Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


APECS logoAPPLY for the APECS Executive Committee to help shape our organization over the next year and help influence the future of polar research!

The elections for the 2020 - 2021 APECS Executive Committee will be held in September 2020 for the term from 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2021. Application deadline is on 28 August 2020!

The APECS Executive Committee (ExCom) consists of five members, who are elected by the APECS Council to manage the day-to-day decisions of the organization. You can find information about the ExCom on the APECS website. This includes some general information, the list of current ExCom members, as well as summaries of their meeting notes.

Elections timeline:

  • 28 August 2020 at 23:59 GMT: application deadline
  • 31 August - 13 September 2020: Review period within the APECS Council including Q&A with APECS Council and ExCom applicants
  • 14 - 18 September 2020: Voting period within the APECS Council
  • 19 - 30 September 2020: Final vote count, review of results, transition process
  • 1 October 2020: Announcement of the 2020 - 2021 APECS Executive Committee and President

For any questions, the ExCom Election Coordinators 2020 (Jilda Caccavo, Juan Höfer and Heike Midleja) can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Who is eligible to apply?

The Executive Committee is a rewarding, very high-paced and work-intensive committee, and its members must be willing and able to contribute actively throughout their term on a daily basis (except of course during e.g. field work, exam periods, holidays) via emails and attend the online ExCom calls every two weeks. This is why we require applicants to meet certain criteria:


Please note that for the work on the APECS Executive Committee a good background knowledge of our APECS activities, projects and internal processes is required as one of your roles will be to mentor and advise our many committees, project groups and other activities. If you have not been actively involved in APECS before, we strongly recommend that you gain some experience on our APECS Council or National Committees first before applying for the Executive Committee. Applications for our APECS Council are accepted until 31 July 2020. To get involved in the APECS National Committees, please contact their leaderships.

How to apply?

What is the process for applicants after the applications deadline?

Contact APECS

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