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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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Call for PYRN Executive Committee members

PYRN is looking for 3 members to fill positions on the 2022-2024 ExComm! Joining the ExComm is a great way to meet other early career researchers from around the globe and develop collaborations with amazing new people. You’ll help with planning activities for young researchers, creating new opportunities for collaboration and sharing permafrost science, and support planning initiatives of both national and international permafrost conferences. If you are interested in applying, send a cv and a brief statement (200 words maximum) about your qualifications and why you are interested in the role to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by April 1, 2023.

AGATA offers scholarships to attend the IUGG GA

Thanks to SCAR and SCOSTEP/PRESTO funding the new born Scientific Research Programme Planning Group AGATA, recently approved by SCAR ( is glad to open a call for applications for scholarships to cover actual expenses up to 800-1000 € depending on the status of the candidate (students vs researchers). The scholarship will support the attendance of (Master or PhD) students or Early Career Researchers (up to 5 years from the PhD) to the next IUGG General Assembly (Berlin, 11-20 July 2023, 
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AGU Cryo Award - Call for Nominations

The AGU Cryosphere Canvassing Committee is striving to receive a wide diversity of nominations for the Early Career, Nye Lecture, and AGU Fellows awards. Nearly anyone can lead a nomination and if you don't have time to lead one, consider filling out our suggestion box and we can try to help. Note that the Nye Lecture now accepts nominations for science teams! 
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IGS Sea Ice symposium - Support for ECRs and Indigenous Scientists

To support and increase the number of Early Career (ECS) and Indigenous Scientists (IS) at the IGS Symposium on Sea Ice – Across Temporal and Spatial Scales, together with partners, we offer funding to partially cover the expenses to attend the conference.

Key facts:

  • Prerequisite: early career scientist (up to five years after PhD) or indigenous scientist
  • Support will cover the symposium registration fee (if registered before the Early-bird deadline 28 March 2023) and variable travel support depending on location of residence (300€–1000€).

Please visit the Early Career support section on the local website.

Permafrost tunnel virtual tour

Explore an Arctic research facility first excavated in the 1960s, including features such as ice wedges as tall as houses, green grass from thousands of years ago, and bison bones embedded in permafrost. Some features are up to 40,000 years old! Learn about current research and rapid changes happening to permafrost. Be one of the first to experience this guided virtual reality tour of a facility seldom open to the public. 

Permafrost tunnel

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Call for New Members - SOOS Scientific Steering Committee

The Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) and the SCAR invite nominations of qualified individuals to serve on the SOOS Scientific Steering Committee (SSC), for terms beginning on 1 August 2023. 

SOOS SSC members are selected for their scientific excellence and standing in a field of Southern Ocean science that is relevant to at least one of the SOOS Science Themes or Foundational Capabilities in the SOOS Science and Implementation Plan (2021-2025), and connection to, and representation of a SOOS-relevant community or program. The SOOS objectives are multidisciplinary and integrated, thus SSC members need to have interests in developing and planning of system-scale implementation strategies, beyond their core scientific interests. The SSC membership strives to maintain diversity through disciplinary, nationality, gender and career-stage balance. Information on current SOOS SSC members is available here. Membership on the SSC is for a three-year period, with the potential for renewal for an additional three years, on approval of the SOOS Executive Committee, SCAR and SCOR.

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NVP International Summer School in Svalbard

The Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research (NVP), in cooperation with The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), are hosting the NVP International Summer School 2023 – The Global Arctic. This is an interdisciplinary PhD and Postdoc summer school in Longyearbyen and Isfjord Radio, Svalbard.

Locations: The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) in Longyearbyen and Isfjord Radio

Time: 28 May – 6 June (Longyearbyen 28 May – 1 June and Isfjord Radio 1–6 June)

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Ice Core Articles for Undergraduate Students and Ice Core-Adjacent Researchers

In 2022, the US National Science Foundation, via the Ice Drilling Program, funded a workshop for US early-career researchers to become more involved in the ice-core community. The Ice Core Early Career Researchers Workshop (ICECReW) was held January 5-8, 2022, in Salt Lake City, Utah, and online. Participants met with established researchers to better understand outcomes of and resources available from past ice core projects, learn about opportunities to engage with future efforts, and connect with potential collaborators. Participants also produced the following series of articles, published in Past Global Changes Magazine (, to help communicate ice core science to undergraduate students and ice core-adjacent researchers:

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