Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

In our Partner News we feature news from the many partners and sponsors that APECS is working with. If you have an article to contribute, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Global Online Resources for Arctic Research

arcuslogonotext 2018In an increasingly digital and interdisciplinary landscape, the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS; is excited to offer a wealth of online resources benefiting the global Arctic research community. From informative mailing lists detailing the latest professional opportunities to a directory of who’s who in Arctic research, we are proud to offer something of value to everyone, whether you work in academia, industry, the government sector, with Indigenous communities, or beyond. We invite you to learn more about these free services:

  • The Directory of Arctic Researchers contains names, addresses, science specialties, and current research for over 4,000 Arctic specialists worldwide, and aids networking between stakeholders to facilitate research and education efforts. All researchers are invited to include a profile.
  • The Arctic Calendar is an online, searchable calendar of major meetings and events relevant to Arctic science, education, and policy; helping to both publicize major events and avoid conflicting meeting dates.
  • Witness the Arctic is a monthly newsletter with over 8,600 subscribers, providing information on current Arctic research, national policy affecting Arctic research, international activities, and profiles of institutions with major Arctic research efforts.
  • ArcticInfo is a moderated mailing list offering nearly 5,000 subscribers timely information about Arctic meetings, publications, job announcements, funding opportunities, and news.
  • Amongst other assets available through our website, ARCUS offers Documented Practices and Resources for conducting research with Northern communities, a Polar Education moderated mailing list, a Publications Directory of key reports, as well as both new and web-archived copies of Live-Streamed Research Seminars with leading Arctic community leaders.

While these online products are offered freely to the Arctic research community, starting this month, ARCUS is thrilled to offer even greater access to our internationally-recognized network through Individual memberships at the member’s choice of dues levels or an Affiliate member program for anyone who works with or for one of ARCUS’ Organizational members.

To learn more about our programmatic offerings and benefits of membership, please visit or e-mail Alex Thornton, ARCUS’ Community Development Manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

'Science in the Snow' second edition - online release

SCAR logo white backgroundSCAR is delighted to announce the online release of the second edition of ‘Science in the Snow’ – our landmark book, which details the History of SCAR since its inception in 1958.

The first edition, released in 2011, covers SCAR’s first half century. This latest edition, produced to mark SCAR’s 60th birthday, brings the book up to date with a synopsis of the past 10 years. It covers key recent achievements such as SCAR’s highly cited Horizon Scanning exercise in 2014.

Authored by David W H Walton, Peter D Clarkson and Colin P Summerhayes, ‘Science in the Snow’ provides a comprehensive history of SCAR’s work, drawn from a fascinating mix of sources, ranging from personal recollections to official records of SCAR meetings.

The second edition is available in two formats. Where the first edition was available only in hardcopy, the second edition has also been published in electronic format and is available to view and download through the SCAR Library: Science in the Snow. A hardcopy version of the second edition will be available for purchase in October.

“In describing SCAR’s achievements and the people behind them, this volume portrays clearly the value of the voluntary contributions to the organization. SCAR has an extraordinary history of facilitating discoveries and unveiling their implications. It has also helped deliver fundamental science that is breathtaking in its scope and its beauty”

SCAR President Professor Steven Chown, School of Biological Sciences, Monash University

“.. SCAR remains a beacon for those who care about international scientific co-operation, peaceful co-existence and information-sharing. Resolutely international and multi-disciplinary, this collection is a celebration of 60 years of working together on and off the Ice. It serves as a testimony of an organization’s capacity to change. Enjoy the chapters, and look carefully at both texts and images, for clues as to who does polar research, how does that research get done, and what and where gets studied. It should be a cause for celebration that SCAR is more diverse than ever before. Happy 60th birthday SCAR!”

Klaus Dodds, Professor of Geopolitics at Royal Holloway, University of London and author of Ice: Nature and Culture (2018) and The Scramble for the Poles (2016).

Emerging Leaders 2019 – Call for Emerging Leaders with special interest in Arctic topics

ARCTIC FRONTIERS 2015Emerging Leaders is an Arctic early carrier and mentoring program in the High North for young scientists and professionals. If you are under 35 years and want to learn more about Arctic security, Arctic economy and Arctic environment, you are welcome to apply!

Emerging Leaders invite 30 selected candidates from different countries to participate in a blend of technical, social and cultural events accompanied by mentors from business, politics and academia. The program takes place in the Norwegian Arctic and starts in the city of Bodø, then continues onboard the coastal cruise M/S Hurtigruten to Lofoten and ends in Tromsø, “the gateway to the Arctic”.

The Emerging Leaders will explore topics and adventures that are specific to the Arctic mindset and engage in crucial and contemporary discussions on environment, resource management, security, the development of business and technology in the Arctic.

