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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.

We will have elections again in September for a new APECS Executive Committee for the 2014-2015 term!

APECS is an internationally respected association and is recognized as one of the major legacies of the 4th International Polar Year. Our great members, particularly those of our past APECS Executive Committees and Councils have largely contributed to this through their excellent and hard work. To maintain this high level of success, and bring new vision and ideas to APECS, it is truly important for you to be active in this election.

 Now YOU get the chance to influence the future of polar research and we want to encourage YOU to apply for the new APECS Executive Committee or nominate someone you think would do a great job of shaping our organisation!

 What does the APECS Executive Committee do and who can apply?

Check out the APECS website at http://www.apecs.is/about-apecs/leadership/executive-commitee for more information.

 What is the timeline for the election?

 The 2014-2015 APECS Executive Committee elections timeline is as follows:

 28 July – 7 September 2014: Accepting nominations

 8 – 9 September 2014: Preparation of review and voting period

 10 – 21 September 2014: Review of applications by APECS Council: current APECS Council members have the chance for a Question & Answer session both via email and during a conference call with the ExCom applicants. Important: Applicants have to be available for questions and the conference call during this time.

 22 – 26 September 2014: Voting by the APECS Council members on the ExCom applicants

 27 – 30 September 2014: Final vote count and review of votes, transition process

 1 October 2014: official announcement of the 2014-2015 APECS Executive Committee and the 2014 – 2015 APECS President

How do you apply?

 It’s easy!

 1)    Contact the election coordinators before submitting your application to discuss your plans and to find out more about the ExCom and how you could potentially contribute to it in the coming term. Just send a message to info@apecs.is

2)     Submit your application containing:

  1. basic biographical information (name, institution, contact details, country of residence and origin),
  2. a brief biosketch that gives us a better picture of who you are (e.g. research theme and interests, your hobbies, etc.),
  3. a photo of yourself that we can use for the APECS website,
  4. the names and contact details of two referees, and
  5. a statement of interest detailing why you are interested in serving on the APECS Executive Committee and how you would like to contribute to APECS as a member of the APECS Executive Committee. Please also include any past involvement in organizing APECS activities, or other exeriences that would make you a good candidate. An outline of what we are specifically hoping you address in your statement of interest and general information about the election procedure is available on the APECS website at http://www.apecs.is/about-apecs/leadership/executive-commitee

Applications for the APECS Executive Committee will be accepted starting 28 July 2014 (if you are on fieldwork you can already send in your application earlier). Please email your application as one PDF to info@apecs.is. Application deadline is 7 September 2014!

 If you have any questions about what it means to be a member of the APECS Executive Committee, the application process or any other queries, please send an email to info@apecs.is.

The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) and APECS are happy to announce an exciting opportunity for early career researchers to get involved as contributing authors for the writing of the Bering / Beaufort / Chukchi regional report for the AMAP Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic – Part C (AACA-C) project! Applications deadline will be 23 June!!

  • Do you work on fisheries, mining or sustainable resources in the Bering / Beaufort / Chukchi Region?
  • Do you work on ocean acidification in the polar oceans?
  • Are you are climate or sea ice modeler in the Bering / Beaufort / Chukchi region?
  • Do you work on freshwater ecosystems and they might change under warming climatic conditions in the Bering / Beaufort / Chukchi Region?
  • Do you work indigenous and northern communities in Bering / Beaufort / Chukchi Region?
  • Or do you work on any other issues in the Bering / Beaufort / Chukchi region that are of concern with changing climatic conditions? Biological, physical, societal, all of the above?

Do you want to make sure that your work gets incorporated into the next Arctic Council's AMAP assessment examining how the Bering / Beaufort / Chukchi Region will change over the next 30 to 50 years, and what type of adaptation actions are needed?

If the answer is yes then you should apply to become involved the AMAP's Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic (AACA) assessment.

