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Looking for two rapporteurs for upcoming EPB Spring Plenary Meeting

apecs logo webepb logo desktop 2015The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and the European Polar Board (EPB) are seeking 2 rapporteurs to take minutes during the upcoming EPB Spring Plenary Meeting, to be held in Lisbon, Portugal on the 27 - 28 March 2019. For an early career researcher, this is a great 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.

The note taking will be for one and half days (27th and 28th March) working with the EPB Secretariat. Cleaned and formatted notes should be provided to the EPB Secretariat within three days of the end of meeting. Due to the fast moving nature of the meeting, it is desirable to have (1) a very high command of the English language, (2) some prior experience of rapporteuring or note taking, and (3) some knowledge of international polar organisations.

A short online meeting between the selected rapporteurs and the EPB Secretariat will be held during the week prior to the meeting to clarify duties and go over the meeting agenda.

The EPB will provide for the selected rapporteur:

  • Return flights or travel expenses up to €200 to get to Lisbon (reaching Lisbon daytime on the 26, and leaving on 29)
  • All meals will be provided
  • Additional € 80 to cover any extra costs incurred (with receipts).

The copies of all receipts must be provided for the EPB to reimburse any expenses.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please provide a one-page CV and a 500 word statement detailing your previous experience as a rapporteur and motivation no later than 28 Feb to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

APECS activities during Arctic Frontiers conference

Between January 20 – 24, the 13th Arctic Frontiers conference was held in Tromsø, Norway. The annual conference is an international event, linking policy makers, industry and academia focusing on the Arctic regions. With its harsh physical environment demanding specific adaptations in fauna and flora, rich biodiversity, particular seasonal patterns of polar day and polar night, and its vast energy and marine resources, the Arctic is of significant interest to industrial, political and societal organizations across the globe. It is also home to indigenous peoples. The Arctic Frontiers conference aims to couple academia with decision makers for responsible and sustainable development of the Arctic during climate change.
Arctic Frontiers Young brings together an international community of young scientists, students and young professionals to share knowledge and new perspectives on development in the nordic regions. This year, APECS contributed to the Arctic Frontiers Young programme with several activities:

  • A panel discussion on “Scientific publications” on 22 January
  • 4th edition of the Nansen Poster Awards on 23 January
  • Science for Schools from 22-24 January

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The sun returned during Arctic Frontiers, where APECS was involved in a variety of activities.

 

Panel discussion


In 2019, APECS arranged a panel on “Scientific publications” during the Arctic Frontiers conference. The panel was held on Tuesday evening, 18:30-19:30, at Fram Centre. The main topic was how publications will affect early career scientists; how to judge their quality, how to navigate between discussions about open access and alternative ways of publishing, and how this will affect publications-based judgements of early career scientists (e.g. for applications for future positions and funding). The three speakers Tom Arne Rydningen, Helle Valborg Goldman, and Kathrin Helen Hopmann gave inspiring talks and 10 early career researchers engaged in a lively discussion about journals Impact Factors, publication strategies, and the benefits of reviewing activities.

 

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The panelists sparked a lively discussion about publication strategies, reviewing, and its career impacts.

Tom Arne Rydningen, associate professor at the department of Geosciences at UiT The Arctic University of Tromsø, highlighted strategies of oral or poster presentations at conferences which can lead to a different kinds of feedback. From his experience with the paper writing process, he also recommended in-house reviews and language checks by native speakers before submitting the manuscript.
Helle Valborg Goldman, from the Norwegian Polar Institute and chief editor of the multidisciplinary journal Polar Research, deconstructed the Impact Factor, how it is calculated, and gave insights how journals can boost their own Impact Factor. In addition, Helle discussed other metrics that allow to better evaluate a journals quality and measuring productivity and impact of individual researchers over time.
Kathrin Helen Hopmann, associate professor in Chemistry at UiT The Arctic University of Tromsø, gave insights which of her publications had an impact on her research career, particularly in securing grants to build up her own research group. She recommended post-docs publishing independently from their former PhD supervisor team, being corresponding author, or writing single author papers to show independent research.

