Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


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APECS International Polar Week from 19-25 September 2021 is a celebration for everyone who has an interest in the coldest regions of our planet, a diverse and vibrant international community that includes students, researchers, teachers, artists, and members of Indigenous nations. 

The main goal of this event is to engage the global polar studies community to share knowledge, experience, and fun from different perspectives. We continue this great tradition through diverse activities such as photo contests, interviews with polar artists, researchers, and educators, participation in virtual polar games, the APECS podcast, and many more all around the world, thanks to our National Committees. 

The APECS International Polar Week September 2021 is coming with a wide range of activities to celebrate around the world:

Photo Competition

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As part of the activities for International Polar Week during September 19-25, 2021, APECS invites you to submit your amateur or professional photo from polar regions in one or both of the following categories:

(1) Nature; and (2) Research.

All eligible submissions will be displayed on the APECS website and, if you agreed, also on social media. 

The winners can share the story of their photo by having an interview with the Podcast Project Group after they have been announced.

If you have questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


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Vote HERE for your favorite photo!

Photo by Rodrigo Alves, Design by Juliana Souza Kasprzyk

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Polar Art Work on Instagram (21 September)

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Lisa Roberts is an artist and interactive author, who leads the Living Data program, to explore with scientists and other artists the similar and different ways we understand and respond to the changes.

After working in Antarctica as an Australian Antarctic Arts Fellow, Lisa moved to Sydney and completed a Diploma of Aboriginal Studies at Eora College, and then a PhD in New Media Arts at the University of New South Wales. Her work is presented online, in public spaces and at conferences and exhibitions, including Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings and climate art and science festivals.

Find more information on Lisa on her website:


See Lisa's video productions on Instagram on 21 September, 14:00 GMT!



Flyers designed by Gerusa Radicchi

Iceland's Early Career Scientists presenting their research (21 September)

405 APECS Iceland Polar Week eventIt's the International Polar Week from 19 September to 25 September 2021 and APECS Iceland joins the celebrations with its first hybrid event, supported by LÍS - Landsamtök Íslenska studenta. Join us listening to a few of Iceland's Early Career Scientists talking about their research. You can either join in person or online via Zoom.

When? 21.09.2021 18:00-19:00 GMT

The in-person event will take place in Borgartún 6, 4th Floor BHM Conference Room, Reykjavik. If you are not in Reykjavik, no worries, you can join the talks online. After filling out the online registration form you will receive a link for the online session on Zoom.

 Photo by Katharina Heinrich, Design by Sammi Lai

“From the research abstract to the comic: I cannot draw, but sketch my science!” (23 September)

Are you looking for new, refreshing ways to communicate your science? What about hand-drawn sketches or comics?

A picture is worth a thousand words and helps you focus on the main message, and choose the most simple way to illustrate it. Therefore, sketches are a powerful tool of science communication. Do you want to learn this art?

Join us during the APECS Polar Week and the ICYMARE conference on the 23.09 between 12:30 and 15:30.

All details on APECS Germany's homepage!

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Polar Party (24 September)

364 PolarParty DesignerNicholas Palato PolarWeek 2021Dear Polar and Cryosphere Early Career Researchers,

It has been a tough year and if there’s one thing we’ve all been desperately missing during this pandemic, it’s dancing. Around the world, music and dance bring people and cultures together across the barriers of language and politics, and even scientific disciplines. Thus, APECS is creating a meeting point to celebrate via polar-themed songs with the combination of mixed popular and cultural songs worldwide on September equinox. Join us during this year’s Polar Week for a 45-minute release of all the pent-up energy and self-expression polar scientists keep hidden under our icy exteriors. The event will begin with a rousing game of Kahoot (the prize of the INTERACT Fieldwork Planning Handbook to the winner), followed by our polar-themed music playlist (organized on Youtube). Come shake, shiver, and slide with us at the first ever virtual Polar Party!


The party takes place on 24 September 2021, 20:00 GMT.


You can register to the event by filling the Zoom registration form and also suggest some extra songs for the music playlist via this form.

We look forward to celebrating polar regions together!

Designed by Nicholas Parlato, Photo from Canva 

Polar Poetry Contest

282 Flore van Maldeghem Polar Week March 2021 Photo CompetitionWe are looking for artistic and inspirational poems about Arctic, Antarctic, and the wider cryosphere – whether it is describing the landscapes that took your breath away, fieldwork hardships, encounters with nature or your longing for the polar regions. Put your thoughts into the form of a poem and submit it to the Polar Poetry Contest.

If you prefer to submit in a language other than English, please provide an English translation along with your work. Suggested submission length is 4 - 40 lines.

Please spread the word to your peers and other polar enthusiasts. The winner will be announced on the 27th September 2021, and awarded with a prize!

If you have questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Photo by Flore Van Maldeghem

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The APECS Art Project Group is currently reviewing the poem submissions

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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..

Contact APECS

APECS International Directorate
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research
Telegrafenberg A45
14473 Potsdam
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