The theme of the International Polar Week in March 2017 was "People of the Poles: Human Use and Appreciation of Earth's Polar Regions". See here our activities:
Polar Week Panel Discussion: Working in Collaboration with Indigenous People and the Role of Traditional Knowledge in Northern Research
The theme of this year's Polar Week was “People of the Poles: Human Use and Appreciation of Earth’s Polar Regions.” On the spring equinox we were hosting an online panel discussion to discuss the nuances, challenges, and successes of working in collaboration with Indigenous people and the role of Traditional Knowledge in northern research.
APECS Polar Week Panel Discussion: Working in Collaboration with Indigenous People and the Role of Traditional Knowledge in Northern Research
Details: Tuesday, March 21, 16:00 - 18:00 GMT
- Dr. David Atkinson, professor at Ryerson University who works closely with the community of Baker Lake, Nunavut.
- Kaare Erickson, Community Liason and Nagruk Harcharek, Science General Manager from Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation in Barrow, Alaska
- Vicki Sahanatien, Arctic Ecologist, Iqaluit, NU, Canada
Polar Science 101 - Breaking Down Scientific Concepts For a General Audience (blogs throughout the week)
Understanding science is important for everyone, whether it is used for evidence-based decision-making, managing industrial companies, for employment, in voting as private citizens, or in making decisions about your home and family. Science communication is an important part of conducting research, especially in polar regions where access to in situ information is challenging for the public to obtain. The goal of this blog series was to breakdown some important topics in polar research so that a general audience can understand the key concepts.
There was one blog released each day during Polar Week with topics such as glaciers, sea ice, permafrost, paleo-climate, ice cores, and more! Changes happening in polar regions have global impacts, and everyone should be informed about the science happening there.See the whole blog here!
APECS organized the third APECS International Online Conference 2017 on the 20th of March 2017. This year’s theme was: “Outside the Box: encouraging alternative solutions for undertaking and communicating polar research.” As a new generation of polar researchers stepping up to the plate, we must embrace new and innovative polar challenges. Our ability to successfully address such challenges and steer the polar world in a positive direction has far-reaching local, regional, and global consequences.
The conference attracted more people than ever before, with over 40 presenters and 100 audience members registered. We heard a full and successful day of presentations about Outside the Box polar research. The presenters covered a wide range of topics ranging from social to physical to life sciences, as well as educational and managerial talks.
To honor the theme of this Polar Week we were going to use #PolarPeople on Twitter throughout the week to open up a dialogue between polar scientists, residents of the poles, and the public. We needed everyone to share short stories about their research or experience as polar scientists, what it’s like to live in polar regions, and tell us what makes you #PolarPeople. They could be funny stories about field or lab work, interesting facts about your research project, or simply why you love the polar regions.
We loved to feature you as one of our #PolarPeople.
During the APECS International Polar Week 20 - 26 March 2017, we organised a photo competition, PolarPeople, where everyone was able to vote for the best photo in three different categories
- 1- PolarPeople in action;
- 2- PolarPelople at home;
- 3- PolarPeople & wildlife.
APECS invited you to participate in the Polar Week by sharing your experiences and your art. We portrayed a series of artists that have worked in polar latitude and listen to them about their stories, sources of inspiration, and vision of the future.
To promote Polar Week APECS hosted an Ask Me Anything on the Reddit forum /r/Science forum /r/Science on March 25 from 11 am-2pm Eastern Standard Time. This was a penal where APECS members answered questions related to various research topics, what it’s like to work in the polar regions, or even how to get into polar research.