Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

FrostBytescompetitionfinal 2APECS is holding a #PolarWorld FrostByte competition, with winners announced during International Polar Week, from 18 - 24 September 2017! FrostBytes are short audio or video recordings used as a tool to help researchers easily share their latest findings with a broad audience. This year’s fall celebrations of the #PolarWorld and wider cryosphere will highlight how what happens in the poles affects the entire world as well as science, people living and working there, and international collaboration. We invite APECS members to send in short videos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than September 20, 2017 in either of two categories:

  • FrostByte Elevator Pitch (30 - 45 seconds maximum): A staple of early career training, we must learn to promote ourselves and our research succinctly. Entries in this category must introduce the videographer, explain their research, and emphasize the impact/significance of their research in relation to the #PolarWorld theme. Examples of this style of FrostBytes and tips on how to make them can be found on the APECS website here.
  • #PolarWorld Frostbyte (45 seconds - 1 minute maximum): This category is more open-ended, with the intention that people will create videos explaining why the #PolarWorld is important to them or some expression of their passion for the poles or greater cryosphere. This can take a variety of forms, including an explanation of your research subject, a poem, a sketch, an animation, or more, just as long as it fits in our themes #PolarWorld, Science in Action, People at the Poles, Polar Policy: Preparing for the Future, and Icing on the Cake: Frozen Fun. Social and research science videos will be weighted evenly and no extra points will be awarded for filming in a “scenic” location, using advanced filming skills, etc.. We are more focused on the overall message.

All videos that meet qualifying criteria will be judged by an internal committee according to a score form (judging sheet found here below) and shared across APECS’ social media leading up to POLAR2018. Videos may be in any language, but all must include a written translation in English. The winner of each category will be announced during Polar Week and will receive 100 Euros towards travel to a polar or cryosphere-related conference of their choice. To see examples of Frostbytes please see the APECS website or the CliC website. Please carefully read all submission rules and contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions! Happy filming!

Competition Rules and Regulations

Judging Criteria

In addition to meeting all eligibility and general rules, all videos submitted will be judged on the following criteria and awarded up to 50 total points.

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