Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


The Arctic Observing and Technologies Convergence Working Group (AOST CWG) is inviting Early Career Participants to engage in the upcoming Arctic Observing Summit (AOS) 2024 that will be held from the 27th - 29th March in Edinburgh, Scotland. 

The Arctic Observing Summit (AOS) is a biennial summit that aims to provide guidance based on the best available knowledge for the design, implementation, coordination and sustained long-term operation of an international network of Arctic observing systems. 

The AOST CWG will hold a session entitled: The use of low-cost and open-source technologies in community-based monitoring approaches: emerging areas, scaling, and training requirements.

The main goals of the session are to:

  1. Advance understanding of new methods of low-cost and open-source technologies that can be utilized in community-based/citizen science research approaches.
  2. Identification of data requirements for emerging areas of Arctic research and appropriate data collection methods.
  3. Identify training requirements for field researchers applying environmental approaches in the Arctic in collaboration with Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities.

Session Description:

The Arctic is experiencing rapid climate-driven environmental change, increasing the need for baseline data collection to monitor change. Community-based monitoring (CBM) offers the opportunity to expand environmental data collection over greater temporal and spatial scales while increasing inclusivity of Arctic research approaches. This session will explore the potential for low-cost and open source technologies to aid data collection in areas of emerging research, including infrastructure development (e.g. relocation/managed retreat from erosion and storm recovery) and changes to the marine environment. We will discuss what appropriate data collection methods look like with regard to feasibility and collaboration across cultural, country, and disciplinary boundaries. We will highlight the value of interdisciplinary approaches to environmental CBM which can support the progression towards more inclusive research processes. We will identify what support is required for researchers looking to utilise these approaches. Focus will be placed on identifying needs for key roles within interdisciplinary teams including Early Career Researchers, project leaders, and Indigenous team members.

The aim for providing travel support to Early Career and Indigenous Researchers is to support meaningful engagement in the work of the AOST CWG and the AOS. This session will appeal to those interested in Arctic Observing systems and inclusive research methods such as community-based monitoring and co-produced approaches. We hope to bring together diverse perspectives and individuals including Indigenous and non-Indigenous Early Career Researchers together through this call for participants.

Roles of Early Career and Indigenous Researcher participants

Before the summit:

  • Join all Working Group calls and online meetings before the AOS.
  • Participate in email discussions before the AOS with the AOSTCWG.
  • Help suggest speakers, panellists, discussion questions etc. as appropriate for the session. 
  • We encourage interested participants to submit a poster abstract

During the summit:

  • Attend the full Arctic Observing Summit.
  • Take notes on the discussions.
  • Present a brief talk (10 mins) or poster (if submitted) during the session. 

After the event:

  • Help contribute to writing of follow up report/white paper.


Postdocs and PhD students with research interests in the Arctic Observing and Technologies Convergence WG are encouraged to apply for funding support to attend the AOS. To apply for travel support, please submit a 2-page CV and half page cover letter containing a one-paragraph description of why you are interested in joining our session at the AOS. 

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