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.

5th Snow Science Winter School for PhD students and post docs

The 5th Snow Science Winter School will be arranged 17-23 February 2019 in Hailuoto, Finland by the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF and the Finnish Meteorological Institute. The field-oriented training course will teach state-of-the-art snow measurement techniques, but also includes lectures on physical processes of the snowpack, snow modeling and remote sensing. This year the focus is on snow on sea ice. The location is a small island on the Gulf of Bothnia with easy access to sea ice.

Graduate students and post-docs working on any snow-related field are welcome to apply. More information and link for application can be found from Application deadline is November 6, 2018. Course fee is 350 euros (includes accommodation and meals).

Anna Kontu D.Sc.(Tech)
Finnish Meteorological Institute, Space and Earth Observation Centre, Cryospheric Processes
Sodankylä, Finland
+358 400 126 446

Call for papers - Annals of Glaciology - 'Sea Ice at the Interface'

Call for papers for the thematic issue of the Annals of Glaciology on ‘Sea Ice at the Interface’.

The deadline for paper submission is 1 October 2019.

Accepted papers will be published online as soon as authors have returned their proofs and all corrections have been made.

The hard copy is scheduled for publication in 2020

The joint Associate Chief Editors for this issue are,
David Barber (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Feiyue Wang (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) from the University of Manitoba

Scientific editors are
Marcel Babin, Jorgen Berge, Alice Bradley, Luke Copland, Dorthe Dahl-Jensen, Jody Deming, Brent Else, Torsten Geldsetzer, Sebastian Gerland, Mats Granskog, Lawrence Hislop, Alexander Komarov, Kenneth Lee, Ann Lennert, Tao Li, Robie Macdonald, Rob Massom, Marcel Nicolaus, Søren Rysgaard, Randy Scharien, Gunner Spreen, Julienne Stroeve, Rocky Taylor, Letizia Tedesco, Martin Vancoppenolle, Muyin Wang and Zhouqing Xie
more will be added as needed

Please go to for more information.

EGU2019 – Call for abstracts

please find below the call for abstracts for the EGU General Assembly 2019. Please note the one-abstract rule as an important change from previous GAs.

The EGU General Assembly 2019, taking place in Vienna (Austria) on 7–12 April 2019, will bring together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary, and space sciences. The deadline for abstract submission is 10 January 2019 or, for those applying for EGU Roland Schlich travel support, 1 December 2018. Only EGU members will be able to submit abstracts to the 2019 meeting and, with a few exceptions outlined below, only one abstract as first author will be permitted.

You are kindly invited to find a session for your abstract at:

(1) How to submit your abstract
Each session shows the Abstract Submission link. Using this link you are asked to log in to the Copernicus Office Meeting Organizer with your Copernicus Office user ID. You may submit the text of your contribution as plain text, LaTeX, or MS Word content. An abstract processing charge (APC) of €40.00 gross will be levied.

Detailed information on how to submit an abstract can be found at:

The deadline for the receipt of abstracts is 10 January 2019, 13:00 CET. If you would like to apply for a Roland Schlich travel support, please submit no later than 1 December 2018. Details can be found at:

(2) One-abstract rule
Authors are allowed as first author to submit either one regular abstract plus one abstract solicited by a convener, or two solicited abstracts. A second regular abstract can be submitted to the Educational and Outreach Sessions (EOS) programme group (maximum number of abstracts, including solicited abstracts, remains two). Possible submissions for first authors are: 1 regular + 1 solicited abstract; or 2 solicited abstracts; or 1 regular or solicited abstract + 1 EOS abstract (regular or solicited). Participants can be co-authors on additional abstracts in which they are not first author. Submission of solicited presentations requires a transaction number (TAN) that can be obtained from the convener of the respective session.

(3) Required 2019 EGU membership for first authors
Only 2019 EGU members can submit an abstract as first author for the 2019 General Assembly. Acquiring your EGU membership is possible through the abstract submission form or beforehand at: All EGU members benefit from substantially reduced registration rates to the meeting.

(4) Late abstracts
Abstracts sent to conveners after 10 January 2019 for submission on your behalf have the strict deadline of 18 January 2019, 13:00 CET. These late submissions require final approval by the programme committee and will be invoiced with €80.00 gross.