AMAP has initiated the project “Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic (AACA)” with the overarching goal to “enable more informed and responsive policy and decision-making related to adaptation action in a rapidly changing Arctic”. Two sub-projects, AACA-A and B, have already been completed, the third (AACA-C) will report to the Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in 2017. For more information go to http://www.amap.no/adaptation-actions-for-a-changing-arctic-part-c

AMAP is currently looking for contributing authors to the various chapters of the report and asked APECS to nominate some early career researchers for this opportunity. Please note that nomination is not a guarantee that you will be selected to be a contributing author. The final selection will be made by the Coordinating Lead Authors and the Regional Implementation Team (RIT) of the project. For more info go to http://www.amap.no/documents/doc/aaca-nomination-letter-200214/1058

If you are interested in being nominated for this opportunity as an early career contributing author, you should:

  • have a research focus in the Bering / Beaufort / Chukchi Region
  • have research experience in a field covered by the Bering / Beaufort / Chukchi Region
  • be at the PhD level or higher (PhD candidates will also be considered)

APECS will be collecting the applications from early career researchers that are interested in being a contributing author for the Bering / Beaufort / Chukchi regional report, we will review them to make sure they meet the necessary criteria and then will send the nominations to AMAP.

What information do we need from you?

  • some basic information: Name, affiliation, address, phone number, email, date of birth and any websites you might have that could be relevant to this project
  • educational background: all degrees (include institution and year)
  • professional background: positions held
  • research background: main field of expertise; years of experience; relevant past and ongoing projects publications (pick the 5 most recent publications relevant to this role)
  • statement of interest why you are interested in contributing and the type of contribution you would like to make (maximum ¼ page)
  • which chapter of the report you would like to contribute to
  • any funding issues and any possible conflicts of interest
  • your full CV including list of publications

Please send all of this by 23 June to info@apecs.is

web apecsNP logo engelsk A4 copyAntarctic Environments PortalAPECS is proud to announce a new collaboration with the Antarctic Environments Portal (Portal) project. To kick off this collaboration, representatives from the Portal project team and APECS will jointly convene a workshop for Early Career Scientists (ECSs) at the upcoming SCAR Open Science Conference (OSC) in Auckland, New Zealand. This workshop is a great opportunity for ECSs to be involved in the development of a potentially significant tool to link Antarctic science and Antarctic policy. The workshop is open to 25 ECS applicants who will also receive a NZ$ 50 grant each as contribution towards their expenses. Funding for the workshop is kindly provided by the Norwegian Government.

Date: Thursday 28 August 2014

Time: 18:00 – 20:00

Location: Auckland Room 3, SkyCity Convention Centre, 88 Federal Street, Auckland, New Zealand

Focus Group: Early Career Scientists

Limit of Participants: 25

Cost: Free + catering will be provided

Apply by 30 June 2014 and join the workshop to not just learn more about the Portal but exchange your views with our five mentors from the Portal project team and Steering Committee:

− Birgit Njåstad, Norwegian Polar Institute, Norway

− Prof. Steven Chown, Monash University, Australia

− Dr. Neil Gilbert, Constantia Consulting, New Zealand

− Dr. Fraser Morgan, Landcare Research, New Zealand

− Prof. David Walton, British Antarctic Survey (Emeritus Fellow), United Kingdom


The Portal (environments.aq) is a project to link the growing body of scientific research on Antarctica with the governance work of the Antarctic Treaty System, in particular through the Committee for Environmental Protection (CEP). The Portal is an online platform including summaries of the state of knowledge on CEP priority issues, the management of those issues and environmental pressures. Information in the Portal is based on peer-reviewed science and existing CEP materials. The content is intended to be non-technical and a-political. It is subject to a robust editorial process.

The current management of the Antarctic Environments Portal is provided by Antarctica New Zealand, the technical design and development is currently provided by Landcare Research New Zealand. Partner organisations are: SCAR, the Australian Antarctic Division, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, the Norwegian Polar Institute and the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. A steering group comprised of scientists, policy and technical experts and a SCAR representative provide leadership, oversight and expert guidance to the Project Manager.


The Portal is an exciting initiative at the interface of Antarctic science and policy. A beta or demonstration version of the Portal was recently demonstrated at the meeting of the Antarctic Treaty System's meeting of the Committee for Environmental Protection, and it was very well received The Portal is still under development and will be fully functional by June 2015. The objective of the Portal & APECS workshop is to seek the views of emerging science and policy leaders on the project and on making the Portal user-friendly. This feedback in the development phase will be instrumental to the project's success.


Interested ECSs can apply by sending an expression of interest including brief self-introduction and academic background as well as motivation to attend the workshop to Jana Newman (j.newman@antarcticanz.govt.nz). The application for the workshop will include the consideration for the NZ$ 50 grant for participants. No separate application for sponsorship is necessary. Deadline for applications is Monday 30 June 2014.

For any further questions and enquiries, please contact either Jana Newman (j.newman@antarcticanz.govt.nz) or Sira Engelbertz (sira.engelbertz@pg.canterbury.ac.nz).

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