Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

Below are websites that aim to connect polar researchers and scientists and polar community members.  Check them out for your geographical location of interest:



ARCTIConnexion run by graduate students at the Université du Québec à Rimouski is built on the experience and engagement of student-researchers and professionals. The team deals with natural science and/or social science issues in the Arctic and Subarctic regions, on Inuit homeland. Many of their projects are community-based and allow unique opportunities for research collaboration between students, researchers and Canadian Arctic communities.

Canada, Russia and the United States:


Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge of the Arctic (ELOKA) facilitates the collection, preservation, exchange, and use of local observations and knowledge of the Arctic. ELOKA provides data management and user support, and fosters collaboration between resident Arctic experts and visiting researchers. By working together, Arctic residents and researchers can make significant contributions to understanding the Arctic and recent changes.  The program is run through the National Snow and Ice Data Center Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) University of Colorado.

Canada and the United States:

LEO logo small v2 1Local Environmental Observers Network) (LEO) run by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium is a group of tribal professionals who apply traditional knowledge, western science and technology to document unusual plants and wildlife, extreme weather, erosion, flooding, droughts, wildfire and other events that can threaten food security, water security and community health.

Nordic Countries [including Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden and their associated territories, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Svalbard and Åland Islands]: 

Bridging Early Career Researchers and Indigenous Peoples in Nordic Countries is an APECS-Norden 14-month research project that will leverage the research, education and outreach experience of the APECS network to identify ways to enhance engagement between Early Career Researchers and Indigenous peoples in Nordic regions.

Russia and the United States:

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Bering Sea Sub-Network (BSSN) brings together researchers and local residents in co-production of science, which is place-based and relevant to the societal needs in Alaska and eastern Russia.rings together researchers and local residents in co-production of science, which is place-based and relevant to the societal needs in Alaska and eastern Russia.

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