Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

Norwegian Highlights: Arctic Frontiers and N-ICE2015

The beginning of 2015 has been very busy in our APECS International Directorate in Tromsø, Norway. We finalized our brand new APECS website together with our partner the Arctic Portal in Iceland and released it last week. Hopefully this will make it easier for all of our members and partners to find all the great resources APECS has to offer and take advantage of them.

ARCTIC FRONTIERS 2015The Arctic Frontiers 2015 Conference was in January in Tromsø, and APECS contributed with a number of events and activities. We held a very successful three-day Science for Schools Event together in partnership with Arctic Frontiers and the Science Centre of Northern Norway (Nordnorsk Vitensenteret). In addition, APECS organised a Science Communication and Media Training Workshop in cooperation with the High North Academy in Tromsø. Last but certainly not least, APECS helped organize the Arctic Frontiers Early Career Poster Awards, to recognise and reward the great science presented by the early career researchers attending Arctic Frontiers. Thank you for all the mentors, presenters, poster judges and members that helped during these events.

n ice2015 big.png 1407099079For the Norwegian highlight of this newsletter, I want to draw your attention to the Norwegian Young sea ICE cruise (N-ICE2015), led by our partner and sponsor the Norwegian Polar Institute. The RV Lance headed North from Tromsø to Svalbard in early January to start its 6-month cruise in the drift ice North of Svalbard. The primary objective of the project is "to understand the effects of the new thin, first year, sea ice regime in the Arctic on energy flux, ice dynamics and the ice associated ecosystem, the local and global climate. Secondary objectives: Understand how available ocean heat is mixed upwards towards the sea ice and to what extent it influences the sea ice energy budget. Understand the fate of solar radiation incident on the first-year sea ice in the region and how its fate is affected by properties of the atmosphere, snow, ice, and ocean. Quantification of the changing mass balance of Arctic sea ice and its snow cover. Model the dynamics of the drifting ice. Understand the ice associated ecosystem and model future changes. Effects on local and global weather systems."

You can read more about the project here and follow their weekly blog or follow them on Instagram and Twitter with #NICE2015Arctic.

A busy summer 2014!

Hi APECS members,

The first snow has fallen here in Tromsø, so winter is definitely slowly but surely on its way in beautiful Northern Norway where our APECS Directorate is located. The last few months have been very busy in the APECS office and for our leadership and many volunteers. Some of the highlights I want to point out in my message this time are:

One of the highlights this summer was the 2014 SCAR Open Science Conference in Auckland, New Zealand in late August. APECS organised three very successful events together with partners: a Science Communications Workshop together with Polar Educators International (PEI), a networking cruise with the SCAR AntClim21 (Antarctic Climate Change in the 21st Century) as well as the Antarctic Environments Portal & APECS workshop. It was great to see so many of you there!

APECS has been busy working with some of our partners to create to more opportunities for early career researchers. I would like to point out the ongoing calls you find in the Feature News section to have early career co-coveners for the IACS Symposia during the 26th IUGG General Assembly as well as the opportunity for one early career researcher to join the Steering Committee of one of SCAR’s Scientific Research Programmes, the Astronomy and Astrophysics from Antarctica (AAA). APECS will continue to work with our partners on many more opportunities for our members over the next year, so keep an eye on our website and emails!

The APECS website is one of our most important platforms to provide information and resources to our members. We are currently working with our partner, the Arctic Portal in Iceland on creating a completely new website to display the content even better and help you find what APECS has to offer more easily. The new website will be launched in fall / winter 2014.

Last but not least: APECS is celebrating International Polar Week September 2014 at the moment and we want to encourage all of you to join us doing so! Some of our National Committees are very actively organising events around the world and any of you can do the same! Find our more information on Polar Week September 2014 here



APECS Nordic Workshop in Helsinki

It has been a while since our last newsletter as the APECS leadership recently decided to switch to a quarterly newsletter to be published in March, June, September and December. We hope that you enjoy this new format with updates from a lot of APECS activities that have happened in recent months, and announcements of new events being planned right now.

