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
APECS is organizing the International Polar Week from March 20-26, 2017. Polar Week is a series of international events with the goal of promoting the science that takes place in polar latitudes, and educating the public about all things polar. The theme of this year's Polar Week is “People of the Poles: Human Use and Appreciation of Earth’s Polar Regions.” On the spring equinox we are 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
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Polar Science 101 - Breaking Down Scientific Concepts For a General Audience (blogs throughout the week)
APECS International Polar Week is from 20 - 26 March 2017. Polar Week is a series of international events with the goal of promoting the science that takes place in polar latitudes, and educating the public about all things polar. 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 is to breakdown some important topics in polar research so that a general audience can understand the key concepts.
There will be 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 years Polar Week we are 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 need 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 can be funny stories about field or lab work, interesting facts about your research project, or simply why you love the polar regions.
We would love to feature you as one of our #PolarPeople. Feel free to Tweet randomly throughout the week, but we encourage you to sign up here.
During the APECS International Polar Week 20 - 26 March 2017, we are organising a photo competition, PolarPeople, where everyone will be able to vote for the best photo in three different categories
- 1- PolarPeople in action;
- 2- PolarPelople at home;
- 3- PolarPeople & wildlife.
To participate, you have to be an APECS member ; each member can submit up to two original photos. How to submit a photo:
- Pick your best photos (up to 2) that fit one of the three themes; each must have at least one person in the photo.
- Name, affiliation, and email of the photographer
- Where and when the photo was taken
- What category you want to submit your photo to
- A short description of your picture (150-characters maximum).
- Spread the word about the International Polar Week and hope that your photo gets the most votes!
The deadline for submission will be the 22th of March, midnight Alaska time (GMT -9). The vote will take place during the Polar Week and the photo getting the most votes in each category will be the winner! Before submitting please read the rules and regulations.
APECS would like to invite you to participat in in Polar Week by sharing with us your experiences and your art. We would like to portray 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. We would like to display a piece of your art online during the Polar Week, followed by a brief statement (250 words maximum) describing the piece and your inspiration for it.
To promote Polar Week APECS will be hosting an Ask Me Anything on the Reddit forum /r/Science forum /r/Science on March 25 from 11 am-2pm Eastern Standard Time. We will have a panel of APECS members answering questions related to various research topics, what it’s like to work in the polar regions, or even how to get into polar research.