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.

Submission of proposals to new Antarctic research program solicitation, deadline May 23, 2017

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Polar Programs has issued a new solicitation for Antarctic research proposals.

The NSF-managed U.S. Antarctic Program supports scientific research on the southernmost continent and provides related operational research support. OPP’s Antarctic Sciences Section supports research to:

· expand fundamental knowledge of the Antarctic region;
· improve understanding of interactions between the Antarctic region and global earth systems;
· utilize the unique characteristics of the Antarctic continent as an observing platform.

Antarctic fieldwork is supported for research that can only be performed or is best performed in Antarctica. The Antarctic section encourages research using existing samples, models, and data that does not require fieldwork as well as research that crosses and combines disciplinary perspectives and approaches.

The new solicitation, which describes all requirements for submitting a proposal, may be found in HTML and PDF formats here:

The deadline for full proposals is 5 p.m., at the submitter's local time, on May 23.

IPTRN special issue in Resources

"Sustainable Tourism and Natural Resource Conservation in the Polar Regions"
Tourism in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is growing rapidly. Tourism operations in the polar-regions capitalize on the regions' natural assets, including their landscapes, wildlife and remoteness. Tourists from across the world are attracted by the pristine character, the sparsely or non-populated wilderness areas and the unique historical and cultural assets. However, the Arctic and the Antarctic are among the regions in the world where climatic changes are most rapid and profound, turning them into a focal point of economic and geopolitical development. Tourism development can be both seen as a contributor and a victim of these developments, with potential implications for natural resource use and peripheral communities. This Special Issue explores how expectations towards tourism development in the polar regions can be managed to enhance the conservation of natural resources, the protection of the environment, and the wellbeing of peripheral communities. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

* Impacts of tourism on polar wilderness area
* Human-wilderness/wildlife interactions in the polar regions
* Regulation and management of polar tourism and wilderness protection
* Tourist motivations for visiting the polar regions
* Community interactions with tourism enterprises and polar tourists
* Tourism and land use competition
* Economic geographies of polar tourism
* Accessibility and transportation in polar areas
* The social construction/performance of touristic polar wilderness
* Global change and the polar regions
* Parks and protected areas (including marine) in the polar regions

This Special Issue is targeted at the papers presented at the International Polar Tourism Research Network (IPTRN) conference held in Iceland in August 2016, but the call is also open to others. We would like to invite a feature contribution from you (i.e., either a long review or research paper). Papers will be published *free of charge* in this Special Issue (contrary to normal papers published in this open access journal).

We encourage you to check out the Special Issue website at:
The official deadline for submission is 30 April 2017. The call is open now.

Resources (ISSN 2079-9276) is an Open Access journal of natural resources. The journal is indexed by ESCI (Web of Science), Scopus, and gets high visibility.

For more information, please visit:

We look forward to your papers.

Kind regards,

Dr. Machiel Lamers, Wageningen University, the Netherlands (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Dr. Edward Huijbens, University of Akureyri, Iceland

NSF Advanced Training Program in Antarctica for Early Career Scientists: Biological Adaptations to Environmental Change

This US National Science Foundation sponsored Antarctic Biology Course will be held during January 2018 in Antarctica, at the United States Antarctic Program’s McMurdo Station. The training program is designed to provide early-career scientists with opportunities to work in Antarctica and to study polar biology. Applications are invited from graduate students currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program and researchers who have completed a Ph.D. within the past five years. This is an international training program, open to all nationalities. Partial support is available to cover the cost of travel from each participant’s home institution. While in Antarctica, full support is provided for room & board and science activities. The emphasis of the Antarctic Biology Course is on integrative biology, with laboratory- and field-based projects focused on adaptations to extreme polar environments. This program will also provide opportunities to understand and appreciate the complexities and logistical challenges of undertaking successful science in Antarctica. A diverse instructional faculty will offer participants the opportunity to study a wide range of Antarctic organisms (bacteria, algae, invertebrates, fish), using different levels of biological analysis (spanning molecular biology, physiological ecology, species diversity, and evolution).

Deadline for receipt of completed applications is April 17, 2017. More information and the on-line application form are at and

Gordon Research Conference in Polar Marine Science

Are you planning your next months and wondering at which meeting you could present your brand-new, groundbreaking data? You might consider the Gordon Research Conference in Polar Marine Science and the associated Gordon Research Seminar for early carrier scientists in Ventura, CA, USA in March 2017. Both the conference (chair: Jackie Grebmeier) and the seminar for early career scientists (chairs: Ingrid Wiedmann and Nicole Couto) aim to bring together outstanding scientists to discuss how technological advancements, long time series and biophysical modelling can enhance our understanding of polar marine ecosystems.

(detailed information:, and
Application deadline is February 25th!

A Baltic Sea Region-wide Survey of Academic and Researchers' Mobility Trends

CBSS logoThe Baltic Science Network (BSN) launched A Baltic Sea Region-Wide Survey of Academic and Researchers’ Mobility Trends and would welcome participation from APECS members in the following countries:

  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Iceland
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Sweden
  • Russia (Russian North Western Region only).