The Mentors will challenge the Emerging Leaders to present at the Arctic Frontiers Policy conference in Tromsø a professional view on the Arctic. What are the suggestions and solutions to Arctic opportunities and challenges? How should we best define Arctic sustainability, potentials and vulnerabilities?

Be prepared to make close friends across a variety of pan-Arctic regions and professions.

Arctic Frontiers Emerging Leaders 2019, 16 – 22 January in Bodø – Lofoten – Tromsø.

Participation fee is 35.000 NOK. Apply before 1 November 2018.

For general inquiries about the program and funding, please contact program manager Laura Johanne Olsen (+47) 90 75 12 75 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Opportunity to join the Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) Scientific Steering Group

Clic logo1It is time to find new members to join the Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) Scientific Steering Group (SSG). Please circulate this opportunity to people in your networks who may be good candidates or consider to self-nominate if you are interested in joining the team.

Current SSG members are listed here:

Link to nomination form:

The SSG currently has 9 researchers with a wide range of expertise in global cryosphere observation and modelling. The SSG guides CliC’s priorities and activities, working together with the SSG co-chairs and the CliC project office. SSG members should thus have a good overview of the CliC science plan: relevant regional and international research agendas, and knowledge of how CliCs priorities align with those of the new World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) strategy.

The deadline for nominations is 15 October 2018. Scientific expertise, career stage as well as gender and geographical balance are taken into account. Initial membership is for three years and, as a rule, two extensions of two years each may be recommended. The SSG typically meets once a year.

Any questions can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Opening of the 4th Sentinel North excellence scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships competition

logo sentinel northSentinel North announces the opening of the fourth Sentinel North excellence scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships competition, from September 1 to October 10, 2018.

These grants and fellowships aim to encourage the best candidates to undertake or pursue research activities within the Sentinel North research program in a transdisciplinary environment.

  • Master's scholarships from $15,000 / year, for 2 years
  • Ph.D. scholarships from $18,000 / year, for 3 years
  • Postdoctoral fellowships from $35,000 / year, for 2 years

Those scholarships & fellowships are open to candidates from all disciplines.

Candidates who stand out by the excellence of their academic record and the innovative and multidisciplinary potential of their research project are invited to submit their application.

Deadline to apply: October 10, 2018

Learn more about all Sentinel North training programs, and follow Sentinel North on Facebook and Twitter to know everything about upcoming offers and announcements.


Marie-France Gévry, Coordonnatrice des programmes de formation - Training programs coordinator
T: 418-656-2131 poste (ext) 8910
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

XIII International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences (ISAES 2019) - First Circular

We are pleased to announce that the 13th International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Science (ISAES 2019) will be held during July 22-26, 2019, at the Songdo Convensia in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The symposium aims to bring together Antarctic earth scientists from different areas in order to gather and highlight their outstanding expertise and ideas.

Major themes of the symposium include:
1. Continental evolution of Antarctica
2. Antarctic solid earth structure and interactions with the cryosphere
3. Past and present permafrost changes in Antarctica
4. Glacial history of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean
5. Antarctic surface processes and landscape
6. Changes in the Southern Ocean
7. Climate change in the 21st century
8. Antarctica and the evolution of life
9. Remote sensing and satellite imagery
10. General Antarctic earth sciences

Call for session proposals
The Scientific Program Committee cordially invites you to submit session proposals. Each session will consist of 6-7 oral presentations lasting for 20 minutes (including Q&A session). Please submit your session proposals by November 30, 2018.

Session proposals should follow the below format. Proposals will be considered by their scientific merits and the significance of their respective themes. They will then be incorporated into the final program. Ten themes are proposed but session proposals with different themes may also be accepted.
1. Title of the session and corresponding theme
2. Name of convener/co-convener (affiliation and email)
3. Session description (max. 200 words)
4. List of invited speakers and potential presenters

Chair of the Local Organizing Committee: Dr. Jongkuk Hong (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Secretary: Mr. Sunhwi Kim (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Call for Applications: Researchers for the 2019-20 PolarTREC Field Seasons

PolarTREC logoPolarTREC (Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating) is currently accepting applications from researchers for teacher research experiences. Researchers are invited to submit an application to host a PolarTREC teacher in the 2019 Arctic field season and/or the 2019-2020 Antarctic field seasons.

IMPORTANT! Funding is pending for PolarTREC during the 2019-20 field seasons. ARCUS will keep researcher applicants informed of our funding status. If funding is secured, final matches should be made in December 2018 or January 2019.

Informational Webinar: A one-hour informational webinar for both researchers and teachers interested in the PolarTREC program will be held on Wednesday, 29 August 2018 at 2:00 p.m. AKDT (3:00 p.m. PDT, 4:00 p.m. MDT, 5:00 p.m. CDT, 6:00 p.m. EDT).

Webinar registration is available through the PolarTREC website at:

Webinar Registration

PolarTREC, a program of the Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS), is a project through which middle and high school teachers, as well as informal science educators participate in polar research, working closely with scientists as a pathway to improving science education.

