Association of Polar Early Career Scientists
 

The polar regions of our planet contain some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. These ecosystems support a rich array of life, both human and non-human, on both ends of the globe. Whether it's in the Arctic or Antarctic, scientists from all over the world are working together to increase our knowledge of the cryosphere and its inhabitants. It is for this spirit of international cooperation and the excitement of scientific discovery that the APECS proudly supports International Polar Week.

International Polar Week is an opportunity for APECS to promote polar science. APECS uses this opportunity to plan & develop polar science related activities alongside teachers, educators and those interested in polar education for the equinoxes of each year. The equinoxes in March and September are the only time when everywhere on earth the day length is 12 hours, a perfect opportunity to celebrate the poles on a global scale!

September 19-26, 2015 was the Fall International Polar Week 2015! We wanted to celebrate on a global scale by focusing on the science being conducted in the Arctic and Antarctic. Inspired by the many great things that came out of the International Polar Year celebrations, we hope that the bi-annual Polar Week celebration will link people in polar science and polar education.

What happened during Polar Week September 2015?

Read some of the summaries from activities that happened during Polar Week September 2015.

Tweet Your Thesis during Polar Week!

Starting at midnight (GMT), every hour a different APECS member from our international community will tweet about their thesis (#TweetYourThesis) and answer questions from others in the "twitterverse." This is an exciting way to share your important polar research to a global audience of over 315 million active users and make connections with other professionals in your field! (You can even schedule your tweets in advance to save time!)

Learn more and sign up here: http://tiny.cc/TweetYourThesis

Even if you can't take part in this event, please retweet #TweetYourThesis posts or tweet your own content using the #PolarWeek tag!

Fall 2015 Polar Week Activities

Events for Fall Polar Week 2015
Name of Event Description of Event Date/Time Location
Science Forum: Academics, Research, and Jobs in the North: Perspectives from Early Career Scientists

This forum is designed to spread awareness about science research and employment in the Yukon Territory, based on insight provided by four early career scientists: Jocelyn Joe-Strack, Meagan Grabowski, Stefan Gronsdahl, and Frank Annau.

Food and refreshments provided by Summit Environmental Consulting.

September 22, 6pm-7:30pm Skookum Jim Friendship Centre, 3159 3rd Avenue, Whitehorse, Yukon
Portuguese Polar Week

Scientists going to schools to give lectures and share experiences

The Polar Science photograph exhibition “ In the limits of Science” that are being presented in different places- schools, Universities, shopping centres

Oct. 4-10 *check back for details
Indian Polar Research Network Polar Week celebration Sept 24  
US APECS Reddit Science AMA US APECS is partnering with the UK Polar Network to host an AMA ("Ask Me Anything") on Reddit Science. Reddit is often described as the "front page of the internet" and AMAs are threads that host experts on specific topics that reply to questions from other "redditors." Science AMAs are hugely popular - hosting people like Steven Hawking - and generate a lot of internet traffic, so this will be a great way to help spread the importance of polar science and your research across the world! Sept 20 Learn more and sign up here: http://tiny.cc/PolarWeekAMA
APECS Francophone Polar Week APECS-France is on track for another successful Polar Week, full of webinars on the themes of climate change, polar worlds and the COP 21! These webinars will be live-broadcast > 120 schools in France from Sept. 21 -27. Classes from all age groups are signing up for presentations and an artistic activity from now until the equinox, with the goal of connecting youth with early-career polar researchers to inspire the citizens and researchers of tomorrow. Also, for this first time APECS-France is collaborating with APECS-Canada to expand the event to other French speakers and audiences!  Sept 21 - 27 For more information about the event, check out the programme and events on the APECS-France website: http://www.apecs-france.org/l-educatif-et-les-poles/la-semaine-polaire.
#TweetYourThesis on Twitter

Starting at midnight (GMT), every hour a different APECS member from our international community will tweet about their thesis (#TweetYourThesis) and answer questions from others in the "twitterverse." This is an exciting way to share your important polar research to a global audience of over 315 million active users and make connections with other professionals in your field! (You can even schedule your tweets in advance to save time!)

Learn more and sign up here: http://tiny.cc/TweetYourThesis

Thursday, September 24

Online- Twitter

 

Even if you can't take part in this event, please retweet #TweetYourThesis posts or tweet your own content using the #PolarWeek tag!

Polar Outreach Blog

The Education and Outreach Committee has launched a new 'Polar Outreach Blog'. This initiative will showcase outreach activities by scientists, researchers, research institutions and field stations in the Polar Regions and communities. We want to highlight ongoing outreach efforts as well as provide resources and examples of both successes and challenges for current outreach practitioners. If you have an outreach story you'd like to have featured or know of a Polar research institution or field station actively pursuing outreach, public consultation or community based research, please email your story or suggestions for a story to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

Use Social Media to Promote (Ant)Arctic Literacy during Fall Polar Week 2015!

Did you know APECS has an active Twitter and Facebook following? As part of International Polar Week, taking place from 19 - 26 September 2015, the newly formed APECS Social Media committee is planning several activities to grow our online community of polar researchers. As part of these efforts, we are calling for early career scientists who would like to share their projects to get involved.

How can you get involved?

  • Follow APECS on Facebook and Twitter (@Polar_Research).
  • Share pictures of yourself or research team hard at work in the field or lab for us to post throughout during the week (via facebook, twitter, or direct to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for us to post).
  • Volunteer to write a short blog on your research and what it's like being a polar scientist for us to feature on the website.
  • Tweet about your polar week activities using hash tag #PolarWeek.

Sharing your research via Twitter and Facebook is a great way to expand the reach of your work and grow your connections with fellow researchers. By engaging in social media, not only will you expand your professional network, but you will help to promote (Ant)Arctic literacy in the general public and help to recruit the next generation of polar scientists.

We would love to feature early career scientists from a wide range of research disciplines throughout the week, so don't hesitate to get in touch and make the most of this opportunity!

If you are interested in contributing to the social media outreach efforts planned for International Polar Week, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before September 19, 2015.

Contact APECS

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