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2nd Siberian Environmental Change Network Workshop

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Winter weather and climate extremes: How can researchers, authorities, and local peoples work together to record, predict and adapt?
Salekhard, Yamal-Nenets automonous district, 31 Oct – 4 Nov 2017

The message was clear: To understand world climate, you need to understand the Arctic. To understand Arctic climate, you need to understand the Russian Arctic. To understand the Russian Arctic, you need to understand Yamal!

The Siberian Environmental Change Network was founded in 2016 to provide a “super mega transect” of stations; to create a science mega facility analogous to CERN that would serve as the hub of Siberian research. The workshop was jointly organised by INTERACT and indeed several SecNet stations are INTERACT partners. But the main theme of the workshop was not increasing research infrastructure, but rather how to effectively work with all stakeholders including government and local residents. The unique, and refreshing aspect with this meeting was that instead of scientists talking about these issues amongst themselves, representatives from the various stakeholder groups were present and fully engaged in the meeting.

Due to the diverse backgrounds of the workshop participants the first day was spent on introductions. Thereafter, the format of the workshop centered on breakout groups. In the first breakout, participants were split according to sector (Researcher, Northern Peoples, Decision makers) and asked to identify the challenges and opportunities related to communicating with the other groups. Out of interest, I joined the Decision Makers group. In terms of communicating with scientists, they identified a lack of local experts able to engage with regional problems. Additionally, they highlighted the lack of clear, coherent priorities coming from the international science community. A positive example identified was the CALM network where rather than saying that ‘permafrost research is important’, exact variables that needed to be measured were defined. For communicating with local people, they raised the interesting point that after a few years the representatives of those communities may not be ‘representative’ anymore, after having spent considerable time away from home.

In the second breakout, the groups were mixed and each new group had to discuss areas of high priority, which required the three groups to work together. A common theme amongst all groups was education: developing Arctic specific courses and being able to deliver them close to home. Salekhard, population 40 000, has no university. Education includes learning about the legal system: how to influence the decisions that will impact you. Land access, was also identified as an area ripe for inter-sector collaboration.

In the final section of the workshop, all the discussions were summarised and an action plan developed to drive the momentum forward. The overwhelming impression I got from this meeting was that communication is crucial, whether that is within your own ‘group’ or between sectors. There are many examples of good practice and various guidelines have been developed, but to make a real impact they need to be widely communicated and translated (both in terms of language and style of delivery). Clearly not all scientists should/need to engage in inter-sector communication and would be best served by dedicated representatives. But, as was highlighted in this meeting, care needs to be taken that those representatives don’t just end up travelling from meeting to meeting, losing touch with their ‘constituency’ along the way.

I would like to thank the organisers of the conference for providing me opportunity to attend and experience Yamal, and Olga who provided real time Russian-English translation, without which this workshop would not have been as successful as it was.

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Invitation to joint NWO-APECS Symposium on 8 December

NWO logoAPECS 10 year logoThe Netherlands Polar Committee of NWO and APECS Netherlands are pleased to invite you for the annual Symposium of the Netherlands Polar Programme, to be held on 8 December, 2017 in The Hague. The central topic of the symposium is:

The value of International Collaborations and Networks in Polar Research

The 2017 annual symposium of the Netherlands Polar Programme (NPP) aims at highlighting the importance of international collaborations and networks in polar research. Networking and collaborations are essential for the future of polar research in the Netherlands, from early career researchers looking to develop networks for research opportunities to the provision of large-scale international research programmes to address pressing scientific questions in polar regions. Speakers from different career stages and various disciplines are therefore invited to discuss the many aspects of international partnerships, collaborations and communication that can lead to a successful, commended and cost-effective polar research programme. We welcome you to the annual symposium to discuss and celebrate these concepts, and to increase the links already in place within the polar community. 

Manfred Reinke will share his extensive experiences in international networks as the former Executive Secretary of the Antarctic Treaty. Stef Bokhorst from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam will talk about his collaborations with multiple international partners and why these are essential for his science and journey home from the Antarctic. Henrik Christiansen from the University of Leuven will share his experiences as chair of APECS Belgium and early career scientist in (inter)national networks. Many more presentations about international collaborations and networks in polar research will be scheduled and an interactive workshop will provide a different perspective on networking within the polar community.

The symposium will be held on 8 December, 2017 at NWO, Laan van Nieuw Oost-Indië 300, 2593 CE in The Hague. The symposium will be English spoken.

Participation is free, please register online before 24 November.

