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And the Polar Week photo contest winner is..

web apecs... Nil Rodes!

Congratulations Nil, you won a 100€ voucher for travel cost to a polar and cryosphere related conference (please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to retrieve your prize).

Thank you to all the participants for their beautiful photos!"

rodes nil polar week march 2020 photochallenge

Every morning sunshine between the rain during the fieldwork days in Isfjord, Svalbard.

Invitation for photo contributions: Communication and navigation during fieldwork

Dear dedicated polar researchers,

APECS and INTERACT collaborate on developing resources for communication and navigation in the field – an important aspect that needs to be considered when preparing a field campaign in the remote, spectacular, but unforgiving Arctic. This aims to become a resource similar to the INTERACT Practical Field Guide. We invite you to contribute with your most compelling photos from the field until 17 May 2020!

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Vote for your favorite polar photo!

web apecsThe PolarWeekPhoto photo challenge has come to an end: It's now time to vote for the photo contest of the March PolarWeek 2020. The winner will receive a 100€ voucher for travel costs to a polar or cryosphere related conference! You can see the photos and contest descriptions here. You have until Friday 3rd April 12 GMT to vote, here:

Call for reviewers of the second order draft of the Working Group II contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6)

IPCC SOD WGI AR6The Working Group II (WGII) contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) is due to be finalized in 2021. The Second Order Draft (SOD) of the IPCC AR6 WGII report will be open for expert review from 7 August to 2 October 2020.

The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI), the Past Global Changes Early Career Network (PAGES ECN), the Permafrost Young Research Network (PYRN) and the Young Earth System Scientists (YESS) community are coordinating a group review of the SOD of the IPCC AR6 WGII report by early career scientists. 

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Changes coming to the APECS Directorate

Fugmann Profile Picture 2020Dear APECS Members,

I have some news, that I need to share with you. I have accepted the position as new IASC Executive Secretary and will therefore be leaving APECS in July. This is a great new opportunity for me personally and I am quite excited about it and very much looking forward to this new appointment and to working with the IASC community.

At the same time, this of course means me leaving APECS, an organization that I have been involved in, and that has shaped my career and personal life for more than 11 years.

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Update on APECS operations and activities due to COVID-19 situation

apecs logo webThe current COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation is affecting all of us and therefore also will have an impact on APECS activities in the coming months. The health, safety, and wellbeing of our members and community is our foremost priority. To that end, we wanted to provide an update for APECS activities as well as APECS leadership and National Committee operations during this time of crisis:

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It´s APECS International Polar Week March 2020!

Pileci Rosaria Erika PolarWeek March 2020Join us in celebrating the icy and Polar Regions of the world and create further awareness of the science and activities being conducted in the Arctic and the Antarctic.The APECS International Polar Week March 2020 is shaping up to be an exciting party! From the 15 to 21 March, we will be featuring some great activities organized by Polar early career researchers from around the world. 

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APECS International Online Conference 2020

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The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) is proud to announce the much awaited 6th annual APECS International Online Conference to go live on 19 May 2020. This year’s theme, "Opening Doors: Collaboration across knowledge systems" aims to encourage collaboration between early career researchers, science communicators, educators, and local community members in polar and alpine regions. 

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Workshop report available: Raising awareness and building capacity in science-based policy-making

Grosfeld Lisa Science Policy Workshop Report 2020The knowledge transfer from science to policy plays a major role in modern science and will be even more important in the future. Exposing researchers to the science-policy-interface is particularly important in an early career stage to develop an understanding of the tools and processes involved and a natural collaboration beyond science. Policy needs scientists who have consolidated knowledge and give objective, independent and target-oriented advice. Communicating scientific information to policymakers requires certain skills in translating the scientific information into information that can be understood by policymakers or nonscientists, as scientists and policymakers very often speak different “languages”. [...]

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