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Update on APECS operations and activities due to COVID-19 situation

apecs logo webThe current COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation is affecting all of us and therefore also will have an impact on APECS activities in the coming months. The health, safety, and wellbeing of our members and community is our foremost priority. To that end, we wanted to provide an update for APECS activities as well as APECS leadership and National Committee operations during this time of crisis:

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It´s APECS International Polar Week March 2020!

Pileci Rosaria Erika PolarWeek March 2020Join us in celebrating the icy and Polar Regions of the world and create further awareness of the science and activities being conducted in the Arctic and the Antarctic.The APECS International Polar Week March 2020 is shaping up to be an exciting party! From the 15 to 21 March, we will be featuring some great activities organized by Polar early career researchers from around the world. 

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APECS International Online Conference 2020

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The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) is proud to announce the much awaited 6th annual APECS International Online Conference to go live on 19 May 2020. This 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. 

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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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