You are invited to present a poster during the Symposium and can choose for this option on the registration form. The deadline for submitting an abstract for a poster is 17 November.
*Due to room capacity, symposium attendees limited to 120.

For more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

On behalf of the organising committee:

Gemma Kulk (APECS)
Patrick Rozema (APECS)
Hans Slagter (APECS)
Alison Webb (APECS)
Jacqueline Stefels (NPC)                                   
Dick van der Kroef (NWO-NPC)
Debbie Liauw (NWO-NPC)

Svalbard Science Conference Poster Awards

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During the recent Svalbard Science Conference (6 - 8 November, Oslo, Norway) there were two evening poster sessions where researchers had the opportunity to showcase their work and impress a team of judges.  The well-deserved prizes were awarded during the conference dinner. Prizes were awarded in two categories: early career researcher (ECR) and experienced researcher (ER). The competition organised by APECS in collaboration with the Research Council of Norway. We would like to thank all the judges who contributed their time to judge the posters and of course to all the presenters!

Winner: Alistair Everett "Seals like plumes"
Runner Up: Megan Lee "The impact of pollution on pathogen prevalence in an Arctic seabird"

Winner: Agnès Baltzer "Evolution of pro-deltas: a print of glacier melt processes"
Runner Up: Edyta Łokas "Airborne contaminants in terrestrial environments in Svalbard"

Congratulations to all!

 2017 Svalbard ScienceConference PosterAwards

Caption: The winning posters and (L to R) Harald Ellingson (Managing Director, UNIS and Chair of Advisory Scientific Committee), Ruth Vingerhagen (APECS), Agnès Baltzer, Edyta Łokas, Alistair Everett, and a colleague of Megan Lee.

Antarctica Day 2017 on 1 December!


 Antarctica Day 2017 will be on 1 December 2017 and APECS will be again joining Our Spaces - Foundation for Good Governance of International Spaces and other partners in supporting the commemorations. This event was created to celebrate the spirit of international peace and scientific cooperation that signified the signing of the Antarctic Treaty in 1959.

Antarctica Day 2017 is an international effort to share knowledge about Antarctica. APECS is proud to take part, helping to inspire a new generation of polar researchers. The day is for everyone, so take some time to celebrate with your co-workers, family and friends!

This year will see many events and classroom activities take place, centered around Antarctic science and exploration. Who goes there? What happens in Antarctica? And why is Antarctica important to the planet as a whole? We look forward to having these discussions all over the globe.

As a highlight for this year, we will be organizing an Antarctica Day Photo contest - Antarctica Alive! We encourage you to submit your best Antarctic photos for the following two categories:

  • Antarctic teamwork in the field
  • Antarctic fauna

Please read the rules and regulations for the contest before submitting your photo. Submissions are due 24 November 2017 at 18 GMT and should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. See also the announcement of the photo contest for more information.

Are you planning to organize something for Antarctica Day 2017? See all of what is happening at the APECS Antarctica Day website, and add your events to the list of activities for Antarctica Day 2017.

To include your support for Antarctica Day 2017, you can also insert your information on our map.

Happy Antarctica Day 2017 from APECS!

APECS-APPLICATE-Webinar: Improving Weather and Climate Models

Applicate logo29 November 2017 at 17:00 GMT

Speaker: Dr. Matthieu Chevallier (CNRS-GAME/MétéoFrance, Toulouse, France)

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Weather and climate models have typically been developed for mid-latitude regions, but different processes are relevant for the Polar regions. Prediction in the Arctic and beyond using global models can be improved through a better representation of processes at the atmosphere-sea ice-ocean interfaces, including small-scale processes, and through a revisit of the atmosphere-ocean coupling strategy in coupled models. This webinar will focus on ‘Enhanced weather and climate models’, one of five science work packages of the EU-funded APPLICATE project, which brings together a European consortium of scientists from different disciplines to advance our capability to predict the weather and climate in the Arctic and beyond. Improved modelling capabilities will be achieved through enhanced process descriptions in the various components (atmosphere, snow, sea-ice, ocean) of the models. Our primary targets will be to address well-known problems in processes that contribute to momentum transfer at the surface and to the surface energy budget. Other improvements are related to coupling processes between the atmosphere and the land or sea-ice/ocean surface. A novel approach of a coupled single-column model will be extensively used as an intermediate step to constrain the model physics towards fully coupled modelling for weather and climate predictions. Based on a set of coordinated model experiments, using available and upcoming observations, we will assess the impact of model improvements. To find out more about the APPLICATE project go to:

Registration now open for the APECS World Summit 2018

Foto World SummitAPECS is organising the APECS World Summit 2018 just before the start of POLAR2018 in Davos, Switzerland from 17-18 June 2018.

