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ECO Polar Special Issue - Published

ECO SpecialIssueECO’s Polar Special Issue is published this month in partnership with APECS, Arctic Circle and SCAR. Here is the link to the digital issue. We have four regularly scheduled issues in 2021 with a dedicated Polar section, not to mention the dedicated news page on ECO’s website. We always encourage submissions for content should you or anyone in your network be interested. You can email submissions anytime to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

UK Polar Network Antarctic Flags Project

Calling all Antarctic researchers and staff! Are you travelling to or over-wintering on Antarctica this year (November 2020 – January 2021)? If you are heading to Antarctica or any of the surrounding Antarctic islands this winter, we would love your help with our UK Polar Network Antarctic Flags Project! All we ask is that you take some flags (however many you are willing to take) sent to you as a .pdf or .jpg and photograph them in Antarctica as proof that they have made it there. For more info, please visit or get in touch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Jennifer (UKPN Antarctic Flags Coordinator).

The all-new APECS podcast: Polar Times!

175 APECS Podcast PG LogoHello Polar People!

APECS is very excited to announce the launch of our new podcast Polar Times- bringing science and stories from polar places to the masses!

Polar Times is a brand-new project group that is aiming to deliver an episode of the podcast every two weeks. We will be interviewing people from all walks of polar life- not just science and academia- from all around the world.

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MOSAiC Leg 4 from an early career perspective

mosaic logo Auswahl 2 rgb 08MOSAiC is the largest Arctic research project of our times. Frozen into the ice, the German research icebreaker Polarstern has been drifting with the same ice floe through the Central Arctic from mid of October until the end of July when the ice floe eventually disintegrated into many small pieces. During those ten months, hundreds of scientists conducted field research on the polar atmosphere, ocean, ecology, the physical properties of the ice and biogeochemical relationships between all this, while the floe travelled from the Siberian Seas to the Fram Strait. Among those scientists have been many Master students, PhD-students, early Post-Docs, in short: Early career researchers (ECRs). 

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IASC Fellowship Program 2021: Deadline 16 November

iasc webapecs logo webThe International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) in cooperation with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) are excited to announce the IASC Fellowship Program 2021.

The IASC Fellowship Program is meant to engage early career scientists in the work of the IASC Working Groups (WGs): Atmosphere, Cryosphere, Marine, Social & Human, and Terrestrial. This year, we will offer 6 IASC fellowships. 

Read the full announcment here!

Thank you, Gerlis!

Gerlis FugmannWe would be remiss if we left out of this announcement that this is APECS’ first transition between terms without our North Star, our Southern Cross, Gerlis Fugmann. As many of you already know, this past August Gerlis moved on from her position as Executive Director of APECS, which she held for seven years, to become the new Executive Secretary of IASC, a fantastic opportunity for both her and IASC.

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APECSSA Online Workshop Summary

APECS South Africa LogoA day of insight hosted by APECSSA - Wisdom from experienced scientists.

We have enjoyed a very successful day on 15 September 2020 via zoom (over 70 participants from around the globe), gaining valuable insight and tips to keep in mind and draw inspiration from as researchers at the beginning of our careers - or otherwise, as mentioned by some of the speakers, starting out at the bottom. The morning was more than rhetoric, although plenty of phrases stood out.

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The votes on our September 2020 Polar Week Photo Competition are in. More than 400 people voted on the 22 amazing submissions on polar and alpine photographs. A big thank you to all the people who submitted a picture and another thank you to everyone who voted and made this photo competition happen.

We are happy to now announce the winners of our photo competition and the print-version of the INTERACT field work planning handbook and practical field guide. CONGRATULATIONS to all winners!

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