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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

Canadian Permafrost Association: Draft Strategic Plan review extension until Sep 21

The first-ever Strategic Plan for the Canadian Permafrost Association (CPA) has been drafted and is ready for review by the permafrost community.  You can download it at

Feedback is easy and anonymous: just click on the link at the end of each of the five themes within the document. We look forward to your feedback, the deadline for comments has been extended to September 21. 

Call for Applications: 2021 ESIP Community Fellows Program

ESIP Community Fellows are graduate students and post-docs (<2 yrs since graduation) interested in bridging the gap between informatics and Earth Science. This fellowship provides fellows with a chance to work closely with professionals in an interdisciplinary, cross-sector group (ESIP collaboration area) on current Earth Science problems. Community fellows become engaged in ESIP collaboration areas as rapporteurs, documenting group activities on monthly telecons and at ESIP’s semi-annual meetings. As fellows become more familiar with collaboration-area activities, they may choose to integrate their own research, which can result in publication and additional funding opportunities.

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Tenth International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS X) focuses on Arctic Generations: Looking Back and Looking Forward

iassa logo1ICASS X's theme is Arctic Generations: Looking Back and Looking Forward. Research on social sciences and humanities have a great responsi- bility to address the challenges for sustainable development in the Arctic, with a specific focus on past, present and future generations of Arctic residents. The generational nature of changes and responses have lately become more recog- nized by many policy makers and researchers. A focus on generations highlights the long-term, fundamental nature and scope of changes, im- pacts and adaptation strategies. Another focus of ICASS X is Indigenous knowledge and inter- and transdisciplinary research in the Arctic.

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NOW OPEN: BEST 2.0+ call for proposals

As a stakeholder of the Polar and Sub-polar region, we are pleased to announce that the call for proposals for the BEST 2.0+ grant scheme is now open!

BEST 2.0+ is designed to support actions on the ground carried out by local stakeholders in the EU and UK Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs). The objective remains the conservation of biodiversity and sustainable use of ecosystem services, including ecosystem based approaches to climate change adaptation and mitigation in the OCTs. This call has been adapted to cope with the consequences of the covid-19 outbreak and has been extended to include circular economy solutions.

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Call for Leadership for the SOOS Amundsen and Bellingshausen Seas Regional Working Group

Member positions are opening in the leadership group of the SOOS Amundsen and Bellingshausen Seas Regional Working Group.

The Regional Working Group aims to discuss progress and ideas in the Amundsen and Bellingshausen Sea sector to improve the functioning, development, outputs and outcomes of research, policy and stakeholder groups. From a practical perspective, we seek to coordinate and publicise current and future studies in the region to promote greater collaboration and opportunities.

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New data set release: High Mountain Asia Near-Global Multi-Decadal Glacial Lake Inventory

The High Mountain Asia Near-Global Multi-Decadal Glacial Lake Inventory, Version 1 data set is now available at the NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center (NSIDC DAAC). This data set contains polygons of glacial lake extent on a near-global scale, averaged over five multi-year periods between 1990 and 2018 using optical imagery from Landsat missions 4, 5, 7, and 8.

Access to the data and documentation is provided on the data set web page at the NSIDC DAAC:

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Call for submission – Vox Pop Inclusion in Northern Research

In partnership with Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers, students and youth from northern and southern Canada, we are preparing short films showcasing different journeys from members of our community. If you would like to share your journey, please click here, where you’ll be invited to record 30 second videos to respond to some questions. You can respond to one, a few or all questions. Voice-only submissions are also welcome! If you wish to contribute anonymously, written responses are also welcome, and will be read and recorded by Indigenous youth.

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UArctic: New Issue of Shared Voices

UArctic logo newIn the 2020 issue of UArctic's annual Shared Voices magazine they feature examples of climate action from their network: broader organizational efforts, personal and individual actions, and concrete examples from the grassroots level. How does climate action look like in politics and leadership? What are current national priorities in the Arctic? What can we learn from COVID-19 to improve online education? 

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INTERACT: Trans-National Access Call Open until 15th October

Interact logoThe EU-H2020 funded INTERACT (International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic) opens a call for research groups to apply for Trans-National Access and Remote Access to 52 (TA) and 33 (RA) research stations. The current call for Trans-national and Remote Access applications is open until 15th October 2020, and it is for access taking place between April 2021 and March 2022. Regarding COVID-19 and the ongoing call: we proceed with the call in a regular manner, but reserve the possibility to modify the call, postpone the granted accesses or negotiate shift from physical access to remote access if the situation and safety regulations so require. You can find the TA/RA Call informationdescriptions of stations and their facilities, and registration to the INTERACCESS on-line application system from the INTERACT website.

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ISC: Global Call for Priorities for Science, Deadline 2 October 2020

With just ten years to go to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN’s 2030 Agenda, science funders from around the world have asked the International Science Council (ISC) to convene the insights and ideas of the broader global scientific community on the critical priorities for science that will support and enable societies to accomplish the goals by 2030. ISC wants to hear from scientists in all fields and all disciplines, including the natural, social and human sciences. 

Deadline for submission: 2 October 2020. For further information, please contact Katsia Paulavets, Senior Science Officer, ISC, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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