Donations at any level towards supporting APECS helps to sustain our many activites around the world. With a volunteer-driven organization, even a small contribution can go a long way! Your donation will be used to support APECS activities such as career development workshops, mentor discussion panels, education and outreach, and web-based initiatives like the jobs database, mentorship program, webinars, or the virtual poster session
Without your contribution these activities will not happen.
Not convinced yet? Read our funding brochure and this appeal from the APECS president.
Your help in Shaping the Future of Polar Research is truly appreciated.
© Fiona Tummon, Francisco Fernandoy, ECMWF, Cynthia Sassenroth
Changing sea ice, melting glaciers, rising sea level, coastal erosion, extreme weather events, impacts of food and drinking water security, increased development of natural and energy resources, and changes in international shipping and trade routes – these are just some of the noticeable examples of how changes influencing the Arctic, the Antarctic, and the cryosphere impact the lives of every single person on Earth! As the climate changes, the need to predict impacts and find solutions is more important than ever before.
At the same time, many countries are experiencing a decrease in the number of young people choosing science and engineering career paths. Numerous fields of science and engineering, particularly within the academic and research sector, have more people nearing retirement than new recruits to fill those positions. This gap combined with uncertainties in climate impacts creates an urgent need to develop strategies to not only train new researchers, but also help provide the resources and opportunities needed to develop successful careers.
Establishing a solid foundation for a successful polar research career requires not only excellent training in conducting research, but also in a number of ‘soft skills’ which are often not part of a graduate student’s education.
• How do you develop a successful research proposal?
• How do you manage budgets and people?
• How do you communicate your results not only to scientific colleagues but to the general public?
• How do you plan for and execute extensive remote fieldwork?
• How do you decide on what research topics to focus on?
• How do you fund that fieldwork?
• How do you foster productive collaborations and diverse partnerships?
These are just a few of these important skills that young researchers need to have as part of their toolbox.One of the major changes in how science careers progress today versus in past decades is through the enhanced mobility of researchers. Young people are taking advantage of new opportunities and are reacting to changes in national funding priorities for research by moving internationally. This creates a need for resources to help increase the understanding of how various fields of science and education are conducted across international borders. It also makes it more important to have a large network of colleagues to navigate political challenges in order to address critical research needs.As an international network of young researchers working together to help each other and to learn from experienced mentors across national boundaries, APECS is providing resources to strengthen the careers of polar researchers around the world.
As the preeminent international and inter-disciplinary polar organization driven by young researchers in response to their needs, APECS is uniquely positioned to build on the IPY legacy by continuing to create international opportunities for young researchers and those who will become researchers and educators. From its inception, APECS has integrated junior researchers and senior mentors in every activity and has developed strategic partnerships to aide in the professional development of polar researchers. This creates a much needed continuum of knowledge and expertise in research in polar areas which will play a critical role in shaping the future of polar research. Transfer of information and skills will also benefit the planning of future international research projects, including the next IPY, a responsibility charged to APECS by the World Meteorological Organization and the International Council for Science.
Unlike any other organization or effort, APECS is able to harness the energy of early career professionals interested in the Polar Regions to do BIG things. On an international and interdisciplinary stage, APECS unites the expertise, dedication, and enthusiasm of its members with mentors to train, develop, and inspire the next generation of polar researchers and educators.
APECS continues to create innovative ways to share research across national and disciplinary boundaries to create new collaborations and increase our understanding of the Polar Regions. APECS projects are member-driven and coordinated. Through in-person mentoring events, webinars, virtual poster sessions, science communication training and the ability to incorporate new technology and ideas into tangible products, APECS is ready for the shifting requirements of researchers as the need to respond to rapid changes increases.
You can help to continue shaping the future of polar research! A contribution will support this unprecedented user-driven initiative in professional development, science, and education.
Whether an individual, university, company, or foundation, we seek contributions from those who share our interest in better understanding the polar regions, their importance in a global contest, and supporting the career development of young researchers. Whether a 50 EURO individual pledge for three years or a 50,000 EURO corporate contribution, every donation helps.
By supporting APECS, you can reach out to a huge number of future leaders and employees. We recognize all sponsors are unique, so we look forward to working with you to recognize your contribution. Some ways we can do that include:
Sponsors of an event can be given a strong presence and high profile during the entire event as well as in event-related articles and publications. This includes, for example, the option for booths and presentation opportunities during workshops and field schools or a display at a networking reception or during a webinar and on the online archive.• Support a workshop
• Sponsor a networking reception
• Sponsor a mentor panel
• Splash out and sponsor a field school
• Support new learning and communication tools by sponsoring a webinar
• Help us improve and provide better service by sponsoring the evaluation of APECS activities and their impacts
• Sponsor a prize for the most-viewed online poster
• Featured job ad space
• Sponsor an outreach event
• Other ideas are welcome!
Supporters can be highlighted through our rotating ‘Featured Organization’ and are included in the ‘Partners and Sponsors’ section with a description of each organization, web links, contact information, downloadable brochures and multimedia material (when available).
Supporters could have the unique privilege of placing front-page ‘featured’ articles on the APECS website to share time-sensitive announcements relevant to the APECS community. All new material on the APECS website is also available via RSS feed, Facebook, and Twitter.
Sponsors could be given an annual prominent feature in the APECS newsletter, delivered to the inbox of thousands of researchers. This newsletter contains the latest updates on activities, committees, polar and cryosphere related news, and recent job postings and is also distributed by partner organizations.
APECS announcements reach over 2000 early career researchers from all fields of polar science. Sponsors could send targeted messages such as job announcements, course information, conference submission calls, and more to either the entire APECS distribution list or to members from specific countries or research disciplines.
APECS is comprised of enthusiastic polar researchers at many career stages, all looking to be the best polar scientists they can be. APECS can help its sponsors get a young-researcher perspective or find enthusiastic and talented early career participants for your next committee, conference, course, project, or proposal and paper reviews.