The panelists agreed that Open Access publications have clear advantages despite being costly. When it comes to choosing journals, the Impact Factor is the most widely used journal metric and is often understood as a proxy for journal quality. The Impact Factor represents the average number of citations during one year received by a journal’s articles published the during 2 preceding years. Helle Goldmann explained the method behind calculating it and its caveats. All in all, judging the quality of a journal is not a simple task and the Impact Factor and it should not be taken as the only measure! The debate moved on to deliberately discussing benefits of reviewing manuscripts, either as an in-house review or when becoming a peer reviewer with journals, as this can be a helpful exercise for early career scientists to improve writing and to enhance critical thinking. The EOS paper A Quick Guide to Writing a Solid Peer Review and Publons, a website and free service for academics to track, verify and showcase their peer review and editorial contributions for academic journals, were recommended.

 

The winner of the 4th edition of the Nansen Poster Awards is...


For the 4th time, APECS and Arctic Frontiers arranged the Nansen Poster Awards. During the 2019 Arctic Frontiers conference, 19 poster judges evaluated 38 posters that were presented in two sessions. The evaluation criteria included the visual appearance of the posters, the content and presentation of data, the quality of research, and the skills of the presenter. The winners receive travel support and/or registration for an upcoming Arctic Frontiers conference in 2020, 2021, or 2022.
Many skilled presenters had travelled to Tromsø in January to enter the tight competition. With differences of only a few points, the winners of the 4th edition of the Nansen Poster Awards in 2019 are:

  • 3rd place: Amy Lusher, Removing microplastic particles from samples with high organic matter content: a countrywide investigation of sewage sludge produced across Norway
  • 2nd place: Sanna Matsson, Relating nitrogen status growth and biofouling of cultivated Saccharina latissima deployed at different times of the year in northern Norway
  • 1st place: Justine Ammendolia, Assessing plastic debris in aquatic food webs: what we know about uptake and trophic transfer

Congratulations to Amy, Sanna and Justine!

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Justine Ammendolia and fellow early career researchers were presenting their research at Arctic Frontiers.

 

Science for Schools


For the 5th time, 10th and 12th grade Tromsø school kids had their own conference during Arctic Frontiers. Science for Schools was arranged in cooperation with Vitensenteret, Arctic Frontiers, and APECS. During three days, early career researchers gave plenary lectures with hands-on experiences in the morning that were followed by poster presentations of the school kids and a science show in the afternoon. The school kids had picked a topic of their interest and prepared a poster about it. All posters were presented to and evaluated by the early career researchers.
Each day, the best presentation was awarded with a culture card for Tromsø. The overall winner of the 10th graders was the poster entitled “Unenthusiastic for Microplastic” from Tromsø International School. The evaluation committee was impressed about the kid`s enthusiastic presentation, their well organized poster, their background knowledge, the changes they made in their everyday lives to inspire others, and their suggestion of a plastic tax. The 10th graders overall winners price is a visit to the Kongsberg satellite observation and research facility in Tromsø for the entire school class.
The 12th grade winner poster was called “Codmium for dinner” and was a study about heavy metals in cod from Kongsbakken Videregående Skole. The kids had done an interesting study with clear conclusions, understood their topic well and made a good presentation. In general, all jurys were impressed about the quality of the posters. The 12th graders overall winners price is a visit to a research site that focuses on fish and marine food products (Havbruksstasjonen) near Tromsø for the entire school class. A report and photos are published on the school`s webpage (in Norwegian).


We thank Arctic Frontiers, Arctic Frontiers Young, Vitensenteret, all poster judges, and the APECS-Arctic Frontiers organizing committee for their efforts. We particularity thank Arctic Frontiers, Arctic Frontiers Young, and Vitensenteret for their continuous support in making the poster competitions possible and kindly providing great prices for the school kids and early career scientists. We are looking forward to next year!
The APECS-Arctic Frontiers organizing committee (Hanna Kauko, Julia Gossa, Raphaelle Descoteaux, Andrea Schneider)

 

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Successful APPLICATE ECR Event in Reading (UK)

The EU Horizon 2020-funded APPLICATE project organised a 3-day Early Career Event in cooperation with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS). The workshop took place directly after the APPLICATE General Assembly at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) in Reading, UK, from January 30 to February 1, 2019. The workshop was arranged for early career researchers from ECMWF and other APPLICATE partners to train transferable skills, to build expertise in Arctic weather and climate prediction, and to help building and maintaining a community of Arctic experts.
The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) is an independent intergovernmental organisation supported by 34 states. ECMWF is both a research institute and a 24/7 operational service, producing and disseminating global numerical weather predictions to its member states since 1975, and hosts one of Europe's largest supercomputer facilities.

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APPLICATE and ECMWF early career scientists gathered at ECMWF.


