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.

Call for Papers: Polar Record Special Issue: Education, Outreach, and Engagement

Editors announce a call for papers for a special issue of Polar Record.
This special issue of Polar Record will be dedicated to education, outreach, and engagement related to polar research and will help to draw scholarly attention to this aspect of polar research.

Submission deadline: 31 January 2018.

The special issue will be published in conjunction with the tenth anniversary of the International Polar Year 2007-2008. That International Polar Year led to an upwelling of education, outreach and communication (EOC) initiatives across the polar research community. At the 2016 Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) conference in Kuala Lumpur, the Humanities and Social Science Expert Group identified science communication as a research priority.

Submissions of original research articles of 9,000-12,000 words in length, Research Notes (peer reviewed short articles up to 3,000 words), and Commentaries (focused, view-point coverage of topics relevant to this special issue topic) are invited. Contact the editors if submitting Research Notes or Commentaries prior to submission.

All papers will be subject to the journal's peer-review process and submission does not guarantee acceptance. Accepted papers will be published in FirstView within a month after acceptance with the full special issue due for publication in January 2019.

Papers must be submitted through the journal's online submission center.
Choose the special issue "10 years of Polar Education, Outreach, and Communication initiatives" from the dropdown list in the "special issue question."

To view the full call for papers, go to:

To submit a paper, go to:

For questions and to discuss the submission of Research Notes or Commentaries, contact the co-editors at:

Rebecca Priestley
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Rhian Salmon
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Call for Papers: Ocean Mapping

The Journal of Ocean Technology (JOT) production team invites the submission of technical papers that describe cutting edge research related to Ocean Mapping for its winter 2017 issue. Papers should present the results of new (i.e., not previously published) research in ocean technology, science or engineering, and be no more than 7,500 words in length. Student papers are welcome.

See the PDF for further details.

Deadline: August 25, 2017.

Feel free to distribute this invitation to your professional networks or any group you think might be interested.

New Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for the NSF Antarctic Research Program Solicitation

The National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs has issued a new FAQ to address specific questions regarding proposal submittals to its Antarctic Research program solicitation.

The FAQ, "Compliance Issues to Avoid When Submitting Proposals to the NSF Antarctic Research Program Solicitation (NSF 17-543)", can be found at

The Antarctic Research program solicitation (NSF 17-543), describes all requirements for submitting a proposal and can be found in HTML and PDF formats at

The deadline for full proposals is 5:00 PM, at the submitter's local time, on May 23, 2017.

Call for applications: Australian Academy of Science's Theo Murphy Australian Frontiers of Science



Each year the Australian Academy of Science runs a Theo Murphy Australian Frontiers of Science Symposium for early- and mid-career researchers. This year’s topic is The Antarctic Frontier: developing research in an extreme environment which is relevant to the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists.

Does your research push the boundaries?

Do you want an opportunity to learn about and form cross-disciplinary collaborations?

Would you like an opportunity to network with the nation’s next generation of science leaders?

Then apply to take part in the 2017 Theo Murphy Australian Frontiers of Science – The Antarctic Frontier: developing research in an extreme environment to be held in Hobart 13 —15 September by the Australian Academy of Science.

Antarctica represents a unique and powerful natural laboratory for science and international collaboration. This symposium will bring together Australasian early- and mid-career researchers (EMCRs) from all fields relevant to Antarctic and Southern Ocean science.

Over two days, EMCRs will share their latest research findings, build networks and create pathways for future interdisciplinary research. This symposium is an outstanding opportunity for EMCRs to take part in shaping the future of Antarctic science.

Approximately 70 EMCRs (up to 15 years post-PhD, excluding career interruptions) will be chosen to attend the conference. The Theo Murphy (Australia) Fund will support the attendance costs of all successful applicants.

Find out more and apply to attend this year’s Frontiers of Science by Thursday 25 May and take part in this unique event which will enhance your career development. Applicants will be notified of the selection outcomes by 30 June. If you require any further information please contact Dr Sandra Gardam on 02 6201 9426 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Pathways to Science Website Available

The Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) announces the availability of the Pathways to Science website, which provides a listing of resources for graduate students, postodoctoral researchers, and early career scientists. Resources include, but are not limited to, fellowships, grants, travel awards, mentoring opportunities, and webinars.

