Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


Banner 2 2apecs logo webThe first Organizational Review of APECS was conducted in 2015 and the results were published in October 2015 and were used for developing the APECS Strategic Plan 2016 - 2020. In preparation for the drafting of the next APECS Strategic Plan 2021 - 2025 a second Organizational Review is being conducted throughout 2019, in order to better develop and adjust the strategy for APECS in the coming years.

The 2018-2019 Executive Committee appointed an Organizational Review Committee (ORC, members listed below) to conduct this review, consisting of both members and mentors of APECS, as well as other members of the polar research community. Instruments used in the review include a member survey, interviews, and analysis of APECS documents and reports.

The ORC can be contacted via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A final report is expected by early 2020 and will be released to the APECS membership.

Review Terms of Reference

The APECS Organizational Review Committee is invited to:

  • Review the relevance of APECS’ missions and goals to current needs of early career
    researchers, partners and polar research in general.
  • Review the relevance of the strategic goals set in the APECS Strategic Plan 2016 - 2020
    and suggest ways to update them in line with the current needs of early career
    researchers, partners and polar research in general.
  • Study and review current and past APECS activities since 2015, including but not limited to:
    • Evaluate the impact of current activities; which activities are most in demand among early career researchers and should be maintained, and which are of less importance Review the current balance of activities (research, education and outreach, career development) for meeting APECS’ mission and goals.
    • Identify potential areas and approaches for increased involvement in research both as collaborative projects with partner organizations and developing and
      implementing own research activities
    • Highlight major gaps in current activities and recommend changes
    • Review the organizational structure and its effectiveness, including the following groups and communication and interactions between them:
      • a) ExCom
      • b) Council
      • c) Council Project Groups
      • d) National Committees
      • e) APECS International Directorate Office
  • Examine the effectiveness of the relationships between APECS and other organizations for meeting APECS’ goals
  • Identify potential new partners and new ways to collaborate with our current or potential partners
  • Consult user community (via survey or other methods as appropriate) to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of APECS’ activities
  • Suggest forward-looking strategic actions and recommendations for strengthening the organisation over the next 5 years

ORC Members

  • Hanne Nielsen - Committee Chair - University of Tasmania, Australia
  • Renuka Badhe - European Polar Board, the Netherlands
  • Jenny Baeseman - Baeseman Consulting, United States
  • Jennifer Cooper - University of Kansas, United States
  • Meagan Dewar - Federation University, Deakin University, Australia
  • Agnieszka Kruszewska - Polish National Antarctic Program, Poland
  • Hugues Lantuit - Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), Germany
  • Elizabeth Orr - University of Cincinnati, United States
  • Burcu Özsoy - Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
  • Allen Pope - International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), Iceland
  • Jennifer Provencher - Canadian Wildlife Service, Canada
  • José Seco - University of Aveiro, Portugal & University of St. Andrews, United Kingdom
  • Michael Sparrow - World Meteorological Organization, Switzerland
  • Alex Thornton - APECS ExCom ExOfficio 2018-2019, United States
  • Ruth Vingerhagen - APECS President 2015-2016, Norway

Contact APECS

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