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Important for all APECS members: Please reconfirm your APECS Membership by 25 May due to new EU data privacy regulations

apecs logo webImportant Information for all APECS members:

As you may have heard the new General Data Protection Regulations (“GDPR”) in the European Union comes into effect on 25 May 2018. Since our international Directorate Office is based in the EU (Germany) and to ensure our compliance with the new regulations for our mailing list, you will have to re-confirm your APECS membership and that you want to continue receiving updates from APECS, regardless of whether you are in the EU or not..

Please note that if you do not re-confirm your membership, we will no longer be allowed to email you after 25 May and will have to remove you from our mailing list and delete your personal information.

To update your settings and confirm that you want to stay an APECS member and receive our email updates, all of you have received an email from APECS earlier today with a big blue “I want to remain an APECS member” button. All you have to do is to click this button, check the information we have stored from you (update it if necessary), read our new data use permission text, check the box where it say "Yes, I want to be an APECS member and receive APECS emails" and then click the "Update Profile" link at the bottom of the form. This all takes only a few seconds and can also e.g. be done from a mobile device: please take a moment and update your profile immediately and by 25 May.

If you have not received this email from APECS, please check also your spam folders and if you still have not received it, you have to re-register for APECS on our Join APECS page

If you cannot re-confirm your membership by 25 May, the “I want to remain an APECS member” link above will remain active until end of June 2018. After that you can only re-subscribe by filling out our membership registration form on the APECS website.

If you so far have not been an APECS member yet and want to subscribe, we have updated our membership registration form and you can access it on our Join APECS page

APECS is strongly committed to protecting the data of our members so we see compliance with the new regulations in the EU, where our international office is based, as extremely important. Besides the current changes on the APECS membership and mailing list, the APECS leadership is actively working on a new data policy for APECS and our activities, which will be published in the coming weeks.

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Best regards,

Gerlis Fugmann (Executive Director of APECS) and Hanne Nielsen (APECS President 2017-2018) on behalf of the APECS Executive Committee

First Call for Nominations - APECS Canada-ASA Mentor Award

Do you know anyone who has made a meaningful impact to the scientific community in the North?

The Association of Early Polar Career Researchers Canada and the ArcticNet Student Association are looking to recognize a mentor who has contributed significantly over a period of several years to the mentoring and fostering of polar early career researchers in Canada.

We encourage nomination packages from a variety of backgrounds for this award, including academics, industry professionals, community members, Elders, educators, public servants, and anyone else that has made a meaningful impact on polar early career researchers.

For more information on the award and how to nominate a mentor, visit The deadline for nomination package submissions is September 15, 2018.


Jacqueline Hung
APECS Canada-ASA Mentor Award Committee Chair

On behalf of the APECS Canada-ASA Mentor Award Committee 2018-2019:
Enooyaq Sudlovenick, University of Prince Edward Island
Kamil Chatila-Amos, University of Guelph
Samuel Gagnon, Université Laval
Kate Snow, Department of Fisheries and Oceans (Ex-officio)
Marianne Falardeau, McGill University (Ex-officio)



Polar Prediction School 2018

In short: 100s of Swedish potatoes, 10s of delicious cinnamon rolls, 29 enthusiastic students, 26 fascinating lectures, 13 excellent lecturers, 10 hands-on practicals, 7 kind sponsors, 1 brilliant training school!

The Polar Prediction School was held from 17-27 April 2018 at the beautiful Abisko Scientific Research Station in northern Sweden. It brought together 29 students from nine different countries and at various career stages, from early PhD students through to post-docs. The programme for the school was designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the main aspects related to polar weather and climate prediction. It included theoretical lectures, practical exercises, meteorological fieldwork, and a dedicated science communication programme.

PPS2018 group


The lectures and exercises covered polar weather, chaos and predictability, polar lows, polar ocean forecasting and sea-ice modelling, sea-ice prediction and predictability, limits of predictability, data assimilation and reanalysis, model verification in polar regions, remote sensing of the cryosphere, polar boundary layer dynamics, polar mid-latitude linkages, as well as air-sea exchange and turbulence.

To introduce the students to various observational techniques as well as the challenges related to making these sorts of measurements in high latitudes, they conducted practical exercises based on data obtained from a micrometeorology mast. The mast was erected on the first full day of the training school by the students on the surface of the frozen Lake Torneträsk, a 5-minute walk away from the research station.

