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Online Conference Logo 2019APECS International Online Conference 2019, “Breaking Barriers: Promoting Interdisciplinarity in Polar Science”

Event Date: 15 May 2019 (hours to be communicated posteriorly)
Event Format: Online Conference

The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) is proud to announce the much awaited 5th annual APECS International Online Conference to go live on 15 May 2019. This year’s theme, “Breaking Barriers: Promoting Interdisciplinarity in Polar Science” aims to encourage collaboration between early career scientists from varied disciplines, working in the polar and alpine regions.

Science is about understanding the nature and mechanism of the world. But, understanding the mechanisms related to the “three poles” requires an integrated approach. Interdisciplinarity was one of the main discussion topics during the 2nd APECS World Summit, and it was clear that to achieve big results several tools from different disciplines must be incorporated. One example is climate change; to truly understand climate change and its impacts, we need to bring together the relevant disciplines of climate, environment, social sciences, and others under a multidisciplinary ceiling and assess various ways to understand its complex and interrelated causes and effects. No single approach will work for all. Climate change is not the only topic that can benefit from the integration of cross-disciplinary expertise; understanding how polar oceans function, how continents and alpine regions form, contamination pathways, and many other questions related to the three poles calls for interdisciplinarity. With that intent, APECS calls for ECRs to come forward with their interdisciplinary take on an otherwise contemporary science, by presenting their approach to developing research goals, methods, and outcomes as a short presentation in our one-day Online Conference.

Call for Abstracts

Abstract submission is now open!

Abstracts should be written in English (please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need other arrangements), no longer than 250 words, and submitted to this Google Form prior to 22 March 2019 at 23:59 GMT. We will notify you with regards to the success of your abstract by 15 April 2019.

Presentation format

Participants are welcome to submit an abstract to the following presentation categories:

  1. An oral presentation via live web-based video conference. Each speaker will have 10 minutes (strict) to present their work and 5 minutes for fielding questions; this time limit also holds for presentations with more than one speaker.
  2. A flash talk category will be included in this year’s conference. This communication consists of a 5 minutes (strict) oral presentation along with 2 minutes for questions.

All oral presentations must be live as we will not accept pre-recorded presentations. All sessions of the online conference will be recorded live and made available in video format post-conference.

Prizes

Antarctic Science Logo copyapecs logo webAPECS will award TWO prizes this year!

  • Best Antarctic Oral Presentation: APECS will award the Best Oral Presentation having the Antarctic as the main region of the presentation. The winner will receive an award of 300 Euros to be used to cover travel costs for a polar-related conference of their choice.
  • Best Arctic/Alpine Communication: APECS will award the Best Oral Presentation having the Arctic or Alpine regions as the main region of the study. The winner will receive an award of 300 Euros to be used to cover travel costs for a polar-related conference of their choice.

All participants will receive a certificate of participation.

Thanks to APECS and the Antarctic Science Ltd. for sponsoring the conference prizes. The prize for this year's Best Antarctic Oral Presentation was donated by a bursary from Antarctic Science Ltd that was facilitated by the late Emeritus Fellow, Professor David Walton.

Copyrights / Intellectual Property

1. Each 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. 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.

5. If music is used, it is the responsibility of the entrant to ensure they are following proper copyright laws. (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.

Organizing Committee

In alphabetical order:

  • Eleonora Conca (University of Turin, Italy)
  • Rahul Dey (National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research, India)
  • Clare Eayrs (New York University Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates)
  • Vikram Goel (University of Oslo / NCAOR (Goa), Norway / India)
  • Kara Layton (The University of Western Australia, Australia)
  • Bernabé Moreno (Científica del Sur University, Peru)
  • Prashant H. Pandit (TERI University, India)
  • Ankit Pramanik (National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research, India)
  • José Queirós (MARE - Marine and Environmental Science Centre, Portugal)
  • Neelu Singh (Mangalore University - India / Norway)
  • Deniz Vural (Istanbul Technical University Polar Research Center, Turkey)
  • Mateusz Waligóra (University of Silesia, Poland)

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions or comments. We are happy to help!

Contact APECS

APECS International Directorate
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research
Telegrafenberg A45
14473 Potsdam
Germany
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