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.

Webinar Available: IARPC Collaborations Webinar Series - The Fulbright Arctic Initiative

The Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) will host a webinar on the Fulbright Arctic Initiative. This webinar will be hosted via Zoom Video Conferencing and open to the public.

The Fulbright Arctic Initiative provides a platform for scholars from across the Arctic region to engage in collaborative thinking, analysis, problem-solving, and multi-disciplinary research. At its core, the Fulbright Arctic Initiative creates a network to stimulate international scientific collaboration on Arctic issues while increasing mutual understanding between people of the United States and the people of other countries. During the U.S. chairmanship of the Arctic Council (2015-2017), the Fulbright Arctic Initiative brought together 16 scholars from across the Arctic region.

Using a collaborative model to translate theory into practice, the scholars collectively addressed public policy research questions relevant to the Arctic nations' shared challenges in energy, water, health, and infrastructure.

During this webinar, co-lead scholars, Mike Sfraga and Ross Virginia, and other scholars will reflect on their experiences and the impacts of this variation on the Fulbright model.

Webinar date: Friday, 25 August 2017 at 1:00 p.m. EDT

More information and instructions on connecting to the webinar are available at: View Webinar Homepage

For questions, contact: Jessica Rohde
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Call for Applications: Fulbright Arctic Initiative

Deadline for international applicants: 16 October 2017

Deadline for U.S. applicants: 30 October 2017

For further information and to apply, visit the site at:

View Fulbright Arctic Initiative Website

View Original Call for Applicaitons

The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is accepting applications for the second Fulbright Arctic Initiative. Faculty and researchers from the eight Arctic Council member states (the U.S., Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, and Sweden) can now apply for this 18-month collaborative research program, which will begin in spring 2018 and run through the fall of 2019.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries that are needed to solve global challenges. Using a collaborative multidisciplinary model to emphasize communication across disciplines and knowledge co-production, the Initiative will translate theory into practice to address public-policy research questions relevant to Arctic Council member states' shared challenges and opportunities.

Approximately 12 scholars will be selected through an open, merit-based competition to participate in an individual Fulbright exchange and convene with the other scholars for three in-person group seminars and on-going virtual communication to carry out team-based research.

The Fulbright Arctic Initiative will provide a platform for scholars from across the Arctic region to engage in collaborative thinking, analysis, problem-solving, and multi-disciplinary research across two core thematic areas:

1. Resilient Communities: The Arctic is facing profound social, economic, and environmental change and communities are increasingly confronted with critical policy challenges related to issues of health and wellness, energy resource management, environmental protection, sustainability of the Arctic Ocean, infrastructure, Indigenous rights, education, and regional governance. Further research is needed on ways to build social resilience in communities to adapt to changes across the Arctic. This research should focus on, and ideally involve, Arctic communities themselves and consider the application of Indigenous knowledge to help inform policy at local to regional scales, as well as multi-disciplinary research to bring differing or complementary viewpoints.

2. Sustainable Economies: The rapid changes in the Arctic Ocean system resulting from sea ice decline, changes in water conditions, and increasing shipping and energy production have significance for Arctic nations, global markets, and coastal communities. The economic impacts of environmental changes and globalization in the Arctic, together with the region's expanding connections to the global economy, require research to address how commercial opportunities can be supported and balanced with the need for sustained subsistence livelihoods in Arctic communities.

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Call for Papers: Journal Advances in Polar Science can help you publish articles freely

APS would like to invite you to submit manuscripts to Advances in Polar Science (APS).

APS is changing and improving with the establishment of the International Editorial Board with two new Co-Editors-in-Chief (Prof. Huigen Yang and Prof. Ian Allison), and a new expert team of disciplinary Editors in June of 2015.

APS is an international, peer-reviewed journal jointly sponsored by the Polar Research Institute of China (PRIC) and the Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration (CAA). It is a quarterly journal, circulated internationally (ISSN 1674-9928, CN 31-2050/P).

