Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

News from a variety of sources related to research in the Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine regions as well as the wider Cryosphere. Many thanks to APECS members and the wider Polar research community for contributing to this shared resources! If you have an article to contribute, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Calling all Early Career Researchers and Young Scientists

ICSU World Data SystemThe World Data System (WDS) is a body of the International Council for Science (ICSU) that helps to coordinate and supports research data centres and date services worldwide. Our activities span all disciplines, and are designed to ensure that research data are preserved and openly disseminated to safeguard the integrity of science. WDS is also concerned with the availability to scientists and policymakers of the critical information necessary to manage Earth’s resources wisely.

WDS recognizes the important role of Early Career Researchers in developing and promoting best practice in data management and data sharing through its annual Data Stewardship Award. We have now started to create a WDS Network of Early Career Researchers and Young Scientists (collectively ECRs), and we are looking for enthusiastic and brilliant individuals to take this even further by helping foster better communication among ECRs, and to design activities targeting their interests and concerns.

If you are a data scientist or a scientist who collects and uses large data resources then this Network is specifically for you. Moreover, if you are interested in becoming involved in WDS endeavours and would like to contribute to the development of ‘next-generation’ data practices, then please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more about joining the WDS ECR Network.

Svalbard Science Conference 2017

SvalbardScienceConference2017Svalbard Science Forum and the Research Council of Norway in collaboration with the Norwegian Polar Institute and the Ny-Ålesund Science Managers Committee (NySMAC) invites researchers, research managers and stakeholders to a conference on research in and about Svalbard.

The bi-annual Ny-Ålesund Seminar will be an integrated part of the conference in collaboration with The Norwegian Polar Institute and The Ny-Ålesund Science Managers Committee (NySMAC).

The conference will take place in Oslo, 6-8 November 2017.

It is free to register for the conference and the abstract deadline is 10 August 2017.

Further details, including tentative programme and registration form can be found here.

Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies

PCAS 2017 posterThe Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies (PCAS) is a 14-week, in‐depth, multi‐disciplinary programme of study that critically examines contemporary scientific, environmental, social and political debates focused on Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.

Jointly developed by the University of Canterbury and Antarctica New Zealand, this unique summer programme is the only programme in the world to take students to experience life in the Antarctic – at Scott Base, New Zealand’s station on Ross Island, and at a field campsite on the Ross Ice Shelf. The 10-day visit to Antarctica is supported by Antarctica New Zealand, and participants undertake a mix of analytical and interpretive field projects and environmental monitoring projects in the vicinity of Scott Base.

The programme provides a unique Antarctic experience that is valuable for:

  • Future Antarctic researchers;
  • Employees and managers within National Antarctic Programmes;
  • Employees within government agencies involved in Antarctic policy or environmental management;
  • School teachers and university lecturers; and
  • Antarctic enthusiasts.

The programme can be used as part of a Master’s Degree. While the University of Canterbury does not offer scholarships for PCAS, financial support may be available for participants from National Antarctic Programmes and through external funding bodies.

Please note that applications for PCAS close on 1 August 2017.

For further details, please visit the PCAS website.

Free Polar HPC Training/Tutorial (and hackathon)

The Polar HPDC Research Coordination Network ( is offering a free computing skills training.

When: The mornings (approximately 4 hours each day) of August 1-4, 2017
Where: IACS, Stony Brook University
What: Software Carpentry modules on computing fundamentals, as well as content on high performance computing (HPC) and reproducibility.
Cost: The training is free, but participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses.

To participate: Please fill out this application form by June 30th.

The Polar-HPDC RCN

P.S. Please share!

P.P.S. Polar-HPDC RCN is still open to one or two more proposed teams for the Hackathon portion of this event which will take place each afternoon after the training. Please see a flyer for details of the event and how to apply. Click here to access the application template to submit ASAP. Funding is available for Hackathon participants.

Future Earth offers travel support for early career professionals

Diverse early career professionals in global sustainability, including researchers and leaders in policy, business, civil society and more, can apply for travel grants from Future Earth on a rolling basis.

Future Earth will offer a series of grants to early career professionals to support their travel to sustainability events around the world. The grants are open to early career researchers working in fields relevant to sustainability and to practitioners in policy, business, civil society and more. Interested professionals can apply on a rolling basis throughout the year.

The travel grants will support up to 20 early career professionals each year and provide as much as 1500 Euros in assistance. Professionals can use this support to attend Future Earth events or to serve as ambassadors for the Future Earth mission at other international conferences, workshops and symposia.

