We are very glad to inform you about the launch of Polish branch of APECS.
As you know APECS was officially presented to Polish scientific community in June 2009 during meeting of Polar Committee of Polish Academy of Science (PAS) at Staszic Palace in Warsaw summarizing IPY activities and first results of research campaigns. We met a very warm welcome and got new energy to start work on establishing organisation which may unite all young polar researchers and enthusiasts of cryoshperic environments in Poland.
The first “ Launching” meeting of APECS Polska took place on 14-14 November at PAS Department of Antarctic Biology in Warsaw. Over two days 21 young polar researchers from Poland discussed their ideas about the association which will be able to fulfil the mission of APECS and also encourage young polarists in our country to work together.
In December we carried out first elections and started work on our charter and web site. First APECS Polska executive committee was elected by acclamation and the results are: president Dr Gosia Korczak ; vice-president Liliana Keslinka ; treasurer Artur Adamek, Education and Outreach coordinator Mateusz Moskalik, International relations coordinator Matt Strzelecki.
Currently, we have 40 active members and we are working on further expansion . Our major goal for coming year is to prepare good workshop during Polar Symposium in Lodz (18-19.06.2010) and work well during the major event of 2010 – IPY Oslo Science Conference!!!
We look forward to another exciting year for APECS and we hope that work of APECS Polska will help in shaping the future of polar research, at least in Central Europe.
Happy New Year and see you all in Oslo!!!
Matt Strzelecki & APECS Polska crew