Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) organized a career development workshop at the Arctic Science Summit Week 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic on 2 April 2017.

APECS Workshop at ASSW 2017

On Sunday 2 April around 50 early career researchers assembled in the Clarion Congress Hotel Prague for a one day workshop organised by APECS prior to the start of Arctic Science Summit Week. The day started with two panel discussions and after lunch, participants could attend two of three different breakout sessions. By the end of the day we had all learnt something new (did you know that there are flamingos in Siberia?!) and came away with new ideas and friends. Below are the take home messages from each of the sessions.


APECS workshop ASSW2017

ASSW Early Career Poster Award Winners

ASSW2017iasc webDuring the recent Arctic Science Summit Week (31 March - 7 April, Prague, Czech Republic) there were two evening poster sessions where early career researchers had the opportunity to showcase their work and impress a team of judges.  The well-deserved prizes were awarded on the final day at the closing ceremony. Prizes were awarded for each of the IASC working groups in addition to a 'cross-cutting' prize. The competition was jointly organised by the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and APECS and coordinated by Ruth Hindshaw. We would like to thank all the judges who contributed their time to judge the posters and of course to all the presenters!


Atmopshere: Elena Kharyutkina "Tendencies in Current Climate Changes and Atmospheric Circulation Variability in the Arctic Region of West Siberia"
Cryosphere: Erlend Knudsen "Observational Evidence for Predictive Skills from Arctic Summer Sea Ice Extent"
Cross-Cutting: Diana Mastracci "“Hacking” Traditional Knowledge Based Solutions to Climate Change. The NASA “Sea-Ice” App Challenge"
Marine: Alex Thornton "Using Pacific Walrus Teeth to Study Patterns of Change in Alaska Food Web Dynamics"
Terrestrial: Anna Bobrik "Carbon Efflux and Soil Carbon Storage: Transect from Taiga to Tundra of Western Siberia
Social & Human: Yana Korneeva "The model of psychological safety of oil and gas shift workers in the Arctic"

The overall winner was Alex Thornton.

Congratulations to all!

2017 ASSW poster prize

Caption: Left - Alex Thornton presenting his winning poster. Right: IASC Vice President Larry Hinzman and APECS President Alice Bradley present Alex Thornton and Erlend Knudsen with their awards.


Sunday 2 April 2017
Location: Clarion Congress Hotel, Virgo room

08:30 - 09:00


09:00 - 10:30

Panel Discussion "Turning science into policy: working with international organisations"

Discover how international polar science organisations translate scientific research into effective policy at local, national and international levels, and how we as scientists can contribute to this process.

Confirmed guests:
Joseph Nolan (European Polar Board - EPB)
Bob Rich (Arctic Research Council of the US - ARCUS)
Kristina Baer (EU-PolarNet)

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:30

Panel Discussion "Building successful collaborations with indigenous organisations and communities"

While a significant amount of field research is conducted at or near indigenous communities, there exists a lack of interaction and communication between scientists and the local population at multiple scales. Similarly, there is still a lack of indigenous participation in polar research, both at the individual and organisational level. Here, the panel aims to touch on ways and initiatives to effectively engage local communities in research and knowledge transfer.

Confirmed guests:
Joachim Otto Habeck (University of Hamburg)
Lara Horstmann (University of Alaska Fairbanks)
Nicole Misarti (University of Alaska Fairbanks)
Nikita Kaplan (Union of Indigenous Communities of the Evenki Municipal District)
Arnajaaq Lynge (Greenland Research Council)

12:30 - 13:45

Lunch Break

13:45 - 15:15

Breakout Sessions - Part 1

Topic 1: Getting into the field

Do you want to do Arctic fieldwork but don’t have funds? This session will introduce you to international funding programs targeted at helping you to get to the Arctic and give you hands on experience reviewing real applications.

Confirmed guests:
Hannele Savela and Kirsi Latola (INTERACT / University of Oulu)
Karolina Bælum (Svalbard Science Forum / The Research Council of Norway)
Phil Wookey (Heriot-Watt University)

Topic 2: Writing a funding application

In this session, experienced reviewers and senior scientists provide tips for writing a successful application.

Confirmed guests:
Peter Schweitzer (University of Vienna)
Nicole Biebow (Alfred Wegener Institute)

15:15 - 15:35 Coffee Break

15:35 - 17:05

Breakout Sessions  - Part 2

Topic 3: Perspectives on Education & Outreach

Effective science communication is important for all researchers. This session provides hands-on tasks on translating the complexities of your research and ways to disseminate your research within an increasingly virtual world.

Confirmed guests:
TJ Young (University of Cambridge)
Alex Thornton (University of Alaska Fairbanks)

17:05 - 17:15


17:15 - 17:45

Wrap Up Discussion 

Workshop Organizing Team

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