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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 3 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, 12:00 GMT (15:00 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


APECS Italy project announcement

apecs italy logoAPECS Italy is proud to support the NET project, in which ten students from the Istituto Tecnico Industriale Statale “Max Planck” high school in Treviso (Italy) become involved in scientific research about climate change in the Arctic environment. The purpose of the project is to expose students to the various issues and techniques involved in climate change research at the poles, and how knowledge gained from polar research on climate change can inform climate change decisions back home in Italy. Following the field portion of the work, the students will gain experience in science communication and outreach by preparing presentations of their experience that will be shared with the public. In order to secure the last funding needed to support this project, NET is sponsoring a crowdfunding campaign, more information about which can be found at the following website (in Italian)


Queen’s Northern Research Symposium

APECS Canada Logo webThe 6th Queen’s Northern Research Symposium will be held on Thursday April 12th, and broadcast as a webinar presentation by APECS. The three keynotes for this year’s event include:

  • Valerie Michaelson of Queen’s University (Department of Public Health Sciences and School of Religion),
  • Elyn Humphreys of Carleton University (Department of Geography and Environmental Studies), and
  • Daniel Fortier of Universite de Montreal (Department de Geographie).

The day also includes a variety of talks on reconciliation in Canada’s North, Arctic contaminants, and vegetation responses to the warming Arctic.

Participants can view the event for free from 8:30 am to 2:45 pm EST via webinar; register for the webinar here ( to receive an access link to the event. For those interested in this event but unable to attend, this presentation will be recorded and published on the APECS vimeo site ( at a later date. For more information about the Queen’s NRS, visit

Your APECS Canada (ehPECS) Board

Polar Organisations provide travel support for ECRs to attend the POLAR2018 conference

POLAR2018 logos travel award KopieIn February 2018, the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) in cooperation with the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), the Tinker Foundation, the US National Science Foundation, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the UK Science & Innovation Network Nordics, the Antarctic Science Ltd. and the Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) Project of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) announced the availability of travel awards for the POLAR2018 (15-26 June2018, Davos Switzerland), including Arctic Science Summit Week 2018 & IASC Business Meetings, XXXV SCAR Biennial Meetings, SCAR/IASC Open Science Conference, and 2018 Arctic Observing Summit.

We received a total of 346 applications for this process and due to the high quality of the applications it was very difficult to make a decision. All applications were reviewed by two reviewers each via a blind review process. Final recipients were then determined from the resulting ranked list keeping in mind as wide as possible country spread.

Through this generous financial support from all contributing organizations, we were able to fund 91 applicants from 27 countries (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States). All recipients have been notified and have accepted their awards. Congratulations to all recipients!

Thank you again to all the funders for making this incredible support possible. Also a big thank you to the reviewers who took their time to help us evaluate all these applications.

We are looking forward to seeing many of you in Davos!

More information on the awards can be found on the APECS website

APECS at EGU 2018

EGU logoThe European Geosciences Union (EGU) will bapecs logo webe meeting again in Vienna, Austria, from 8-13 April 2018 for the General Assembly. The annual meeting is the largest gathering of geoscientists in Europe, with events and sessions covering a wide range of polar and cryospheric activities.

If you are planning to attend please consider joining us for all three of the early-career social events that APECS is co-organizing. Attached is also a list of some of the polar-related sessions, organized by day.

Polar & Cryo Pre-icebreaker
Sunday 8 April
Cafe Merkur
Florianigasse 18, 1080 Vienna, Austria
Facebook event

Polar & Cryo Midweek Meetup
Wednesday 11 April
Sonnenfelsgasse 3, 1010 Vienna, Austria
Facebook event

Session SC3.4/CL6.05/CR8.10/OS6.3
Polar science career panel (EGU Cryosphere and APECS) (co-organized)​
Tue, 10 Apr, 12:15–13:15 / Room -2.85

APECS Norway's inaugural event

On Thrusday 22nd March, APECS Norway held their first in-person event in Oslo at the univeristy's science library. The event coincided with the APECS Polar Week. It was a successful evening with keynote speakers (Lars Eivind Augland, UiO; Bob Paquin, Canadian International Arctic Centre and Andy Kääb, UiO) and a "PolarPitch" where  audience members, who came from a range of disciplines and career stages, gave a two minute introduction to their work. We then headed for pizza downtown.

Please get in touch with us (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you would like to help organise a future event with APECS Norway around the country. 

Pictures clockwise from bottom left: Keynote speakers Lars Eivind Augland, Andy Kääb and Bob Paquin. APECS Norway committee members Pierre-Marie Lefeuvre, Grace Shephard and Ruth Vingerhagen.

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APECS Norway has a logo!

