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web apecsAPECS is excited to announce that another leadership term has begun on 1 October 2014!

APECS Executive Committee 2014-2015:

APECS’ seventh Executive Committee (ExCom) is now in place and ready to continue to shape the polar world.

  • Ivan Dubinenkov (Alfred-Wegener Institute, Germany)
  • Ruth Hindshaw (University of St. Andrews, United Kingdom)
  • Heather Mariash (McGill University, Canada)
  • Jean-Sébastien Moore (Université Lavel, Canada)
  • Tristy Vick-Majors (Montana State University, United States)

have been elected to form the ExCom, the main leadership body of APECS. Jennifer Provencher (Canada) and Yulia Zaika (Russia) will serve as ex-officios and support the new ExCom over the coming year. And of course, Gerlis Fugmann, the APECS Executive Director will continue to support and foster the group from the directorate office in Tromsø, Norway.

More information on the APECS 2014-2015 Executive Committee can be found here: http://www.apecs.is/en/about-apecs/leadership/executive-commitee/2014-2015

JSMooreAPECS President 2014-2015:

With a new term, comes a new president, and this year Jean-Sébastien Moore will be taking on this role. Jean-Sébastien is a postdoc at Laval University in Québec City. He has been doing research in the Canadian Arctic since 2008 working on Arctic char, an important fish for the Inuit people. His current research integrates the use of genomic tools with acoustic telemetry to track the migrations of commercially exploited stocks of char. He has been involved with APECS for several years, first as a founding board member of APECS Canada, as an APECS Council member, and as an ExCom vice-president in 2013-2014.

APECS Council 2014-2015:

This year the APECS council is made up of 23 very enthusiastic members from 11 countries: Jennifer Balmer (USA), Erik Behrens (New Zealand), Roxanne Beltran (USA), Alice Bradley (USA), Archana Dayal (India), Rachel Downey (Germany), Francyne Elias Peira (Spain), Ellyn Enderlin (USA), Dave Grant (USA), Laura Elena Kelvin (Canada), Alia Khan (USA), Minkyoung Kim (South Korea), Elena Kuznetsova (Norway), Michael Laiho (UK), Sílvia Lourenco (Portugal), Adam Naito (USA), Hanne Nielsen (Australia), Daria Shapovalova (UK), Laura Fleming-Sharp (USA), Zuzanna Swirad (UK), Anna Varfolomeeva (Russia/Hungary), Amanda Winegardner (Canada), Scott Zolkos (Canada)

Additionally, Russell Fielding (USA), Christie Logvinova (USA / Russia), Allen Pope (USA), Kim Jochum (USA), Silje-Kristin Jensen (Norway), Tosca Ballerini (France), and Mariette Wheeler (South Africa) remain on the Council in ex-officio roles.

More information on the APECS 2014-2015 Council can be found here: http://www.apecs.is/en/about-apecs/leadership/council/2014-2015

We once again thank the many APECS leaders that have come before us and have helped guide and foster many of those serving today! We look forward to another year with the projects that are currently underway, and continue to look for more ways that we can serve and help early career polar researchers around the world.

We have another great volunteer opportunity for one of you!

Astronomy and Astrophysics from Antarctica (AAA) is one of the Scientific Research Programmes of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), one of APECS long-term partner organisations. The objectives of Astronomy & Astrophysics from Antarctica are to coordinate astronomical activities in Antarctica in a way that ensures the best possible outcomes from international investment in Antarctic astronomy, and maximizes the opportunities for productive interaction with other disciplines. Their scope also includes astronomy from the Arctic, so someone with research interests in this area would also be eligible. For more information on SCAR AAA go to http://www.astronomy.scar.org/

We are looking for an early career researcher to join the Steering Committee of the SCAR AAA. Ideally this early career researcher would serve on the SCAR AAA Steering Committee until the end of 2016.

If you are interested in this opportunity and your research background would fit this group, please send a statement of interest, description of your research background and CV to info@apecs.is by no later than 1 October 2014.

If you have any questions please contact info@apecs.is

The International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS) and the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) are looking for early career researchers to be co-conveners for several sessions of the IACS Symposia during the 26th IUGG (International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics) General Assembly 2015 that will take place from 22 June - 2 July 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic.

The sessions that need early career co-conveners are:

  • C01 GLIMS and the Randolph Glacier Inventory: where Do We Go from Here?
  • C04 Modelling of Mountain Glaciers, Past and Future
  • C06 Ice Sheet and Ocean Interactions on Multiple Scales
  • C07 Understanding Linkages between Different "Elements" of the High-Latitude Cryosphere
  • C11 Climate Downscaling for Modelling Glacier Mass Balance
  • C15 Cryosphere, Atmosphere and Climate: Evaluation of the Cryosphere in CMIP5 Models
  • C16 Cryosphere, Atmosphere and Climate: The Cryosphere and Polar Amplification of Climate
  • C17 Challenges in Cryospheric Sciences: Past, Present and Future

You can find a more detailed description of each of those sessions including the information who the main conveners will be here http://www.iugg2015prague.com/iacs-symposia.htm

To apply to be a session co-convener, please fill out this form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1dNfpMOw_jh-syYLpCqsnnuHFSyO2dqqxeyk2FZbL0Go/viewform#start=invite no later than 28 September 2014.

