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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).

ARCTIC FRONTIERS Logo new 2013Here is a great opportunity for you to gain some leadership experience from the APECS partner - the Arctic Frontiers conference!

Arctic Frontiers 2015 will be held at the University of Tromsø, Norway from 18 - 23 January 2015. The theme of the conference is “Climate and Energy”. Arctic Frontiers is a major Arctic forum that brings together science, industry and policy. As with previous years the policy section will run for the first two days (19 - 20 January) followed but three days of science section (21 - 23 January). The science section will have three parts:

Part 1: Climate change in the Arctic - global implications: The Arctic is subject to significant climate change. What are the major physical mechanics involved in Arctic climate change, how do we monitor them and how do we interpret them? What kinds of implications does the warming have in the Arctic, and on other parts of the globe?

Part 2: Ecological winners and losers in future Arctic marine ecosystems: A wide perspective on a suite of relevant ecological issues subjected to climate change will be illuminated. In particular attention will be drawn to the polar night ecology and how life cycle of organisms may change with an early ice melt and late freezing period. How will advection of warm Atlantic water change the production regime in the gateways to the Arctic Ocean? How will microbiology, of far less studied in the Arctic Ocean, react to warming, increased melting ice, more stratification and more light? How will the function of the marginal ice zone change as ice get thinner and withdraws earlier towards the North Pole?

Part 3: The Arctic’s role in the global energy supply and security: The global demand of energy is increasing and at the same time the world is working to reduce the level of CO2 emissions. Fossil energy is expected to remain the dominating energy source and new resources are made available through shale oil and gas. At the same time a number of renewable energy sources are on the rise. What are the assumptions on the global energy mix of the future? The Arctic is rich in both carbon based and renewable sources of energy, some easy to produce and transport and some more challenging. The energy potential in the High North must compete for investments globally. What will the Arctic’s role be in the future global energy supply and security picture?

We are very happy to announce that APECS has been asked to nominate for each of the three parts one early career researcher to join the scientific committees (3 early career researchers in total) for Arctic Frontiers 2015. No special travel funding can be provided by the Arctic Frontiers secretariat but the three early career researchers will receive free registration.

We encourage all early career researchers to apply for this opportunity - so feel free to pass this along to others you know. If you are interested to take this opportunity please send your CV and a Statement of Interest (including why you are interested in this opportunity, which part you would be interested in joining and why you fit scientifically within that part) to the info@apecs.is by May 19th, 2014. All applications will be considered by the APECS Director, members of the APECS Executive Committee and representatives of Arctic Frontiers.

Should you have any questions please contact Gerlis Fugmann at gerlis.fugmann@apecs.is. More about the Arctic Frontiers conference at http://arcticfrontiers.com/

Do you work on ocean acidification in the polar regions? 

The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP) is currently preparing its second assessment on Arctic Ocean
acidification. APECS has been asked to nominate an early-career researcher to participate in this process as an
expert. This expert would also be invited to participate in a workshop on May 27-28 2014 in Gothenburg, Sweden where a
draft extended outline for the assessment will be prepared.

Participation in this assessment provides a unique opportunity for an early-career researcher working on ocean
acidification to influence policy and work with AMAP. This will be the second assessment undertaken by AMAP on
acidification. The first assessment can be found here:
http://www.amap.no/documents/doc/AMAP-Arctic-Ocean-Acidification-Assessment-Summary-for-Policy- makers/808

Although neither APECS nor AMAP have funding to send the selected candidate to the workshop or finance work / research
that would have to be done by the candidate for the assessment, participation in the assessment without attending the
workshop and on your own costs is still a great opportunity and completely possible.

If you are interested in participating as an expert in the assessment, please send us a full CV and a brief statement
of interest (1/3 page max) stating your interest in participating in this process and explaining how your research
background makes you a suitable expert on the topic by April 2nd, 2014. If you are able to attend the workshop portion of the assessment
please indicate this, if you are unable to attend the workshop on your own expenses, this is not a problem, but should
be indicated.


Video recordings from the Winter webinar series on ice-ocean interactions are now posted on the APECS Vimeo site (http://vimeo.com/apecs/videos). Webinar topics included Sea Ice-Ocean Interactions (http://vimeo.com/89560166), Marinte-Terminating Glaciers (http://vimeo.com/89560563), and Glacial Fjords (http://vimeo.com/89560562).


Links to the webinars can also be found on the Ice-Ocean Interactions research feature webpage (http://www.apecs.is/research-sp-359857820/areas-of-research/geosciences/iceocean) along with background information on glacier- and sea ice-ocean interactions, abstracts and citation information for relevant journal articles, and links to journals that frequently include ice-ocean articles. If you would like to recommend additional content for the research feature webpage, please contact Ellyn Enderlin.

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