Dear APECS Members,
As we, your new Executive Committee, begin our term, we would like to thank everyone that’s trusted us to lead APECS over the next twelve months. We are incredibly excited to help you this term and take on this new role. Most of all, however, we’d like to thank you, the members. It is thanks to everyone in APECS who, since 2007, has written this organization’s history and made us a key organization for Early Career Researchers (ECRs) working in the polar, alpine, and wider cryosphere regions.
A new term brings new challenges. With this in mind, our team will focus on the present but always keep our eyes on the future. We want APECS to be an association for all ECRs across the globe where everyone feels welcomed and supported, a place for ECRs to grow their network and learn/improve skills that can be useful in their daily (professional) life, and a place for ECRs to increase their professional/scientific opportunities. We also want to keep APECS as one of the major contributors promoting and raising awareness for polar and alpine regions worldwide by promoting education and outreach events such as the International Polar Weeks and the International Online Conference. With our eyes on the future, our team wants to start the path for the next Strategic Plan, while also creating the roots for the 5th International Polar Year 2032-33. Obviously, these tasks cannot be done alone, and one of our objectives is to continue to strengthen and establish new partnerships, from polar-focused groups to other ECR associations.
We believe that, with the effort of the entire APECS team - from the International Directorate, to Council Leadership, to our Project Groups and National Committees, to our mentors, and, of course, to our members - our organization will have another successful term and remain a major worldwide resource for the polar, alpine, and cryosphere communities.
Thank you all for your efforts, we wish everyone a fantastic term and very much look forward to working with you all.
Your 2023-2024 Executive Committee and Ex-Officios,
José, Lina, Ryan, Hugo & Will with Deniz and Gwen