(5) Abstract-presentation obligation
The submission of an abstract carries with it the obligation that it is actually presented at the meeting by the author or, at least, by one of the co-authors. If this is not possible, please withdraw your abstract at your earliest convenience. Without early withdrawal, abstracts not presented at the conference are identified as no-shows and their PDF file will be removed from the conference programme. Such contributions are clearly marked in the online programme and listed as no-shows.

(6) Further information
Further information about the EGU General Assembly 2019 can be found at:

You can stay up-to-date with General Assembly information by subscribing to the EGU blog ( and by following the EGU on Twitter (, #EGU19) and Facebook (

In case any questions arise, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We are looking forward to receiving your abstracts and thank you very much for your cooperation.

Olaf Eisen

President of the EGU Division on Cryospheric Sciences
CR contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
CR on Twitter: @EGU_CR
CR blog:

On behalf of the 2019 EGU Programme Committee Chair, Susanne Buiter and Katja Gänger, Copernicus Meetings, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Innsbruck Summer School on Close Range Sensing techniques for Alpine Terrain

Apply until November 30, 2018 to participate in the 3rd edition of the Innsbruck Alpine Summer School on Close Range Sensing Techniques for Alpine Terrain

Location: Obergurgl, at 2000m the highest village of Austria

When: June 16-22, 2019

For who: young researchers like PhD students

Full information and application via the summer school website:

Extended Call for Abstracts: 10th Circumpolar Agriculture Conference

Organizers have extended the abstract submission deadline for the 10th Circumpolar Agriculture Conference. This conference will convene 13-15 March 2019 at the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland in Rovaniemi, Finland

This conference will address a bottom-up approach and new thinking of local agriculture, food production, and rural development in the northern areas. The goal is to discuss versatile meanings of circumpolar agriculture and call for new thinking to address its topical challenges and opportunities. In accordance with the theme of Finland’s Chairmanship period of the Arctic Council, United Nations Sustainable Development Goals will be highlighted in the program.

Sessions will examine best practices and resilient solutions in the utilization of animal and plant resources, local breeds, reindeer herding, small-scale farming, and non-timber forest products. The conference will address the high quality of Arctic foods, their local profitability, and business opportunities. The importance of food security and sustainability in different regions and countries will also be discussed.

Conference presenters will have the possibility to publish in a special issue of Open Agriculture. Publishing will be free of charge for participants. The deadline for submissions of full-length papers is 31 March 2019.

Extended abstract submission deadline: 29 October 2018

For more information, go to:
Conference homepage

For abstract guidelines and to submit an abstract, go to:
Call for Abstracts

For questions, contact:
Paula Tulppo
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Päivi Soppela
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SouthCOP - deadline for suggestions for sessions 1 Nov

SouthCOP - The first Southern Hemisphere Regional Conference on Permafrost will be held from 4-14 December 2019 in Queenstown, New Zealand. The conference will include optional 3 day field trips both before and after the main meeting that will explore a range of landscapes, geological and glacial features within the Southern Alps.

This is the final call for suggestions for session topics. We welcome suggestions related to all aspects of permafrost research - it is not limited to the Southern Hemisphere. If you have a suggestion for a conference session and/or would like to convene such a session please register your interest before Nov 1 at or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

Please feel free to forward this to anyone else who may be interested.

Interest in the 2019 Juneau Icefield Research Program

Plans are underway for the 2019 Juneau Icefield Research Program (JIRP) summer field season! JIRP is an eight-week expedition-style academic program for rising high school seniors, undergraduates, post-bacc students, and early-stage graduate students. Participants complete a ski traverse of the Juneau Icefield; design, complete, and present group research projects; and attend a series of lectures, workshops, and field trips that introduce them to glaciology, geophysics, geochemistry, climatology, ecology, and science communication. Academic Director Seth Campbell (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Program Manager Annie Boucher (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) are available to answer any questions.

We will also open faculty applications later this fall. In addition to Seth and Annie, Academic Council members Kiya Riverman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Brad Markle (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Catharine White (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Lindsey Nicholson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), and Allen Pope (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) are available to discuss the recent growth of the JIRP academic curriculum.

USPA Travel Awards for AGU 2018

The USPA is pleased to call for applications for two awards to be given out to those attending the American Geophysical Union's Fall Meeting in December 2018. Two AGU Travel Grants ($500) and one Andrew Slater Memorial Award ($1000) will be given out. Applicants must be a member of both the United States Permafrost Association and Permafrost Young Researchers Network to be considered.