It has no publication fees and all articles are freely accessible on the web as soon as they are released. For more details, please visit the new website:

We welcome your involvement in APS’s future editions. We look forward to the submission of new manuscripts and for any suggestions of future “Special Issues” (which can be made via email to the editorial office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). We encourage you to share this announcement broadly with interested colleagues.


Mr. Xiaoliang Ling

Assistant Editor
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Online Submission:
Tel 86-21-58713642
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Editorial Office of Advances in Polar Science
Polar Research Institute of China
451 Jinqiao Road, Pudong New Area
Shanghai 20136, China

ThinkArctic Podcast

Podcast Available: #ThinkArctic Podcast

The #ThinkArctic Podcast explores the challenges and opportunities in the Arctic by highlighting innovation. This podcast aims to advance the dialogue between those that live in the Arctic and those that are looking to the Arctic for opportunity.

Podcast episodes discuss the biggest issues facing the Arctic region, with interviews and insights from those who work, live, and play in the Arctic.

The #ThinkArctic Podcast is available online and iTunes at no charge.

To suggest topics or pursue interest in in being a guest on the #ThinkArctic podcast, contact Brandon Blackwell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To access the #ThinkArctic podcast archive, go to:

For questions, contact: Brandon Blackwell
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Phone: 206-487-5444

Etudes/Inuit/Studies Journal Volume

Journal Volume Available: Etudes/Inuit/Studies
Volume 40, Number 1, 2016

Editors of the journal Etudes/Inuit/Studies announce the release of Volume 40, Number 1 entitled "Inuit Health."

This scholarly journal is devoted to the study of Inuit societies, either traditional or contemporary, in the general perspective of social sciences and humanities including ethnology, politics, archaeology, linguistics, history, and more. In addition to a number of articles, each volume contains book reviews, a list of scientific events, and annual reviews of recent theses and articles published in other journals.

For further information, including bilingual abstracts and subscription information, go to:

For questions, contact: Murielle Nagy
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IARPC Collaborations Webinar Series: Outcomes of Arctic Horizons

IARPC Collaborations Webinar Series: Outcomes of Arctic Horizons
7/17/17, 1:30pm US Eastern Time
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The Arctic Horizons project brought together members of the Arctic social science research and indigenous communities through a series of workshops to reassess the goals, potentials, and needs of these diverse communities and NSF’s Arctic Social Sciences Program within the context of a rapidly changing circumpolar North. The Arctic Horizon’s Program Manager and Principal Investigators will describe the outcomes of the workshop series, including the soon to be released final synthesis report which will describe the community’s vision for the future of Arctic social science research.


  • Dr. Andrey Petrov, University of Northern Iowa
  • Dr. Colleen Strawhacker, National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado
  • Dr. Shelby Anderson, Portland State University
  • Dr. Anna Kerttula de Echave, National Science Foundation

Travel grants to Arctic Circle Assembly and related course for Danish/Greenlandic/Faroese students

Concurrent with the Arctic Circle Conference 2017, University of the Faroe Islands will arrange a course concerning international cooperation, science diplomacy, geopolitics and globalization in the Arctic. In relation to this event it is possible for ten young polar scientists to receive a grant of 10,000 DKK for participation in Arctic Circle Conference.

The grant can be applied for by any master student, PhD student or Post Doc affiliated with a university or a research institute in Denmark, Greenland or the Faroe Islands. The grant can be used for airline tickets to/from Reykjavik, accommodation in Reykjavik, conference fee, catering and relevant transfers from airport to Reykjavik and back during Arctic Circle Conference.

It is mandatory for the recipients of the grants to participate in the course. The course will start in Reykjavik on Thursday 12 October 2017 and will end in Reykjavik on Sunday 15 October 2017. The course is rated for 5 ECTS points at the University of the Faroe Islands.

