Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


The first order draft (FOD) of the Working Group 2 (WGI) 6th Assessment Report (AR6) by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) is due to be published around 2021. APECS, PYRN, YESS, PAGES-ECN, MRI and IMECaN, are coordinating the next review by early career experts that will take place between October and November 2019.

 Since April 2018, the APECS-IPCC working group has taken part in two rounds of review of the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC). More than one hundred international early career reviewers have participated - by participating, reviewers not only get recognized as early career experts, but also gain valuable training and insight in the scientific review process for reports written for policy makers.

APECS aims to produce a group review in collaboration with other early career associations such a Permafrost Young Research Network (PYRN), Young Earth System Scientists (YESS), Past Global Changes (PAGES), Early Career Network (ECN),Interdisciplinary Marine Early Career Network (IMECaN) and Mountain Research Initiative (MRI).

We are now looking for reviewers for the first round of review of the IPCC AR6 WGII report. We encourage researchers from various career stages to participate, including advanced Master students, PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and early career faculty members. If you do not fit in these categories and are interested in applying, please email us with a short explanation so we can determine eligibility. If you want to participate, please fill out the form, by no later than September 15th, 2019 (23:59 GMT). We will assess all the applications and select participants based on Motivation and Research experience. Moreover, we will try to balance the selection of applicants further based on gender, career stage and geographical location. Accepted participants will be assigned to a chapter and contacted by the end of October 2019.

This round of reviews will take place from October 30th to November 30th 2019. Please ensure that you have the necessary amount of time available during this period. Previous reviewers spent on average 40 hours on the process including training and reviewing period. You need to be familiar with the recent literature in your field and will be asked to review a minimum of 10 to 20 pages of the report (If you want to review the entire report, IPCC offer opportunities on their side). These are not anonymous reviews - you will be individually credited for your contribution, and your comments will be public record. Further information about the review process will be shared with selected participants.

For details on the general review process for the report, please visit: If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact the project group leader: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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