The descriptions for each award, the grant application, and other eligibility guidelines can be found on the front page of

To view previous USPA travel grant award winners, see

To renew your membership, please visit

The application deadline is October 21st, 2018 at midnight Central Time. Award winners will be notified by early November 2018.

Questions? Email Dan Vecellio at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cryospheric Science with ICESat-2 Hackweek, Seattle, June 17-21, 2019. Apply by Nov 2. , 2018

Following the successful launch of ICESat-2, the Polar Science Center at the University of Washington in collaboration with the eScience Institute and NASA will be hosting a weeklong "Hackweek" to help jumpstart Cryospheric Science with ICESat-2 (CSI). The CSI-Hackweek will bring together experts from the ICESat-2 science team, data providers, and data science experts, with researchers who want hands on experience with using and manipulating geophysical data from ICESat-2. CSI-Hackweek participants will learn about ICESat-2 fundamentals, data formats, tools, and how to get to results quickly. Introductory lectures will be combined with open data exploration, tool development, sample research applications, and community building. The CSI Hackweek will take place on the University of Washington Campus from June 17- 21, 2019. Applications are due by Nov. 2, 2018, apply online

As preparation for the workshop, we are also offering a 2-day Software Carpentry Workshop on February 7,8, 2019 on the UW Campus. For more information on the CSI-Hackweek and Software Carpentry workshops, please visit or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Limited travel support for attendees maybe be available

Axel Schweiger
Senior Principal Scientist and Chair, Polar Science Center
University of Washington
Applied Physics Laboratory
1013 NE 40th Street
Seattle, Wa. 98109
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Call for Workshop Applications: Science Communication for Scientists

Organizers invite applications for a science communication workshop for scientists. This workshop, Polar-izing Your Science Impacts: Turn Your Research into Science Stories and Take Science Stories to the Classroom, will convene 9-11 January 2019 at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware.

Workshop Description:

Good science storytelling is a powerful way to bring public attention to remote areas like the polar regions. Stories about the changing poles are common, but don’t capture the complexity of the data. Organizers invite participants to explore these issues in a two-day workshop and learn how to tell compelling science stories and bring data driven, critical analysis to the undergraduate classroom.

During the workshop, participants will:

  • Present their latest polar science research,
  • Learn science communication skills and techniques,
  • Receive classroom ready, pre-packed polar science modules complete with video tutorials that can be integrated into the classroom,
  • Participate in a journal manuscript on creating and critically analyzing polar science stories with available databases, and
  • Participate in the continued development of Polar Literacy Principles.
  • Participation will be limited to 40 scientists. A limited number of travel funds/scholarships are available for advanced graduate student applicants.

Application deadline: 1 December 2018

For more information, including the workshop agenda, and to apply, go to:
Workshop homepage

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Leveraging Investments in Education and Polar Science

nsf logoDear Colleagues:

The Education and Human Resources Directorate and the Geosciences Directorate 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 Division of Research on Learning (DRL), the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE), and the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) encourage proposals that will leverage the extensive National Science Foundation (NSF) investment in polar sciences and infrastructure, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education research and development, to promote an informed citizenry and the next generation of polar scientists. In order to advance polar science educational opportunities, DRL, DUE, and OPP 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 (DCL) must be submitted to either the Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) solicitation, the Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12) solicitation, or the Improving Undergraduate Science Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR) 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 diverse 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, DRL, DUE, and OPP 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. Proposals that engage students who are under-represented in STEM fields or that respond to the Navigating the New Arctic focus are also encouraged.

In order to support the goals above, NSF encourages the submission of proposals to any of the three solicitations below:

1. Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL), deadline of November 7, 2018.
2. Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12), deadline of November 14, 2018.
3. Improving Undergraduate Science Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE:EHR), solicitation for the 2019 fiscal year (deadlines vary).

Proposals submitted in response to this DCL must be identified by starting the proposal title with the term: "EHR-Polar DCL 2018: (Insert Project Title Here)."

Those considering submitting a proposal in response to this DCL are encouraged to contact Lisa Rom: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 703-292-7709, the cognizant NSF program officer who can answer questions and provide further guidance. If travel to the polar regions is included in the project, Principal Investigators are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Rom to discuss logistics and related documentation that must be included in the proposal.


William (Jim) Lewis
(Acting) Assistant Director
Education and Human Resources (EHR)

William E. Easterling
Assistant Director
Geosciences (GEO)

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