In 2017, the Kingdom of Denmark will be officially represented at Arctic Circle Conference in Reykjavik, 13-15 October 2017, and several sessions will be led by Danish/Greenland/Faroese representatives. The annual Arctic Circle Assembly is the largest annual international gathering on the Arctic, attended by more than 2,000 participants from 50 countries. The Assembly is held every October at the Harpa Conference Center and Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland. It is attended by heads of states and governments, ministers, members of parliaments, officials, experts, scientists, entrepreneurs, business leaders, indigenous representatives, environmentalists, students, activists and others from the growing international community of partners and participants interested in the future of the Arctic.

An application (max 500 words) plus a short CV, documentation for exams at university level and a recommendation from supervisor/teacher should be send to Chief Consultant Morten Rasch, Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen, Øster Voldgade 10, DK-1350 Copenhagen K, Denmark, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +45 23227109, no later than 25 July 2017.

The evaluation of applications will be carried out by an evaluation panel with representatives from research institutions in Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. It is a priority to secure participation of Danish, Greenlandic and Faroese ‘young scientists’. The results of the evaluation will be informed to all applicants before 15 August 2017.

Additional information about Arctic Circle Conference, the grants and the related course can be received by contacting either Lau Øfjord Blaxekjær (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +298 292599) and/or Morten Rasch (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +45 23227109).

NSF - Call for Panelist: Registration 2018 Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The National Science Foundation (NSF) invites community members to register as potential 2018 Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) panelists.

GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students pursuing research-based masters and doctoral degrees in science or engineering at accredited U.S. institutions. NSF seeks GRFP panels composed of researchers and educators from a wide range of institutions, geographic locations, and disciplinary and interdisciplinary backgrounds.

Serving as a GRFP panelist is an excellent opportunity for community members to apply their research and career expertise to help identify future science and engineering leaders, and to gain valuable perspective to share with faculty and students at their institutions. Panelists will also receive a flat rate payment of $200.00 per day for each full four-hour virtual panel session they attend. However, panelists who are Federal employees, citizens of foreign countries who are not permanent residents, and special visa holders are not entitled to the flat rate payment.

Below are details of the 2018 panels:

- All reviews and panels will be conducted online without travel requirements. There will be no on-site participation for the GRFP panels; the panels are completely virtual.
- In November, panelists must attend an orientation session webinar, selecting one from several available sessions. This is required for both new and returning panelists, as orienting information is subject to change.
- Panelists review graduate school-like applications that include one three-page statement, one two-page statement, transcripts, and three reference letters.
- Each panelist will review approximately 30 assigned applications in early December, over the course of about four weeks.
- Panelists will enter their reviews and ratings online.
- In January 2018, panels will convene online using WebEx for two virtual panel sessions scheduled on two different days (either Monday and Thursday or Tuesday and Friday) to discuss the applicant pool and make selection recommendations to NSF.

To be considered as a 2018 GRFP panelist, please register in the panelist system found at:

If you have not been a GRFP panelist, you may create a new profile by clicking "Create an account." If you have been a GRFP panelist, please log in with your email address and password, and update your profile.

Registering in the panelist system or creating a profile does not commit you to serving as a GRFP panelist. Based on anticipated needs, NSF will send formal invitations to registered panelists starting in late September.

NOTE: If you have a student applying for the 2018 GRFP program or you will write a letter of recommendation for an applicant in a particular field of study, we request that you do not register to be a panelist in that field due to the conflict of interest. Since GRFP applicants are early in their scientific training and are still developing their interests, most panelists are qualified to review in a range of fields.
If you register in a particular field and subsequently learn of a conflict of interest, please inform us so we can remove your name from the list of potential panelists or attempt to place you on a different panel.

NSF invites community members to share this opportunity to review GRFP applications with their colleagues.

For questions, contact the GRFP Operations Center at:
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To register to be a panelist, go to:

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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.

Contact APECS

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