Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

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The EU Horizon 2020-funded APPLICATE project, in cooperation with the World Meteorological Organization’s Polar Prediction Project (PPP) in occasion of the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP), the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and other partners will be organizing the Polar Prediction School 2018 on weather and climate prediction in the polar regions from 17 - 27 April 2018 at Abisko Scientific Research Station in Sweden.

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The course will cover topics including chaotic systems and predictability, polar boundary layer processes, polar clouds, sea ice and high latitude ocean processes, polar extreme weather and polar-mid-latitude linkages. It will include a combination of polar weather and climate theory lectures with exercises on modelling and field meteorology techniques as well as soft skill training. Each of these components forms a crucial pillar of the prediction problem, and the motivation for combining these is to provide participants with a complete overview of the components required to understand and predict polar weather.

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The Polar Prediction School 2018 will be open for 30 early career researchers (focus on advanced graduate students, PhD students and postdoctoral researchers) from around the world. An international group of instructors will be teaching the sessions and the course will be run at the Abisko Scientific Research Station in Sweden, where  instructional facilities are conveniently located in an environment well suited to Arctic observations. Here participants can begin to develop a sense for the environment they are studying.

The Polar Prediction School 2018 is modelled after the Polar Prediction School 2016, a summary of which you can read here

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Applications for the Polar Prediction School 2018 are now closed. Limited financial support to cover the costs of travel and registration have kindly been provided by our sponsors and will be distributed to accepted participants who indicated they required support.


Registration fees for the school will be approximately 700 Euros. This includes all accommodation, food, and other  costs at the station. Travel to the station is not included in the registration fee. 


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The Abisko Scientific Research Station is located in northern Sweden, above the Polar circle. The closest airport is in Kiruna and we advise all participants to travel to Kiruna from where there are regular trains to Abisko, Östra. You can find information on train times and prices on the Swedish Railways website: Alternatively, you can take a bus from Kiruna airport to Absiko. You can find more info and timetables here: 

From the Östra train station it is a 15-minute walk to the station - follow the railway through the village, pass through the tunnel that goes underneath the main road, and continue on to the station (you should see the station well before you cross under the road).

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The Polar Prediction School 2018 will start on the evening of 17 April, so please make sure to plan arrival accordingly. The official programme will end on the evening of 26 April, but accommodation is booked for check-out on 27 April and breakfast will be served that morning. We advise leaving on April 27th.

What to bring

Even though it the Polar Prediction School is taking place in April the weather can still be cold in Abisko. Expect temperatures between +5C to -10C so please bring warm clothes (hats, gloves, warm jackets, themal underwear, warm shoes, etc.). We will be spending some time outdoors for the fieldwork so it is important you are dressed accordingly. 

Sunday (22nd April) will in large part be a free day, except for launching some radio sondes. This means you will be able to take advantage of the beautiful nature around the Abisko Research Station. There are opportunities for cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing, ice-climbing, ice fishing, etc.). You may want to consider bringing some relevant equipment with you if want to - or there may be the chance to rent some equipment in Abisko. 



Organizing Committee

  • Alice Bradley (Dartmough College, United States)
  • Ian Brooks (University of Leeds, United Kingdom)
  • Luisa Cristini (Alfred Wegener Institut for Polar and Marine Research, Germany)
  • Jonathan Day (University of Reading, United Kingdom)
  • Gerlis Fugmann (APECS Directorate Office / Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Germany)
  • Thomas Jung (Alfred Wegener Institut for Polar and Marine Research, Germany)
  • Gunilla Svensson (Stockholm University, Sweden)
  • Fiona Tummon (APECS Directorate Office / UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Norway)
  • Kirstin Werner (Alfred Wegener Institut for Polar and Marine Research, Germany)


We want to thank the following projects and organisations for sponsoring the Polar Prediction School 2018!

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Contact APECS

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

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