The preliminary program for our 2-day summit is available online. Day one (17 June) is a closed meeting for members of our APECS Leadership and APECS National Committee Leaderships only. Day 2 (18 June) will be an open workshop for all early career researchers attending POLAR2018. We will continue to update the World Summit page over the coming months with more information.

The registration form for the summit is available on the summit websiteThere will not be a registration fee for the World Summit (either day), but participants are required to register for the IASC/ASSW business meetings section of POLAR2018, at a cost of 30 CHF.

Registration deadlines will be:

  • 16 February 2018 for APECS Leadership and APECS National Committee leadership reps who want to attend both days of the summit.
  • 31 March 2018 for APECS members and other interested early career researchers wanting to attend the second day of the summit.

There will be also other interesting workshops and events planned for early career researchers around the POLAR2018 conference. We will add information about them to our APECS website as they are scheduled. Current information on all side-meetings of the conference can be found here.

If you have any comments or questions about the APECS World Summit, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Further updates from POLAR2018

POLAR2018The abstract submission deadline has been extended for the POLAR2018 conference. It is now on 12 November 2017 at 18:00 CET.

To submit your abstract go to:

Session categories, descriptions and conveners you can find here:

Registration for the Open Science Conference, the SCAR and IASC/ASSW business & satellite meetings and the 2018 Arctic Observing Summit are now also open. You can also book your hotel, hostel or holiday flat within the registration system. Go to the registration page for more information

A facebook group has been established to help early career researchers share accommodation and thereby reduce conference expenses.

For more information on the conference itself go to:

APECS - EPB Webinar: An introduction to the Arctic Council

APECS - EPB Webinar: An introduction to the Arctic Council

2 November 2017 at 15:00 GMT

Speaker: Timo Koivurova, Research Professor and Director, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland

Registration Link

The Arctic Council is the leading intergovernmental forum promoting cooperation, coordination and interaction among the Arctic States, Arctic indigenous communities and other Arctic inhabitants. Giving an overview of its structure, including Members, Permanent Participants and Working Groups, this webinar will act as an introduction to the Arctic Council, providing information on its workings, issues of focus, and recent achievements.

This webinar series is jointly organized by APECS and the European Polar Board (EPB).

Looking for early career researcher to join SCAR SERCE steering committee

SCAR logo white backgroundAPECS 10 year logoThe Solid Earth Response and Influence on Cryosphere Evolution (SERCE) SCAR Research Programme, in cooperation with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), would like to appoint an early career researcher (ECR) to the SERCE steering committee. The overarching objective of SERCE is to advance understanding of the interactions between the solid earth and the cryosphere to better constrain ice mass balance, ice dynamics and sea level change in a warming world. The role of the ECR would be to contribute to the leadership and implementation of SERCE activities in general, and specifically to help improve the reach of SERCE science outcomes through outreach and communication by:

  • liaising between the ECR community and the SERCE steering committee
  • giving feedback on how SERCE can ensure ECR engagement with their activities

Applicants should:

  • preferably be within 5 years of completing their PhD; and
  • have an active research interest in understanding interactions between ice sheets and the solid Earth, preferably with a focus on Antarctica (as this is a SCAR program).

The ECR rep would be expected to attend the SERCE steering committee meeting, which will be held in conjunction with the POLAR2018 conference in Davos in June 2018, and will be provided with US$500 towards expenses associated with attending this meeting.

The SERCE program is slated to end in 2020 and the incoming ECR representative would have the opportunity to remain part of the steering committee until the conclusion of the program. Please note that you can also apply for this opportunity if you cannot commit to the entire period (recommended minimum commitment is 18 month) .

If you are interested in applying, please send the following by no later than Monday 30 October 2017 at 15:00 GMT to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • CV
  • Statement of Interest including: 
    • Your research background and how it relates to the foci of SERCE
    • Why you would be interested in joining SERCE and how this position would be beneficial for your research career
    • Clear statement how long you could commit to participcate SERCE steering committee (if until 2020 or shorter).

If you have questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

APECS Chile Mentor Panel and I Annual Meeting IX Latin-American Conference of Antarctic Science 2017

APECS Chile Mentor Panel 2017 4During the IX Congress of Latin-american Antarctic Science held in Punta Arenas (CLCA, almost 300 scientist from 15 countries), APECS Chile was able to performed a Mentor Panel and our first Annual Meeting.

