Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

Online Conference logo 2018 3 no dayThe 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.

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!

Call for Abstracts

Abstracts should be written in English (please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need other arrangements), no longer than 250 words, and submitted via the form below prior to 9 March 2018 at 22:00 GMT (extended deadline!!). We will notify you with regards to the success of your abstract by the end of March 2018.


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
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Our Sponsors

APECS Directorate Sponsor
AWI WortBildmarke Farbe RGB
Further Sponsors and Partners for APECS projects, activities and events