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APECS International Polar Week Spring 2017 will be from 20 - 26 March 2017!

Theme: People of the Poles: Human Use and Appreciation of Earth's Polar Regions

APECS is hosting the International Polar Week from 20 - 26 March 2017. Polar Week is a series of international events with the goal of promoting the science that takes place in polar latitudes, and educating the public about all things polar. For the upcoming Polar Week we are specifically highlighting humans and their activities and impacts on the poles. Did you know that there are people living in Antarctica year-round? Or that permafrost thaw is causing infrastructure damage and affecting communities worldwide? To learn more about poeple of the poles tune in to online events throughout Polar Week:

Check on the website for links, dates, and more details as Polar Week approaches! Included in our schedule are regional events being put on by various APECS National Committees, so you can go in person and participate in events. 

For information or questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Polar Week Panel Discussion: Working in Collaboration with Indigenous People and the Role of Traditional Knowledge in Northern Research

APECS is organizing the International Polar Week from March 20-26, 2017. Polar Week is a series of international events with the goal of promoting the science that takes place in polar latitudes, and educating the public about all things polar. The theme of this year's Polar Week is “People of the Poles: Human Use and Appreciation of Earth’s Polar Regions.” On the spring equinox we are hosting an online panel discussion to discuss the nuances, challenges, and successes of working in collaboration with Indigenous people and the role of Traditional Knowledge in northern research.

APECS Polar Week Panel Discussion: Working in Collaboration with Indigenous People and the Role of Traditional Knowledge in Northern Research

Details: Tuesday, March 21, 16:00 - 18:00 GMT

Current Panelists:

  • Dr. David Atkinson, professor at Ryerson University who works closely with the community of Baker Lake, Nunavut.
  • Kaare Erickson, Community Liason and Nagruk Harcharek, Science General Manager from Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation in Barrow, Alaska
  • Vicki Sahanatien, Arctic Ecologist, Iqaluit, NU, Canada

To register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4881513150268143617

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

International Polar Week Photo Contest Spring 2017

During the APECS International Polar Week 20 - 26 March 2017, we are organising a photo competition, PolarPeople, where everyone will be able to vote for the best photo in three different categories

  • 1- PolarPeople in action;
  • 2- PolarPelople at home;
  • 3- PolarPeople & wildlife.

To participate, you have to be an APECS member ; each member can submit up to two original photos. How to submit a photo:

  • Pick your best photos (up to 2) that fit one of the three themes; each must have at least one person in the photo.
  • Write an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject “Polar Week 2017 Photo Contest - [Your first and last name]”
    • Name, affiliation, and email of the photographer
    • Where and when the photo was taken
    • What category you want to submit your photo to
    • A short description of your picture (150-characters maximum).
  • Spread the word about the International Polar Week and hope that your photo gets the most votes!

The deadline for submission will be the 22th of March, midnight Alaska time (GMT -9). The vote will take place during the Polar Week and the photo getting the most votes in each category will be the winner! Before submitting please read the rules and regulations.

Polar Week Reddit AMA

To promote Polar Week APECS will be hosting an Ask Me Anything on the Reddit forum /r/Science forum /r/Science on March 25 from 11 am-2pm Eastern Standard Time. We will have a panel of APECS members answering questions related to various research topics, what it’s like to work in the polar regions, or even how to get into polar research.

Polar Week Twitter Campaign

To honor the theme of this years Polar Week we are going to use #PolarPeople on Twitter throughout the week to open up a dialogue between polar scientists, residents of the poles, and the public. We need everyone to share short stories about their research or experience as polar scientists, what it’s like to live in polar regions, and tell us what makes you #PolarPeople. They can be funny stories about field or lab work, interesting facts about your research project, or simply why you love the polar regions.

We would love to feature you as one of our #PolarPeople. Feel free to Tweet randomly throughout the week, but we encourage you to sign up here.

Polar Art

APECS would like to invite you to participat in in Polar Week by sharing with us your experiences and your art. We would like to portray a series of artists that have worked in polar latitude and listen to them about their stories, sources of inspiration, and vision of the future. We would like to display a piece of your art online during the Polar Week, followed by a brief statement (250 words maximum) describing the piece and your inspiration for it.

Submissions should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by March 13th. Please submit an original piece of art as a JPEG file.

Polar Week activities around the world

Find out about all activities happening around the world on our APECS International Polar Week activities page.

You are organizing an activity that is not listed yet? Just fill out the form below so we can add it to our list of events. If you do have any questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ideas for Participating in Polar Weeks

Polar WeeksYou can find others some good suggestions for education and outreach activities in the Polar Outreach Catalogue on the APECS website or have a look at the Polar Resource Book - Polar Science and Global Climate: An International Resource for Education and Outreach.

You can contact the APECS Polar Weeks Group with questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. When you choose the activities you will promote or support let us know including a summary information in the Polar Week Spring 2016 activities list.

In Pin yourself activity access the map and let us know what type of activity you are doing this week whether it is a classroom activity or a public talk. Watch the map and see where other people are celebrating the March Polar Week! We'd love to know what you are doing to highlight the global impacts of changes in the polar regions. Send pictures and stories to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Contact APECS

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