The workshop was designed to help the early career researchers to get in touch with colleagues across the different APPLICATE work packages and ECMWF early career scientists to develop their professional network, and to practice presentation skills. Senior APPLICATE and ECMWF researchers gave interactive presentations and helped enhancing transferable skill development. The sessions covered improving scientific writing, an introduction to project management, achieving co-production and stakeholder engagement, the relevance of computing for advancing science, challenges for weather forecasts in the Arctic, as well as introduction to the Copernicus Climate Change Services and the Climate Data Store. The diverse research topics of the students and the mix of themes raised awareness of how to communicate with researchers from different backgrounds and stakeholders.

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Presentation of APPLICATE and ECMWF early career and senior scientists got mixed with various interactive sessions during the workshop.

We thank all speakers and ECMWF for their support, kindness and generosity while hosting the Early Career Event, particularly the event managers Karen Clarke (ECMWF) and Luisa Cristini (APPLICATE) who made preparing and joining the workshop a pleasure.

ASSW 2019 - Travel Support available

apecs logo webiasc webThe Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) in cooperation with the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) is pleased to announce the availability of travel support for the Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) 2019 (22-30 May 2019, Arkhangelsk, Russia).

Travel support via this process is currently available for:

  • Early career researchers up to 5 years past PhD with an Arctic research focus (an allowance will be made for career breaks such as parental leave)
  • Arctic researchers of all career stages at Russian institutions and/or focusing on the Russian Arctic
  • Indigenous Arctic experts of all backgrounds and career stages (defined as researchers and Indigenous knowledge holders who are of Arctic Indigenous heritage, in particular those represented by the Arctic Council Permanent Participants)

Further application criteria:

  • Active participation in the conference including but not limited to giving an oral or poster presentation (abstract submission deadline also on 28 February!!)
  • Affiliation with an institution / organization in an IASC member country (Austria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States) 

In addition to the general funds provided by IASC for these travel awards, they will also provide some special limited travel support for early career researchers (definition see above)) who are interested in attending the 4th T-MOSAiC Workshop during ASSW 2019. T-MOSAiC (Terrestrial Multidisciplinary distributed Observatories for the Study of Arctic Connections) is an IASC pan-Arctic land-based program that would extend the activities of the IASC flagship program MOSAiC (The Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Climate Change). The objective of T-MOSAiC is to coordinate complementary activities that will both aid and benefit from MOSAiC by extending the work to the lands surrounding the Arctic Ocean and to the northern communities who live on those lands.

As another category, funds are also available for early career scientists who are contributing to the IASC-sponsored session on "Long-Term Changes in Arctic Social-Ecological Systems." These papers will contribute to the understanding of long-term human responses to Arctic environmental change and long-term transformative impacts of human activities on Arctic ecosystems, including: (1) improving understandings of long-term human responses to specific climate change ‘events’; (2) providing insights into long-term human impacts on Arctic and sub-Arctic biological diversity; (3) enhancing understanding human strategic responses and decision-making ‘pathways’ in Arctic SES’s over generational time scales; and (4) engagement of the Indigenous knowledge in understanding social-ecological dynamics at different time scales. Inquires about this sessions should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Stanislav Ksenofontov.

APECS will be administering the travel funds provided by IASC and will coordinate the application and distribution process of the funds. We encourage other partner organizations to get in touch with the APECS Secretariat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you want to take advantage of having your early career travel funds for the conference distributed via this APECS-led application process.

These travel awards may only be able to cover part of your travel costs and the costs will be reimbursed after the meeting based on receipts that you provide (unfortunately, upfront payment is not possible).

Please submit your application via this online form. Your application will be evaluated solely on the information you provide via the form. We will not accept other material via email (unless you were asked to provide additional material by the APECS Secretariat). All questions are available on the first page. There is no second page with hidden questions. Note that several of the questions are designed so we know which funding source(s) you qualify for, so please answer all the questions as complete as possible. Should other funding become available with additional requirements, we will announce this and give applicants who have already submitted the opportunity to update their application form. Should you have problems accessing the online form, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive a word version of it.

Application deadline for the Travel Awards will be on 28 February 2019 at 23:59 GMT. Late applications will not be considered. No exceptions will be made.

