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Seeking three early career researchers from Nordic countries to participate in workshop Way Forward: Knowledge Gaps in Nordic Arctic Research

Swedish Polar Research Secretariat

The Swedish Polar Research Secretariat, in cooperation with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), are seeking three early career researchers (ECR) from Nordic countries to participate in the upcoming Way Forward: Knowledge Gaps in Nordic Arctic Research Workshop from 30 - 31 May 2018 in at Hanaholmen in Espoo, Finland.

apecs logo webThe workshop is sponsored by the Swedish Ministry of Higher Education and Research and NordForsk and will be organised by the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat with the support of Hanaholmen – The Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre as a part of the Swedish Presidency programme of the Nordic Council of Ministers 2018.

The workshop aims to identify urgent research areas and present Nordic Arctic research collaborations. A group of renowned Nordic and international scientists will identify knowledge gaps and research challenges that the Nordic countries, in international collaboration, are particularly apt to develop into world leading Arctic research. The results aim to contribute to sustainable development for the people in the Arctic, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and give an enhanced understanding of the global implications of a changing Arctic. Furthermore the workshop aims to provide input to the Arctic Science Ministerial in Berlin, October 2018.

The workshop is expected to produce a report consisting of white papers on three preset research themes. The report will support NordForsk and other Nordic funding providers in prioritising in Arctic Research and will be thoroughly disseminated to relevant authorities in the Nordic countries, EU, and international partners.

The three scientific themes are:

  • Arctic data and global modelling: What data gaps are the most crucial to get a better disciplinary and interdisciplinary understanding of Arctic past, current and future in the Arctic? What global consequences do these data gaps create?
  • Arctic strategies and social innovation: How do Arctic societies respond to climate change and pollution? What are the challenges and opportunities for adaptation strategies and social innovation at the local level? How can traditional indigenous knowledge contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of Arctic and northern environment and communities?
  • Sustainable use of Arctic resources: How to foster sustainable use of national and common Arctic resources for e.g. energy, shipping, fishing, and tourism? What are the crucial questions in regional and in international contexts to implement Sustainable Development Goals?

We will select three early career researchers to attend, one for each of these three themes.

Applicants should:

  • be from an institution / organisation in a Nordic country (Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Åland and Greenland)
  • have an Arctic research background fitting into one of the three themes of the workshop
  • be a PhD candidate or Postdoc / early faculty member within five years of completing their PhD (with deductions for periods of parental leave)

The selected ECRs will be provided funding for travel, hotel and food expenses.

If you are interested in applying, please send the following by no later than 26 March 2018 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • CV
  • Statement of Interest (maximum length one page) addressing
    • your research background
    • how your research interests fit into one of the three themes
    • why you would like to attend the workshop
    • what you would like to contribute to the discussion
    • why attending the workshop would help your career

If you have questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Opportunity to work for APECS at AWI

apecs logo webarice logoAWI WortBildmarke Farbe RGBWe are announcing an exciting opportunity to work as part-time scientist in APECS International Directorate at AWI for the ARICE project!

The Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) is a member of the Helmholtz Association (HGF) and funded by federal and state government. AWI focuses on polar and marine research in a variety of disciplines such as biology, oceanography, geology, geochemistry and geophysics thus allowing multidisciplinary approaches to scientific goals. The APECS International Directorate in Potsdam, Germany, invites applications for a Scientist (Arctic research) (50%) to coordinate the APECS tasks of the ARICE project.

The Arctic Research Ice Breaker Consortium (ARICE) is a recently funded EU-Horizon2020 project to improve the capacities for marine-based research in the ice-covered Arctic Ocean. The project includes a consortium of fifteen partners from thirteen countries and will run for four years from 2018 – 2021. The project aims to better coordinate the existing polar research fleet by offering scientists access to six research icebreakers and collaborating with the maritime industry. APECS, hosted by AWI, is a member of the consortium and is leading the work package on educating a new generation of polar researchers and professionals by creating educational materials and performing training activities.

You will be a member of the APECS International Directorate Office at AWI and will be coordinating the APECS tasks of the ARICE project which include but are not limited to organising, content development, coordination and evaluation of in-person and online training courses and resources on research and soft-skills topics related to ARICE (including a summer school for early career researchers and professionals and several webinar series), participating in ARICE project meetings and contributing to other APECS activities as needed. You will support and work with a group of volunteers as part of the project tasks. The position is temporary part-time (50%) and limited until the end of 2021. It will be based in Potsdam, Germany.

Application deadline is 3 April 2018.

More information about the requirements and the full position description are available in this PDF or on the AWI website.

