The SCAR Open Conference in Buenos Aires was a great success for early career scientists, as 99 travel grants were offered by SCAR. Argentina and US also offered several grants for early career scientists to come. APECS and SCAR organized a panel intitled "ANTARCTIC SCIENCE: Role of SCAR in promoting early career research opportunities" with the great contributions of Chuck Kennicutt (SCAR President), Jeromino Lopez-Martinez (SCAR Spain), Francisco Fernandoy (APECS EXCOM; APECS CHILE) and Viviana Alder (SCAR Argentina). More than 250 people attended (a quarter of the conference attendants! including numerous mentors) and about 150 came to our networking event afterwards for a drink, which made all the difference as we spent the night meeting new people and engaging on new APECS ideas. Many thanks to Jenny Baeseman (our AMAZING director), Mike Sparrow, Renuka Badhe, Sergio Marenssi (SCAR conference organizer) and to all that attended the event. Good success!