If you have any questions please contact the APECS International Directorate Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

YES Congress 2019: Call for Abstract Deadline

The German Chapter of the Young Earth Scientists Network (YES) is pleased to announce the 5th International YES Congress 2019 to be held at the Freie Universität Berlin in Berlin, Germany from 9 - 13 September 2019. The congress will have the theme “Rocking Earth’s Future”

The current and future grand challenges of global change are manifold and include rapid population growth, increasing urbanization, global warming, contamination of water and soil, the continuing transition of our economy to post-industrialism and related increases in vulnerabilities. For early career Earth Science researchers the task is to ensure that humanity is prepared to tackle all these challenges in a smart and sustainable way. This requires hard facts, reproducible and transparent science and a sound commitment.

The 5th YES Congress 2019 will be centred around six large topical areas:

  • Ashes to Ashes - Understanding Earth Processes
  • Unboxing Earth - Interdisciplinary Problem Solving
  • Heritage Earth - Sustainable Resource Management
  • Society at Risk - Impacting Earth Phenomena
  • Brave New World - Advanced Technologies in Earth Sciences
  • Beyond Printing - Communicating Science

We would like to remind you for the call for abstract. With more than 40 sessions covering the following themes we would like to attract young academics:

Resourcing Future Generations

The question how to resource future generations is of particular importance for the right of populations to improve their standards of living but also for the question on how we can preserve our plantet. The International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) declared the topic „Resourcing Future Generations“ as its flagship initiative. The YES congress will add to the initiative of the IUGS the perspective of the youth and the early career scientists. 

Big Data

A priority theme is how to treat the vast amounts of data that are being collected and stored at a rate faster than they can be analyzed. This data holds huge potential to learn more about the Earth and to make new discoveries. Access to „Big Data“, its use and management will be one of the priority themes of the congress

Natural Hazards

Changing hydro-climatic and socio-economic conditions can increase the impact of natural hazards, such as floods, droughts, earthquakes, landslides, etc. The severeness of the impacts calls for better mitigation strategies, but also for new approaches to tackle the transient nature of hazards and risks. The YES congress aims to establish a platform for the active exchange of  advanced knowledge and methods in the field of complex system analysis. 

Science Communication and Communicating Science

The way and methods how we communicate sciences has become increasingly important, especially concerning the discussion linked to climate change but also to other subjects relevant for the Earth science. Special workshops will present the newest achievements, methodologies and discussions in the field of science communication and on how we present facts and uncertainties to the public and politics. 

Training and Learning for Young scientists

Addressing such issues need an inter- and transdisciplinary approach. Therefore, advanced interdisciplinary problem-solving strategies and approaches will be given high priority and presented in special workshop sessions. Pre-conference workshops and summer schools shall offer the young academics further opportunities to enhance their skills in relevant fields within the Earth science. 

Publication and Sustainability

The conference proceedings with extended abstracts will be internationally published by GFZ German Research Centre for Geoscience via the electronic publication platform „GFZpublic“. GFZpublic is an open access platform. This will make the conference papers longtime citable and available. The results of the congress will be furthermore disseminated via the IUGS and the IAG and their publication platforms.  

The deadline for the call for abstract is March 4th 2019. A full list of sessions and details on abstract submission can be found here: https://yesdeutschland.weebly.com/call-for-abstracts.html

Information on the themes, workshops, summer schools, training courses, excursion and on the abstract submission procedure you can find at:

https://yesdeutschland.weebly.com/yes-congress-2019.html

APECS Polar Policy Webinar

From hostile work environments to all white faculty rosters, polar research can be a pretty intimidating place at times. In the age of MeToo, what are polar agencies doing about it? Find out at the APECS webinar "Polar Policy: How Polar Agencies Are Changing their Policies to be More Inclusive" on February 26th at 16:30-18:00 GMT. 

Organized by the APECS Council Project Group on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), the webinar will be a panel discussion on ways polar research funding agencies, academic unions, and universities are changing their policies to include more diverse voices within the membership, reduce incidents of harassment, and foster a culture of inclusion. The panel discussion will include Chandrika Nath, the executive director of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, Claudia Alves de Jesus Rydin, chairwomen of the European Geophysical Union Diversity and Equity Working Group, and Agnieszka Kruszewska, executive committee member of the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs. 

Register at: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_TpB3XMm5T0mGFS56hDAsBQ

 

Joined Antarctica Day activity of APECS BeNeLux

The APECS national committees of the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg teamed up in 2018 to organize an international outreach project within the context of Antarctica Day for elementary school children. Antarctica Day is a tradition within APECS and usually revolves around outreach projects teaching young children about Antarctica, and polar science in general.

