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The winner of the Polar Week September 2021 Photo Competition are...

The votes on our September 2021 Polar Week Photo Competition are in. More than 180 people voted on the 36 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. 

Congratulations to ... Wilson (Wai Yin) Cheung and Pierre Coupel!

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Dutch Polar Symposium 2021

APECS Netherlands logo smallThis year’s symposium is titled: “For Sustainability in the Polar Regions“

Thursday 2 December | 09.30 to 17.00
Museon | Stadhouderslaan 37 | The Hague

You are warmly invited to join the annual Polar Symposium. NPP-NWO, APECS Netherlands and the Dutch Arctic Circle (DAC) joined forces to once again present a day full of state-of-the-art polar science, relevant results, new developments and most of all networking opportunities. We will link scientific insights with the development of activities in the Arctic and governance.

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The Polar Poetry competition winner is...

Samantha Jones with her poem ‘Spring Pulse’

282 Flore van Maldeghem Polar Week March 2021 Photo CompetitionWe received several inspiring poems dedicated to the polar regions describing harsh and icy landscapes, snow fall, polar explorers, and poems filled with worry for these vulnerable regions in the face of the changing climate. The winning poem ‘Spring Pulse’ by Samantha Jones from University of Calgary received the most votes from the judging panel consisting of APECS Art project group members. We thank all the polar poets who submitted their poems to the competition, reading them was a joy! Now enjoy the poem ‘Spring Pulse’ written by Samantha Jones.

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Call for Nominations - APECS Canada-ArcticNet Student Association Mentor Award

421 Mentor Award Committee APECS CanadaAS Award 2021Do you know anyone who has made a meaningful impact on scientific research and community collaboration in the North? Do you feel like this person’s dedication should be recognized?

The Association of Early Polar Career Researchers Canada and the ArcticNet Student Association are looking to recognize a mentor who has contributed significantly over a period of several years to the mentoring and fostering of polar early career researchers in Canada.

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Polar Pride Day 2021

Polar Pride 2021With the start of Polar Week, our countdown to Polar Pride Day on the 18th November has begun! With 2 months to go we would like to invite you to join the UK Polar Network, and our partners in the British Antarctic Survey and the Diversity in UK Polar Science Initiative, in celebrating this day with your organisations and institutions.  

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It's International Polar Week September 2021

359 small2 Juliana Souza Kasprzyk Poster Polar Week September 2021Let's celebrate APECS International Polar Week from 19-25 September 2021! For everyone who has an interest in the coldest regions of our planet, a diverse and vibrant international community that includes students, researchers, teachers, artists, and members of Indigenous nations. 

The main goal of this event is to engage the global polar studies community to share knowledge, experience, and fun from different perspectives. We continue this great tradition through diverse activities such as photo contests, interviews with polar artists, researchers, and educators, participation in virtual polar games, the APECS podcast, and many more all around the world, thanks to our National Committees. 

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Looking for Early Career Scientists to join SCAR’s new RINGS Action Group

SCAR logo white backgroundRINGSDear APECS members,

We are seeking early career scientists to join SCAR’s new RINGS Action Group, and an APECS representative to RINGS. RINGS was established in early 2021, with the aim of developing synergies and international collaborations to map the critically undersampled bed topography around the Antarctic Ice Sheet margin using geophysics. The ultimate goal of RINGS is to obtain a reference bed topography dataset to accurately estimate the present and future contribution of Antarctica to sea level rise. RINGS works closely with SCAR’s Scientific Research Program INSTANT and many other relevant initiatives. For more information, please visit:

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