US APECS organizing a Reddit Science AMA for Polar Week,h_294,al_c,lg_1/16f1d1_79c9569af1a9440793852cf2b91960d3.pngUS APECS is organizing a Reddit Science AMA for Polar Week (March 19-23). The idea is to have several early career researchers in polar fields available to answer questions from the public over the course of a one-day period. They have done similar events before, making it on to the front page of Reddit Science.

US APECS is also launching a blog on their website featuring different post 'series' relevant to early career researchers. The first series will be focused on science communication. Posts will relate individual researchers' science communication experiences (e.g. science communication experiences, outcomes, advice for science communicators, what worked/didn't work) to other young scientists, and should include details on what you think makes communication experiences effective, exciting and inclusive. If you are interested in writing for the blog post series, or know someone who might be, please contact Mariama Dryak (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information.

APECS International Polar Week March 2018 from March 19-25

Polar Week logo2 01APECS International Polar Week March 2018 will be from March 19-25! Polar Week is a series of events happening globally, with the goal of promoting the science taking place in polar latitudes.

This March, our theme will be #PolarPride with a focus on appreciating APECS members from all aspects of polar sciences. We have fantastic members and want to show our pride! We also hope to recognize individuals that are traditionally underrepresented either because of what they study or because of systemic issues of diversity within polar sciences. We will focus on celebrating YOU, the members of APECS through a series of fun and professional activities:

We encourage APECS members and National Committees to organize their own activities and to submit details via the Polar Week website!

To find out more about the events and how to participate, please visit our Polar Week website. If you have any questions, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

APECS Germany Workshop on March 25th

APECSGermany LogoOn March 25th (3-6pm) we`ll have an APECS Germany Workshop on “Getting involved in Polar Organizations: Opportunities and Challenges” in Rostock, Germany.

During the workshop we will navigate the acronym jungle of polar sciences and explore ways to engage in international polar organizations. What possibilities and opportunities are there for groups and individuals? What challenges need to be overcome for young scientists as well as for organizations such as the German Society for Polar Research (DGP)?

The Workshop is embedded into the International Polar Conference and free of charge. If you are interested to participate, please write an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Call for abstracts extended until 9 March - APECS International Online Conference 2018

Online Conference logo 2018 3 no dayAbstract submission for the APECS International Online Conference 2018, “Butterfly Effect: Small Changes, Big Impact!” has been extended to 9th March, 2018 at 22:00 GMT. More detailed information on the call for abstract, the presentation formats, abstract guidelines as well as the abstract submission form can be found on the APECS International Online Conference 2018 website.

There are three opportunities for recognition this year! We will award prizes for the best Arctic and Antarctic Oral Presentations and another for best Innovative Communication!

Voting open for APECS Norway logo competition!


Here are the fantastic submissions from our APECS members! Please vote for your favourite option here by March 6th:

The APECS Norway National Committee will make the final decision soon after.

While the options are 'anonymous' we would like to thank (in no particular order) Nathalie Carrasco, Ruth Vingerhagen, Kyle Mayers, Sian Roberts, Pierre-Marie Lefeuvre, Morgan Ip, Denis Migulin/APECS Sweden, and Constanza Rojas. 

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APECS-EPB Webinar: ESA's Human Research Programme on 15 March

APECS-EPB Webinar: ESA's Human Research Programme

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Speaker: Jennifer Ngo-Anh, Head of the Human Research Office at the European Space Agency (ESA)

Registration Link

On Thursday 15th March 2018, Jennifer Ngo-Anh, Head of the Human Research Office at the European Space Agency (ESA), will give a webinar on 'ESA's Human Research Programme', including an overview of ESA's work at Concordia research station in Antarctica. The webinar is the third in a series of webinars organised by APECS and the European Polar Board (EPB).

Details of previous webinars in the EPB-APECS series, including links to recordings, can be found here.

APECS Canada Webinar: Working with Northern Communities to Build Collaborative Research Partnerships

APECS Canada Webinar1 KopieAPECS Canada is excited to be hosting their first webinar of 2018! Join us on February 28th from 1-3pm EST to hear Dr. Jennifer Provencher present on her experiences collaborating with northern communities to form research partnerships. The presentation will be followed by a Q+A session. Dr. Jennifer Provencher is currently a W. Garfield Weston Post-Doctoral Fellow in Northern Research at Acadia University. For more information about Jennifer’s research, check out her website:

Title: Working with Northern Communities to Build Collaborative Research Partnerships: Perspectives from an Early Career Researcher

Working with northern communities is a part of Arctic research in Canada. I will discuss my experiences from my graduate and post-doctoral work as a natural scientist working with communities in Nunavut, Nunavik and the NWT. I will talk about how early career researchers can engage with communities, co-develop research questions, and create meaningful training programs with communities. This will include discussing opportunities, mechanisms, and barriers to engaging in community collaborative research in northern Canada. I will also expand on some ideas from a co-authored essay (Tondu et al. 2014, Arctic), and talk about specific examples of how I implemented these practices in my own work as an ecologist.