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We are pleased to announce the winner of the APECS Norway logo competition!

Our new logo was designed by Kyle Mayers, the Vice-President of the UK branch of APECS - UK Polar Network. As Kyle explains "The inspiration for the image idea came from a trip I took earlier this year to Tromsø, and seeing the Northern lights, which was a really special experience! It is also something people usually ask about when they think of Norway (although in Bergen the clouds are usually in the way)! The mountain is a great symbol of Norway, but also polar regions (Arctic, Antarctic and alpine) so I thought it was a a nice all encompassing image!". We agree, and here provide the original black version as well as a white background version - tusen takk, Kyle.

We would like to again sincerely thank all the participants for their entries!

Vote now on your favourite photos from our Polar Week photo contest!

Thank you for the 58 amazing photos that were submitted for our APECS International Polar Week March 2018 #My PolarPride Photo Contest! Now it is time for YOU to vote on your favourite photos in each of the two categories. 

How to vote? Click through the photos on our photo contest website and note their number and photographer name. And then fill out the two voting polls below.

You can only vote once in each category! Voting will close on 27 March at 23:00 GMT. The winners will be announced afterwards as soon as the voting results have been verified.

Webinar available: Glaciology in the St. Elias Mountains of Yukon, Canada: science, logistics and surprises

Bildschirmfoto 2018-03-21 um 12.33.08.pngWebinar title: Glaciology in the St. Elias Mountains of Yukon, Canada: science, logistics and surprises
By Dr. Gwenn Flowers, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada

Summary: The St. Elias Mountains of Yukon, Canada, are home to vast icefields, surging glaciers and some of the highest peaks in North America. Since 2006, Gwenn and her research group at Simon Fraser University have been carrying out glaciological field work in this area to investigate surface mass and energy balance, glacier response to climate, glacier thermal structure, ice dynamics and outburst floods. This webinar will highlight some of the research results, illustrate the role of funding and logistics in defining the research, and touch on the opportunities and challenges associated with field-based studies in this relatively remote area.

Please register for Glaciology in the St. Elias Mountains of Yukon, Canada: science, logistics and surprises on Wednesday April 11th, 2018 at 4:00 PM GMT here:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

APECS Panel at MEASO18 Conference on 8 April

web apecsIDEAL logoAPECS Panel - Placing your research within the big picture Opportunities for Early Career Researchers (ECRs) to be involved in large international initiatives

When: Sunday 8th of April 2018 from 13:30 to 16:30MEASOVertical

Where: Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies (flexspace), University of Tasmania, 20 Castray Esplanade, Hobart, Australia

Organized by: Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

Co-organized by: MEASO2018, IDEAL research center

Registration Link

Over the past decade many large international initiatives have been developed to address the significant environmental and climatic changes impacting the Southern Ocean, to further our knowledge and to influence international policy. Initiatives and organizations such as SOOS, ACE Expedition, Southern Ocean Research Partnership and ICED are leading interdisciplinary and international research efforts to better understand the causes and impacts of changes in the Southern Ocean. These initiatives are influencing international policy on climate change, fisheries, and environmental practices. But how can you as an ECR get involved in these international initiatives and how can your research influence international policy in the Southern Ocean?

APECS will be hosting a panel session to address how Early Career Researchers can contribute to and participate in large international initiatives within the Southern Ocean. Our panel will address questions such as:

  • What are the knowledge gaps that an ECR can partially answer within international initiatives (SCAR, SOOS, etc.)?
  • What opportunities are there for ECRs to be involved in large international initiatives?
  • How can an ECR work (thesis, manuscripts …) have a greater impact within global/international initiatives?
  • How can networking help ECRs become part of large international initiatives?
  • How can an ECRs work influence policy and how can ECRs get involved/gain experience in Southern Ocean Policy?


  • Dr. Aleks Terauds (Australian Antarctic Division)
  • Indi Hodgson-Johnston (University of Tasmania)
  • Dr. Nadine Jonhston (British Antarctic Survey)
  • Dr. Stephen Nicol (University of Tasmania)

V Symposium APECS-Brazil: Achievements and challenges in a decade of changes in the national and international scenario

apecs brasil logoV Symposium APECS-Brazil: Achievements and challenges in a decade of changes in the national and international scenario
15 - 18 May 2018, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

In is fifth edition, the APECS-Brazil symposium brings not only updates and new findings in polar science, but also celebrates the 10th anniversary of the creation of the Brazilian APECS committee and the last International Polar Year. We hope to stimulate important reflections and discussions about the achievements of our association and the challenges that we will face from now on.

Registration: Registration is open and should be done through the APECS Brazil website

APECS members have reduced registration fees.

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