Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

 

Outside the box logoAPECS organized the third APECS International Online Conference 2017 on the 20th of March 2017. This year’s theme was: “Outside the Box: encouraging alternative solutions for undertaking and communicating polar research.” As a new generation of polar researchers stepping up to the plate, we must embrace new and innovative polar challenges. Our ability to successfully address such challenges and steer the polar world in a positive direction has far-reaching local, regional, and global consequences.

The conference attracted more people than ever before, with over 40 presenters and 100 audience members registered. We heard a full and successful day of presentations about Outside the Box polar research. The presenters covered a wide range of topics ranging from social to physical to life sciences, as well as educational and managerial talks.

Thank you to all presenters and audience members for making the day a huge success! More of us are now thinking Outside the Box to address polar challenges facing our generation. Special thanks to Jane Francis - Director of the British Antarctic Survey, and John Walsh - Chief Scientist at the International Arctic Research Center (IARC), for their inspiring keynote presentations that were very well received!

Prizes were awarded to:

  • Maciej Mańko, Katarzyna Walczyńska received ₠200 for the best Arctic presentation titled: 'On-board Citizen Science! How Tourist Can Aid Marine Biodiversity Monitoring in Svalbard?' (session 1)
  • Hernan Sala received ₠200 for the best Antarctic presentation titled:'Why is it Hard to Communicate the Future of the Antarctic Ice Sheet?' (session 4)
  • Nuno Pereira received ₠200 for the most “Outside the Box” presentation titled: 'ViRAL: Virtual Reality Antarctica Laboratory' (session 2)

Congratulations to our award winners! Thank you to our sponsors - the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and Antarctic Science Ltd, for funding the awards. We are also greateful to all the presenters and volunteers who made the conference possible.

We should not be afraid to venture Outside the Box of the ideas that previous generations of polar researchers have left us in order to overcome the severity of polar challenges we face. Striving to succeed, we must discover new ways of thinking and acting, using to our advantage: international and interagency collaborations; idea-sharing between poles; interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches to research; technology and our ability to modify and develop it to suit our needs; affordable methods of research; improved ways of communicating scientific and social research; and most importantly ideas we haven’t thought of yet but you have! To this end, APECS wishes to foster the sharing of alternative solutions for undertaking and communicating polar research, allowing a new generation of polar researchers to shine.

All sessions were recorded, and are available via the APECS vimeo channel:

Session 1 (07:30 - 09:50 GMT): Session 1 Recording Link
Session 2 (10:45 - 12:15 GMT): Session 2 Recording Link
Session 3 (13:30 - 15:45 GMT): Session 3 Recording Link
Session 4 (16:45 - 19:00 GMT): Session 4 Recording Link
Session 5 (19:45 - 21:45 GMT): Session 5 Recording Link
Session 6 (22:30 - 00:30 GMT): Session 6 Recording Link

The detailed conference programme, including all abstracts, can be found below.

Session 1

Session Chair: Gabriela Roldan (University of Cantebury, New Zealand)

Technical Support: Heike Midleja (APECS / Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research, Germany)

 

OCEANOGRAPHY / SEA ICE

 

BIOLOGICAL - MARINE / FRESHWATER / TERRESTRIAL

 

CULTURAL / HISTORICAL

 

POLICY / EDUCATION / COMMUNICATION

 

BIOLOGICAL - MARINE / FRESHWATER / TERRESTRIAL

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

 

Session 2

Session Chair: Vikram Goel (Norwegian Polar Institute, Norway)

Technical Support: Henrik Christiansen (KU Leuven, Belgium)

 

OCEANOGRAPHY / SEA-ICE

 

POLICY / EDUCATION / COMMUNICATION

 

Oceanography / Sea Ice

 

Session 3

Session Chair: Lorna Thurston (Northern Arizona University, United States)

Technical Support: José Queirós (University of Coimbra, Portugal)

 

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

 

BIOLOGICAL - MARINE / FRESHWATER / TERRESTRIAL

 

ATMOSPHERICS / CLIMATOLOGY

 

CULTURAL / HISTORICAL

 

Session 4

Session Chair: Gerlis Fugmann (APECS / Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research)

Technical Support: Adrian Dahood (George Mason University, United States)

 

GEOLOGICAL / ENVIRONMENTAL / TERRESTRIAL CRYOSPHERIC ENVIRONMENTS

 

POLICY / EDUCATION / COMMUNICATION

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

 

Session 5

Session Chair: Hanne Nielsen (University of Tasmania, Australia)

Technical Support: Gabriela Roldan (University of Canterbury, New Zealand)

 

POLICY / EDUCATION / COMMUNICATION

 

CULTURAL / HISTORICAL

 

OCEANOGRAPHY / SEA ICE

 

CULTURAL / HISTORICAL

Session 6

Session Chair: Sara Strey (Northland College, United States)

Technical Support: Gabriela Roldan (University of Canterbury, New Zealand)

 

BIOLOGICAL - MARINE / FRESHWATER / TERRESTRIAL

 

POLICY / EDUCATIONAL / COMMUNICATION

 

GEOLOGICAL / ENVIRONMENTAL / TERRESTRIAL CRYOSPHERIC ENVIRONMENTS

 

POLICY / EDUCATIONAL / COMMUNICATION

 

CULTURAL / HISTORICAL

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