I especially want to highlight the APECS Nordic workshop "Connecting Early Career Researchers and Community-Driven Research in the North" that is organised next week (7 / 8 April) in Helsinki, Finland ( This workshop is part of a larger APECS project funded in-part by the Nordic Council of Ministers on "Bridging Early Career Researchers and Indigenous Peoples in Nordic Countries" and will bring together 50 participants and 6 mentors from 12 countries. The workshop will focus on the following themes: "Guidelines / policies for working with indigenous groups", "Effective communication skills", "Successful collaboration efforts with indigenous groups" and "Broader Impacts - Communicating results and outreach". A special thank you goes to the additional support received from the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the United States, and the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat for providing additional travel funds that made is possible for so many early career researchers to attend the workshop.

For my Norwegian piece for this newsletter, I thought I'll highlight the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry (ICR) in Kautokeino (Norway). It was established in 2005 by the Norwegian Government "as a contribution to the unique international cooperation of circumpolar reindeer herding peoples." The centre "is to be a knowledge base for providing, exchanging and developing information and knowledge between different reindeer people, national authorities and research - and academic communities at the national and international levels". It aims to "contribute in maintaining and developing a sustainable reindeer husbandry in the north; strengthen the cooperation between reindeer herding peoples; document and take care of the traditional knowledge of reindeer herders and contribute to knowledge development; communicate knowledge about circumpolar reindeer husbandry" to their target groups which include "reindeer herders, national authorities, research, education and knowledge institutions, organisations and industrial interests." The ICR is also a member of the University of the Arctic. The Secretariat of the Association of World Reindeer Herders (WRH) is also hosted at the ICR. More information can be found on their website

Happy New Year!

APECS is excited for another great year of 2014 with lots of events, activities, resources and opportunities for all of you! As you can see, we are starting the new year with a great new newsletter design! I want to thank our two newsletter editors Anton Van De Putte and Adam Naito for their great work on it and for preparing the APECS newsletter every month!

Clic logo1For my January update, I thought I'll highlight one of our partners and sponsors located also here in Tromsø at the Fram Centre: the Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) project.

APECS and CliC have been working closely together over the last few years in providing opportunities for early career researchers to attend CliC meetings and of course for our joint FrostBytes project. We are also working on some exciting fellowship opportunities for our members through the CliC project, so keep an eye out for more information in the coming months!

CliC aims to improve understanding of the cryosphere and its interactions with the global climate system, and to enhance the ability to use parts of the cryosphere for detection of climate change. The "Climate and Cryosphere" project, a core project of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), encourages and promotes research into the cryosphere and its interactions as part of the global climate system. It seeks to focus attention on the most important issues, encourage communication between researchers with common interests in cryospheric and climate science, promote international co-operation, and highlight the importance of this field of science to policy makers, funding agencies, and the general public. CliC also publishes significant findings regarding the role of the cryosphere in climate, and recommends directions for future study. The International Project Office is hosted by the Norwegian Polar Institute and provides support for people interested in hosting workshops, planning international activities, and more. Learn about CliC's new targeted activities including the Arctic Freshwater Synthesis and more at

APECS celebrating Antarctica Day 2013

AntarcticaDayLogoOn 1 December, APECS helped Our Spaces - Foundation for the Good Governance of International Spaces, Polar Educators International, PolarTREC, the International Polar Foundation, Gateway Antarctica, the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators, eBIRD and the British Antarctic Survey to celebrate Antarctica Day 2013! There were lots of activities and events organised by our APECS Education and Outreach Committee, several APECS National Committees, and members from around the world! Watch out for their reports in the next few weeks on the news pages of the APECS website on how they celebrated Antarctica Day. If you want to find out more about how APECS contributed, go to our Antarctica Day page.

Since it was Antarctica Day this month, I thought I'll highlight a great resource that was developed by a long-term partner and sponsor of APECS, the Norwegian Polar Institute here in Tromsø, Norway:

quantarctica logoNPI logo engQuantarctica: A free GIS package for Antarctica

Quantarctica is a collection of Antarctic geographical datasets which works with the free, open-source software Quantum GIS. It currently includes geography, glaciology and geophysics data, and will expand with contributions from the research community. It is free for non-commercial use, such as research, education, and operation in Antarctica. Development on a public version started in 2012, and the first version was released in 2013.

So go check it out at!

