Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


102 Vural Deniz Pixabay Polar Week September 2020

It's International Polar Week from 20th to 26th of September 2020! Join us in putting the polar and alpine regions into the spotlight.

The Polar Week aims to celebrate the importance of polar and alpine regions and the cryosphere in general. It takes place twice a year for one week around the spring and autumnal equinox when daytime and night-time are equal all around the World!

During this Polar Week we will share a series of talks and activities through APECS international and NC committees to raise awareness on polar life, facts, stories, the role in the climate crisis and so forth. We enthusiastically encourage our early career researchers (ECR) to both join our activities and to create their own events within the framework of the Polar Week.

© Deniz Vural/Pixabay

Polar Week programme:

Stay tuned for further updates on this webpage and our social media channels! Find out which events are happening around the world during this week.

We encourage all of you to share your own stories, photos and experiences with us during September Polar Week using the hashtags: #PolarWeek, #ScientistsWhoSelfie, #PolarWeekPhoto, #PolarWeekArt and #PolarFunFact

We encourage all APECS members and National Committees to organize their own events and activities. Please feel free to let us know about your planned activities so that we can help you to implement and share them on our webpage and social media channels. You can submit your activities through this form.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We are happy to celebrate September International Polar Week 2020 with all of you!

APECS Podcast - Polar Times first episode

175 APECS Podcast PG LogoLadies and gentlemen,

We would like to introduce the very new brand of APECS PGs, Podcast! We also feel right proud of having the first released Podcast from Science and stories from the coolest places on the planet in this International Polar Week September 2020!
The Polar Times Team worked so hard to make the first episode ready for the Polar Week.

Here is the trailer of Polar Times to know the story behind how APECS Podcast rises!

176 Kristie Jones Williams APECS Podcast Polar Week September 2020

we have our first ever guest on Polar Times; Kirstie Jones-Williams!
Kirstie is marine biogeochemist and microplastic researcher at the British Antarctic Survey and University of Exeter.

Join host Jack Buckingham to chat to her about microplastic in the Southern Ocean, hot-springs in Antarctica and making the most of PhD opportunities!

We wish you a Podcast full of fun!

If you also like to recommend any speakers to listen at upcoming episodes, feel free to contribute the form!

© Photo on the left: Kirstie Jones-Williams

Movie Night on 24th of September

174 Amy Richman Polar Week September 2020

We will be seeing the first movie from the MOSAiC Expedition on 24th of September, 16 GMT
Amy Richman is a nonfiction filmmaker focused on making the complex world of academic research more approachable to a broader audience.

She spent months in the Arctic last year in order to complete a full-length planetarium show about her experience from the footage she collected on board the ship and on the ice. She witnessed the very beginning of the expedition and is here to let us know more about the conditions there!

Find here the link to the video:

© Amy Richman

#PolarWeekPhoto Contest September 2020 - Vote for your favourite photo now!

173 Lina Madaj Polar Week September 2020 Photo Contest VotingThank you for the amazing photos that were submitted for our APECS International Polar Week September 2020 Photo Contest! Now it is time for YOU to vote on your favourite photo. 

How to vote? Click through the photos on our photo contest website and note their number and photographer name. And then fill out the voting poll here:

You can only vote once! Voting will close on Thursday, 24 September at 23:00 GMT. The winners will be announced afterwards as soon as the voting results have been verified.


© Lina Madaj

Polar Art Blog | Polar Week September 2020

Since we are featuring the Polar Week September 2020, we are delighted to share our several tremendous artists such as painter, cinemagraph, musician, explorer as well as crime novelist! 

They are all from different fields, but meet at a common point, polar regions! At this point, we would like to share different challenges in Arctic and Antarctic they faced as many experiences they have collected which will also inspire many of us to engage in art and polar research under this blog.

Polar Art: Acid rain, electronic music in Antarctica
Polar Art: Illustration in Art
Polar Art: Documentaries from North to South Pole
Polar Art: The Crime Queen of Polar Regions
Polar Art: From Punta Arenas, Chilean Gateway to Antarctica
Polar Art: Drifting North: Into the Polar Night
Polar Art: Illustration as a powerful Sci-comm

Get Together Meeting on 23 September 2020

135 Vural Deniz Polar Week Get Together September 2020Dear polar scientists, artists, journalists, educators, to sum up, polar enthusiasts!

We are delighted to come together with various events under the Polar Week umbrella. 

To know more about each other and ice-breaking, we would like to come together in our meeting on 23rd of September, 17:30 GMT!

We will not only be having great time with the participants from all around the world, we will also be playing trivia games including the knowledge from both Arctic and Antarctic!

© Deniz Vural

Join us at the meeting in the middle of Polar Week with the heart of polar passion here:

#PolarWeekPhoto Contest September 2020

103 Vural Deniz Pixabay Polar Week September 2020 Photo ContestAs for the past International Polar Weeks we are inviting all APECS members to participate in the #PolarWeekPhoto challenge, taking place during September Polar Week from 20th - 26th. Please submit a picture you took in the Arctic, Antarctic or alpine areas. The picture can be documenting polar landscapes, animals and organisms, fieldwork, even experiments/lab work resulting from your fieldwork…, whatever you would like to share about your polar experiences!

Get inspired by the March Polar Week 2020 Photo Competition picture gallery.

© Deniz Vural/Pixabay

Here is what you have to do to participate:

  1. Pick your best Arctic/Antarctic/alpine photo;
  2. Fill out this form to submit your image and all necessary information:
    1. Name, affiliation and email of the person entering the contest
    2. A short description of your photo (150 characters maximum)
    3. Let us know if you are interested in your image being featured on our APECS Instagram (@apecs.polar) or Twitter (@Polar_Research) account.Include your handle, if you like.
  3. Spread the word about the APECS International Polar Week and hope that your photo gets the most votes! 

The deadline for submission is 18th of September 2020, 23:59 GMT. The vote will take place during the Polar Week and the photo getting the most votes will be the winner! Good Luck.

By submitting your photo, you agreed to follow the rules and regulations, see below. 


Vote here on your favourite photo
until 24th September 2020 at 23:00 GMT

Rules and Regulations:

Ideas for Participating in Polar Weeks

Polar Weeks

We'd love to know what you are doing for Polar Weeks. Send pictures and stories to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Some ideas what to do, you can find below: 


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