Available resources are listed on the Pathways to Science website at:

The mission of the IBP is to increase diversity in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce. IBP designs and implements strategies to increase access to STEM education, funding, and careers, with special emphasis on diverse underrepresented groups.
Resources are also available for faculty, administrators, undergraduate students, and K-12 teachers.

For more information about Pathways to Science and to search available opportunities, go to:

For questions, contact IPB at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NSF Arctic-FROST annual network meeting and early career scholars workshop

Travel grants are available for early career scholars to participate in the Arctic-FROST meeting and the workshop on Community Sustainability in the Arctic: What sustainability theories and practices work and what fail in Arctic Communities? Organized in Narsaq, Greenland, Sept 13-17, 2017.

Arctic-FROST: Arctic FRontiers Of SusTainability: Resources, Societies, Environments and Development in the Changing North is a new NSF-funded international interdisciplinary collaborative network that teams together environmental and social scientists, local educators and community members from all circumpolar countries to enable and mobilize research on sustainable Arctic development, specifically aimed at improving health, human development and well-being of Arctic communities while conserving ecosystem structures, functions and resources under changing climate conditions.

The theme of the Annual Meeting and Early Career Scholars Workshop is on Community Sustainability in the Arctic. Papers could deal with (1) sustainability and sustainable development in the Arctic or Sub-Arctic of particular relevance to the rest of the world, (2) comparative studies of sustainability between Arctic and other regions, (3) studies from various geographic contexts, which provide valuable insights into Arctic sustainability, (4) studies that analyze the role of outside actors in arctic sustainable development are welcome.

The main focus question of the conference is “What sustainability theories and practices work and what fail in Arctic communities?”

  • At this meeting the Arctic-FROST casts a wide net and welcomes papers that address one of the following broad categories:
  • Sustainable environments
  • Sustainable economies
  • Sustainable cultures
  • Sustainable regions/communities

All participants:
(1) Will present their work at the Annual Meeting (all papers/presentations will be published online and considered for inclusion in the Arctic-FROST edited volume and/or in Polar Geography)
(2) Will participate in discussions and round tables with leading sustainability science researchers
(3) Will participate in the Workshop activities immediately following the Annual Meeting

Eligibility: an applicant shall be
(1) early career scholar (5 years since PhD) or current graduate student
(2) Arctic-FROST network member by registering at
(3) prepared make an oral presentation on the subject related to sustainability and/or sustainable development in the Arctic or Sub-Arctic regions at the meeting and
(4) available to participate in all conference and workshop activities.

We accept applications from eligible applicants from all countries, disciplines and institution types. Applications from Indigenous scholars and Arctic residents are especially encouraged.

Funding: Arctic-FROST will cover full cost of attendance including travel and accommodations. Normally funds will be paid after the travel is completed; based on the reimbursement claim. The participants will be expected to comply with NSF travel requirements.

Application deadline: May 10th, 2017

Application: submit extended abstract of your paper (500-750 words), short biosketch (1 page), statement of interest in workshop participation (1 page), register as Arctic-FROST member at

Send your applications and inquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (copy to both emails).

Invitation to Arctic Climate Policy Seminar at AMAP Conference on Monday, April 24

On behalf of Arctic 21, ICCI is organizing a "policy preview" afternoon seminar on April 24 at the Arctic Council/AMAP conference venue in Reston (current agenda attached). The seminar will feature participation of many of the lead authors from AMAP's "SWIPA" (Snow, Water, Ice and Permafrost in the Arctic) update report that will be officially released the next day; and is organized primarily for Washington policy makers who might not have the chance to attend the entire conference. It will include a panel discussion of the implications of these findings for the Arctic Council Ministerial meeting to be held in Fairbanks on May 11; for Arctic security issues; as well as for the future of the Paris Agreement and the 2018 Stocktaking Exercise.

More info can be found in the workshop program

East Antarctica Windsled Circunnavigation 2018-19 open

Windsled is a zero emissions mobile plattform, an specially designed sled inspired in the inuit sled, moved by giant kites, and able to transport up to 6 passengers and up to 2000 kg of cargo.

A radically new concept created first time in 2000 by Spanish team, and developed through 8 succesfull traverses, and more than 20000km covered, 6 in Greenland, and 2 in Antarctica, In 2005-6. A 4000km traverse Novo-SPI-Vostok-Progress station., And in 2011-12, a 3500 km traverse Novo-SP-Patriot Hills.

