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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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AMOS 2021: Call for abstracts open until 6 November

The Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS) is delighted to announce the 28th AMOS Annual Conference: ‘Science for Impact’. We will hold this event online, 8–12 February 2021. Our ‘Science for Impact’ theme highlights the real-world benefits science has, and can continue to have, through collaboration and partnerships. AMOS 2021 delegates are not just from Australia but from across the world—researchers, government representatives, NGOs, businesses, students and the media. The AMOS Organising Committee invites you to submit an abstract for presentation at the AMOS 2021 Annual Conference until 6 November.

Antarctic COVID-19 research

SCAR logo 2018 white backgroundOn behalf of SCAR Standing Committee on the Humanities and Social SciencesSCAR Standing Committee on the Humanities and Social Sciences, we invite all Antarctic researchers, support staff, students, and anyone else involved in Antarctic research or logistics to fill out this survey. Your response will help the team to understand how we as a community are affected and will inform strategic decisions to mitigate impacts. Please click here to participate in the survey. Your participation in this survey is voluntary, confidential, and anonymous. It will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete this survey. Note that the survey is set to close by 8 November 2020 (23:59 GMT). If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Herbert (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Daniela Liggett (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


3rd Sochicri Annual Meeting goes online

As you know, due to the Covid Pandemic in all World and in Latin America, the Organizing Committee of the 3rd Sochicri Annual Meeting has decided to postpone our meeting to 18-19 March 2021. The local committee decided to organize the meeting fully online and participation it will be entirely free of inscription fees. For those who had already paid their inscription, find details below. Those participants who still wish to send an abstract, you can do it until Nov., 30th 2020 via the webpage.

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Student Flash Freeze Competition at AGU Fall Meeting

Are you a student looking to fund your innovative research in Cryospheric Science? Consider participating in the Flash Freeze competition at this year's Fall Meeting! The AGU Cryosphere Section Executive Committee is now accepting applications for the Cryosphere Innovation Award for Students that will be decided in the Flash Freeze competition during the Fall Meeting (Thursday, December 10). The award is open to all students attending the 2020 Fall Meeting and is given to support and recognize innovative student-led research in the Cryospheric Sciences. Students wishing to participate in this year's competition are required to submit a letter of intent (not to exceed one (1) page) and a CV (not to exceed two (2) pages) to the Innovation Award subcommittee chaired by Ryan Webb via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by November 25, 2020 at midnight US eastern time.  

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Soliciting Nominations for the 2021 IASC Medal

IASCThe IASC Medal is awarded in recognition of exceptional and sustained contributions to the understanding of the Arctic. A maximum of one award is made each year, assuming that there is a nominee of appropriate quality. The whole IASC community, from all countries and career stages, is encouraged to submit a nomination by sending this form to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., demonstrating the nominee’s excellence and sustained contribution to the understanding of the Arctic (see evaluation criteria). Nominations for the 2021 IASC Medal, which is expected to be awarded at the ASSW 2021, can be submitted to the IASC Secretariat until 31 December 2020.

Input for webinar series wanted: Breaking the Ice Ceiling

In 2021, a coalition of organizations including The Arctic Institute, Women in Polar Science, and Women of the Arctic will be organizing a webinar series, "Breaking the Ice Ceiling". The aim is to highlight research, experience, and stories of polar women researchers. Please fill out this form if you would like to present in this webinar series and the organizers will reach out and follow up on coordination.

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ASSW 2021: Call for abstracts is now open

unnamedThe call for abstracts for the science days of the Arctic Science Summit Week 2021 (24-26 March 2021) under the overarching topic “The Arctic: Regional Change Global Impacts” is now open. Despite the focus on the Arctic, several sessions accept contributions on the Antarctic, aiming at fostering networking and advances on research on both poles. Abstracts text is limited to 1500 characters and the title should not be longer than 150 characters. Deadline for abstract submission is 30 November 2020. Read the 2nd circular.

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Combined Antarctic palaeo reconstructions for community use

We are pleased to present newly combined high-resolution reconstructions of Antarctic palaeotopography and Southern Ocean palaeobathymetry for five time intervals between the Eocene–Oligocene boundary (ca. 34 Ma) and the present-day. The grids were produced by merging separately published reconstructions of palaeotopography and palaeobathymetry from two recent studies (Paxman et al., 2019; Hochmuth et al., 2020), and are a key output of the Past Antarctic Ice Sheet dynamics (PAIS) Antarctic palaeotopography and palaeobathymetry working group of SCAR. The grids are freely available to download here.

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Launch of the UArctic Læra Institute

logo uarctic horWe are delighted to announce today the launch of the Læra Institute for Circumpolar Education (Læra Institute), a new institute within the international University of the Arctic (UArctic). Læra Institute lead partners Trent University and the University of Northern British Columbia are privileged to be joined in this initiative by the Arctic State Agrotechnological University in Russia, Nord University in Norway, and Lakehead University and Yukon University in Canada.

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Ice core sodium and sulfate data call - Antarctica 2k

CLIVASH2k initiates a data call of published and unpublished Antarctic ice core records of Na+ and SO42-, ideally as both flux and concentration, at the best available resolution (seasonal to decadal) spanning the past two thousand years. To submit data, please fill in the excel template (download here) by 1 December, send it to Elizabeth Thomas: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Diana Vladimirova: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact us if you wish to be involved in the data interpretation or analysis. Thank you. 

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