APECS at Arctic Frontiers 2014

This month I would like to highlight the upcoming Arctic Frontiers 2014 conference here in Tromsø, Norway, from 19 - 24 January 2014 with the theme "Humans in the Arctic". APECS is again a partner of the conference this year and one of the main contributor to its Young Scientist Forum activities. We are planning several activities in cooperation with Arctic Frontiers during the week of the conference so those of you who are planning to attend Arctic Frontiers 2014 keep watching our Arctic Frontiers page or go directly to the Young Scientist Forum. Here is what is planned so far:

  • a Science Communication and Media Training Workshop on 19 January
  • a fun Networking Reception "Arctic Games" organised together with the Fram Centre in Tromsø.
  • a "Finding Funding and Proposal Writing" Workshop on 24 January

Registration for the Science Communication and Media Training Workshop will start this week and space is limited. So make sure to sign up quickly if you want to attend. To register for the workshop please go to the APECS Arctic Frontiers page. All other events are open to anyone interested!

APECS is also organising the poster awards for the conference! So keep in mind when you are presenting a poster, that all posters of early career researchers are eligible to win an award!

For those of you needing financial support to attend the conference, Arctic Frontiers is offering a limited amount of funding to support the participation and accommodation for young researchers attending the conference. To apply for funding you need to have an abstract (oral or poster presentation) accepted at the conference. Applications should include you name, affiliation and a short CV and sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I'm looking forward to seeing some of you here in January!

New APECS Director in Tromsø!

Gerlis FugmannHello from beautiful and snowy Tromsø! As you know, October brought not only a change in the APECS Executive Committee and Council, but this year as well in the APECS International Directorate. Since 1 October, I have officially taken over the position of APECS Director and have been getting settled here at the Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economic at the University of Tromsø. I'm very excited to work with all of you in the coming years and hope to get to know many of you at various conferences and meetings. And if you come to Tromsø, make sure to visit our office! You can get a hold of me at any time at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions or want to know how to get involved in APECS.

This month, I've decided to highlight once again the generous sponsors that make the APECS International Directorate Office and my new position possible:

  • The Research Council of Norway promotes basic and applied research and innovation in order to help meet research needs within society. It also works actively to encourage international research cooperation. Underlying all the Research Council's activities is the viewpoint that research expands the boundaries of what we know, understand and can achieve. Research adds cultural resonance to society and creates a viable framework for welfare, value creation and sustainable development, Through its efforts as an advisory body on research strategy issues, a research funding agency and initiator of meeting places and networks, the Research Council seeks to meet and constantly refine the objectives for Norwegian research policy. -
  • The University of Tromsø (UiT The Arctic University of Norway) is the northernmost university of the world. Research and studies offered at the university focus on Arctic and northern issues: marine science, biomedicine, telemedicine, physics, linguistics, multiculturalism and research related to the Saami and indigenous people. The university contributes to the national Norwegian diversity of basic scientific research and for some research areas it shall be among the best international actors. -
  • The Norwegian Polar Institute is Norway's central institution for scientific research, environmental monitoring and mapping of the polar regions. The Institute is the Norwegian authorities' consultant and supplier of knowledge, and contributes to the best possible administration of Norwegian polar areas. Through active participation in national and international bodies, the Norwegian Polar Institute is central when it comes to protecting national interests in matters of research and the environment. -

August 2013: Shape Your Future In Polar Research

pope mugHi APECS, and welcome to August! As you may be aware, APECS is currently in the process of hiring a new Director for the APECS International Directorate office in Tromsø, Norway, and there should be exciting news forthcoming on that front next month. Right now, though, I want to draw your attention to something else that makes APECS such a special organization: the leadership and training opportunities available to early career researchers through the APECS leadership.

It’s that time of year again, when you can put your name forward to help “shape the future of polar research.” Yes, that’s the APECS slogan, but it’s also really what happens as part of APECS. We are encouraging any and all interested APECS members to step up and play a role in determining, executing, and sustaining the APECS resources, events, and programs for the coming year as part of the Executive Committee (ExCom) and the Council. Don’t be fooled by the stodgy names – these are dynamic groups looking for enthusiastic people ready to really get involved, learn and work with peers, and make things happen. If you’re not sure where to begin – just ask us and we’ll help you to figure it out!

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please don’t hesitate to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Until then, I’m looking forward to seeing your applications flowing in!

