Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

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! If you have an article to contribute, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Alaska Summer School in Glaciology June 2018

The Fifth International Summer School in Glaciology organized by the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF), will be held in McCarthy, central Alaska, from 5 to 15 June 2018.

The course will provide a comprehensive overview of the physics of glaciers and current research frontiers in glaciology with focus on quantitative glaciology and remote sensing. The course is open to 28 graduate students from around the world targeting primarily early stage PhD students who perform glacier-related research. It will be taught by faculty of UAF’s glaciology group and several invited guest instructors from outside Alaska. deadline: 20 January 2018

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Inuit Recognition Award and Northern Travel Fund

Bildschirmfoto 2017 09 19 um 15.10.44Nominations for the Inuit Recognition Award and the Northern Travel fund are due Friday October 6, 2017.

The focus of the Inuit Recognition Award is to recognize Inuit making strong contributions to meaningful Inuit involvement in Arctic research.

The Northern Travel Fund provides limited funding for Inuit to attend the International Arctic Change 2017 Conference.

We are calling on ArcticNet participants to nominate talented Inuit they have worked with or who would benefit from attending the AC2017.

For more information on the :

Northern Travel Fund, please visit
Inuit Recognition Award, please visit

Please send your nominations by Friday October 6, 2017 to:

Kendra Tagoona
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
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1st Sentinel North International Arctic Field School

banner SN Field schoolApplications for the first Sentinel North International Arctic Field School are now open. On the theme "The changing cryosphere: from sensors to decision-making", the school provides international students with a unique opportunity to interact with high-profile scientists, northerners and managers as part of a transdisciplinary training program that addresses the complex and interrelated scientific and socio-economic issues linked to the changing Arctic cryosphere.

All details:

Applications are now open until October 29, 2017.

Call for abstracts: 2nd Pan-GASS meeting

Understanding and Modelling Atmospheric Processes:
2nd Pan-GASS meeting sponsored by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science
26th February 2018 - 2nd March 2018, Lorne, Victoria, Australia


Call for abstracts:
The 2nd Pan-GASS meeting focused on ‘Understanding and Modelling Atmospheric Processes’ aims to bring together NWP and climate scientists, observationalists and modellers to discuss the key issues of atmospheric science and to coordinate efforts to improve weather and climate models. The program will include all aspects and methods of model development from deterministic numerics to stochastic forcing; process modelling to parametrization; observational constraints to diagnostic techniques; idealized modelling to operational forecasting and climate predictions.

The meeting will mainly cover the following themes, but can include other topics related to understanding and modelling the atmosphere:

● Surface drag and momentum transport: orographic drag, convective momentum transport
● Processes relevant for polar prediction: stable boundary layers, mixed-phase clouds
● Shallow and deep convection: stochasticity, scale-awareness, organization, grey zone issues
● Clouds and circulation feedbacks: boundary-layer clouds, CFMIP, cirrus
● Microphysics and aerosol-cloud interactions: microphysical observations, parameterization, process studies on aerosol-cloud interactions
● Radiation: circulation coupling; interaction between radiation and clouds
● Land-atmosphere interactions: Role of land processes (snow, soil moisture, soil temperature, and vegetation) in sub-seasonal to seasonal (S2S) prediction
● Physics-dynamics coupling: numerical methods, scale-separation and grey-zone, thermodynamic consistency
● Next generation model development: the challenge of exascale, dynamical core developments, regional refinement, super-parametrization
● High Impact and Extreme Weather: role of convective scale models; ensembles; relevant challenges for model development


On the above topics, we invite you to submit abstracts broadly addressing one of the key ingredients for modelling atmospheric processes:

● Process understanding
● Recent model developments and their impact on weather and climate prediction
● Observational and high resolution constraints for improving models
● Emerging and innovative observing and modelling approaches

Abstract submission is open from 1 September and will close on 31 October 2017.
Abstract submission is free.

Registration for the UMAP meeting will open in mid-September 2017. There will be a fee of 150AUD associated with registration to cover costs. The fee will include all sessions, coffee breaks and lunches for all conference days, a conference ice-breaker, and the conference dinner.

More information can be found on the website at

4th Snow Science Winter School open for application


The 4th Snow Science Winter School takes place at Col du Lautaret, France, from Feb. 11-17, 2018. You will learn:

• State-of-the-art snow measurement techniques (measurement of specific surface area by reflection and spectroscopy, near-infrared photography and high-resolution penetrometry and micro-tomography)
• Understanding the physical processes responsible for the evolution of the snowpack
• Understanding vertically resolved snowpack models (Crocus, SNOWPACK) and larger scale land-surface models

Any graduate student or post-doc working on snow or in some snow related field is welcome to participate.
The focus of this workshop lies on alpine snowpacks, field measurements and snowpack models combined with theoretical lessons in the classroom. Field and laboratory measurements will be done in small groups of 3-4 students. Each group of students will have to prepare a report describing the methods, results and interpretation, and a comparison between field measurements and snow modelling results.

