Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


Instagram 1 APECS Workshop SCAR20201The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) is proud to announce that we will be running an early career workshop in collaboration with the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SCAR), entirely online so join us for this unique event! The theme for the workshop is “Antarctic Science - Global Connections”, aiming to bring together polar ECRs from around the globe to network, engage with topics presented at the workshop through a series of plenary and workshop sessions, and to potentially develop new research ideas and collaborations to take forward into their careers in the future.

Event date: 11-13th August, 2020

Location: Online! Join us on Zoom (links available in the registration form).

Topic overview:

August 11th: Introduction and Plenary

August 11th: Science Communication: what can we learn from journalists and outreach projects that have succeeded

August 11th: The Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP)

August 12th and 13th: Logistical Collaboration


Registration: To register, please click here.


Science Communication: What can we learn from journalists and outreach projects

Outreach can be a foreign concept to grasp for those that have never been involved in these activities before. This session brings established science journalists and outreach scientists to talk us through the challenges, importance and which is the most effective way to do it. The session Research Communication 1 is lead by the journalists that will talk us through how to engage in outreach using an intermediary. Talks will cover the relationship between scientists and traditional media outlets, how to give interviews and how to share your work through social media in an effective way. The session Research Communication 2 brings the leads of science outreach programs and initiatives that will show how scientists can engage with the community directly. They will further discuss the importance of such work and quantify the influence scientific outreach has in the community they are inserted.

August 11th

The Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP)

A successful example is the the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) as a part of the Polar Prediction Project (PPP). PPP is a 10-year (2013–2022) endeavour of the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) World Weather Research Programme (WWRP) with the aim of promoting cooperative international research enabling development of improved weather and environmental prediction services for the polar regions, on time scales from hours to seasonal. YOPP is the flagship activity of PPP with the aim of enabling a significant improvement in environmental prediction capabilities for the polar regions and beyond, by coordinating a period of intensive observing, modelling, verification, user-engagement and education activities.

The YOPP in the Southern Hemisphere (YOPP-SH) session offers an overview of some of the key activities and efforts. The presenters will introduce a variety of YOPP-SH activities and provide an opportunity for ECRs to find out how they can use weather and ice forecasts for their research, what kind of meteorological data are available, and ways to contribute to YOPP and PPP.

August 11th

Logistical Collaboration

In these times of global upheaval and climate change, we need to work together to reduce the footprint that anthropogenic activity has on the sensitive environments that we work in. Polar science is only made possible through incredible feats of logistics, yet there is always room for improvement. Currently, research ships go out with empty berths, and surplus samples sit for years in storage. The streamlining of logistical operations to reduce these problems is one such way in which we can reduce our collective impact, but this will only be possible through communication- through forging global connections. This is a chance to do that: an opportunity to share opportunities, a chance to talk and work together to achieve more science with less consequence.

This session will feature speakers discussing how and why logistical collaboration is essential in delivering cross-disciplinary, cross-national field projects as well as speakers highlighting ways individual researchers can reduce their own footprints through collaboration.

Session 1: August 12th, 08:00 - 10:00 GMT

Session 2: August 13th, 07:00 - 09:00 GMT

Contact APECS

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