APECS will be selecting the co-conveners from all applicants in cooperation with IACS and will inform the successful applicants in early October. If you have problems accessing this online form, contact info@apecs.is and I will be emailing you a Word version.

The IASC-INTERACT-CliC-AMAP GEO cross-disciplinary workshop on "Arctic snow cover changes and their consequences" will be in Copenhagen on the 16-17th of October this year. The organizers would like to invite 1 or 2 APECS members to join the meeting and to contribute to the work of the committee both during and after the event. Funding for travel is available and further details can be found here.

If you have the appropriate background and would like to apply for this opportunity. Please send us your CV and a brief statement of interest by Tuesday, September 23nd to info@apecs.is.

polar week logo 0APECS is excited to celebrate polar science and discovery during the International Polar Week September 2014 from 20 - 28 September 2014 and we encourage all of our members and National Committees to participate with events and activities! Please therefore distribute this email as much as possible within your National Committees!

Are you planning an event or activity? Please send us an email as soon as possible to info@apecs.is including:
- title of the event / activity
- short description of the event / activity (1 - 2 paragraphs max)
- when and where the event / activity will take place

Do you have a suggestion for an activity that can be done during Polar Week and that you want to share with others? Also send us an email to info@apecs.is with a short description by 15 September.

Do you need suggestions on what you could do during Polar Week? We will be adding a list of suggested activities to the APECS International Polar Week 2014 website over the coming weeks to give you an inspiration on what you could organise. Please also look at the Polar Outreach Catalogue (http://www.apecs.is/en/outreach/polar-outreach-publications/polar-outreach-catalogue) which lists hundreds of outreach activities that happened during the International Polar Year 2007-2008 and which can also give you ideas on what to do.

All planned events / activities as well as activity suggestions will be added to the APECS International Polar Week September 2014 website: http://www.apecs.is/en/outreach/polar-week/polar-week-september-2014

What to do after International Polar Week September 2014? Please send us an article for our APECS News about your events and activities that you organised by no later than 15 October 2014. We will be adding those on the APECS website under APECS News and so showing all of our members what amazing activities have been organised as part of this upcoming Polar Week!

Thank you and we hope to hear from all of you!

HURRY UP if you are interested in applying for either the APECS Council and Executive Committee for the 2014-2015!

1) APECS Council:

The APECS Council is a larger leadership body in APECS and its members are involved in many activities: they organize activities for early career researchers around the world; they shape the future of APECS together with the Executive Committee and the Directorate by helping to plan the directions, goals and objectives of our organization; they serve as representative of an international community; and they help to keep our members updated on new results in polar research! . 

Council members can choose to be on one (or more) of these sub-committees): Research Activities Committee (RAC), Education and Outreach Committee (EOC) and Membership and Involvement Committee (MIC).

The new Council term for 2014-2015 is starting on 1 October 2014 and Council term is for one year. There is no maximum size to the APECS Council, so any APECS member that wants to get active can apply! Especially if this is your first time wanting to get involved in APECS, we really encourage YOU to consider applying for it and help us shape our organization and the future of polar research!

How do I apply? All information on how to apply and what to submit as part of your application can be found here http://www.apecs.is/en/about-apecs/leadership/council/2014-2015

2 ) APECS Executive Committee

The APECS Executive Committee (ExCom) assures the directions and goals of the organization are carried out and are responsible for many of the activities of the organization on a more proactive basis. They are responsible for guiding the organization and helping to set priorities and make sure we are working closely with partners and our members. As such, they are working very closely with the Director on the day-to-day decision-making, overseeing and supporting projects in APECS as well as working with the Council and other committees and working groups in APECS. So if you want to get even more deeply involved, the ExCom is the right place for you!

The ExCom has 5 members which are elected by the APECS Council for one year starting 1 October 2014. One of them will serve as APECS President for 2014-2015, the others are Vice-Presidents of APECS for that term.

How to apply? The ExCom elections follow a strict timeline and application procedure which can be found here http://www.apecs.is/en/about-apecs/leadership/executive-commitee/2014-2015

APPLICATION DEADLINES FOR BOTH THE APECS Council and Executive Committee are on 10 September!!!! For questions and to submit your application contact info@apecs.is


  • Applications to the ExCom: no exception can be made to the application deadline so if you are interested in applying make sure that we have your application by 10 September.
  • Applications to the Council: in general applications to the Council are accepted at any time during the year. But if you want to start right away for the new term starting October 1, please make sure to send in your application before 10 September. Due to the transition period to the new 2014-2015 Executive Committee at the end of September and beginning of October, Council applications received after September 10th will not be dealt with until later in October.

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