Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


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Guimaro Hugo APECS Online Conference 2020 March2020The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) organized the 6th annual APECS International Online Conference live on 20 May 2020. This year’s theme was, "Opening Doors: Collaboration across knowledge systems" aiming to encourage collaboration between early career researchers, science communicators, educators, and local community members in polar and alpine regions. 

The 6th edition of the APECS International Online Conference focused on knowledge exchange among multidisciplinary scientists, local communities, educators and science communicators. In a fast changing world, we believed it is important to pair traditional knowledge, education, and outreach with science efforts to better understand present and future challenges to the polar regions. This sort of comprehensive approach was best achieved by incorporating knowledge from a diverse array of disciplines and perspectives and is especially important for guiding policy-making. Through this conference, we hoped to gain a better understanding of the many ways that Indigenous knowledge, science communication, and art can benefit our research. With this, APECS called for early career researchers, science communicators and educators to come forward with a short presentation outlining their approach for promoting collaboration in polar science. This year’s conference was also introduced online breakout chat rooms through the Zoom platform, to foster interactions between presenters and attendees and to enable future collaboration. Within our team, we had science communication experts that assisted as facilitators in these chats.

Event Date: 20 May 2020

APECS International Online Conference 2020 prize winners

The 6th APECS International Online Conference was held on 20th of May 2020. This year’s theme was: “Opening Doors: Collaboration across knowledge systems” and the event ran over 10 hours to accommodate contributions from all timezones. The abstracts and session recordings of all presentations can be found below.

Including those of the following prize winners for each category!

  • Alpine:
    Winner: Manasi DebnathNorth-eastern Hill University, India - “Reconstruction of Glacier Dynamics of the Changme Khangpu Valley, Sikkim Himalaya” - Session 1
    2nd place: Suman Kumari, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, India - “Estimating Spatio-temporal Variability of Satopanth & Bhagirath-kharak Glaciers using Geospatial Tools” - Session 1
    3rd place: Nishu Bhardwaj, Remote Sensing Applications Centre Uttar Pradesh India - “Monitoring of Snow Cover Variation over Hindu Kush Himalaya (hkh) for the Periods of 2008-2018 using Cloud Mitigated Moderate Resolution Spectroradiometer (modis) Snow Cover Data” - Session 1

  • Antarctic:
    Winner: Minkyoung Kim, ETH Zurich, Switzerland - “Sinking Particle Flux and Composition at three sites of different annual Sea Ice Cover in the Amundsen Sea, Antarctica” - Session 4
    2nd place: Sofía Galbán, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain - “How Multidisciplinary Early Career Researchers Contribute to Investigate Airborne Microorganisms Dispersal from Antarctica In Microairpolar Project” - Session 3
    3rd place:
    Rodrigo Gomez Fell, Gateway Antarctica, University of Canterbury, New Zealand - “Mapping Landfast Ice over Mcmurdo Sound by Interferometric Sar and Laser Altimetry” - Session 1


  • Arctic:
    Winner: Matthias Winkel, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Germany - “Seasonal Variation in Microbial Community Compositions and Functions on Icelandic Glacier”- Session 2
    2nd place: Gretchen Lescord, Laurentian University, Canada - “Food for Thought; Subsistence Fishing in Northern Ontario and Future Needs from Environmental Monitoring Programs” - Session 5
    3rd place: Steven Franke, Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung, Germany - “Understanding an ice stream in Greenland at the EastGRIP camp: An international-multidisciplinary effort and knowledge transfer among scientists” - Session 4

  • Collaboration:
    Winner: Jonathan Griffith, University of Colorado Boulder, United States - “On Board with MOSAiC: Engaging the Public with Collaboratively Designed Resources” - Session 3
    2nd place: Natalie Carter, University of Ottawa, Canada - "Collaborative Survey Development and Training to Understand Inuit uses and needs for Weather, Water, Ice and Climate Information" - Session 2
    3rd place:
    Lisa Sheffield Guy, Arctic Research Consortium of the US, United States - “Working Across Knowledge Systems in Arctic Research, Policy, And Education” - Session 2

APECS congratulates the prize winners, all of whom have won funds towards future conference travel.

We are also grateful to all the presenters and volunteers who made the conference possible. Also thank you to all audience members for making the day a huge success!

Best wishes from the APECS International Online Conference 2020 project group!

Session 1

Session Chair: Natalia Ribeiro / Gabriela Roldan

Session Convener: Gabriela Roldan

Session Coordinators: Helen Ockenden, Lina Madaj, Swan Li San Sow

Time: 20 May 2020 from 8:00 - 10:50 GMT



Session 2

Session Chair: Marte Hofsteenge

Session Convener: Jan-Lukas Menzel Barraqueta

Session Coordinators: Azat Garipov, Sabiya Sheikh, Yuxuan Li (Sara)

Time: 20 May from 11:30 - 14:20 GMT



Session 3

Session Chair: Marlen Kolbe

Session Convener: Jan-Lukas Menzel Barraqueta

Session Coordinators: Andrea Bueno, Christina Bonsell, Paul Alvarez 

Time: 20 May from 14:45 - 17:15 GMT



Session 4

Session Chair: Lauren Thompson

Session Convener: Carrie Harris

Session Coordinators: Anastasiia Ovchinnikova, Chloe Nunn, Mariel Kieval

Time: 20 May from 17:45 - 20:15 GMT



Session 5

Session Chair: Greer Gilmer

Session Convener: Kara Layton

Session Coordinators: Alex Aves, Charlie Hewitt, Vicki Heinrich

Time: 20 May from 20:45 - 23:15 GMT



Organizing Committee

Listed alphabetically:

  • Kate Chenier
  • Arindam Chowdhury
  • Rahul Dey
  • Joana Fragão
  • Hugo Guímaro
  • Meghan Helmberger
  • Stanislav Ksenofontov
  • Kara Layton
  • Jan-Lukas Menzel
  • Dhanendra Singh
  • Shipra Nagar
  • José Queirós
  • Jessica Rohde
  • Gabriela Roldan

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Copyrights / Intellectual Property

  1. Each abstract submission must be original and unpublished for commercial or non-commercial purposes.
  2. The participant shall retain the copyright to entries entered for the conference, however grants APECS unrestricted rights to use and edit submitted materials as needed for organizational purposes with or without explicit attribution.
  3. By submitting an entry for the competition, the participant will be regarded as having accepted and agreed to be bound by the rules and regulations and granted the organizer, APECS, royalty-free permissions to use any entry for promotional, commercial, or educational purposes. APECS will credit the creator for any use of a video/infographic/artwork.
  4. All participants should be aware that all plots, photos, films, etc. used in presentations, if not produced by the presenter, should acknowledge the producer. Please include copyright of the material used when appropriate.
  5. Any people featured in films must also accept and agree with the rules and regulations of this competition. All people in the film must be aware of the materials you are submitting if they contain their likeness. It is the entire and sole responsibility of the entry submitter in the competition to inform and to obtain the appropriate legal permissions of all the people in any submitted videos. Any depiction of minors must include explicit, written parental consent. Entries will be asked to provide proof of these permissions and will be disqualified if these permissions are not secured.  
  6. If music is used, the participant warrants that to no copyright violations will appear. (You can find a lot of free music for commercial use.) Entries will be asked to provide proof of these permissions and will be disqualified if these permissions are not secured.
  7. The participant further gives his consent that his/her personal data included in the submission will be used for the aforementioned purposes.

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