The teams of APECS BeNeLux collaborated with Dutch artist Udo Prinsen to set up a solargraphy project for researchers and school children alike. Solargraphy, tracking the movement of the sun through the sky using pinhole cameras and long exposure times (6 months!), enables children to see how the sun moves through the sky. This is a major factor in our climate system and also explains the climate at the poles, as well as the polar night and polar day. Apart from that, the resulting images are wonderful to look at.

Enthusiastic APECS members visited different schools throughout the three countries to share their passion for the poles. Over 100 children in each country took part in the programme, divided over 3 elementary schools in the Netherlands, 4 in Belgium and 5 in Luxembourg. Apart from that, board member Esther of APECS NL gave a lecture to 150 teachers to create awareness and inspire them to start projects focusing on Antarctica. The programme developed together with Udo was centered around a mini lecture and videos explaining how the Earth revolves around the Sun and how this causes phenomena like the polar night. Afterwards, the children installed the pinhole cameras at strategic places around their school. This was determined in a brainstorm with the children (where does the sun rise and set, and how can we best capture her movement?). Children from various schools in the BeNeLux area pin-opened the cameras around the winter solstice and will collect them again around the summer solstice. This way, they can study the trajectory of the sun across seasons.

Additionally, individual APECS members contributed insights, games, and stories relating to their personal polar research background (e.g. polar marine biology, permafrost, tourism on Svalbard, life of the circumpolar First Nations).  The school children were eager to learn first hand from scientists studying such fascinating topics.

The luxembourgish team also had collaboration and financial support of their national Service de Coordination de la Recherche et de l’Innovation pédagogiques et technologiques (SCRIPT.lu). All workshops in Luxembourg included an additional practical part, where the children were building their own camerae obscurae. The kids learned how easily the cameras can be built with everyday objects. The functioning of the cameras was explored as well. In order to see the results of the children’s own cameras, APECS Luxembourg will organize another workshop around the summer solstice 2019. The pictures taken with the children’s cameras will be developed, and the pupils will have an opportunity to explore life in the Arctic in an artistic workshop held with labradorian artist Heather Carroll.

Lastly, some pinhole cameras have been distributed among international scientists working at polar stations, and will be distributed to more stations in the future. This will result in a set of solargraphs from various climate zones, which will be showcased jointly with the children’s photographs/solargraphics at an online exhibition during the summer of 2019.  

APECS BeNeLux wants to thank all schools for participating in this international workshop and providing us with a platform to promote polar science to the next generation. APECS.lu and polar.lu additionally would like to thank their partner SCRIPT for its financial support. Lastly, we thank Udo Prinsen for his dedication to this project. Should you be interested in solargraphics and collaborations between polar science and arts, we recommend that you have a look at his project “Touch Base”.

Left: Rúna and Linde from APECS NL introduce polar topics such as the polar night, polar bears and permafrost using videos (Nijmegen, NL). Right: The children are building their own camerae obscurae in order to install them at home (Schengen, LU).

Congratulations to the 2019 IASC Fellows

apecs logo webiasc webThe International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) have the pleasure to announce the start of the 2019 IASC Fellowship Program. The Program received 108 applications for only 5 slots. During the selection process, APECS coordinated the generous work of our independent, volunteer reviewers to evaluate and recommend the highest quality candidates, and final selection was made in consultation with each of the IASC Working Group chairs. The chairs and reviewers were certainly impressed by the record amount and excellent quality of the applications.

The 2019 IASC Fellows are:

Sophie Haslett, Stockholm University, Sweden (Atmosphere Working Group)
Expertise: Arctic aerosols and trace gases; Mass spectrometry; Atmospheric chemistry

Barbara Barzycka, Centre for Polar Studies, University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland (Cryosphere Working Group)
Expertise: Remote sensing; Glacier facies; Drone mapping

Maria Paulsen, Aarhus University, Denmark (Marine Working Group)
Expertise: Microbial foodwebs; Terrestrial runoff; Bacterial activity

Megan Sheremata, University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada (Social and Human Working Group)
Expertise: Inuit knowledge, Environmental change; Eastern Hudson Bay

Clay Prater, Loughborough University, UK (Terrestrial Working Group)
Expertise: Elemental ecology; Cross-system nutrient flux; Limnology

The IASC Fellowship Program is meant to engage ECS in the work of the IASC Working Groups. More information about the IASC Fellowship Program can be found here.