Three mentors were invited to the Panel: Dra. Maria Andrea Piñones Oceanographer from the center of high Latitudes research (IDEAL), which is the most important long term chilean project in Antarctic science, Dr. Ricardo Jaña, Engineer in Geography and specialized in GIS platform from the Chilean Antarctic Institute (INACH), the main chilean government entity in Antarctic logistic and funding and Dr. Claudio González Marine Biologist from the University of Magallanes, the local university which has recently open a PhD program in Antarctic and sub-Antarctic Sciences.

We advertised in our website, social media and the official site of the conference (links below) and prepared the biography of each mentor and suitable question to open the debate.

The whole activity took 40 minutes. The panelist share their experiences and how they got involved in Antarctic research. We were able to share different aspects of being an Antarctic scientist, working opportunities and discuss the importance of networking in Antarctic science. We gave them an acknowledgment award for their participation during the closing ceremony.

After the Mentor Panel, we had time to discuss the idea of APECS Chile as a formal institution, the aims as a National Committee of APECS international and how to work to incorporate more active members in order to achieve our goals. We have more than 50 people on the audience including mentors, undergraduate and graduate students from Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina and Peru.

APECS Chile Audiencia Mentor Panel 2017 2After a long day preparing the Panel and the annual meeting, we went to El Rustico bar, which is a nice and friendly bar in Punta Arenas. Here we ordered Pizza and beers for the members and coordinators which help us during the whole week. We enjoyed the moment and recruited more members as they were able to ask and chat more about APECS initiative after the “formal” meeting. Also, it was an opportunity to discuss with teachers and mentors about our organization and listen their feedback and comments.

In addition, the british Embassy organized a meeting-coctel to talked about possible fundings for Post-doc and early career scientist opportunities invitation that was extended to the APECS Chile members, recognizing the importance of this platform as a direct link with early career scientist. We will put together the information compiled in this meeting to make it available for students the next month.

Our second most important activity was to award the best oral and poster student presentation. We rigorously evaluate more than 200 works (two evaluators per work) and we had the collaboration of mentors and APECS members to do this (almost 10 collabs). It was a huge amount of work, but it was satisfactory to see great level of presentations and the spirit of working together. Thanks to the congress organizers, we were able to used the closing ceremony to gave the awards.

At the closing ceremony, Claudia Maturana, the president of APECS Chile, gave a speech to the audience about the main aims of this organization and how it was clear during the IX CLCA that we have enthusiastic people and we could achieve any goal that we propose with coordination and effort.

After the conference, we received lots of good comments about our activities and performance, several students and mentors are very keen to participate and motivate their students to be part of this initiative. Even Dr. Steven Chown congratulated Claudia for the active participation of APECs Chile at the conference and her speech.

Special Thanks to all the people involved who made this possible: Renato Borrás, Marely Cuba, Gustavo Chiang, Daniel Ramirez, Claudio Gómez, Claudio González, Andrea Piñones, Ricardo Jaña, Zambra Lopez, Javier Naretto, Elie Poulin, Elias Barticevic, Marcelo Leppe, Paulina Rojas, Carolina Lamas, Carlos Pineda

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IASC Fellowship Program 2018

iasc webAPECS 10 year logoThe International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), in cooperation with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), invites Early Career Scientists (ECS) to apply for the IASC Fellowship Program 2018.

The IASC Fellowship Program is meant to engage ECS in the work of the IASC Working Groups (WGs): Atmosphere, Cryosphere, Marine, Social & Human, and Terrestrial. Each year, one Fellow per WG is chosen.

IASC Fellows are doctoral or postdoctoral researchers who actively participate in selected activities of the IASC WGs. Fellows are expected to contribute scientifically but also to help organize specific activities and to coordinate the reporting to the IASC Secretariat. Thus, the Fellowship Program provides the opportunity for ECSs to become involved in leading-edge scientific activities at a circumarctic and international level, to build an international network, and also to develop management skills. The level of involvement very much depends on the Fellow's interest - the more you invest, the more you get out of it!

The total duration of the IASC Fellowship Program is 1+2 years. In their first year, selected Fellows will receive travel support to attend two consecutive Arctic Science Summit Weeks (ASSWs) where the annual WG meetings are held. After the first year, Fellows have the opportunity to stay involved for up to 2 more years without dedicated funding support from IASC. Note: The travel support during the first fellowship year is the only financial remuneration for the Fellows. Salary is not included during the fellowship.

