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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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USAPECS Early Career Social Event

USAPECS held a social event on Monday night of American Geophysical Union Conference. We met at Golden Gate Taproom in San Francisco, a 15 minute walk from the convention center. Everyone had a great time, 18 people attended the social event including 3 board members and one of our panel members from earlier in the day. Additionally, at least two new people who have not previously known about APECS attended the social event!

USAPECS Early Career Spcial Event 2019

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APECS Germany review of the year 2019

APECS Germany2019 has flown by and we are looking back on an eventful year. The Board of the German National Committee of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS Germany) would therefore like to reflect on the past year and thank all partners, members and friends for a successful collaboration. Highlights of the past year include our APECS Germany Workshop in Bremen, a Polar Film Fest in Potsdam and a APECS Germany Photo Competition & Raffle for Antarctica Day. Scroll through the full Review of 2019 in our interactive infographic. (Make sure to click on the icons for more information :) ).

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How can Early Career Researchers engage with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)?

For the second year in a row, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) invited APECS to present their work with the IPCC on organizing group reviews of IPCC reports by Early Career Researchers (ECR). Gwanaëlle Gremion (APECS Individual Council Member, leader of the IPCC group review project during the past three review cycles) and Jilda Caccavo (APECS President 2018-2019, current ex-officio to the Executive Committee) presented the results of the group reviews that APECS has run of IPCC reports. The session was chaired by Tania Guillén Bolaños, a chapter scientist for the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C, and included Thelma Krug, Vice Chair of the IPCC, Palmira Cuéllar from the Young Earth Systems Scientists (YESS) network, and Adachi Muneki and Justice Musah, chapter scientists for Working Group III of the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6).

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APECS at COP25: representing ECR in the panel discussion, "Breaking the Ice – bringing young scientists and Indigenous youth to the decision-making table in the Arctic"

During the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Madrid, Spain, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)’s Arctic Program invited APECS to take part in a panel discussion entitled “Breaking the Ice – bringing young scientists and Indigenous youth to the decision-making table in the Arctic”. Jilda Caccavo (APECS President 2018-2019, current ex-officio to the Executive Committee) presented the work of APECS, how it supports and helps to provide a voice to Early Career Researchers (ECR), as well as how her own personal experience in APECS has provided her with opportunities to become engaged in the polar community.

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