it sometimes expresses more than words can. Dacia Herbulock and Peter Griffin from the Science Media Centre NZ gave an important lesson on Media 101: The Do’s and Don’ts When Interacting With the Media. Rhian Salmon and Anton Van de Putte addressed the aspect of In-Reach (as opposed to outreach) in terms of better information exchange within and across disciples. Overall, the workshop was very well perceived and a great success. This was also due to COMANP and Antarctica New Zealand, who sponsored the workshop as well to all volunteers including Tristy Vick-Majors, Meagan Dewar and Holly Winton.

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APECS Workshop on the Antarctic Environments Portal

apecs logo webAntarctic Environments PortalNPI logo engThe Antarctic Environments Portal – short: the Portal – is a promising project that aims to link Antarctic scientific research and knowledge with Antarctic policy-making through an online platform. Although a beta version this online platform of was already released earlier this year, the Portal is still under development. In this critical phase, the Portal-project team asked for feedback and ideas from early career scientists.

APECS Antarctic Environment Portal Workshop3For this purpose, Birgit Njåstad (Portal project manager) together with Sira Engelbertz (APECS) co-convened a workshop to discuss various issues around the Portal project. Ewan McIvor (CEP Chair) started off explaining why policy makers need access to scientific information, followed by Neil Gilbert’s brief introduction to the Portal. Core of the workshop, however, were the group discussions. Our five invited mentors – Neil Gilbert, Fraser Morgan, Steven Chown, Jose Xavier and David Walton – discussed each with small groups of 5-7 early career scientists following issues: technical design of the Portal, incentivising researchers to contribute to the Portal, how to ensure policy use, how to communicate complex science in a simple, yet comprehensive manner, and how to ensure an appropriate editing and review process. The workshop was perceived as a great success with a happy Portal project team about the information gained from the group discussion. 25 early career scientists and participants of the workshop received a NZ$ 50 scholarship each, which was kindly provided by the Norwegian government.

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APECS – AntClim21 Cruise

SCAR OSC 2014 logo small2The Antarctic Climate Change in the 21st Century (AntClim21) is focused on understanding how the Antarctic Climate will change over the 21st century. There was a great opportunity for APECS members to mingle with the AntClim21 Steering Committee and other Antarctic climate experts on an evening cruise during the SCAR 2014 OSC on the Auckland Harbour on the Ocean Eagle. The Ocean Eagle (formally called ‘Chubasco’ & ‘American Eagle’) is a 72 foot Swath Ocean catamaran, designed and built in 1987 in the United States. She was originally built for the owner of a San Diego boat buil ding company ‘Swath Ocean Systems’ as his own personal pleasure vessel.

Date: Tuesday 26 August

Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Meeting point: 6:15pm Berth 14, Viaduct Harbour Basin, Downtown Auckland, in front of Snapdragon and Degree Bars, near the Maritime Museum.

Cost: $5 per person. Open to APECS members (New APECS members who register for APECS upon registering for the cruise are also invited). Limited at 50 attendees.

Dress: casual, bring a rain jacket

Contact APECS

APECS International Directorate
UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Huginbakken 14
9019 Tromsø
Email: info(at)

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