Proposed Antarctica Windsled Circunnavigation 2018-19, (AWC-18-19). Expedition want to prove the capability of this plattform for developing scientific research in the high Antarctic plateau in a complementary way to existing plattforms but totally clean, cheap, safe and logistically very simple.

See full Project in enclosed document: AWC-18-19 CRYOLIST.

In resume the Project will be composed of 2 diferent traverses,

A- A light and eficient 7500 km traverse around east antárctica, Novo-SP-Dome C-Dome A-Dome Fuji-Novo. Where only light and simple projects of data gathering can fit.

B- A heavier traverse from South Pole to Vostok and Concordia where 1 or 2 scientist can join the sled and have heavier equipment up to 200 kg.

Researchers or Projects interested in participating into the Windsled Expeditions are welcome to contact and make an aplication to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. you can see more general information about windsled in

Aplicants can send a proposal with a máximum 2 page resume of aplicant CV, institutions involved as well as the Project proposed before May 30th 2017.

Acceptance of projects will take place before July 30, 2017.

Polar Networking Opportunity Available at SciPy2017

The Polar Research Coordination Network is seeking survey input from members of the polar researcher community who plan to attend the Scientific Computing with Python conference (SciPy2017) 10-16 July 2017 in Austin, Texas.

The Coordination Network aims to connect the Polar Science, Data, and High-Performance and Distributed Computing (HPDC) communities to extend computing methods and cyberinfrastructure products further into the polar sciences.

To participate in the survey, go to:

The annual SciPy Conference brings together participants from industry, academia, and government to showcase their latest projects, learn from skilled users and developers, and collaborate on code development. The full program will consist of tutorials, talks, and developer sprints.

For more information about SciPy2017, go to:

For more information about the Polar Research Coordination Network, go to:

For questions, contact:
Allen Pope
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Free online course about Antarctic geology and history starts 15 April

unnamed.jpegVictoria University of Wellington’s debut MOOC, Antarctica: From Geology to Human History, launches the 15th of April on the edX open education platform.

This virtual field trip to Antarctica is a free, five week course that will let you learn about and explore more than 500 million years of geological history and 250 years of geographical discovery and scientific endeavour on the coldest, driest, windiest continent on Earth.                                   

                                                          Sign up for Antarctica: From Geology to Human History now!

With support from Antarctica New Zealand, Dr Rebecca Priestley and Dr Cliff Atkins visited Antarctica in 2014 to film lectures on location on Ross Island, in the McMurdo Dry Valleys and the Transantarctic Mountains.

Rebecca Priestley, a science historian and writer, visits historically important places and talks to some of the people who are part of shaping today's Antarctica. Cliff Atkins, an Antarctic veteran with 12 seasons on the ice, introduces some of the planet’s most remarkable landscapes and the stories they tell about the past and future of the world's climate.

The course is available through the edX platform—a non-profit, open education platform founded by Harvard and MIT. Enrolments are open now. Sign up and we will see you in Antarctica on April the 15th!

Learn more about this course.

AGU Call for Nominations: Nye Lecturer and Cryosphere Early Career Award

Call for Nominations: Nye Lecturer and Cryosphere Early Career Award
American Geophysical Union, Cryosphere Focus Group Executive Committee

Nomination deadline: 15 April 2017

For instructions about nominations for the Nye Lecturer, go to:

For instructions about nominations for the Cryosphere Early Career Award, go to:

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) Cryosphere Focus Group Executive Committee announces a call for nominations for the Nye Lecturer and the 2017 Cryosphere Early Career Award.

The Nye Lecturer is selected based on highlighting and recognizing an outstanding cryospheric scientist and her/his recent accomplishments as well as the individual's ability to present exciting science to the non-cryosphere community of AGU scientists. To qualify for the Nye Lecturer, nominees must be an active AGU member.

Formerly known as the Cryosphere Young Investigator Award, the Cryosphere Early Career Award is given annually to one honoree in recognition of significant early career contributions to cryospheric science and technology.

To qualify for the Cryosphere Early Career Award, nominees must be within ten years of receiving their degree, have an active AGU membership, and have their primary affiliation with the Cryosphere focus group.

For more information about award qualifications and nominating instructions for the Cryosphere Early Career Award, go to:

For more information about award qualifications and nominating instructions for the Nye Lecturer, go to:

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