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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.

We are excited to announce that registration for the APECS Career Development Workshop is open! The 1-day workshop will be held on 21 May 2014, prior to the International Congress on Arctic Social Sciences VIII ( http://resweb.res.unbc.ca/icass2014/program.htm).

To register for the workshop, please go to  http://apecs.is/apecs-meetings-a-events/upcoming-events/icass-2014/workshop. All APECS members attending the conference are encouraged to register. Registration is free and will be open until 25 April 2014.

The workshop will bring together young scientists and senior scientists to participate in a series of plenary talks, breakout sessions, and discussions. The plenary talks will be focused on career issues such as how to manage your research project and how get your research funded and write a successful proposal. The breakout groups and discussions will highlight the urgent need to incorporate traditional knowledge into research and how to inform policy makers about your research. For more concrete outcomes from the Workshop, we will collect and circulate the summaries and notes of the Workshop to let participants and others who were not able to attend the event to better understand all the mentioned above issues. For more information about the plan for the day, please visit - http://apecs.is/apecs-meetings-a-events/upcoming-events/icass-2014/workshop

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at info@apecs.is 

On 10 and 11 February 2014, a meeting of the extended Steering Group on a Long-Term Cooperative International Initiative took place in Paris. It was kindly hosted by the IOC of UNESCO in Paris, France. WMO supported travel of 4 participants in the meeting, including APECS representative Allen Pope. Other organizations represented included AMAP, IASC, IASSA, IHO, GRID-Arendal, UNESCO, ICSU/Future Earth, EPB, MRI, and more. The meeting was chaired by David Hik and the secretary was Vladimir Ryabinin.

The meeting reviewed polar interests and objectives of participating organizations and made a strong attempt to identify commonalities between them, in the process defining a concept document for an International Polar Partnership Initiative (IPPI). Please take a minute to look at the *draft* IPPI Concept Draft and send feedback on what you think back to Allen. The IPPI group is currently consulting many people and organizations, and the draft will evolve with these discussions. APECS has been a part of the IPPI discussion since it began, and the IPPI is committed to making the voices of early career researchers of all polar disciplines heard now and into the future. Your comments will be heard and acted upon!

This is a good opportunity to also talk about being an APECS rep on a high-level committee like his one. My role was not only to present about APECS and what APECS does, but also use my early career perspective to feed in to discussions. As an early career scientist, I have just as many opinions as senior scientists on, for example, international and interdisciplinary research in a climate with reduced research funding. It is also my role to advocate for training and capacity building aspects to be integrated into any long-term polar initiative. After all, as the future is being planned, it is important to have the future in the room.

In addition, the group’s secretary also gave me more responsibility and opportunity by appointing me to lead one of the breakout groups and put together the concept document draft! It was a bit daunting but also quite rewarding. Finally, I was able to connect with other committee members about ways they can work with APECS, as well as how we might collaborate on future research. The meeting was only two days, but it was an invaluable opportunity that I wouldn’t have had without APECS.

If you’re interested in being an APECS rep on committee like this one, get involved as soon as possible! Keep your eyes open for future opportunitites on the APECS email list, and also contact  info@apecs.is with questions about what you can do now and how APECS can help you shape the future of polar research.

amap logoThe 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 Barents regional report for the AMAP Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic – Part C (AACA-C) project!

AMAP has initiated the project "Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic (AACA)". The overarching goal of the AACA is 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.

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

  • have a research focus in the Barents region
  • have research experience in a field covered by the Barents regional report
  • 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 Barents 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 (see attachment) 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 2 March to info@apecs.is

2013 Sesasons Greetings CovverAPECS had again a very successful year in 2013 and we wanted to thank all of our members, mentors, partners and sponsors for continuing to help us shape the future polar research!

Enjoy some of our best moments of 2013 in our APECS Season's Greetings video http://vimeo.com/82453387

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to all of you! We are looking forward to an amazing year in 2014!

Best wishes,

Gerlis Fugmann, APECS Director
Christie Logvinova, APECS President 2013-2014
on behalf of the APECS Leadership

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