The RAC (Research Activities Committee) organized two side meetings during the IPY Oslo science conference; the Polar Disciplines Meeting, and the Discipline Coordinator meeting. The Polar Disciplines Meeting was open to everyone interested in RAC activities but also in getting to know APECS associated people from their research fields. At the beginning of the meeting, the RAC members introduced the two major established RAC projects to the membership with the help of an online tutorial - the Literature Discussion and the Virtual Poster Session. Afterwards small discipline related groups were formed where we discussed general but also research field related thoughts. About 50 people participated in the meeting and fruitful outcomes nourishing disciplinary but also interdisciplinary development and idea forming within the RAC were achieved.
Overall, the RAC meetings brought together the research focussed APECS community, and established a better basis for successful progressive collaborations and work over the next years to come.