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Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on Northern Québec

Northern Quebec: Issues, Spaces and Cultures

The Northern Sustainable Development Research Chair and the Institut nordique du Quebec are launching a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on Northern Québec on October 10th! It is free, online and open to everyone! Course from October 10 to December 4, 2017

This MOOC offers an introduction to social and political issues of northern Quebec, a territory that is also the traditional home of several Indigenous peoples. The course will provide participants a better understanding of the cultures of northern populations, the place the North occupies in the collective imagination, and its sociopolitical development. This course is for anyone interested in Northern Quebec and in learning more about its territory, history, societies, and issues.

You can register online until October 30, 2017.

Watch the promotional teaser to learn more about the course.

Webinar Available: Outcomes of the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council on 19 September 2017

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Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee Collaborations Webinar Series

The Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) will host a webinar on the Outcomes of the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council. This webinar will be hosted via Zoom Video Conferencing and open to the public.

The United States chaired the Arctic Council from May 2015 to May 2017, culminating in the Fairbanks Ministerial on 11 May 2017 and producing results focused on science and furthering our understanding of the Arctic region. Additional initiatives focused on research needs and science based-actions, furthering our ability to conduct science and make science-based decisions. The U.S. Senior Arctic Official, Julie Gourley, will provide an overview of the highlights of the U.S. chairmanship. Project leads, Roberto Delgado, John Farrell, and Sarah Abdelrahim, will present the outcomes of select science-related chairmanship initiatives.

Webinar date: Tuesday, 19 September 2017 at 1:00 p.m. EDT

More information and instructions on connecting to the webinar are available at:
IARPC Collaborations Webinar Homepage

For questions, contact:
Jessica Rohde
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Call for Workshop Proposals: U.S. CLIVAR

HomeThe United States Climate Variability and Predictability (U.S. CLIVAR) project office and invites the U.S. ocean and climate science community to submit proposal for workshops requests. Workshops must be held no earlier than March 2018, unless otherwise justified.

The U.S. CLIVAR program annually sponsors workshops of scientists to coordinate, develop, plan, and implement new or focused activities for the benefit of the scientific community and U.S. CLIVAR.

Workshops should aim to assess the state of knowledge, identify gaps, and discuss needs for future research directions and opportunities for possible scientific activities within the community. The proposed workshops may be national or international in scope and participation, although for workshops held outside the U.S., sponsorship will be limited and available only for travel of U.S. scientists and students.

Funding for support of meetings is limited and priority is given to those efforts that demonstrate high relevance and payoff for U.S. CLIVAR investment. Organizers seeking funding should review the goals and objectives of the U.S. CLIVAR program, particularly the Science Plan. Strategically focused workshops are of highest interest to agency sponsors.

For workshops addressing interdisciplinary topics, with anticipated participation of scientists from multiple disciplines (e.g., other Earth system or operational communities), the organizers are encouraged to identify and submit companion requests for support to other sponsoring programs. In such cases, the organizing committee membership and preliminary invited speaker list should reflect the interdisciplinary expertise required.

Organizers may consider the option of a virtual workshop held via web conferencing system as an alternative to an in-person meeting. This approach requires additional planning and training than for more traditional meetings. Given the staffing requirements to organize a virtual workshop, only a limited number can be supported each year.

Workshop request deadline: 29 September 2017

For the full Request for Proposals, including preparation and submission information, go to:
Call for U.S. CLIVAR Workshops (PDF - 143 KB)

To access the U.S. CLIVAR's Science Plan, go to:
U.S. CLIVAR Science Plan

For question, contact:
U.S. CLIVAR Project Office
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NSF support for Engaging Students and the Public in Polar Research

NSF logoThe Geosciences and Education and Human Resources Directorates are partnering to advance and develop understanding of learning environments that build upon the rich interdisciplinary resources emerging from polar investments. To that end, the Office of Polar Programs (OPP), the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) and the Division of Research on Learning (DRL) encourage proposals that will leverage the extensive National Science Foundation (NSF) investment in polar sciences and infrastructure, and STEM education research and development, to promote an informed citizenry and the next generation of polar scientists. In order to advance polar science educational opportunities, OPP, DUE and DRL will accept and review proposals for research and development projects that facilitate access to polar research efforts in (1) undergraduate education, (2) informal science education or (3) formal PK-12 science or math education. Proposals in response to this Dear Colleague Letter must be submitted to either the Improving Undergraduate Science Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR) solicitation, the Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) solicitation, or the Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12) solicitation.

The integration of research and education is essential to NSF's mission. In addition, NSF strives to broaden participation in science and to make the results of research projects widely accessible to students and the public. Specifically, OPP seeks to meet these objectives by supporting the engagement of students, educators, and the public in polar research projects. While participation of educators and students in both Arctic and Antarctic research projects is encouraged, logistics are often difficult and expensive. Therefore, OPP, DUE, and DRL encourage education research and development proposals that make use of innovative technologies and pedagogies to give large groups of students, educators and the public access to polar research efforts in the polar regions without requiring all participants to travel there. Proposals that engage audiences with long-term investments in polar research and logistics (e.g., the Arctic or Antarctic science stations), with databases that have extended lifespans, (e.g., data from the Arctic Observing Network), or with public participation in scientific research, such as crowdsourcing or citizen science related to the Arctic or Antarctic, are particularly encouraged.

