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APECS Colombia`s Charla practica ‘R Studio’

One of the APECS Colombia aims is to look for opportunities to improve the skill to our members (fieldwork, personal, professional). In this opportunity, we contacted a researcher Evaristo Vazquez to develop a workshop about the software ‘R’. This is a useful statistics software to work with a huge amount of data, like the one we can record during our polar fieldwork. The workshop was developed online through our platform Zoom, where Evaristo explain the generalities of the software, with practical examples (the participant downloaded previously the software to work with some files in their computers). As feedback, we want to continue with this kind of workshop to enhance the skills of our community.

Mojica Jhon workshop R may 14 2020 1 Jhon Mojica Moncada

Photo credit: Jhon Mojica Moncada



Registration is now open for audience to participate in the APECS International Online Conference 2020 on 20 May!

Guimaro Hugo APECS Online Conference 2020 March2020This year’s theme, "Opening Doors: Collaboration across knowledge systems" aims to encourage collaboration between early career researchers, science communicators, educators, and local community members in polar and alpine regions. Presenters will address this topic in relation to a wide range of research, including Climate, Biology, Cultural, Education, Geology, Environmental, Cryosphere, 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 on the APECS International Online Conference 2020 Website. It is completely free to attend from the comfort of your home or office!

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Help Review the Polar Resource Book

web apecsiasc webSCAR logo white backgroundPEI logoWe need YOU (polar science and education experts) to review the original Polar Resource Book - Polar Science and Global Climate: An International Resource for Education and Outreach. Now almost a decade old, we are asking for feedback on the current book’s contents to identify content that is problematically outdated / misleading / wrong before we move forward with an updated version.

The Polar Resource Book was created to ensure efforts catalyzed by the International Polar Year (IPY). It will continue to inspire educators, students, and emerging polar researchers into the next generation with a shared commitment to outreach and education.

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Presentation Judges and Session Coordinators needed for APECS International Online Conference 2020

Guimaro Hugo APECS Online Conference 2020 March2020The 6th APECS International Online Conference will take place on 19-20th May 2020 and, once again, it's the time of the year that we ask for your support as volunteers! (Sign up here!)

Specifically, we need your help to act as Presentation Judges and Session Coordinators during the conference. No prior experience is required! We provide training for both roles (see below for more information). These are excellent opportunities to develop professional skills, support the APECS community, and gain experience that will boost your C.V.!

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Final APECS Organizational Review 2019 Report available

In 2019, the APECS ExCom initiated the Organizational Review Committee (ORC) to perform a critical review of our organization. This was a tremendous undertaking by Hanne Nielsen, Ruth Vingerhagen, Elizabeth Orr, Renuka Badhe, Jenny Baeseman, Jennifer Cooper, Meagan Dewar, Agnieszka Kruszewska, Hugues Lantuit, Burcu Özsoy, Allen Pope, Jennifer Provencher, José Seco, Michael Sparrow, and Alex Thornton who comprise current and former APECS members, as well as senior members of the polar community. The 2019 review builds on the first ORC, which occured in 2015 and produced valuable guidance that helped APECS develop its Strategic Plan 2016 - 2020 and grow into the thriving, 3400+ member organization it is today. APECS is currently transitioning from a grassroots movement to an established and well-respected organization within the polar research community, which comes with unique challenges and opportunities. The goal of the 2019 review was to develop strategies for APECS to stay relevant and to continue providing resources and professional development opportunities for early career researchers.

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APECS online workshop on Working with Indigenous Communities on 16 April

Wondering how to respect and incorporate indigenous knowledge into your research? Join us April 16th at 8-9:30pm EST (0:00 - 1:30 GMT on 17 April) for a workshop on working with indigenous communities. The DEI and Indigenous Collaborations project groups are putting together a workshop including panel discussions from experts and break out sessions in order to help get a better understanding of how to foster connections with indigenous communities. We'll be hearing from Tuyara Gavrilieva, Vyacheslav Shadrin, Kate Snow, Lorna Little, Vera Metcalf, Marianne Falardeau and more to hear their perspectives and stories collaborating between researchers and community members. Anyone is welcome.

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And the Polar Week photo contest winner is..

web apecs... Nil Rodes!

Congratulations Nil, you won a 100€ voucher for travel cost to a polar and cryosphere related conference (please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to retrieve your prize).

Thank you to all the participants for their beautiful photos!"

rodes nil polar week march 2020 photochallenge

Every morning sunshine between the rain during the fieldwork days in Isfjord, Svalbard.

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