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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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Francisco

 National University Andrés Bello, Chile 

 APECS Council Ex-Officio

 APECS Executive Committee 2008-2009, 2009-2010 / APECS Chile

My interest on polar environment started very early as I lived during my childhood, in the city of Punta Arenas, Chile, at southern Patagonia. From there I moved to Concepción (Chile), to study Geology with polar-research always in mind. I started to work on Antarctic research being an undergraduate student, as field investigator in frame of a project funded by the Chilean Antarctic Institute (INACH). The aim was to study the evolution of the Gondwana break-up, based in paleontological and geological evidences. During these expeditions we worked at different points of the South Shetland Islands.At the beginning of 2007 I received a DAAD scholarship to initiate a PhD in Germany, at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and the University of Potsdam, where I specialized in Geochemistry. Now the objectives of my research moved to the recent climate variability and glaciology of Antarctica. In this period three new expeditions to the Antarctic Peninsula followed. I graduated in early 2012.Currently I´m back to Chile and working at the National University Andrés Bello as a research fellow, planning new research for the following years.

What most attracted me from APECS, was the idea of collaboration between young researchers from different disciplines and nationalities. Even more, I saw APECS become the world leading organization for young scientist related to the cryosphere. I was really lucky to attend several scientific meetings like SCAR, IUGG, IPY, and many others, where every time APECS was rising in number of participants and events. I participated from 2009 to the present as an Executive Committee member and Council member. Together with other young researchers, we started the Chilean APECS Chapter, hopping to motivate many other scientists to do more polar research. We hope to be able to motivate the younger generations to get involved and continue to understand the Antarctic dynamics, which by the way has a strong influence in our continent and country.  


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