Association of Polar Early Career Scientists
 

Foto World SummitThe Association for Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) is excited to invite members and other early career professionals from around the globe to our 2nd APECS World Summit 2018! Hosted directly before POLAR2018 - the joint SCAR and IASC Conference - in Davos, Switzerland, the theme for this two-day event on 17-18 June 2017 will be “Connecting the Poles.”

Day one (Sunday, 17 June) of the APECS World Summit 2018 will bring together official representatives from the APECS National Committees and APECS’ leadership to discuss APECS projects and the current and future state of collaborative research between polar regions. Day two (Monday, 18 June) is an open workshop for all interested early career researchers attending POLAR2018, focusing on interdisciplinary research, collaboration and exchange. Check out our preliminary schedule for both days below.

You can learn more about APECS’ 1st World Summit in 2015, themed "The Future of Polar Research," on our website. At this event in Sofia, Bulgaria, we were thrilled to host 66 early career scientists and APECS members representing 25 countries and 20 National Committees. We expect our 2nd World Summit to be even bigger and better!

If you have any questions regarding the APECS World Summit 2018, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. See you in Davos!

Registration

Registration for the APECS World Summit 2018 will start in November 2017 and more information will be posted then.

  • Day One (17 June) will be a closed meeting only for APECS Leadership and APECS National Committee representatives
  • Day Two (18 June) will be an open workshop for all early career researchers attending POLAR2018

Preliminary Agenda

Please note that there may be small changes to this agenda prior to the workshop.

Sunday 17 June 2018
Note: This day is a closed meeting only open for representatives of the APECS Leadership and APECS National Committees. 
Location: TBC

08:15 - 08:45

Registration & Introductions

08:45 - 10:15

Presentations for National Committees (NCs):

We will provide an overview of five big topics of interest to our NCs before breaking out into discussion groups (ideas subject to change; check back). National committees with notable successes in these areas will be invited to give short presentations introducing their work.

  • Collaboration with national organizations
  • Coordinated education & outreach activities
  • Recruitment & retention of ECR leadership
  • Effective engagement of mentors
  • Running large, funded events

10:15 - 10:35

Coffee Break

10:35 - 12:00

Breakout Groups:

Participants will split into five groups to better discuss each of the presentations for NCs. Members of Polar Educators International will join the education & outreach group.

12:00 - 13:00

Lunch Break

13:00 - 14:00

Reporting Back from Breakouts:

Representative(s) from each breakout session will be asked to share highlights from their discussion and a couple overarching questions for the whole group. There will be time for brief follow-up comments or questions.

14:00 - 14:15 Coffee Break

14:15 - 16:15

Whole Group Discussion:

A facilitated discussion about what resources would help NCs, how to improve communication in/between NCs, and other questions important to NC leadership. (NC leaders: please send ideas of topics you want to discuss!)

16:15 - 16:30

Coffee Break

16:30 - 17:30

Panel & Group Discussion: “Future challenges for ECRs”

Panelists will discuss significant challenges ECRs will face and how the polar research community can best support them.

Panelists: TBC

17:30 - 17:45

Wrap-up & Summary of the Day

Daily conclusions and announcements regarding the evening activity.

TBC Evening Event

 

Monday 18 June 2018
Note: This day is an open workshop for all early career researchers attending the POLAR2018 conference. 
Location: TBC

08:15 - 08:45

Registration & Introductions

08:45 - 09:45

Keynote: Interdisciplinary research - what it looks like & how it can happen

Guest Speaker:

09:45 - 10:15

Coffee Break

10:15 - 12:15

Breakout Groups:

Participants will split into four groups to better discuss each of the following with the aid of facilitators:

  • Environmental / scientific policy in the polar regions
  • Community-based research
  • Education & outreach
  • Data Management

A more detailed description of the four breakout sessions can be found here

12:15 - 13:15

Lunch Break

13:15 - 14:15

Keynote: Inter-polar research - what it looks like & how it can happen

Guest Speaker:

14:15 - 14:30 Coffee Break

14:30 - 16:00

Breakout Groups:

Participants will split into groups to discuss how inter-polar research can be achieved in each of the following fields, with the aid of facilitators:

  • Marine (inc. biology, oceanography, tourism, etc.)
  • Terrestrial (inc. glaciology, geology, humanities, etc.)
  • Climate (inc. atmospheric, paleoclimate, governance etc.)

A more detailed description of the three breakout sessions can be found here

16:00 - 16:15

Coffee Break

16:15 - 16:45

Reporting Back from Breakouts:

Someone(s) from each breakout session will be asked to share pertinent points from their smaller discussion and a couple overarching questions for the whole group. (There will be time for follow-ups in the panel session.)

16:45 - 17:45

Panel & Group Discussion: Interdisciplinary, inter-polar research

Panelists will discuss the overarching questions from breakouts on interdisciplinary and inter-polar research, then bring these concepts together.

Panelists: TBC

17:45 - 18:00

Wrap-up & Summary of the Day

Daily conclusions and announcements regarding the evening activity.

Breakout Group Descriptions for Day Two

Breakout Sessions for Monday 18 June 2018 from 10:15 - 12:15. Participants will split into groups to better discuss each of the following with the aid of facilitators:

 

Breakout Session for Monday 18 June 2018 from 14:30 - 16:00. Participants will split into groups to discuss how intra-polar research can be achieved in each of the following fields, with the aid of facilitators:

World Summit Organizing Committee

Jennifer Cooper (Chair) (University of Kansas, United States)
Inhye Ahn, Korean Polar Research Institute (KOPRI), South Korea
Ted Bibby, University of North Dakota, United States
Liz Bowman, United States
Alice Bradley, Dartmouth College, United States
Julie Bull, University of New Brunswick, Canada
Elizabeth Ceperley, University of Wisconsin- Madison, United States
Henrik Christiansen, KU Leuven, Belgium
Gerlis Fugmann, APECS / AWI, Germany
Vikram Goel, Norwegian Polar Institute, Norway
Shridhar Jawak, National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research, Goa, India
Heike Midleja, APECS / AWI, Germany
Bernabé Moreno, Científica del Sur University, Peru
Elisa Seyboth, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande-FURG, Brazil
Neelu Singh, National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research, Goa, India
Alexander Thornton, University of Alaska Fairbanks, United States
Lorna Thurston, Northern Arizona University, United States
Ruth Vingerhagen, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Gary Wesche, Polar Educators International, United States
TJ Young, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Yulia Zaika, Khibiny educational and scientific base of the Faculty of Geography M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia

Contact APECS

APECS International Directorate
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research
Telegrafenberg A43
14473 Potsdam
Germany
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