For more details about how you can apply for travel support and who is eligible see the official grant description.

For questions about these opportunities, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., capacity building and research enabling officer for Future Earth.

Future Earth is dedicated to supporting early career professionals to become leaders in global sustainability. We work with motivated individuals in and out of research to strengthen their skills in conducting inter- and transdisciplinary research and to build solutions for the challenges facing the world today. As part of these efforts, we partner closely with the Early Career Researchers Network of Networks.

You can learn more about our support for early career professionals here.

2017 Catalyzing New Research Partnerships (Cat-NRP) Program

As part of its efforts to promote and support international collaboration in science and technology, CRDF Global is pleased to announce the 2017 Catalyzing New Research Partnerships Program (Cat-NRP). Through this program, CRDF Global aims to catalyze new international research collaborations designed to open up new scientific directions for U.S. early career scientists, their South/Southeast Asian, Latin American West/Sub-Saharan African counterparts, and the broader international science community.

This solicitation will support travel grants of up to $10,000 for U.S. early-career scientists residing and working in the United States, so that they may travel to one of the aforementioned regions to undertake a new collaboration with a non-U.S. colleague. During visits to their colleague’s institution, CRDF Global expects selected applicants to participate in specific activities including data gathering, preliminary fieldwork, and research planning that will lay the foundation for a new international research partnership.

The scope of the research project that will be eventually undertaken should be in the area of the natural sciences or engineering and must be directly related to one of the following NSF directorates:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Computer and Information Science and Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Geosciences
  • Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Refer to the Request for Proposals (RFP) below for full program guidelines.

To Apply, please submit the required application materials through the electronic proposal submission system:

Call for Papers: Polar Record Special Issue: Education, Outreach, and Engagement

Editors announce a call for papers for a special issue of Polar Record.
This special issue of Polar Record will be dedicated to education, outreach, and engagement related to polar research and will help to draw scholarly attention to this aspect of polar research.

Submission deadline: 31 January 2018.

The special issue will be published in conjunction with the tenth anniversary of the International Polar Year 2007-2008. That International Polar Year led to an upwelling of education, outreach and communication (EOC) initiatives across the polar research community. At the 2016 Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) conference in Kuala Lumpur, the Humanities and Social Science Expert Group identified science communication as a research priority.

Submissions of original research articles of 9,000-12,000 words in length, Research Notes (peer reviewed short articles up to 3,000 words), and Commentaries (focused, view-point coverage of topics relevant to this special issue topic) are invited. Contact the editors if submitting Research Notes or Commentaries prior to submission.

All papers will be subject to the journal's peer-review process and submission does not guarantee acceptance. Accepted papers will be published in FirstView within a month after acceptance with the full special issue due for publication in January 2019.

Papers must be submitted through the journal's online submission center.
Choose the special issue "10 years of Polar Education, Outreach, and Communication initiatives" from the dropdown list in the "special issue question."

To view the full call for papers, go to:

To submit a paper, go to:

For questions and to discuss the submission of Research Notes or Commentaries, contact the co-editors at:

Rebecca Priestley
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Rhian Salmon
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Call for Papers: Ocean Mapping

The Journal of Ocean Technology (JOT) production team invites the submission of technical papers that describe cutting edge research related to Ocean Mapping for its winter 2017 issue. Papers should present the results of new (i.e., not previously published) research in ocean technology, science or engineering, and be no more than 7,500 words in length. Student papers are welcome.

See the PDF for further details.

Deadline: August 25, 2017.

Feel free to distribute this invitation to your professional networks or any group you think might be interested.

New Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for the NSF Antarctic Research Program Solicitation

The National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs has issued a new FAQ to address specific questions regarding proposal submittals to its Antarctic Research program solicitation.

The FAQ, "Compliance Issues to Avoid When Submitting Proposals to the NSF Antarctic Research Program Solicitation (NSF 17-543)", can be found at

The Antarctic Research program solicitation (NSF 17-543), describes all requirements for submitting a proposal and can be found in HTML and PDF formats at

The deadline for full proposals is 5:00 PM, at the submitter's local time, on May 23, 2017.

Call for applications: Australian Academy of Science's Theo Murphy Australian Frontiers of Science



Each year the Australian Academy of Science runs a Theo Murphy Australian Frontiers of Science Symposium for early- and mid-career researchers. This year’s topic is The Antarctic Frontier: developing research in an extreme environment which is relevant to the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists.

Does your research push the boundaries?

Do you want an opportunity to learn about and form cross-disciplinary collaborations?