For more information please see the IASC website or contact the IASC Fellowship Coordinator Maja Lisowska (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or the APECS Executive Director Gerlis Fugmann (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

For this round of applications, interested ECSs must fulfill the following criteria:

  • PhD student/candidate or postdoctoral researcher (up to 5 years past the PhD)
  • Able to commit to participating in the activities of one of an IASC WG for at least 1 year
  • Able to attend the two upcoming ASSWs: 15-18 June 2018 in Davos, Switzerland (as part of POLAR2018), and Spring 2019 in Arkhangelsk, Russia
  • Located in an IASC member country
  • Have a good command of English

How to apply:
If you are interested in this amazing opportunity then please fill out this application form. If you have problems accessing or submitting the form, please contact the APECS Executive Director Gerlis Fugmann at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive a Word version of the form.

Selection process:
The selection of candidates is coordinated by APECS and will be only based on the material you provide in the application form. So be as specific as possible. Applications will be reviewed according to multiple criteria including your research background and the quality of your statement of interest of why you would like to be come an IASC fellow. Top candidates will be suggested to the WG Steering Committees, who will decide on their IASC Fellow 2018.

Application deadline is Monday 20 November 2017 at 13:00 GMT. Late applications will not be considered. Successful applicants will be notified before the end of the year.

Intercultural Indigenous Workshop IIW 2017 at McGill University

APECS Canada Logo webYou are cordially invited to a two-day workshop entitled “Intercultural Indigenous Workshop: Sharing perspectives and experiences of research in Canada's North.” hosted at McGill University in partnership with APECS Canada

When: November 16th and 17th, 2017

Where: Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU), University Centre, 3480 McTavish, Montreal, QC.

Thursday November 16th, Ballroom 301: This is a full-day workshop entitled “Indigenous Realities: A Cultural Awareness-Building” facilitated by Suzanne Keeptwo, Métis of Kichisipirini (Algonkin) descent. This presentation explores Canada’s historic relationship with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and how it impacts current realities using storytelling, music and visuals. Lunch, coffee and snacks provided. Registration required.

Evening of Thursday November 16th, Ballroom 301: All are welcome to participate in this evening event including a keynote speaker, a round table discussion on sharing perspectives and experiences of research in Canada’s North, and a networking event with cocktails and snacks available. No registration required.

Friday November 17th, Rooms Madeleine Parent and Lev Bukhman: This half-day event called “The Exchange Experience: Validating 500 Years of First Nations History” with Suzanne Keeptwo is an interactive, arts-based and experiential workshop. The workshop thrives on an indigenous teaching model in concept, structure and content. Participants become the creative collaborators exploring First Nations historical, political and social issues while guided through a creative learning process. The experience works to validate Indigenous realities and sensitize Canadians’ understandings of Aboriginal history and worldviews. Lunch not included. Registration required.

For whom: Early career scientists conducting fieldwork in Canada’s North or with an interest in conducting research on traditional territories across Canada. These workshops are targeted to graduate and post-graduate students, however undergraduates may also register.

How to sign up: Please follow this link to register for the workshops:

Costs are $35.00 + tx. for both Thursday and Friday or $20.00 + tx. for the Thursday workshop only. Presence at the Thursday workshop is a prerequisite for participation in the experiential workshop on Friday. The number of places is limited, please register early. The deadline to register is November 1st, 2017 at 5:00pm. A detailed program will be soon available.

You will find a poster promoting this event attached to this email, please share it with interested colleagues. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

We look forward to seeing you at the Indigenous Intercultural Workshop!

The IIW Planning Committee
Sophie Dufour-Beauséjour (Université INRS / Centre d’études nordiques), Marianne Falardeau (McGill University), Justine Lacombe-Bergeron (Université de Montréal), Gwyneth Anne MacMillan (Université de Montréal / Centre d’études nordiques), Allyson Menzies (McGill University), Élise Morin (Université de Montréal / Ok8APi‎ (graduated)), and Pascale Ropars (Université de Québec à Rimouski), and Cécile de Sérigny (Université de Montréal).

For any questions, please contact:
Marianne Falardeau: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Justine Lacombe-Bergeron: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

APECS Italy Workshop: Climate, humans and the environment: a lengthy history

Notte della ricerca Venezia 09 2017As part of the Venice VeneTOnight event series ‘Notte della Ricerca’ (Night of Research), taking place on September 29th, in three cities across Veneto on the same evening, APECS Italy was represented together with the University Ca’Foscari of Venice and IDPA-CNR at the ‘Climate of the Past’ stand, where researchers offered the public a glimpse of how polar research is organized. Real ice cores, a poster and a hands-on component using an artificial ice core helped to engage visitors by bringing to life the techniques used and the impacts of the data acquired when engaging in this type of polar research.

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