Radiosondes were also launched each day and the soundings were uploaded to the Global Telecommunication System, which is used in operational forecasts. In addition, a mini intense observational period was held on one day where radiosondes were launched every six hours. This was to study the diurnal cycle of the polar boundary layer at the site, even though the weather conditions at the time were not ideally suited to this.

mast setup

Soft skills training was provided through a dedicated science communication programme, with six evening sessions and an afternoon of final presentations. These sessions were run by Jessica Rohde of the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee and specifically designed for early career researchers. Topics covered included how to distil information, tailoring messages for specific audiences, using social media, and slide design.

The students put what they learnt directly into practice through the brief informative videos (‘FrostBytes’) about their research that they worked on during the school. On the final afternoon each student presented their work and this was recorded. The videos will be made available on the APECS and APPLICATE websites.

Daily weather briefings were also made by the students each evening. They were asked to provide an overview of the day’s weather, to compare the previous day’s forecast with the observed radiosounding they made, and to analyse forecasts for the coming days using global and regional products. The briefings were an opportunity for the students to learn to interpret weather forecasts in complex polar mountain environments, such as where Abisko is located, and to better understand how today’s models perform in such regions. Furthermore, they led to interesting discussions about model skill and uncertainty in polar regions.

A diverse course such as the Polar Prediction School, bringing together a wide set of students and lecturers, helps build and maintain the community needed to address the polar prediction problem, which is inherently multi-disciplinary. Overall, the school was a great success and we recommend this model be used for any future schools for early career researchers.

The Polar Prediction School 2018 was organised as part of 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). It was also generously supported by the World Climate Research Programme's (WCRP) Climate and Cryosphere project (CliC), the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), and the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SCAR).

APECS-EPB Webinar: The EU Arctic Cluster on 5 June

Eu Arctic ClusterIn partnership with the European Polar Board (EPB), APECS organises a series of webinars that aim to connect polar research and policy. The webinars are aimed at polar researchers, policymakers and other professionals at all career stages.

The fourth EPB-APECS webinar will be held 13:00-14:00 (UTC) on Tuesday 5th June 2018. 

Kristina Bär, EU-PolarNet Communications Officer, will introduce the EU Arctic Cluster and how it is bringing together EU-funded polar research projects to jointly maximise their impact.

The EU Arctic Cluster is a network of Horizon 2020 and a Framework Programme 7 funded Arctic projects, with APECS being involved in four of them. Currently it comprises eight projects: APPLICATE, ARICE, Blue-Action, EU-PolarNet, ICE-ARC, INTAROS, INTERACT and NUNATARYUK. The Cluster thus merges a broad spectrum of research and coordination activities - ranging from the most up-to-date findings on permafrost and sea ice, from enhancing observation to improving predictions, and from networking research stations to coordinating access to icebreakers.

The EU Arctic Cluster's objective is to bring the insights from various areas of expertise together in order to provide one entry point to EU funded Arctic research. Jointly the Cluster aims to provide policy-relevant information and support the EU in implementing its integrated policy for the Arctic.

To join the webinar, please register here:

Details of all webinars in the EPB-APECS series, including recordings and summaries, can be found here.

Looking for early career scientist to join the editorial board for the State of Environmental Science in Svalbard report

SIOS logo ORIGINAL rgbapecs logo webThe Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System (SIOS) in cooperation with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) are looking for an early career scientist to join the editorial board for the State of Environmental Science in Svalbard report. Application deadline is on 25 May!

SIOS is a consortium of international institutions with research infrastructure in and around Svalbard. SIOS is building an integrated observing system for long-term measurements addressing Earth System questions. 

Starting in 2018, SIOS will produce an annual State of Environmental Science in Svalbard (SESS) report. The report will summarise the state of current knowledge of key Earth System Science (ESS) parameters and analyse how these parameters influence one another. The SESS report will outline the work that has been done in the previous year within the SIOS cooperation to optimise the observing system and recommend research priorities for the following year(s).

The first issue of the SESS report will be published in two steps. A preliminary report will be published online in early summer; its chapters will be subject to an open review. A final report will be based on the reviewed chapters and additional contributions and will be released during the Polar Night Week in Longyearbyen, 14-17 January 2019.

SESS report

The editorial board consists of three persons, two of which are senior researchers from SIOS member institutions. We would like to appoint an early career scientist as a third member of the editorial board.

