If you have been selected as an APECS representative or ECR participant, please read the information below.
APECS or our partner organization will inform you if you have been selected and get you in touch with your relevant contact people within the partner organizations (e.g. committee chair) and any information you might need for your role.
Specifically for APECS representatives:
- Review the APECS goals and objectives
- Review the APECS representative summary report – there is one version for representatives attending meetings/workshops and one for serving on a committee. You will need to complete this form so that we can share it with our members and our partners. The summary will be added to the APECS News and the APECS Representatives pages.
- Review any documents sent to you by the meeting you will be attending or the organization / committee you will be included in (e.g. meeting documents) and the website of the organization/group who is putting the meeting on or that you will be working with on the committee. Make sure you understand acronyms associated with the group (or at least have a cheat sheet) so that you can follow the meeting without confusion. APECS has a great database of some of the most common acronyms used.
If you have been selected to attend a meeting, or will attend a meeting as part of a longer-term position please read the following information:
During the meeting:
- We ask that you represent yourself as who you are (i.e. PhD student at Carleton University, Canada) and as an APECS representative (if you are asked to do so).
- If you are attending a meeting that has multiple sections or groups, join the group that interests you the most. We want you to get as much out of the meeting as possible, just make sure to attend the main sessions that will allow you to summarize the main points of the meetings.
- Network! One of the benefits of going to meetings is that you get to meet and interact with people you may not normally see.
- Take notes. You will need to complete the report after the meeting.
After the meeting:
- If you made some contacts, be sure to follow up with those people. Send an email touching base with people you exchanged cards with. Even if there are no obvious collaborations or connections to make, it is always nice to expand your professional network, and future projects are always in the works.
Some positions are on committees that meet regularly online rather than at a single in-person meeting. For these representatives, the basics are mostly the same with a couple of small differences.
- Update reports should be submitted once every six months (with reporting deadline being 1 March and 1 September), unless the committee meets less than four times per year, in which case annual reports will suffice. Annual report should be sent no later than 1 September of any given year to ensure the information can be included in the APECS Annual Report.
- If at the end of your term a new APECS representative is replacing you on the committee, talk to them to make sure they are up to date on what has happened during your term.