1. Improving Undergraduate Science Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE:EHR) deadline of December 12, 2017.
2. Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) deadline of November 6, 2017.
3. Discovery Research K-12 (DRK-12) deadline of November 14, 2017.

Proposals submitted in response to this letter must be identified by starting the proposal title with the term: "EHR-Polar DCL 2017: (Insert Project Title Here)" If travel to the polar regions is included in the project, PIs are strongly encouraged to call the program officer to discuss logistics and related documentation that must be included in the proposal.

Those considering submitting a proposal in response to this opportunity are strongly encouraged to contact Lisa Rom; 703-292-7709, the cognizant program officer who can answer questions and provide further guidance.

ESA Cryosphere Remote Sensing Training Course 2018

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As part of the Earth Observation (EO) Science for Society – Scientific Exploitation element of EOEP-5 program, the European Space Agency (ESA) is organizing an advanced training course on remote sensing of the Cryosphere, devoted to train the next generation of scientists and specialists to exploit EO data for science and applications.


Postgraduate-level, PhD students, post-doctoral research scientists and users from Europe and Canada interested in applications of remote sensing of the Cryosphere are welcome to apply to the 6-day course, held at University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, from 11 to 16 June 2018.

Participants from all other countries are also welcome to apply, subject to availability of places.


No participation fees will be charged for the training. Participants are expected to finance their own travel and accommodation expenses. The official language of the course is English.

The Advanced Cryosphere Training Course aims at:

  • To train the next generation of scientists on Remote Sensing of the Cryosphere;
  • To provide an advanced understanding of theoretical principles, processing algorithms, data products and their use in applications;
  • To give hands-on practice with tools and methods for satellite data exploitation as well as fieldwork experience for in-situ cryosphere-related data collection;
  • To provide insights of EO challenges/opportunities within the polar context for further studies.

For more information, please visit: and see the course flyer.

Call for papers: Special Issue on ADGEO

ADGEO coverModern research programs at both national, European and international levels are challenged by an increasing requirement for interdisciplinarity, societal relevance, and educational outreach as well as market-oriented applications. Project management strategies need to adapt to these new demands and incorporate innovative, yet sound and coherent, project management practices to ensure the effective use of the project results for higher societal impact and public awareness.

Following the positive response and participation to several project management sessions at international geosciences conferences, we are preparing a Special Issue on the EGU journal Advances in Geosciences (ADGEO) titled:

Project management in geosciences: systems and practices for high-impact research

With this special issue, we offer project managers from Europe and beyond an opportunity to share their knowledge, experience and best practices for effective management of research and technology projects in the various fields of geosciences.

Contributions are invited on a wide range of topics including, but not limited to, those addressing the following questions:

  • How to design a project structure to optimise project implementation and impact?
  • What are “best practices” in coordinating large international consortia?
  • How can continuity of project management expertise be maintained with project managers mostly employed on non-permanent contracts?
  • Which local, national and international networks of EU project managers exist, and are they useful?
  • How to identify organisational pitfalls?
  • How to deal with the project partners’ different priorities, e.g., interdisciplinary and academic-private sector?
  • How to effectively engage non-research stakeholders to optimise project contributions?
  • What project management concepts/procedures can be transferred from other sectors (e.g., industry) or social sciences (e.g., economics) to geosciences?
  • What are the best tools for transferring knowledge from research to the private sector, decision makers, and the public in general?
  • How can project results and impact be effectively disseminated to the wider community and how can their importance be highlighted to funding agencies?
  • What lessons can be learned from “failed” projects?

Case studies are welcome; however, contributions will need to draw transferable conclusions and recommendations applicable to the majority of geosciences disciplines.

If interested in submitting a manuscript in this special issue, please send first an abstract (max. 300 words) by the 31 October 2017 to the Guest Editors: Luisa Cristini (luisa.cristini at- and Sylvia Walter (S.Walter -at-

Call for Paper: Peer-reviewed Journal Advances in Polar Science publishes free of charge papers

Advances in Polar Science (APS) is changing and improving with the establishment of the International Editorial Board with two new Co-Editors-in-Chief (Prof. Huigen Yang and Prof. Ian Allison), and a new expert team of disciplinary Editors in June of 2015. It has no publication fees and all articles are freely accessible on the web as soon as they are released.

In 2017, APS has a new category of paper, the Opinion Editorial (Op-Ed). This, with a maximum length of 2 pages, provides a forum to comment on the status and/or deficiencies of any aspect of polar science, to reflect on recent innovation or progress, and to promote internationally collaborative polar science projects.

APS is an international, peer-reviewed journal jointly sponsored by the Polar Research Institute of China (PRIC) and the Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration (CAA). It is a quarterly journal, circulated internationally (ISSN 1674-9928, CN 31-2050/P).

For more details, please visit the new website:

APS welcomes your involvement in future editions. They look forward to the submission of new manuscripts and for any suggestions of future “Special Issues” (which can be made via email to the editorial office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Contact APECS

APECS International Directorate
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research
Telegrafenberg A43
14473 Potsdam
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