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Thank you, dear APECS Project Officers!

There is nothing more constant than change, as Heraklit once said...

With a sad and with a laughing eye we say Goodbye to our precious project officers in the APECS International Directorate, Lisa Grosfeld and Andrea Schneider.

With a crying eye, because they have provided great support for several years and helped with lots of small and big tasks to keep the office running smoothly. Lisa and Andrea both always created a positive working environment and kept us smiling and happy even in hectic times.

Andrea has worked for the EU projects APPLICATE and INTERACT II and maintained an additional project office at the UiT The Arctic University of Norway which is now coming to an end as well. We thank UiT for their yearlong support of APECS.

We also say goodbye with a laughing eye, as we are happy for you to take on new tasks and challenges; and happy for other colleagues now working with you.

The APECS Office will miss you for sure...

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Celebrate Antarctica Day with us on 1 December 2020!

Antarctica Day 2020_credit_Friederike_SäringThe international polar community celebrates Antarctica Day on the 1st of December to commemorate the 61st anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty. During this year, the APECS Antarctica Day Project Group (PG) has planned a series of activities for all our members and national committees to raise awareness of the importance of Antarctica in a fast changing world.

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Reminder: IASC Fellowship Program 2021 - deadline 16 November

iasc webapecs logo webThe International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) in cooperation with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) are excited to announce the IASC Fellowship Program 2021.

The IASC Fellowship Program is meant to engage early career scientists in the work of the IASC Working Groups (WGs): Atmosphere, Cryosphere, Marine, Social & Human, and Terrestrial. This year, we will offer 6 IASC fellowships. 

Read the full announcment here!

Call for papers - Annals of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences - Special volume on Antarctica

apecs brasil logoThe APECS-Brazil is helping to advertise the call for papers of the "Annals of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (AABC)" - Special volume on Antarctic Research. The title and authors of the manuscript should be sent by November 2020, and the deadline for paper submission is March, 31 2021. This is a great opportunity for us, early in our career, to publish our work - and because the call is open to all countries we thought would be interesting to be published also in the APECS International social media. 
Find further information can be found here.

APECS Interim Director: Josefine Lenz

Josefine Lenz 2018As of 1 Nov, Dr. Josefine Lenz is APECS’ new Executive Director. Josefine has been an APECS Project Officer and was involved in various APECS leadership roles during the last years. Her science background is in permafrost research. “It is an honor and at the same time quite a challenge to follow in Gerlis` footsteps, that`s for sure. But with another great leadership team just starting its term, we will certainly steer APECS through another exciting and fun year filled with enthusiasm for polar research.

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Looking for an early career researcher to join the SOOS Southern Ocean Weddell Sea and Dronning Maud Land Sector Regional Working Group

sooslogo2cAPECS logoThe Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and the Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS are looking for an early career scientist to join the SOOS Southern Ocean Weddell Sea and Dronning Maud Land Sector Regional Working Group (WS-DML RWG

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Thank you all for celebrating International Polar Week with us during 20th to 26th of September 2020!

102 Vural Deniz Pixabay Polar Week September 2020Thank you for joining us in putting the polar and alpine regions into the spotlight. We were overjoyed about your own stories, photos and experiences shared with us using the hashtags: #PolarWeek, #ScientistsWhoSelfie, #PolarWeekPhoto, #PolarWeekArt and #PolarFunFact. During this year’s September Polar Week we shared a series of talks and activities through APECS international and its national committees to raise awareness on the polar and alpine areas and its indigeneous people, wildlife, facts, stories, scientists, landscapes and the risks, especially the importance due to climatic changes. We enthusiastically encouraged our early career researchers (ECR) to both join our activities and to create their own events within the framework of the Polar Week. Thanks to the wide collaborations between countries, we could expand and enrich our events and really feel the spirit of the Polar Week everywhere! See here the highlights of the September 2020 Polar Week.

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2020 APECS International Mentorship Award Recipients: Maria Olivier and Dr. Amaelle Landais

APECS logoAPECS is very pleased to announce our 2020 APECS International Mentorship Award recipientsRia Olivier and Amaelle Landais! The mentorship awards were established in 2016 as a meaningful way to recognize the efforts of those mentors within the international polar science community, and to honour those who have devoted significant time and energy towards building a supportive community for early career professionals. We received several nominations for both categories and it was difficult to select the winners.

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