Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


Since its inception, APECS activities have aimed to help provide a continuum of knowledge in polar and cryospheric research. We are very grateful to the many senior researchers and professionals that have served as mentors for our many activities.

You are a non-early career scientist / professional and want to be updated on APECS activities? You can choose to either register for full APECS membership or you can register as a mailing list for non-early career scientists and professionals and select which types of announcements you wish to receive.

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Mentor Database

In an effort to assure a broad representation of mentors at our events, and to help young researchers around the globe develop relationships with senior mentors, APECS created a database of those people willing to serve as mentors to young researchers in a variety of ways. This may include meeting students at conferences, answering email enquiries and providing general career guidance for young scientists.

The key role played by mentors within APECS is sharing their knowledge and insights with APECS members through personal communication with early-career researchers or through presentations/participation in mentor panel discussions, career development workshop and APECS meetings/symposia. We hope mentors will be approachable; be able to respond to the occasional email, and be happy to comment on ideas or research proposals. However, we also understand that mentors may be unavailable for periods of time and will need to manage these activities in a sustainable way.

To find out more how to find or to become a mentor, please visit the APECS Mentorship Database

APECS International Mentorship Award

Mentorshipaward2016APECS International would like to recognize and honor the efforts of their mentors within the international polar science community. The APECS International Mentorship Award has been created to acknowledge the time and energy that mentors dedicate to early career researchers each year, and their efforts in building a supportive community. Two awards will be given out every year, one to an Arctic and one to an Antarctic-focused mentor. 

To find out more about the award and about the nomination process please visit the Mentorship Award page

Contact APECS

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