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The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) is hosting the International Polar Week from September 18-24, 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. For the upcoming Polar Week we are specifically highlighting how we are living in a #PolarWorld, where issues happening in the poles affect everyone on the globe. To learn more about the #PolarWorld tune in to our online events throughout Polar Week:

Check on the website for links, dates, and more details as Polar Week approaches! Included in our schedule are regional events being put on by various APECS National Committees, so you can go in person and participate in events.

Polar Week Blog

For this upcoming Polar Week we are specifically highlighting how we are living in a #PolarWorld, where issues happening in the poles affect everyone on the globe. To help promote #PolarWorld, and polar research in general, we will release a series of blog posts during Polar Week. We want to discuss some of the key issues happening in the poles that are affecting the globe, talk about international collaborations and conducting research internationally, and help raise awareness about some of the international activities APECS is a part of.

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Many thanks to the authors of the blogs for contributing to this series, including many APECS National Committees! Look for a release of one blog post a day during Polar Week!

Topics

September 18: Polar Issues are Global Issues
September 19: Scientists All Over the World
September 20: People of the Poles
September 21: International Polar Policy
September 22: Fun Friday - Research Stories
September 23: How You Can Get Involved
September 24: Polar Scientists of Tomorrow

Visit the Polar Week Blog page to read the blogs. 

APECS Polar Week Webinar on 23 September

APECS Polar Week Webinar: How to get involved: Insights from EPB, IASC and SCAR fellows

23 September 2017 at 13:00 GMT

Registration link

Speakers:

  • Joseph Nolan, Junior Policy Officer, European Polar Board (EPB)
  • Alevtina Evgrafova, 2017 Fellow, International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) 
  • Lavenia Ratnarajah, 2016 Fellow, Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR)
  • Jilda Caccavo, 2016 Fellow, Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR)

Whether you research phenomena in the Arctic or Antarctic, there are worldwide committees available to you. International collaboration is an integral part of polar research for early career professionals and beyond. How do you get involved? Just ask our panel! The webinar will be convened by Sara Strey form our APECS Polar Week Committee.

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#PolarWorld FrostByte competition

APECS 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. For more information, visit the competition website.

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Polar Film Festival 2017

In conjunction with Polar Week 2017, USAPECS is announcing the second annual Polar Film Fest 2017 from 18 - 22 September 2017.  This year's theme is #PolarWorld, so we're looking to showcase the best the planet has to offer in movies about the Arctic, Antarctic, and wider cryosphere - no matter what language they're in.

We're looking for film suggestions that fit any of the following themes:

1) #PolarWorld: Polar Issues are Global
2) Science in Action: Working in Extremes
3) People at the Poles: The Human Dimension
4) Polar Policy: Preparing for the Future
5) Icing on the Cake: Frozen Fun

Film eligibility and submission
We invite you to please submit your suggestions by August 25 through the Google Form we've set up. Films may be original or produced by someone else. To submit your own film, upload it to a video sharing site (i.e., YouTube or Vimeo) and submit the link, along with a description of the film and a note indicating that you made the film, on the submission form. Films produced by others must be available publicly online. Films that can be watched for free are preferred, but please do not submit links to illegal streaming websites.

In-person and virtual watch parties
Once the films have been selected and curated, organizers from US APECS will be putting together a schedule with virtual and in-person watch parties. If you're interested in organizing an event, please get in touch with Mia Bennett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Spread the word!
Please share this email and the below graphic with your networks. The more submissions we have, the better.

For more information and to submit films, go to the Polar Film Fest 2017 page

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Polar Week Reddit AMA

To promote Polar Week APECS will be hosting an Ask Me Anything on the Reddit forum /r/Science on September 23 from 11 am-2pm Eastern Standard Time (15:00 - 19:00 GMT). We will have a panel of APECS members answering questions about how we are all living in a #PolarWorld, why you should care about that, and the challenges of working in harsh environments.

Polar Week Schedule

Polar Week activities around the world

Find out about all activities happening around the world on our APECS International Polar Week activities page.

You are organizing an activity that is not listed yet? Just fill out the form below so we can add it to our list of events. If you do have any questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ideas for Participating in Polar Weeks

Polar WeeksYou can find others some good suggestions for education and outreach activities in the Polar Outreach Catalogue on the APECS website or have a look at the Polar Resource Book - Polar Science and Global Climate: An International Resource for Education and Outreach.

You can contact the APECS Polar Weeks Group with questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. When you choose the activities you will promote or support let us know including a summary information in the Polar Week Spring 2016 activities list.

In Pin yourself activity access the map and let us know what type of activity you are doing this week whether it is a classroom activity or a public talk. Watch the map and see where other people are celebrating the March Polar Week! We'd love to know what you are doing to highlight the global impacts of changes in the polar regions. Send pictures and stories to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Contact APECS

APECS International Directorate
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research
Telegrafenberg A43
14473 Potsdam
Germany
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