Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

APECS International would like to recognize and honor the efforts of their mentors within the international polar science community. This award has been created to acknowledge the time and energy that mentors dedicate to early career researchers each year, and their efforts in building a supportive community.

Nomination Instructions and Process 2016

The nomination process is open from 1 November 2015 until 7 February 2016 (23:59 Central Europe Time). The nomination form is available here. Only complete nomination packages are accepted. To check what to include in your nomination package read the instructions below. 


If a nominated mentor does not receive the award in the year of submission, they will automatically be considered for the following two years (three year total). After this, a mentor’s nomination will need to be re-submitted.

Review Process, criteria, & decision

Award Committee

Each year the Award Committee will be made up of early-career scientists from the APESC Council and Executive Committee appointed in October. The APECS Executive Director will support the committee as a non-voting ex-officio.

Award Committee (2015-2016):

  • Zuzanna Swirad, Durham University, UK (Chair)
  • Jennifer Cooper, Cornell University, US
  • Gunnar Mar Gunnarson, Cambridge University, UK
  • Mar Fernandez Mendez, Norwegian Polar Institute, Norway
  • Ruth Vingerhagen, University of St. Andrews, UK
  • Matthias Wietz, University of Oldenburg, Germany
  • Sara Strey, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, US
  • Gerlis Fugmann, APECS / UiT The Arcitc University of Norway, Norway (ex-officio)

If you have any questions regarding this award please do not hesitate to contact the Award Committee Chair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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