Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

Polar Week logo2 01The polar regions of our planet contain some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. These ecosystems support a rich array of life, both human and non-human, on both ends of the globe. Whether it's in the Arctic or Antarctic, scientists from all over the world are working together to increase our knowledge of the cryosphere and its inhabitants. It is for this spirit of international cooperation and the excitement of scientific discovery that the APECS proudly supports International Polar Week.

International Polar Week is an opportunity for APECS to promote polar science. APECS uses this opportunity to plan & develop polar science related activities alongside teachers, educators and those interested in polar education for the equinoxes of each year. The equinoxes in March and September are the only time when everywhere on earth the day length is 12 hours, a perfect opportunity to celebrate the poles on a global scale!

March 21-29 2015 was the spring International Polar Week Spring 2015! We wanted to celebrate on a global scale by focusing on the science being conducted in the Arctic and Antarctic. Inspired by the many great things that came out of the International Polar Year celebrations, we hope that the bi-annual Polar Week celebration will link people in polar science and polar education. Happy Polar Week!

March 2015 Polar Week Activities

Events for March Polar Week 2015
Name of Event Date/Time Location
The Ice Mitt Project- follow online outreach events as they happen! Ongoing
Marosa la foca curiosa- follow updates online of ongoing changes in the Arctic and Antarctic through the eyes of Marosa, the seal and Borravino the penguin Ongoing
Northern Research Day hosted by the University of Alberta Circumpolar Students’ Association. For more information see Website:   University of Alberta, Canada
"Les Pôles et le Climat” webinar series hosted by Apecs France March 23-28 Online. See webpage for more details.
APECS Turkey is organizing:
1. 2 seminars to Maritime College Students
2. Public Survey/Questionnaire about "Polar Regions"

APECS Portugal are organizing:

  • Talks in schools/ universities
  • Skype calls with students with scientific from Antárctica and other countries.
  • Polar photo exibhition

Screening the documentary "Chasing Ice" (organized by Jesica Goldsmit)

March 26 University at Institut des sciences de la mer, Université du Québec a Rimouski (ISMER/UQAR), Canada

Presentation organised by Jack Kauw about the first crossing of Spitsbergen in 1896. Him and 5 students, used that old book of Sir Conway (with as title: The first crossing of Spitsbergen ;-)) as a travel guide and hiked the same long route in 2010.
A lot of scenery was exactly the same, but the on-land glaciers changed a lot: some became smaller and less impressive, others much larger. Jack will show pictures from 120 years ago and from the same spot in 2010.

More info: https// and

March 26

Groningen (Netherlands) 

Oude Badweg 1 in Eelderwolde. Start at 19.30h

With International Polar Week taking place this week (March 21-29, 2015), USAPECS is holding a number of events to spread awareness about the world's polar regions and shed light on the recent activities of polar researchers based in the United States. A few USAPECS board members led by Chelsea Thompson (USAPECS Project Lead) are planning to submit a request to do a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything). This is an online event where anyone can post a question in real time and have it be answered. In addition, on Twitter, USAPECS members will be using the hashtag #askUSAPECS to share what they're up to. Several will be live-tweeting from the field, so check it out!

  United States organized by APECS United States

Polar Vortex Event Toronto: Expedition to the end of the World documentary and polar 'tastes'

An evening of exploring polar ecology, history and culture.

Host APECS member Carol Devine recently co-wrote a food and cultural history book based on an ecological expedition she led there, The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning (release HarperCollins Mar 5, 2015) She's introducing an award-winning Arctic film, Expedition to the End of the World during a special polar night in Toronto at the Revue Cinema Wed Mar 25 645pm, 400 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto.

Expedition to the End of the World (Director - Danick Dencik, Denmark) a grand and adventurous journey of discovery to the last white areas of the map. On a schooner packed with artists, scientists and ambitions worthy of Noah or Columbus, we set off for the end of the world: the rapidly melting massifs of NE Greenland. An epic journey where the brave sailors on board encounter polar bear nightmares, Stone Age playgrounds and entirely new species...confront[ing] existential questions of life... (C) Official Site

Hear a few words on Arctic journeys with Adventure Canada exploring culture, history and more, win door prizes and sample polar 'flavours' hand-made locally, recipes by chef and visual artist Wendy Trusler, my cowriter from The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning (HarperCollins May 2015). The Hollywood Soapbox calls Expedition to the End of the World.

"A Jacques Cousteau film mated with a Wes Anderson flick...Mother Earth has never looked more majestic"

Variety Magazine calls it an "audience-friendly, atmospheric work [that] could be remade as a thriller, although that's really what it is already."

25 March Toronto, Canada

Kids activities as the science club Science Kids of Montevideo Uruguay

  Montevideo, Uruguay

Polar Outreach Blog

The Education and Outreach Committee has launched a new 'Polar Outreach Blog'. This initiative will showcase outreach activities by scientists, researchers, research institutions and field stations in the Polar Regions and communities. We want to highlight ongoing outreach efforts as well as provide resources and examples of both successes and challenges for current outreach practitioners. If you have an outreach story you'd like to have featured or know of a Polar research institution or field station actively pursuing outreach, public consultation or community based research, please email your story or suggestions for a story to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

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