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The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) is proud to announce the 4th annual APECS International Online Conference to be live-streamed on 16 May 2018. This year’s theme, “Butterfly Effect: Small Changes, Big Impact,” challenges polar scientists to communicate the impacts of changes occurring in and connected to polar and alpine regions, including their environment, local communities, science methods, and policy and education.

Conference Date: 16 May 2018 (06:55 GMT to midnight GMT)

Event Format: Online conference (webinar)

The Poles are dynamic and complex regions, vulnerable to the effects of climatic and other changes, and inextricably linked to the rest of the globe. The concept of the butterfly effect was originally coined by Edward Lorenz to illustrate how a tornado could be affected by minor changes, such as the flapping of butterfly wings far away and several weeks earlier. This concept also has broader applications. For example, a change in the mid-latitudes can effect changes at the Poles and vice-versa; minute temperature changes can significantly impact local communities or ecosystems; the development of new scientific methods and technologies can generate answers to outstanding questions and open new fields of research; in the wake of shifting global politics, a small alteration to a document can modify treaty impacts and lead to significant consequences; a small act in your community, such as sharing your science at a local school, can inspire and mold future visions for our planet.This year, APECS challenges the scientific community to make an impact by presenting the large and the small of their research ideas, methods, and outcomes: a short presentation in our one-day virtual event can have a significant impact, both on you and the audience of the 4th APECS International Online Conference!

 

Registration is now open for audience members to participate in the confernce on 16 May! It is completely free to attend from the comfort of your home or office!

How to register? Please register separately for each session of the conference you wish to attend. Once you register you will receive a unique attendance link for each of the sessions you registered for in your email inbox. Please use the attendance links to join the conference as an audience member on 16 May, 2018 and please check that you are using the correct link for each session you wish to join. Please register as early as possible but no later than 30 minutes before the session starting time in order for you to receive your attendance link via email. Sessions are limited to 100 participants each. Note that session timings are subject to change so do keep an eye on the schedule in the run-up to the conference.

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This year’s theme, “Butterfly Effect: Small Changes, Big Impact!,” challenges polar scientists to communicate the impacts of changes occurring in and connected to polar and alpine regions, including their environment, local communities, science methods, and policy and education.   

What to Expect: Presenters will address this topic in relation to a wide range of research, including Atmosphere and Climate, Biology, Cultural, Education, Science Communication, Geology, Environmental, Cryosphere, History, Oceanography and Policy research. Audience engagement is encouraged, with time for questions at the end of each presentation.

The detailed conference programme including all abstracts can be found below:

Session 1

Session time: 16 May 2018 @ 6:55 - 8:40 GMT 

Audience registration link to attend SESSION 1https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PYhoAEWBRKuxx54HP-HiTQ

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Note: Please register as early as possible but no later than 30 min before the session as the attendance link will be sent to you via email.

Session Chair: Vikram Goel, University of Oslo, Norway/NCAOR, Goa, India

Technical Support: Ilias Bougoudis, Institute of Environmental Physics, University of Bremen, Germany

 

Session 2

Session time: 16 May 2018 @ 09:40 - 12:10 GMT

Audience registration link to attend SESSION 2https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DARdmxi7RaWLUgGlCDnoKg

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Session Chair: Clare Eayrs, New York University Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Technical Support: Ilias Bougoudis, Institute of Environmental Physics, University of Bremen, Germany

 

Session 3

Session time: 16 May 2018 @ 15:40 - 17:10 GMT

Audience registration link to attend SESSION 3https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_baM8lTntTn-tm-3zomUHkw

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Session Chair: Natalie Freeman, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, United States

Technical Support: Deniz Vural, Turkish Students' Polar Research Team-Istanbul Technical University Polar Research Center, Turkey

 

 

Session 4

Session time: 16 May 2018 @ 22:00 - 24:00 GMT

Audience registration link to attend SESSION 4https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_A_ydvApUT2-d5n5K9iHcYg

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Session Chair: José Queirós, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Technical Support: Jilda Caccavo, The University of Padua, Italy

 

 

APECS International Online Conference 2018 Prizes announced

Online Conference logo 2018 1The 4th APECS International Online Conference was held on 16th of May 2018. 22 early career researchers presented over 4 sessions than ran over 17 hours to accommodate time zones across the world. This year’s theme was: “Butterfly Effect: Small Changes, Big Impact!.”.

APECS congratulates the three prize winners, all of whom have won funds towards future conference travel:

  • Arctic: Mariama Dryak, Climate Change Institute, Earth and Climate Sciences; University of Maine, “Understanding Ocean Forcing of Polar Glacier Change Using Remotely Sensed Iceberg Melt Data” (Session 3)
  • Antarctic: Amy Kirkham, University of Alaska Fairbanks, “How do hormones and the skin transcriptome influence molt in a polar pinniped?” (Session 4)
  • Innovative Communication: Allison Lee, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, “Antarctic Ambassadors Learning to Love Fjord Phytoplankton” (Session 4)

A very big thank you to our keynote speakers: Nicole Biebow (AWI) and Veronica Willmott (AWI) - Session 1, Margareta Johansson (Lund University) and Sarah Baatout (SCK•CEN) - Session 2, James Overland (NOAA/PMEL) - Session 3.

We are also grateful to all the presenters and volunteers who made the conference possible.

For links to the conference recordings, and to view all abstracts of the 2018 Online Conference on the APECS website.

Organising Committee

Thank you to the Organising Committee of the APECS Online Conference 2018! In alphabetical order by last name:

  • Julie Bull
  • Clare Eayrs
  • Meagan Dewar
  • Natalie Freeman
  • Yi-Ming Gan
  • Amy Kirkham
  • Kyle Mayers
  • Swati Nagar
  • Hanne Nielsen
  • Neelu Singh
  • Sara Strey
  • Alex Thornton
  • José Queirós

Contact APECS

APECS International Directorate
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research
Telegrafenberg A45
14473 Potsdam
Germany
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Our Sponsors

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