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Rapporteur opportunity for upcoming EPB 2020 Spring Plenary Meeting

epb logo desktop 2015apecs logo webThe European Polar Board (EPB) and the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) are seeking a rapporteur to take minutes during the upcoming EPB Spring Plenary Meeting, to be held in Sofia, Bulgaria on the 23rd and 24th of April 2020. For an early career researcher, this is a fairly unique opportunity to know how an international organisation works on a regular basis, as well as how it views, sets and reviews medium and long term goals.

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Workshop report available: Raising awareness and building capacity in science-based policy-making

Grosfeld Lisa Science Policy Workshop Report 2020The knowledge transfer from science to policy plays a major role in modern science and will be even more important in the future. Exposing researchers to the science-policy-interface is particularly important in an early career stage to develop an understanding of the tools and processes involved and a natural collaboration beyond science. Policy needs scientists who have consolidated knowledge and give objective, independent and target-oriented advice. Communicating scientific information to policymakers requires certain skills in translating the scientific information into information that can be understood by policymakers or nonscientists, as scientists and policymakers very often speak different “languages”. [...]

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APECS activities during the 2020 Arctic Frontiers conference

Between January 26 – 30, the 14th Arctic Frontiers conference was held in Tromsø, Norway. The theme of the 2020 conference was “The Power of Knowledge” and it brings together an international community of students, early career researchers,  and young professionals to share knowledge and new perspectives. This year, APECS contributed to the Arctic Frontiers Young programme with several activities:

  • An Early Career Researcher Networking Night on 28 January,
  • 6th edition of the Nansen Poster Awards on 29 January,
  • “Science for Schools” from 28-30 January.
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New 2020 IASC Fellows Announced

apecs logo webiasc webThe International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), have the pleasure of announcing the start of the 2020 IASC Fellowship Program. APECS very kindly coordinated the application and review process; recommendations from APECS based on the review process were delivered for final selection to the IASC and CAFF Secretariats. Five successful early career scientists were identified from 70 highly qualified applicants for the five IASC Working Groups. One CAFF-IASC Fellow was also selected for the Coastal Ecosystem Monitoring Group - Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program. The reviewers were impressed by the record amount and excellent quality of the applications.

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APECS China successfully co-organized the National College Winter Camp activities


APECS China Winter Camp 2020

During January 11-14, 2020, the National College Winter Camp activities co-organized by APECS China were successfully completed. More than 100 college students from all over country joined this activity. Ding Minghu, the Chairman of APECS China, also the researcher in the Institute of Tibetan Plateau and Polar Meteorology, Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences joined this activity and made a scientific report entitled "Cryosphere and Climate Change".

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New website available from APECS Project Group on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The APECS Project Group on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is pleased to announce we have a new website! The main feature is a DEI Resource Repository that is intended to be a resource for the polar science community. Some resources are specific to polar work but many are applicable to wider conversations around academia, STEM fields, and field work.

Topics include: Community Guidelines, Ethnicity, Gender, Indigenous Communities, LGBTQIA+, Networks, Parenthood, Safety in Science, etc.

Don't see what you are looking for or know of a great resource we haven't included? Please add it to our repository!


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Report on the Best Practice Science Communication Workshop

APECS_Germany_Report_1.pngHow experienced are you in science communication? Do you prefer “online” or “in-person” science communication?

How do I choose the right words when talking about science? How do I connect to my audience?

Those were only a few of the questions that the 35 participants discussed among themselves and with three experts during the APECS Germany workshop “Best practice: Science communication” on the 25th of September 2019 in Bremen. Within the context of the International Polar Week 2019, the workshop took place in cooperation with the ICYMARE 2019 conference and the SPP Antarctic Research Coordination meeting. Bachelor, Master and PhD students, post-docs and young professionals from many disciplines joined us, creating a great atmosphere for exchange on one of the hot topics of the researcher’s world: science communication.

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APECS activities during the 2020 Arctic Frontiers conference

During January 26 – 30, the 14th Arctic Frontiers conference is held in Tromsø, Norway. The annual conference is an international event, linking policy makers, industry and academia focusing on the Arctic regions. This year, the APECS Arctic Frontiers organising team has prepared the following activities and events for you:

Tuesday  28/01   

16:00 – 19:00 MAIN poster session with evaluation for the Nansen poster awards

19:00 – 23:00 Networking Night, registration is required

Wednesday  29/01   

15:00 – 18:00 Poster session

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