The tasks of the editorial board are:

  • review received contributions
  • invite additional contributors
  • organise a scientific review process ‘light’
  • merge all contribution to a coherent report (synthesis work)
  • develop a layout and design profile
  • prepare the SESS report release
  • prepare promotion material

The editorial board works in close cooperation with scientific and communication advisors within the SIOS community.

Applicants should:

  • have an education background within Earth System Science
  • be available during the next 8 months and the Polar Night Week
  • have an interest in editorial activities
  • be an active team player
  • be fluent in oral and written English

We offer an excellent opportunity

  • to gain insight in the editorial work of scientific reports
  • to influence the development of the SESS report, both in content and layout
  • to build a network with diverse fields of arctic research within Earth System Science

The applicant is expected to attend board meetings (mainly on video) and the Polar Night Week in Longyearbyen 14-17 January 2019. Travel costs will be refunded. 

SIOS expects the work of the editorial board to commence right after the appointments are made (beginning of June). The time period of appointment to the editorial board is limited to the completion of the first issue of the SESS report (January 2019). There may be the opportunity to continue on the editorial board, depending on the decisions made by the SIOS Board of Directors.

The application and selection process is coordinated by APECS. If you are interested in applying, please send the following information by no later than 25 May 2018 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

  • CV
  • Statement of interest (max one page), including
    • your research background
    • your motivation in joining the editorial board for the SESS report
    • your thoughts on how you could contribute to the editorial work and how this work would be beneficial for your career

If you have questions about the position, please contact SIOS directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Audience registration now open for the APECS International Online Conference 2018 on 16 May

APECS International Online Conference 2018: “Butterfly Effect: Small Changes, Big Impact!”Online Conference logo 2018 3 no day

Conference Date: 16 May 2018 (06:55 GMT to midnight GMT)

Event Format: Online conference (webinar)

Registration is now open for audience members to participate in the conference! It is completely free to attend from the comfort of your home or office!

How to register? Please register separately for each session of the conference you wish to attend. Once you register you will receive a unique attendance link for each of the sessions you registered for in your email inbox. Please use the attendance links to join the conference as an audience member on 16 May, 2018 and please check that you are using the correct link for each session you wish to join. Please register as early as possible but no later than 30 minutes before the session starting time in order for you to receive your attendance link via email. Sessions are limited to 100 participants each. Note that session timings are subject to change so do keep an eye on the schedule in the run-up to the conference.

This year’s theme, “Butterfly Effect: Small Changes, Big Impact!,” challenges polar scientists to communicate the impacts of changes occurring in and connected to polar and alpine regions, including their environment, local communities, science methods, and policy and education.

What to Expect: Presenters will address this topic in relation to a wide range of research, including Atmosphere and Climate, Biology, Cultural, Education, Science Communication, Geology, Environmental, Cryosphere, History, Oceanography and Policy research. Audience engagement is encouraged, with time for questions at the end of each presentation.

The detailed conference programme including all abstracts can be found on the APECS International Online Conference Website.

POLAR2018 Meet the Plenary

During POLAR2018 we are offering the opportunity for a small group of Early Career Researchers (ECR) to have an informal lunch with the morning's two plenary speakers. If you wish to have the chance to take part in this opportunity please fill in this form by 3 June! Participants will be drawn by lots from the applications received. This event is sponsored by SCAR and IASC and organised by APECS.

Plenary Speakers and abstracts

APECS and UArctic organizing student workshop on Science Communication at UArctic Congress 2018

apecs logo webUArctic logo newThe APECS-UArctic Science Communication Workshop is organized in connection with the UArctic Congress 2018 in Oulu, Finland on 3 September 2018. Participants will be expected to work on tasks throughout the duration of the congress. Deadline for applications is on Sunday 13 May 2018.

The workshop will focus on four topics:

  • Storytelling as a tool for science communication
  • Using social media for science communication
  • Videos as a tool for science communication
  • Communicating with the Media

The workshop will include both introductory lectures and also hands-on practical parts. In addition to the workshop day, the participants will receive a task to use the skills gained during the workshop during the UArctic Congress (incl. conducting interviews). More information will be communicated to successful applicants before the workshop. The results of the workshop and message from Oulu will be communicated at the Helsinki welcoming reception on Thursday evening (Sep 6th).

