APECS aims to provide opportunities for young researchers to connect with senior researchers and leaders in the international polar science community. Aside from our online activities, we also plan events, such as career development workshops and mentor panels in connection with larger scientific conferences where polar researchers will be present. This maximizes the number of mentors that can participate and at the same time minimizes the need for additional travel support for early career researchers to attend these events. Conference organizers often provide the use oft he conference venues as an in-kind support. Besides providing practical career development skills which early career researchers need for a successful career in polar science, these events also help early career researchers to "break the ice" and help generate communication between the next generation of researchers and those experienced scientists that know the field through years of research experience.
In the last few years, many APECS events around the world were organized by many of our members on a voluntary basis. APECS wants to especially thank all those that were involved in organizing these and spent many hours of their free time in making these a success. Without your help and tireless effort these would not be possible! A special thank you also to all the sponsors that provided funding support for some of these events.
© Deniz Vural, Jilda Caccavo, MariamaDryak, Cynthia Sassenroth, Matias Ricardo (left to right)