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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

Polar Resources: Tell us your picks

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SCAR is looking to update our educational resources page. In this section of the website we collect resources aimed at the wider public, helping fulfil SCAR's mission to communicate scientific information about the Antarctic region to the public.

We'd like to hear from the SCAR community about resources you think should be shared in this space. They might be books, films, podcasts, documentaries, artwork, or anything else you can think of.

To submit suggestions please fill in this form.

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Call for Nominations for the 2022 William Mills Prize for Non-fiction Polar Books

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 William Mills Prize for Non-fiction Polar Books.
The Mills Prize was established in memory of William Mills, a polar librarian and author, and a core member of Polar Libraries Colloquy during its formative years. The prize was first awarded in 2006. Information on the winners of the Mills Prize in previous years is available on the Polar Libraries Colloquy web site.
The book prize honours the best Arctic or Antarctic nonfiction books published throughout the world. The prize consists of $500 US, certificates for the author and publisher, and the right to use the William Mills Prize logo when advertising the winning book.
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GYAs Call for Membership 2022

The GYA membership call for 2022 is open now. Please submit your application before 15 September 2021, 18.00 (6 pm) UTC.

Application Process: Applications should be completed personally by the candidate and must be accompanied by a letter of support. We can only accept applications in English and submitted through our online form. More information on how to apply and our online application form can be found here.

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Part-time Consultant: WCRP Academy

The WCRP Academy Lighthouse Activity is seeking an individual or research group to conduct approximately six months of research and analysis into climate science training opportunities across the globe. The ideal candidate will have a background in climate science and experience with qualitative data analysis. A broad understanding of and interest in tertiary education, training, and professional development programs is desirable. This part-time position would suit individuals looking for flexible work which aligns with their Science, Technology, Engineering, and Medicine (STEM) education or policy research interests or groups with a research focus on STEM education and knowledge capacity development. 

Full details and the application form are available at:

The deadline for applications is 1 November 2021.

Call for Nomination for NASEM workshop

Seeking Experts: Technology Developments to Advance Antarctic Research

The Polar Research Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine seeks your input for convening a workshop planning committee. This committee will organize a forum to explore how technological innovation can: advance, facilitate, and transform Antarctic research and facilitate improvements to science support logistics; can increase the reach of scientific investigations in Antarctica while reducing the logistics and environmental footprint of these operations; and can facilitate broader, more diverse participation in Antarctic research. The workshop will address specific disciplinary sciences as well as cross-cutting themes such as: autonomous sensors and platforms, communications and connectivity, transportation and logistics, and energy sources and consumption, including low power and battery developments.

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Call for Expressions of Interest: AI in the Arctic Working Group

I am an early-career researcher working with sea ice, remote sensing, and biodiversity informatics. A particular interest of mine is the geophysical, climatic and ecological applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence in the Arctic. Artificial intelligence has been playing an increasingly influential and useful part in Arctic research in recent years, both in the natural and social sciences aspects, especially with the rapid advances in deep learning and computer vision. Currently, to my knowledge, there does not exist a large-scale organized scientific group centered around AI in the Arctic open to all interested parties. After chatting with a few other researchers with similar interests, I realized that it is crucial to coordinate a community / working group focused on the AI-Arctic intersection so that research efforts are streamlined to some extent and there can be many more opportunities for involvement.
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UArctic Congress 2022 Call for sessions is now open

We welcome proposals for sessions to be held during the UArctic Congress on October 4 – 7, 2022, Moscow, Russia. Sessions can be comprised of oral and/or poster presentations, as well as panel or round table discussions. The deadline for session proposals is November 15, 2021.

The UArctic Congress 2022 is part of Russian’s chairmanship of the Arctic Council (2021-2023) with the cross-cutting priority "Responsible Governance for Sustainable Arctic" promoting collective approaches to the sustainable development of the Arctic, environmentally, socially and economically balanced, enhancing synergy and cooperation and coordination with other regional structures, as well as implementation of the Council's Strategic Plan, while respecting the rule of law.

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Online forum at the cryosphere initiative at ICIMOD - Call for abstracts

The cryosphere initiative at ICIMOD is organising an online forum on permafrost from 20th to 23rd September 2021.

If your research is related to permafrost, please consider submitting an abstract. Early career researchers are especially encouraged to participate. The deadline for abstract submission is 9th September (11 am UTC).

More information about the forum is available here and the direct link to submit abstracts is here.


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