Register for this webinar:

APECS International Mentorship Award 2018

apecs logo webNominations are now accepted for the APECS International Mentorship Award 2018!

APECS would like to recognize and honour the efforts of their mentors within the international polar science community. There are 2 award categories, which have been created to acknowledge the time and energy that mentors dedicate to early career researchers each year, and their efforts in building a supportive community.

APECS International Mentorship Award 2018 Categories:

  • “Member category”: APECS members are encouraged to nominate a mentor who has been an outstanding mentor to them during their career.
  • “APECS category”: APECS members, committees (including National Committees) and project groups are encouraged to nominate a mentor who has made an outstanding contribution to their APECS committees, activities or the organisation as a whole

The nomination process is open until 15 April 2018. More information about the award and nomination instruction you can find on the APECS website. Only complete nomination packages are accepted.

The Nansen Early Career Poster Awards 2018

This year the Arctic Frontiers 2018 poster session was held on 24 January and, new this year, in the city centre at the Scandic Ishavshotel. A team of judges helped evaluate the posters across the four themes: Aquaculture in the High North in times of change; Circumpolar Safety, Search and Rescue Collaboration; Resilient Arctic Societies and Industrial Development; and The New Arctic in the Global Context. With more than half of the nearly 70 posters being from early career researchers and the excellent quality of posters, the competition was tough! In the end, after a difficult decision, the three winners were chosen. The excellent prizes sponsored by Arctic Frontiers were awarded at the Science Conference dinner also at the Scandic Ishavshotel. A warm congratulations to:

  • 1st prize: Emmelie Åström – Trophic relationships and community structure at cold seeps in the Barents Sea
  • 2nd prize: Chloé Maréchal – Wasting disease assessment in the northern sub-Arctic seagrass beds
  • 3rd prize: William Hatchett – Reinforcing Reinforcement: Reinforcement in Fucus distichus and Fucus serratus


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Photos: Alberto Grohavaz

Being a 'real' scientist at the Science for Schools event at Arctic Frontiers

Continuously growing in popularity, this year’s edition of Arctic Frontiers Science for Schools, organized by APECS and the Science Centre of Northern Norway, brought together well over 100 students from five different schools in Tromsø. Living above the Arctic circle means the kids are very familiar with ice and snow, but most of them have so far not had the occasion to see what scientific research really entails. Scientists from five different countries, either living in Tromsø or abroad, shared their first-hand experiences of what it’s like to do research in Polar environments – whether it be drilling ice cores, investigating the rich sea life through diving or deep-sea cameras, or learning about permafrost through cartoons. They were amazed by the beautiful underwater photography of Peter Leopold and fascinated by Kirstin Werner explaining how ocean sediment cores can be used to say what the climate was like thousands of years ago. Thanks to Polona Itkin and Anja Rösel they also nearly all got a chance to saw through a real piece of sea-ice and find out just how salty it really is!

After the presentations and hands-on experiences it was the turn of the students to impress us with their excellent posters. Grade 10 classes presented their projects on Tuesday and Thursday, while the more advanced grade 12 class presented the experiments they had carried out on Wednesday. For many of them this was the very first time they presented a poster at a mini scientific conference – and they did an absolutely fantastic job! The level of English was just astounding, not to mention their enthusiasm as well as the well-thought out research projects.

The excellent quality of all the projects meant that for those of us serving as judges we had an extremely difficult task on our hands! We evaluated the posters and learnt a lot from the students through our discussions about their topics of choice, which ranged all the way from understanding the impact of climate change on different Arctic species through to whether munition from the local shooting range was polluting nearby freshwater streams.

After some very difficult decisions, we chose one winner from each day of the event. They were: My name is carbon, black carbon (Tuesday); Heavy metal seaweed (Wednesday); and An ocean of problems (Thursday). The overall winners of the Grade 10 classes was An ocean of problems. There is definitely enormous potential in the next generation of scientists!

We want to warmly thank all the great speakers who volunteered their time to be part of the Science for Schools event: Anja Rösel, Polona Itkin, Charlotte Havermans, Julie LePage, Kristin Werner, Peter Leopold, Lawrence Hislop, and Mona Fuhrmann.

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Photos: Alberto Grohavaz

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Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research
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