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In our Polar and Alpine Community News we feature news from the many partners that APECS is working with, as well as other news from a variety of sources related to research in the Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine regions as well as the wider Cryosphere. Many thanks to APECS members and the wider Polar research community for contributing to this shared resources!  

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We keep only the news of the last 3 months on this page. Older news can be accessed in our Polar and Alpine News Archive

INSTANT - Antarctic geological Boundary Conditions discussion

The Antarctic geological Boundary Conditions (ABC) component of the SCAR-INSTANT programme is (finally) ‘launching’ by having an online meeting to discuss community priorities around understanding Antarctic boundary conditions (e.g. geology, geomorphology, bed etc.) and their links with the overlying modern and past ice sheet (see registration link below for info on areas for discussion).

We have planned a 1.5-2 hour online meeting (repeated twice to enable those in different time zones to contribute at less antisocial times) in which we will outline ABC and then have a series of discussions around possible work packages. Here, we are hopeful that the community will come together and tell us what they either are doing, or what they want to do, and in doing so, we hope to populate some workpackages with scientists of all career stages. There is no need to prepare before the meeting – just turn up (see below) and get involved even if you have never been involved in SCAR activities before.

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ICES-WGINOR welcomes new participants

The Working Group on Integrated Assessment for the Norwegian Sea (WGINOR) at the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) is inviting for new membership.

WGINOR aims to conduct and further develop Integrated Ecosystem Assessments for the Norwegian Sea as a step towards implementing the ecosystem approach.
For this purpose, WGINOR:

  • performs integrated assessment of the pelagic ecosystem in the Norwegian Sea and develops a framework for identifying important signals for management,
  • utilises multi-species and ecosystem models to evaluate effects of single and multi-species harvest control rules on fishing yield and ecosystem state of the pelagic ecosystem in the Norwegian Sea
  • develops forecast products (1-5 years) for ocean climate and for other ecosystem components in the Norwegian Sea
  • maintains a two-way dialogue with relevant stakeholders and managers in Norway, Faroe Island, and Iceland
  • regularly updates the ICES Norwegian Sea ecosystem overview
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U.S. Ice Drilling Program - Request for Community Input on Draft Long Range Science Plan 2022

Each year in the spring, the Ice Drilling Program (IDP) works with its Science Advisory Board and the research community to update the Long Range Science Plan. This Plan identifies the science in the coming decade that will require the use of ice drilling technology and expertise for the community. This also drives the formation of other plans, for example, the Long Range Drilling Technology Plan. The plans provide the basis for multi‐annual planning for the actions and drill development projects of IDP and others, and the plans give the funding agencies advance notice of upcoming community science needs.

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Polar Impact Mentorship initiative applications now open

Polar Impact, a network for racial and ethnic minorities in polar research, are thrilled to announce applications for the inaugural Mentorship Initiative are now open!

This year-long program will be open to ten mentees who identify as racial or ethnic minorities in polar research and engage with the polar regions through acedemic research. The program offers opportunities for mentees to develop skills and build relationships through both peer-to-peer and one-to-one mentoring.
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Call for Applications: Arctic Challenge for Sustainability II International Early Career Researchers Program

The Arctic Challenge for Sustainability II (ArCS II) invites applications for their International Early Career Researchers Program.

This program invites a wide range of early career researchers from the Arctic and non-Arctic countries who are engaged in Arctic research, and supports their research by employing or accepting them at universities and research institutions in Japan. This project aims to revitalize mutual exchange between Arctic researchers in Japan and early career researchers overseas and to strengthen the cooperative system for international joint research.

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Advancing Sustainable Urban Development in Remote Regions

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically shown that global challenges require global responses, which most often seem impossible to agree upon given our world’s heterogeneities and the significant discrepancies in the understanding of human values that once more, the tragic war in Ukraine revealed. Also in pandemic times and in times of war, however, climate change remains the biggest global challenge that humanity is facing and urban development is an important lever of climate change albeit most often not considered a priority area.

The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), in partnership with Ecologic Institute and the Maria-Curie Sklodowska University, is organising an interdisciplinary hybrid expert workshop online and in Bonn on 25.05.2022. The workshop is dedicated to bring experts from Arctic and non-Arctic research projects together.

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Arctic research community survey

The Arctic Data Center, Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC), and Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) are jointly conducting a survey of the Arctic research community. The survey should talk about 10-15 minutes to complete and will be open until June 15th.
The survey will help us develop a better understanding of the networks, forums, tools, workshops, and courses that support Arctic research collaboration, as well as the management and use of Arctic data.
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Call for Nominations for the 2022 SCAR Medals

Nominations are now open for the 2022 SCAR Medals. These medals provide an opportunity for peer recognitions of those who exemplify the best of the Antarctic community. The SCAR Medals are the Medal for Excellent in Antarctic Research, the Medal for International Coordination, and the Medal for Education and Communication.  

The nomination process for the 2022 Medals has been revised. Initial nominations for each Medal will simply require a short online form to be filled out. If the initial nomination is successful, the nominator will be asked to provide additional materials. SCAR promotes diversity, equality and inclusion at all levels, and therefore we encourage nomination by individuals from all backgrounds.
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Survey - Future of the Arctic and Northern Research in Canada

As an Arctic nation, Canada should be a global leader in Arctic and northern research. In this role, Canada can advance key national priority areas through scientific excellence, co-development, self-determination, evidence-based decision-making, and reconciliation. As we move into a new future of ongoing climate warming, geopolitical tensions, and development pressures, it is critical that the Canadian Arctic research community works together to co-develop a science strategy that is equitable, diverse, and inclusive of all ways of knowing.

In order to identify research and science priorities that will support our collective community in establishing such a strategy that can best position Canada as a global leader in science, self-determined, and inclusive Arctic research, we invite you to complete the following short survey (estimated time: 5-10 minutes) by May 13, 2022.

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PSECCO has launched! | Join community meetings & the Advisory Board

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PSECCO is Officially Launched!

Polar Science Early Career Community Office (PSECCO) is officially launched(see linked press release)! PSECCO is a community-building and community-support organization for polar early career scientists based in the US. Its mission is to empower and elevate early career scientists in the Polar Sciences, support a vibrant community, provide opportunities and resources, offer skill training and work together towards a more just, inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible polar science environment. 

The office will be building partnerships and offering support to early career organizations already doing great work, working to build community, and offering unique professional development and funding opportunities of its own. Help us to shape and evolve the office to best support polar early career scientists by attending a community meeting on May 3rdMay 3rd at 11am AK/1pm MT/3pm ET or June 9thJune 9th, 9am AK/11am MT/1pm ET. Learn more about the office and sign up for our mailing lists at, or join us on Twitter @polarsecco

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