Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

APECS Webinar on Eco-Cultural Communication

APECS Webinar: Understanding the ecological power of communication: Culture & nature tourism contexts

Presented by A/Prof Tema Milstein - University of New Mexico​

Scholars of environmental communication argue that “What we say is what we see” - communication shapes environmental perceptions, and perceptions shape environmental actions. This argument has broad implications at a time when our planet responds to a range of human actions, from the tremendously destructive and extractive to the potentially restorative and transformative. It has particular significance for those who study – and communicate about - the polar regions.

This talk will introduce an overview of the trans-disciplinary field of environmental communication, and introduce several core concepts and frameworks. A/Prof Milstein will use the lens of ecotourism and illustrative examples from her own work, including research on whale and dolphin tourism in North America and New Zealand, to explore an ecocultural way of understanding our current situation.

Tema Milstein worked as a journalist, editor, and current events talk show host before entering academia. She now examines the ways communication functions as a cultural force. Tema’s award-winning ethnographic and qualitative research includes examinations of cultural environmental meaning systems, ecotourism and endangered wildlife, climate crisis activism, culture jamming, and ecopedagogy. You can read her research at and join the conversation in her Ecocultural Communication Facebook group at

Communicating Your Science - USAPECS Spring Webinar Series

USAPECS (the United States national committee of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists) is organizing a webinar series for Spring 2016 (April - June) focusing on how to best share your science, including sessions on:

Directed at early career researchers, webinars are open to those from any career stage.

Registration links are available on the US-APECS website, which will also be updated as details are finalized:!webinars/cdv7

Updates will also be sent to the USAPECS email list. You can sign up for APECS here:

See you at the sessions this spring!

Call For Abstracts "Polar Science: Through New Eyes"

Call for abstracts: APECS International Online Conference

  • Conference Date: 18 May 2016, 08:00-23:00 GMT
  • Event Format: Online conference (webinar)
  • Abstract Submission Deadline: 25 April 2016
  • View schedule and sign up for the audience HERE

Abstracts are now being accepted for the APECS International Online Conference, “Polar Sciences: Through New Eyes” which is scheduled to take place on 18 May 2016. Talks are maximum 12 minutes long, with 3 minutes for questions. This conference will encourage scientific dialogues between early career scientist from multiple disciplines and backgrounds, with presentations on new research perspectives from a range of research fields. With increased attention on the changing polar environment and the future challenges this will bring, this conference aims to convey the broad range of new research currently being conducted internationally.

Early career researchers are well placed to present new developments in their own fields through “new eyes,” while the conference provides an opportunity for those in the audience to gain exposure to a range of new techniques, methods, questions and themes. All polar researchers are invited to share their current research findings, but we particularly encourage the submission of abstracts by early career scientists, so they can gain invaluable experience presenting their research projects to the public. There will be a $300 prize given for best presentation at this conference which has been donated by APECS.

Session Themes

  • Biological – marine/freshwater/terrestrial
  • Geological/Environmental/terrestrial cryospheric environments
  • Atmospherics/Climatology
  • Oceanography/Sea-ice
  • Cultural/Historical/Policy/Education

To submit an abstract, fill in the form at this link

Abstract submission guidelines:

  • All abstracts will be written in English.
  • State which session you want your abstract to be submitted to (refer to sessions available above)
  • Include a short title which summarises your presentation
  • Abstract must be limited to 300 words
  • Include your name and any other authors involved in this presentation
  • Include your institution and your additional author institutions
  • State which country and time zone you will be presenting from, so that we can find a sensible time slot for your presentation

Abstract must be lodged online or emailed to Rachel Downey (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by 25 April 2016.

The APECS International Online Conference will be using GoToWebinar platform (so you can enjoy the conference behind your desk or from your couch!).

Contact APECS

APECS International Directorate
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