The deadline for survey submission is 20 January 2017

Join us for the International conference "Earth's Cryosphere: Past, Present and Future”

Permaconf Logo 2017The registration now is open at ! The next important date is April 15, 2017 – the final possibility to send us you abstracts (not longer than 4000 characters with spaces). The early summer is good time on the Oka river, and we hope that you will fulfill this time with productive disscussions. The motto for 2017 conference is «Earth's Cryosphere: Past, Present and Future», it will be organized June 4-8 in the Institute of Physico-chemical and Biological problems of soil science.
All information is available at It is still not late to suggest new session topics, round tables or became a partner of the conference, like Earth Cryosphere Institute ( and Beta Analytic ( If you have general questions, like why we include lunch snacks into the registration fee and where to
stay in Pushchino – the conference e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is the right place to send them.
Pushchino is situated not far from Moscow, Russia (one-hour bus drive from Uznaya underground station). The conference fee is 7000₽ (~100$) and 2000₽ (~30$) for students; it covers participant set, coffee and lunch during the working days and the permafrost dinner at one of the evenings (surely with dancing). We will speak Russian and English, simultaneous translation will be provided.
The sections will cover all topics of permafrost research:
- Regional aspects in polar and mountain areas
- Paleoreconstructions
- Carbon in permafrost
- Cryosphere as ecosystem: microbiological, biotechnological and astrobiological aspects
- Permafrost soils
- Permafrost hydrology and hydrogeology
- Physico-chemical peculiarities of frozen ground
- Geophysical investigations in permafrost areas
- Antarctic permafrost and soils
-Philosophical ideas about past, present and future of cryosphere

Polar Science in European Researhers’ Night

Nacht der WissenschaftFrom Portugal to Germany, gathering over 3000 visitors and 10 countries!

On the last sept 30, polar science was one of the hot topics in the European Researchers’ night event in Kiel, Germany, thought the IRRESISTIBLE project.

This event, open to all ages, had the purpose of lead the public to interact and learn more about Polar Science and climate change, as well as Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).

The Portuguese team presented the work developed by students, teachers and researchers in collaboration with their schools (EB de Vale Rosal and Externato Cooperativo da Benedita), creating an opportunity for exploring Polar Regions and Polar science throughout the interactive exhibits and for sharing ideas and experiences.

The games developed by students that resulted from the research previously conducted over the polar regions, polar science and RRI, allowed visitors - kids, parents, teachers, scientists and other adults - to understand the current situation of the polar regions and their influence on global climate, science contribution to understandability and minimising the resulting consequences of the observed changes, as well as highlight the crucial role of each of the social actors in this process - the objectives of participation in the event.

Patrícia Fialho Azinhaga
Institute of Education, University of Lisbon


Madrid Protocol 25 Years On

25 Years ago today, on 4 October 1991, the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty was adopted in Madrid. That outcome was the project of many people over many years, and has made a lasting difference ot the way Antarctica is both conceptualised and used for human activity. The Madrid Protocol (as it is now generally known) banned mining in Antarctica, and set aside the icy continent as a natural reserve, devoted to peace and science. It remains the cornerstone for environmental protection over the 10% of our planet that is Antarctica.

The Committee for Environmental Protection (CEP) is an advisory body establihsed by the Environmental Protocol. To celebrate 25 years since the signing of the Madrid Protocol, the CEP have released a publication about the emergecne of the Protocol, the work of the CEP, and the reasons behind Antarctica being designated as a reserve dedicated to peace and science. 

The central principles of the Protocol are:

  • The designation of Antarctica as a ‘natural reserve, devoted to peace and science’;
  • A prohibition on mining and mineral resource activities in the Antarctic Treaty area;
  • The requirement that protection of the environment shall be a fundamental consideration in the planning and conduct of all activities in the Antarctic;
  • A comprehensive framework for assessing environmental impacts in Antarctica, including prior assessment of all activities;
  • A requirement to establish contingency plans and provide for prompt and effective response to environmental emergencies in the Antarctic;
  • The establishment of the Committee for Environmental Protection (CEP).

To find out more about what the six annexes of the Madrid Protocol contain, visit the Antarctic Treaty System website here or download the CEP publication (available in the official Antarctic Treaty languages of English, French, Russian and Spanish).

Call for contributions to Kangerlussuaq Special Issue in Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research (AAAR)

Special Issue in Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research (AAAR): "Environmental Change and Impacts in the Kangerlussuaq Area, West Greenland"

Manuscript Submission Deadline: 01 February 2017

Research Topics: Terrestrial Ecology, Fjord Ecology, Glaciology, Hydrology, Limnology, Geomorphology, Biogeochemistry, Permafrost, and Quaternary Geology.