The program integrates research and education to produce a legacy of long-term teacher-researcher collaborations, improved teacher content knowledge and instructional practices, and broad public interest and engagement in polar science. PolarTREC projects focus on a wide variety of research activities occurring in both the Arctic and Antarctic, providing an outstanding opportunity for researchers to share their passion for polar science through topics that naturally engage students and the wider public.

Through PolarTREC, teachers spend two to six weeks in the Arctic or Antarctic, working closely with researchers in the field as an integral part of the science team. PolarTREC teachers and researchers are matched based on similar science interests and selected researchers will have the opportunity to interview top applicants and make final selections.

Teachers participate in an orientation and are trained extensively to meet the program requirements prior to the field season. While in the field, teachers and researchers communicate extensively with their colleagues, communities, and students of all ages across the globe, using a variety of tools including online journals, forums, podcasts, and interactive webinars from the field.

PolarTREC researchers must be at U.S. institutions. Applications from researchers on National Science Foundation (NSF) funded projects will receive priority in the selection process. Researchers should have secured funding for their research project prior to applying. If funding is pending and you would still like to host a teacher contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss your situation and future opportunities.

If you are interested in participating in PolarTREC, but are unable to apply during the application period, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss opportunities for future participation.

Researcher Webinar Registration deadline: Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Researcher Application deadline: Monday, 24 September 2018

Webinar registration is available through the PolarTREC website at:

Webinar Registration

Applications and additional information about researcher and teacher requirements can be found on the PolarTREC website at:

View PolarTREC Researcher Application Page

For further information, contact:
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 907-474-1600

Witness the Arctic - Summer 2018: Now Available Online

The Summer 2018 issue of Witness the Arctic is now published online. This issue includes a call for public comment on the Revised Principles for Conducting Research in the Arctic; news from a recent study indicating an increase in amplified Arctic temperatures; news of the recently developed use of remote sensing to study beaver encroachment in Arctic tundra; news about the EarthScope Transportable Array; updates from the SEARCH program, USARC, the Sea Ice Prediction Network–Phase 2, the women in polar research panel discussion during POLAR2018, and the 2018 Anchorage Arctic Research Day; comments from ARCUS board members, Board President Audrey Taylor, and Executive Director Bob Rich; and a highlight of ARCUS member institution, the Woods Hole Research Center.

To read this issue, please go to:

For questions, or to suggest articles for future issues, contact Betsy Turner-Bogren, ARCUS (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Further details on nominations to Southern Ocean Region Panel

Following requests for more information on the process of nomination and what is required of members on the CLIVAR/CliC/SCAR Southern Ocean Region Panel, we are pleased to give full details below.

The CLIVAR/CliC/SCAR Southern Ocean Region Panel (SORP) is seeking nominations for four new members (self-nominations are welcome).

The panel is in particular need of nominees possessing expertise in:

  • global climate/Earth-system modelling;
  • open ocean measurements;
  • sea ice remote sensing;
  • sea-going chemical oceanography;

The inclusion of representation from across the nations and regions that participate in Southern Ocean climate science is a priority. At least one new member from Africa and from Asia are needed for this round of nominations.

SORP's terms of reference are given here:

Nominations (including self-nominations) are through this link:

The panel has in-person meetings every 18 months or so, the next one is due in 2020. SORP has video conferences about every 3-4 months, and members do a lot of their work by email.

Current activities include contributing to OceanObs19 papers, as well as regular reporting to CLIVAR, CliC and SCAR on ocean and climate research for the Southern Ocean.

The process of nominations is that they are collated by CLIVAR and then passed to the co-chairs to short-list. CLIVAR, CliC, and SCAR then make the final decisions on the members, taking into account balance issues such as geographic location, gender, and range of disciplinary expertise.

For more information about panel activities and the expectations for panel members, please contact one of the panel co-chairs, Inga Smith (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Riccardo Farneti (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


Riccardo and Inga

Northern Notes #49 published

iassa logo1The new issue of Northern Notes (Spring/Summer 2018) has been published!

This issue from the International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA) secretariat features:

  • Letters from the President and the Council
  • Report on IASSA activities in the Arctic Council
  • Arctic Horizons Final Report update
  • Arctic Science Agreement
  • National Inuit Strategy on Research
  • Reports from IASSA members on past, on-going and future events

Make sure to also check out the calls for papers, the listing of upcoming conferences and workshops, all the announcements / other news, and a listing of new publications related to Arctic social sciences.

Click here for the new Northern Notes!

Contact APECS

APECS International Directorate
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research
Telegrafenberg A45
14473 Potsdam
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our Sponsors

APECS Directorate Sponsor
AWI WortBildmarke Farbe RGB
Further Sponsors and Partners for APECS projects, activities and events