Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


APECS International Online Conference: Polar Science: Through New Eyes

Conference Date: 18 May 2016 (08:50 GMT to 21:20 GMT)
Event Format: Online conference (webinar)

 The APECS Online Conference 2016, entitled “Polar Science: Through New Eyes,” took place on 18 May 2016 (08:50 GMT to 21:20 GMT)! 

The conference was a great success, with over 100 audience members registered, and a full day of presentations about polar research. The presenters engaged in scientific dialogues, and represented multiple disciplines and backgrounds, providing new research perspectives in their field of research. We would like to thank all of our presenters and those who tuned in. Special thanks to José Xavier (Session 2) and Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen (Session 4) for their inspiring keynote presentations in the successful second year of our global APECS online conference series for early career scientists.

Prizes were awarded to Jesse Colangelo (McGill University, Canada) for his Arctic talk on the "Sluggish viral dynamics in Arctic hypersaline spring sediments" (Session 4) and Lavenia Ratnarajah from the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (University of Tasmania, Australia) for her Antarctic talk on "The biogeochemical role of Baleen whales in Southern Ocean nutrient cycling" (Session 1). The Antarctic prize is provided thanks to funding from Antarctic Science Ltd.  

With increased attention on the changing polar environment and the future challenges this will bring, the conference conveyed the broad range of new research currently being conducted internationally. Sessions covered a range of disciplines, including Oceanography, Biology, History, Policy, Education, Geology, Atmosphere, and Climate Research, and were split into five sessions, depending on presenter time zones.

Recordings of each of the sessions from the 2016 APECS Online conference are available below.

Conference Organizing Committee: Lorna Thurston, Rachel Downey and Hanne Nielsen

The detailed conference programme including all abstracts can be found here.

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