The Kangerlussuaq area has been an important location for intense research activities for many decades. This region of Greenland contains a large diversity of geomorphic systems from a sector of the Greenland Ice Sheet to a proglacial foreland exposed to fluvial, aeolian and limnological environmental change to a long and narrow fjord. Significant progress in understanding ecological, geomorphological, and climatic processes in the Arctic derives from studies conducted in the Kangerlussuaq area. However, as with most other regions in the Arctic the Kangerlussuaq area is undergoing climate-driven environmental change and impacts and it has become even more important to document and understand the ecological and geological implications of these changes. In this context, robust case studies and cross-system analyses from the Kangerlussuaq area serve as a valuable source of knowledge for progressing our understanding of processes, mechanics and modeling. We invite contributions t
hat address all aspects of physical and biological research on all ranges of spatial and temporal scales conducted in the Kangerlussuaq area.

Please contact Jacob Clement Yde This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in the first instance. Inquiries are encouraged prior to manuscript submission.

If you have colleagues working in West Greenland, please let them know about this special issue.

Further details available at:

We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,

Jasmine Saros, John Anderson, Eric Post, Jon Telling and Jacob Yde
(Guest Editors, AAAR)

WEBINAR: 30 June 2016 13:00 EDT: Bridging across data barriers: From Arctic permafrost to global connections

IARPC Arctic Data Collaboration Team (ADCT) Meeting and Webinar

June 30, 2016 13:00 EDT (09:00 AKDT)


Adobe Connect :

Bridging across data barriers: From Arctic permafrost to global connections

Lynn Yarmey, Research Data Alliance
Colleen Strawhacker, National Snow and Ice Data Center

Abstract: Of critical importance to the ultimate success of Arctic data efforts is the ability to connect data across geospatial and temporal scale, domain, and national boundary among other dimensions. While rarely can a project or program address all of these at once, partnering and collaboration offer mechanisms to advance data efforts. In this talk we present one example of this type of partnership and opportunity by looking at connections within the national and international permafrost data communities, and then between permafrost efforts and broader global cross-disciplinary work. Partnering permafrost and data management expertise, the NSF-funded PermaData project led by the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) has the goal of making existing permafrost data easier to access and use across scales. PermaData has partnered with national and international teams from the Arctic Observing Viewer (AOV) the international Global Terrestrial Network for Permafrost (GTN-P), the Arctic Data Committee and others to ensure a widely useful approach that will support meaningful change to make permafrost data easy to use. The Research Data Alliance is a community-driven, distributed organization committed to enabling the open sharing of data by building social and technical bridges. With similar goals and communities, collaboration and partnership across Arctic and global efforts present a natural path forward to advance the work of data and research more broadly.

Student Travel Grants Available-AGU Fall Meeting 2016

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) announces that applications are now available for student travel grants for assistance in attending the 2016 AGU Fall Meeting which will be held from 12-16 December 2016 in San Fransisco, California.

The AGU Fall Meeting General Student Travel Grant provides some funds to assist with travel costs. Awardees traveling from the U.S. and Canada will receive a $500 award, and awardees traveling from outside the U.S. and Canada will receive $1000 in funds. Funds are delivered after Fall Meeting and are not meant to reimburse specific travel costs (i.e. airfare, hotel, etc.), rather they are meant to help recoup costs of traveling to Fall Meeting.

To be eligible to apply for a student travel grant, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Current student member of AGU;
  • Be either a high school student, 2 and 4 year undergraduate student, or a graduate student;
  • Successfully-submitted abstract prior to filling out travel grant application (abstract reference number will be required on the application); and
  • First author presenting a paper or poster.

Preference will be given to applicants from demographic groups who underrepresented in the sciences. After students are rated for diversity, students who meet the following criteria will be selected:

  • Students with sufficient additional funding resources to cover the remainder of the meeting registration and travel expenses;
  • Students whose abstracts show strong scientific merit to application reviewers in their respective Sections/Focus Groups; and
  • Students who thoroughly answer the short essay questions.

Application Deadline: 10 August 2016.

For more information, including specific instructions on how to apply, go to:

For more information on the AGU Fall Meeting 2016, go to:

For questions, please contact:
Pranoti Asher
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Call for papers: Polar Museums Network conference

PolarMusNet imageThe Polar Museums Network is a new international initiative to strengthen and spread the knowledge of polar history, science and exploration. The PMN is open to all museums, institutions and individuals with an interest in the collection, preservation, research and interpretation of polar artefacts. (Further information about the PMN can be found at:

The PMN will be holding its inaugural conference this autumn, 21–23 October 2016 at the Fram Museum, Oslo, Norway. The conference theme is Polar Partnerships: Working together to spread the knowledge of polar history, science and exploration. The conference will feature presentations and discussion sessions.

The PMN invites proposals for presentations and discussion sessions. Your proposal should include your name and email address, the title or topic, and an abstract of no more than 500 words. Please see the attached Call for Papers or the PMN website for further details. Please submit all proposals to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 3 June 2016.

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