The Career Development Webinar series first began in 2010 and was originally made possible through cooperation between the US National Science Foundation funded ARCSS Thermokarst Project and the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS). In 2012-2013, it was supported by the High North Academy in Tromsø and since 2013, the organisation of the series was funded by APECS.
The online webinars were hosted by the University of Canterbury (New Zealand) from Fall 2010 to 2011. And from 2011 - 2014, Bredbåndfylket in Tromsø, sponsored the GoToWebinar System for APECS to host the webinars.
APECS works with mentors and partners to develop webinars to assist APECS members and other early career scientists with their career development goals as well as to highlight current Polar Research. The webinar audience consists of graduate students, post-docs, and early career faculty across several disciplines. Since its inception in 2010, thousands of people from around the world have participated in the career development webinars.