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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

NSF-funded workshop and survey: Antarctic biological collections in the U.S.

nsf logoAn upcoming NSF-funded workshop has been announced to assess the current state of biological collections from Antarctica held in the United States and identify the value of and need for a repository for Antarctic organisms.

The workshop, which is scheduled from February 2-4, 2022, for both in-person participants (as well as others who would prefer access via Zoom) at the National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian Institution) in Washington D.C., will explore potential benefits and challenges of such a biological repository.

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Reminder: IARPC Call for Applications Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee Positions

IARPC LogoThe Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) is charged with enhancing the scientific monitoring of and research in the Arctic, and on increasing collaboration between federal agencies, Arctic researchers, and Arctic residents. IARPC is working to improve communication and collaboration between federal agencies and Indigenous communities in the Arctic. To support this goal, IARPC is recruiting for two new positions.

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20th International Swiss Climate Summer School - Application deadline 16 January

20th Swiss Climate Summer School
Extreme weather and climate: from atmospheric processes to impacts on ecosystems and society

28 August - 2 September 2022
Grindelwald, Switzerland

Swiss Climate Research, the network of leading Swiss institutions in climate research and education, invites young scientists (PhD students and postdocs) to join high-profile climate researchers in a scenic Swiss Alpine setting for keynote lectures, workshops and poster sessions on the occasion of the 20th Swiss Climate Summer School 2022.

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AGU Flash Freeze Competition at the 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). Format will include both in-person and remote participation. The award is open to all students attending the 2021 Fall Meeting and is given to support and recognize innovative student-led research in the Cryospheric Sciences.

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ECOPs needed for development of Arctic practices

The Ocean Best Practices endorsed Programme is looking for ECOPs to participate in their work on Arctic practices. The work includes  developing a template and guide to make Arctic methods, standards and procedures more findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable (FAIR).

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Call for Freeze-up photos

The timing and process of freeze-up is changing in Alaska. The changes are poorly understood, making it hard to plan for our winter activities and community safety on the ice. Your photos of river freeze-up can help! Please contribute photos of a river near you. Repeated photos of the same location are especially needed. 
You may contribute photos 3 different ways:
- Upload at
- Download the GLOBE Observer App to your phone and take photos using the landcover tool.
- Post a photo with a date and detailed location notes at
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MSc(Res) Polar & Alpine Change at the University of Sheffield, UK

MSc(Res) Polar and Alpine Change Programme
Department of Geography, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

This one-year MSc(Res) programme should interest students seeking Masters-level research training and experience within the broad subject area of cold-regions science. Its research areas include glaciology, geomorphology, climate change, Quaternary science, and oceanic and atmospheric processes.

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ARCUS Annual Meeting

arcuslogonotext 2018The Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) invites registration for this year’s ARCUS Annual Meeting. This virtual event will take place Thursday, 4 November 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. via Zoom.

The ARCUS Annual Meeting is an important opportunity for ARCUS' Members, Board of Directors, staff, and other interested individuals to meet, talk, and connect with one another around key Arctic research and education issues and collaboration opportunities.

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