Webinar “Pre-cruise Preparation and Risk Reduction”

ARICE (https://arice.eu/) invites for a webinar organized by APECS (https://www.apecs.is/) and IOPAN (http://www.iopan.gda.pl/). This webinar will take place on 19th February at 9 am UTC and is dedicated to pre-cruise planning and preparing for ship-based research activities. Dr Agnieszka Beszczynska-Möller, physical oceanographer at Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences (IOPAN) with extensive experience as a cruise leader of multiple Arctic scientific expeditions, will talk about planning ship-based and long-term oceanographic field studies and pre-cruise logistics. Dr Allison Fong, biological oceanographer and microbial ecologist at the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), is a coordinator of the ecosystem team in MOSAiC and will talk about planning large-scale sea ice and oceanographic research, and the challenges of combining multiple interests of different scientific teams during expeditions. Dr Monika Kędra, biological oceanographer and ecologist from IOPAN, will share her experience on planning and preparing Arctic multidisciplinary research with a main focus on marine ecology and biological oceanography. The webinar aims to provide advice and share good practices with early career researchers who are planning their field research and first cruise sampling.  

Please register here in advance in order to receive the link (or phone number) to join the webinar!

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

Call for Reviewers of the IPCC Working Group 1 report First Order Draft AR6

YP 2014 OfficialYESSECN neg bpyrn smallapecs logo webThe first order draft (FOD) of the Working Group I (WGI) 6th Assessment Report (AR6) by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) is due to be published around 2021. APECS, PYRN and YESS, WCPA, and PAGES ECN are coordinating the next review by early career experts that will take place between April and June 2019.

Since April 2018, the APECS-IPCC working group has taken part in two rounds of review of the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC). More than one hundred international early career reviewers have participated - by participating, reviewers not only get recognized as early career experts, but also gain valuable training and insight in the scientific review process for reports written for policy makers.

APECS aims to produce a group review in collaboration with other early career associations such a Permafrost Young Research Network (PYRN), Young Earth System Scientists (YESS) community, Young Professionals Network of the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), and Past Global Changes (PAGES) Early Career Network (ECN) for AR6.

We are now looking for reviewers for the first round of review of the IPCC AR6 WGI report. We encourage researchers from various career stages to participate, including advanced Master students, PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and early career faculty members. If you do not fit in these categories and are interested in applying, please email us with a short explanation so we can determine eligibility. If you want to participate, please fill out this online form, by no later than March 1, 2019 (23:59 GMT). We will assess all the applications and select participants based on Motivation and Research experience. Moreover, we will try to balance the selection of applicants further based on gender, career stage and geographical location. Accepted participants will be assigned to a chapter and contacted by the end of March 2019.

This round of reviews will take place from May 1st to June 15 of 2019. Please ensure that you have the necessary amount of time available during this period. Previous reviewers spent in average 40h hours on the process including training and reviewing period. You need to be familiar with the recent literature in your field and will be asked to review a minimum of 10 to 20 pages of the report (If you want to review the entire report, IPCC offer opportunities on their side). These are not anonymous reviews - you will be individually credited for your contribution, and your comments will be public record. Further information about the review process will be shared with selected participants.

For details on the general review process for the report, please visit: https://www.ipcc.ch/report/sixth-assessment-report-working-group-i/. If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact the project group leader: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Looking for early career researcher to join SOOS Regional Working Group

SOOSLogo1aapecs logo webThe Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and the Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS) are looking for an early career scientist to join the SOOS Amundsen/Bellinghausen Sector Regional Working Group (Amundsen RWG).

The successful applicant will have working knowledge of observational research of the Southern Ocean with a particular interest in the Amundsen/Bellingshausen Sea areas. The Amundsen RWG APECS representative will attend RWG meetings, and be responsible for assisting with data collection, curation, and reportage, and will be an important link is liaising between APECS and SOOS. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from countries not yet represented by the working group steering committee. For specific questions on this position, please contact Anna Wåhlin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Tae-Wan Kim (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Bastien Queste (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Povl Abrahamsen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Louise Newman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

The position will be for 2 years and non-salaried, but there will be travel reimbursement for attending one meeting if the working group holds a meeting during your term, and potential for co-authorship of publications.

To apply, you need to meet the following criteria:

  • early career researcher (up to 5 years past PhD)
  • Have a research background that fits the focus of the group
  • Country restrictions: We welcome applications from early career researchers worldwide and especially from countries not yet well represented the two groups.

How to apply?

Please send the following information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by no later than 24 January 2019 at 23:59 GMT

  • your CV
  • Statement of Interest (max one page), including your research background, your motivation in joining the working group, and your thoughts on how you can contribute to the group and how this would benefit your career

Contact APECS

APECS International Directorate
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