Allen Pope
Elections Coordinator, 2013-4
ExCom Ex-Officio, 2012-2013
Past President, 2010-2011

APECS Directorate at the Faculty Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics of the University of Tromsø

As many of you know, we have recently received funding for the APECS Directorate in Tromsø for the next 3,5 years. The University of Tromsø will continue to host the APECS International Directorate Office. However, starting from this summer it will become officially attached to the Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics (BFE Faculty). Before, APECS Directorate was formally a part of the University's administration.

BFE is one of the six faculties of the University of Tromsø, and is one of the most active with regards to Arctic and polar research.  With more than 300 employees, and more than 1000 students, the main focus areas of the Faculty are aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, climate, life in the Arctic, marine bio prospecting, fish health, business and macro economics, resources and environment, markets and management of marine resources industry. It has a unique mix of business and enterpreneurship environment, fundamental and applied research. And we expect that with this new place at the BFE Faculty APECS Directorate will be able to integrate to and cooperate more with a local polar and research community!

Read more about the BFE Faculty here.

Become an APECS Director in Tromsø!

tromsoDear APECS community,

The position of APECS director in Tromsø, Norway has been re-announced due to the renewal of our contract. I will be leaving this position this summer ( and as a great APECS supporter, I hope to get a large number of enthusiastic applicants.  Just a reminder, as the APECS Director you will be located in Tromsø, Norway, which is not only famous for being one of the best places in the world to observe breathtaking northern lights (Aurora Borealis).

Tromsø is the world’s centre of polar research! Tromsø includes a great number of polar organizations and institutions in addition to having strong polar traditions and history. For example, the FRAM – High North Research Centre for Climate and the Environment (Fram Centre) that consists of 20 institutions and about 500 polar researchers, the Norwegian Polar Institute – the leading polar institution in Norway, Institute of Marine Research, Akvaplan-niva, NORUT - Northern Research Institute, and many others largely focused on the Northern regions and are all based in Tromsø. Also, several offices of international organizations are hosted here, such as the permanent Arctic Council Secretariat, the International Project Office of the WCRP’s Climate and Cryosphere Project (CliC), and others. Last but not least, the annual Arctic Frontiers conference has become the major Arctic forum in the last years and is usually takes place in the last week of January.

So, as you can see, Tromsø is a great environment and we (APECS leadership) are glad that APECS International Directorate is a part of it!

Don’t miss an opportunity to become an APECS Director in Tromsø! Apply at before June 6th, 2013.

Hilsen fra Tromsø,

"Arctic Ocean Acidification" in Norway

aoa webKey ocean acidification experts are coming to the Arctic Ocean Acidification conference in Bergen, on May 6-8, 2013. Led by the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), this conference will address important topics such as observations and modeling of Arctic Ocean acidification, its effects on marine ecosystems, linkages and feedbacks to the climate system, economic, social and policy implications of the Arctic Ocean acidification. At this conference AMAP will present results of its new assessment on the Acidification in the Arctic Ocean.

Traditionally, AMAP has been supportive to early career researchers and APECS. In cooperation with AMAP, APECS will host a discussion panel on the topic “Ocean Acidification in the future Arctic: From science to policy – tips for early career scientists” on May 7th. This should be interesting! 

Find out more about the conference and APECS Panel at 


APECS in Norway: A good start of the year

Dear APECS community,

APECS has been extremely active in Norway during January-March this year. First, the Arctic Frontiers conference was a great success with a number of side arrangements including the Emerging Leaders and the Young Scientists Forum. Now planning for the next conference is underway, check latest updates at

The University of Tromsø has announced its new leadership – Anne Husebekk, a new rector and her team have a High North among strategic priorities, which is partly reflected in Anne Husebekk's twitter account (@AnneHusebekk) – “University of Tromsø - A partner for development of the Arctic”. This is good news for Arctic researchers and APECS, and we hope for a continuation of fruitful cooperation with the University of Tromsø.

After an invitation from The Economist, three APECS representatives, Ylva Sjöberg, Teresa Valkonen, and myself took part in The Economist's Arctic Summit in Oslo on March 11-12, which was an interesting event. You can find a summary of this meeting under APECS News.

In the upcoming weeks, APECS will be working together with the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme on a thematic discussion panel during the AMAP Arctic Ocean Acidification conference in Bergen, May 6-8, 2013.  This  is expected to be a great event! We thank AMAP for this cooperation and for a financial support to a number of APECS members.

What’s happening now? Nothing, because it is a Påskeferie or Easter holidays!

God Påske fra APECS Directorate!

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