Would you like an opportunity to network with the nation’s next generation of science leaders?

Then apply to take part in the 2017 Theo Murphy Australian Frontiers of Science – The Antarctic Frontier: developing research in an extreme environment to be held in Hobart 13 —15 September by the Australian Academy of Science.

Antarctica represents a unique and powerful natural laboratory for science and international collaboration. This symposium will bring together Australasian early- and mid-career researchers (EMCRs) from all fields relevant to Antarctic and Southern Ocean science.

Over two days, EMCRs will share their latest research findings, build networks and create pathways for future interdisciplinary research. This symposium is an outstanding opportunity for EMCRs to take part in shaping the future of Antarctic science.

Approximately 70 EMCRs (up to 15 years post-PhD, excluding career interruptions) will be chosen to attend the conference. The Theo Murphy (Australia) Fund will support the attendance costs of all successful applicants.

Find out more and apply to attend this year’s Frontiers of Science by Thursday 25 May and take part in this unique event which will enhance your career development. Applicants will be notified of the selection outcomes by 30 June. If you require any further information please contact Dr Sandra Gardam on 02 6201 9426 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Pathways to Science Website Available

The Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) announces the availability of the Pathways to Science website, which provides a listing of resources for graduate students, postodoctoral researchers, and early career scientists. Resources include, but are not limited to, fellowships, grants, travel awards, mentoring opportunities, and webinars.

Available resources are listed on the Pathways to Science website at:

The mission of the IBP is to increase diversity in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce. IBP designs and implements strategies to increase access to STEM education, funding, and careers, with special emphasis on diverse underrepresented groups.
Resources are also available for faculty, administrators, undergraduate students, and K-12 teachers.

For more information about Pathways to Science and to search available opportunities, go to:

For questions, contact IPB at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NSF Arctic-FROST annual network meeting and early career scholars workshop

Travel grants are available for early career scholars to participate in the Arctic-FROST meeting and the workshop on Community Sustainability in the Arctic: What sustainability theories and practices work and what fail in Arctic Communities? Organized in Narsaq, Greenland, Sept 13-17, 2017.

Arctic-FROST: Arctic FRontiers Of SusTainability: Resources, Societies, Environments and Development in the Changing North is a new NSF-funded international interdisciplinary collaborative network that teams together environmental and social scientists, local educators and community members from all circumpolar countries to enable and mobilize research on sustainable Arctic development, specifically aimed at improving health, human development and well-being of Arctic communities while conserving ecosystem structures, functions and resources under changing climate conditions.

The theme of the Annual Meeting and Early Career Scholars Workshop is on Community Sustainability in the Arctic. Papers could deal with (1) sustainability and sustainable development in the Arctic or Sub-Arctic of particular relevance to the rest of the world, (2) comparative studies of sustainability between Arctic and other regions, (3) studies from various geographic contexts, which provide valuable insights into Arctic sustainability, (4) studies that analyze the role of outside actors in arctic sustainable development are welcome.

The main focus question of the conference is “What sustainability theories and practices work and what fail in Arctic communities?”

  • At this meeting the Arctic-FROST casts a wide net and welcomes papers that address one of the following broad categories:
  • Sustainable environments
  • Sustainable economies
  • Sustainable cultures
  • Sustainable regions/communities

All participants:
(1) Will present their work at the Annual Meeting (all papers/presentations will be published online and considered for inclusion in the Arctic-FROST edited volume and/or in Polar Geography)
(2) Will participate in discussions and round tables with leading sustainability science researchers
(3) Will participate in the Workshop activities immediately following the Annual Meeting

Eligibility: an applicant shall be
(1) early career scholar (5 years since PhD) or current graduate student
(2) Arctic-FROST network member by registering at
(3) prepared make an oral presentation on the subject related to sustainability and/or sustainable development in the Arctic or Sub-Arctic regions at the meeting and
(4) available to participate in all conference and workshop activities.

We accept applications from eligible applicants from all countries, disciplines and institution types. Applications from Indigenous scholars and Arctic residents are especially encouraged.

Funding: Arctic-FROST will cover full cost of attendance including travel and accommodations. Normally funds will be paid after the travel is completed; based on the reimbursement claim. The participants will be expected to comply with NSF travel requirements.

Application deadline: May 10th, 2017

Application: submit extended abstract of your paper (500-750 words), short biosketch (1 page), statement of interest in workshop participation (1 page), register as Arctic-FROST member at

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Contact APECS

APECS International Directorate
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research
Telegrafenberg A43
14473 Potsdam
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