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APECS is an international and interdisciplinary organization for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, early faculty members, educators and others with interests in Polar Regions and the wider cryosphere. Our aims are to stimulate interdisciplinary and international research collaborations, and develop effective future leaders in polar research, education and outreach. We seek to achieve these aims by:
  • Facilitating international and interdisciplinary networking to share ideas and experiences and to develop new research directions and collaborations;
  • Providing opportunities for professional career development; and
  • Promoting education and outreach as an integral component of polar research and to stimulate future generations of polar researchers.

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ed_butlerEd joined Antarctica New Zealand as Manager Science & Information in October 2008.  Ed is charged with ensuring that Antarctica New Zealand supports high quality research that meets the New Zealand Government’s strategic requirements.  Over the past 18 months, among other things, he has helped to revise New Zealand’s Antarctic Science Strategy and allocated logistic support to a new suite of Antarctic science programmes.

Ed’s passion for Antarctica was fuelled during his PhD study.  His PhD, from Victoria University of Wellington provides a better understanding of the Beaches in McMurdo Sound Antarctica for ice sheet modeling work and involved several field seasons in Antarctica in the late 1990s.

His first job was with the Foundation for Research, Science & Technology, running processes for allocating funding to science organisations focusing on agricultural and food-based research.  He moved to a role in the Treasury monitoring the performance of Crown-owned research organisations before working for Crop & Food Research before taking on his current role.

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eleanor_darlingtonLoughborough University, United Kingdom
UK Polar Network 

Ten years ago a family friend showed a slide show of him working at Halley Research Station, Antarctica. I was hooked! I organised my high school work experience at the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge; a week of metrological observations, ice cores and the desire to travel had me fixed on a career in science. My Masters thesis was observing the interactions between the inflow of Atlantic Water into the Barents Sea, and how this was impacting sea ice formation.

This project led to the UK Arctic Sciences conference, a UKPN workshop and networking day, and a Southern Ocean research cruise! From there a Fram Strait cruise with the Norwegian Polar Institute and at present, an internship with Education Through Expeditions working on the AMT20 project, bringing real science into the classroom from the middle of the Atlantic.

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