As the workshop is limited to max 25 participants, you will have to apply for it. Application deadline is on Sunday 13 May 2018. We will let applicants know if they are accepted to participate in the workshop by 25 May so that successful applicants can still register for the UArctic Congress before its early bird registration deadline. The workshop is open to students at all levels as well as for other early career scientists.

To apply and to find more information about workshop, please visit workshop webpage.

APECS Germany is looking for new board members!

Dear APECS Germany members,

APECSGermany LogoOver the last ~21 months we as APECS Germany initiated several very successful events all over Germany, some of which you might have heard of via our website or facebook-page. However, all this was only possible through our board-members, many of which are now actively involved since July 2016. Just last summer, we established some official terms of reference (see to ensure that a thought-through future continuation of our network is possible. One major puzzle piece of that is a board full of motivated young scientists, but for that we are of course relying on a more or less steady inflow of new board members, and that’s where you come into play!

The new board-term will start very soon in May 2018, and we happily invite you to join the board of our network so that you can bring your ideas into action! One of the very first tasks in a new board term will be the election of a new leadership team consisting of one chair and three co-chairs. However, we understand if there are question marks about being active in such a network, so in order to give you an overview on what exactly we`re doing and what we did in the past you are all invited to an informal online-presentation and a Q&A via the Zoom-Meeting-platform on May 8th, 2018 at 3 P.M.

You can join this meeting using the following link:

Please drop us a short line whether you’re interested to join on May the 8th, but please feel free to also join on short notice. Some of our current board members will be online and answer any upcoming questions regarding our past work.

We’re very much looking forward to hearing from you!

Cheers, Andi
On behalf of the APECS Germany board

ARICE Call for Ship-Time Proposals 2018- NOW OPEN!!

arice logoThe EU Project ARICE (Arctic Research Icebreaker Consortium) opens now a call for ship-time proposals to access the icebreakers CCGS Amundsen, RV Sikuliaq and PRV Polarstern. This call will remain open until the 5th of July 2018.

Applications are welcome from international teams of researchers and industry partners from all career stages. Female applicants are encouraged to apply.
Check full eligibility criteria and funding conditions at:

The access to PRV Polarstern is offered in the frame of the Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC) Expedition, the first year-round expedition into the central Arctic exploring the Arctic climate system. Specific access regulations to PRV Polarstern in the frame of MOSAiC apply. Further information at

NOTE: Proposals submitted to ARICE for PRV Polarstern will require a Confirmation of Endorsement from MOSAiC, a process which is encouraged to be started by potential applicants as soon as possible, as the endorsement process is expected to take 3 weeks from the submission of the request for endorsement until endorsement is confirmed. Detailed information is available at

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Two upcoming webinars on research ethics

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Indigenous Peoples of the Arctic Countries website

When we conduct research in the Arctic we are visitors in someone else's homeland: people who live there all year round, who have unique knowledge and wish to be involved in research concerning their land and ways of life. In this pair of webinars, arising from conversations at the 2017 Siberian Environmental Change Network (SecNet) workshop (arranged in cooperation with INTERACT), two speakers will build on their personal experiences to highlight ways in which researchers can successfully engage with local communities, from a Canadian and a Russian perspective.

Webinar 1: Dr. Sandra Juutilainen, University of Waterloo
When: Friday 4 May, 16:00 GMT (12 noon Toronto) Register here!

Webinar 2: Lidia Rakhmanova, PhD in Sociology, Sociologist of the Center of Sociological Research, the State Hermitage Museum, associated member of the Sociological Institute of FCTAS RAS
When: Thursday 10 May, 13:00 GMT (16:00 Moscow) Register here!
Please note this webinar will be held in Russian.

Winners of the APECS Polar Week Photo Contest 2018

Thank you for all the great submissions to the APECS Polar Week Photo Contest 2018 "My #PolarPride"! After all the votes are in, we are happy to announce the winner in each category:


Category: Working Environment

1st Prize: Sarah Baatout, Belgian Nuclear Research Centre, Belgium

Description: Health, drugs & environment monitoring, & school connections at Belgian Princess Elisabeth station in Antarctica as analog for
human space exploration.

 Sarah Baatout

 Category: Research and Laboratory

1st Prize: Gustavo Souza dos Santos, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo, Brazil

Description: Antarctic macroalgae in exposition at the Summer School in Pharmaceutical Sciences 2018, showing to undergraduate students from different states of Brazil the importance of Polar Science.


Gustavo Souza dos Santos


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