Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


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Celebrate Antarctica Day with us!

1 December 2020

The international polar community celebrates Antarctica Day on the 1st of December to commemorate the 61st anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty. During this year, the APECS Antarctica Day Project Group (PG) has planned a series of activities for all our members and national committees to raise awareness of the importance of Antarctica in a fast changing world.

We enthusiastically encourage our early career researchers (ECR) to both join our activities and to communicate with us if you are planning something special to celebrate Antarctica with your community. We want to promote your activities, too! Thanks to the wide collaborations between countries, we could expand and enrich our events and celebrate the spirit of international peace and scientific cooperation that signified the signing of the Antarctic Treaty in 1959.

On this occasion, the Antarctica Day PG is organizing the following activities for everyone to join:

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1. Art & Photo Contests

For the Art Contest, we aim to encourage people from all age groups and backgrounds to share their view on Antarctica. The "Junior Art" category is for people of ages below 18, the "Senior Art" category for people of age 18 and above.

For the Photo Contest, we encourage people to share their experience of Antarctica through their eyes; either from your own perspective (Category 1) or by showing you in Antarctica
(Category 2).

The winners will be announced after a public vote following Antarctica Day.

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To participate, please submit your photo or art project using Photo/Art Contest Rules and Image Submission form by 10th December 2020, 12 pm GMT noon.

Rules and Regulations:

2. Call for short video clips and production of a longer video

This is a call for your short video clips that you have recorded in Antarctica, no matter if you are a scientist, videographer or a tourist. The short video clips will be shared on all APECS social media pages. Please make sure your video is in landscape (horizontal) mode. Note that no video editing is required or expected on your end.

To contribute to the celebration with a video, please submit it via Video Clips for Antarctica Day 2020 by 30 November 2020.

Besides, a compilation video will be launched on Antarctica Day on our website. It will feature scientists sharing their experiences from their research and their time in Antarctica, as well as the fragments of short video clips submitted by the public.

3. Online webinars

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Two online sessions with scientists from around the world covering the topics “Building Bridges between Politics and Science” and “How to Get to Antarctica”.

Zoom registration link will follow.

Regardless of whether or not you decided to participate in a contest, you are encouraged to share your own experiences (photos, videos) with us using the hashtags below on social media (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram):

#AntarcticaDay2020 #PolarArt #PolarPhotoContestDay

This webpage will be updated as the project progresses.





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Antarctica Day 2020 activities around the world

Find out about all activities happening around the world on our Antarctica Day activties page.

You are organizing an activity that is not listed yet? Just fill out the form below so we can add it to our list of events. If you do have any questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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