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How can Early Career Researchers engage with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)?

For the second year in a row, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) invited APECS to present their work with the IPCC on organizing group reviews of IPCC reports by Early Career Researchers (ECR). Gwanaëlle Gremion (APECS Individual Council Member, leader of the IPCC group review project during the past three review cycles) and Jilda Caccavo (APECS President 2018-2019, current ex-officio to the Executive Committee) presented the results of the group reviews that APECS has run of IPCC reports. The session was chaired by Tania Guillén Bolaños, a chapter scientist for the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C, and included Thelma Krug, Vice Chair of the IPCC, Palmira Cuéllar from the Young Earth Systems Scientists (YESS) network, and Adachi Muneki and Justice Musah, chapter scientists for Working Group III of the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6).

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APECS at COP25: representing ECR in the panel discussion, "Breaking the Ice – bringing young scientists and Indigenous youth to the decision-making table in the Arctic"

During the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Madrid, Spain, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)’s Arctic Program invited APECS to take part in a panel discussion entitled “Breaking the Ice – bringing young scientists and Indigenous youth to the decision-making table in the Arctic”. Jilda Caccavo (APECS President 2018-2019, current ex-officio to the Executive Committee) presented the work of APECS, how it supports and helps to provide a voice to Early Career Researchers (ECR), as well as how her own personal experience in APECS has provided her with opportunities to become engaged in the polar community.

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APECS Colombia event at the Colombian SENALMAR 2019 conference

APECS ColombiaAs part of the SENALMAR 2019 side meetings, the NC APECS Colombia, organized a fascinating talk on Tuesday 22 September from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm (local time). It was open for ECRs members and non-members of the association, as well as more experienced researchers in the mood to increase our networking. A total of 80 attendants joined to enjoy the evening together. A brief introduction to the talk by Jhon Mojica (in video) initiated the evening. The presentation on APECS association, aims, activities and challenges were given by Diego Mojica.

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APECS event at the XIII International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences - ISAES 2019

apecs logo webISAES2019 logoThe Asociation of Polar Early Career Scientist has a long tradition in organizing events and activities for early career researchers (ECRs) at major scientific conferences and events. In a relaxing atmosphere, ECRs come together and stablish the bases for future networking and professional relationships. During the XIII International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences celebrated between 22 and 26 July 2019 at Songdo Convensia Center in Incheon, Republic of South Korea, a dedicated group of council members from APECS organized an evening event during the first day of the conference (22 July 2019). 

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APECS Colombia at the I Feria de Historia Antártica Latinoamericana 2019 and XIX del Encuentro de Historiadores Antárticos Latinoamericanos

APECS ColombiaThe Association of Polar Early Career Scientist has a long tradition in organizing events and activities for early career researchers (ECRs) at major scientific conferences and events. In this event, the National Committee (NC) of Colombia continues the line of polar networking between Latin American countries, in collaboration with some researchers that visualized the polar work during the first APECS Iberoamerican Online Conference 2019 in Spanish. Our aim was to show APECS to the Colombian Antarctic human sciences researchers community, come together Early Career Researchers (ECR’s) and establish the bases for future networking and professional relationships. 

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Highlights from “Research in Svalbard: An APECS Workshop”

On the 4th November, three APECS National Committees joined forces and coordinated a full-day workshop in Norway's capital city Oslo. The workshop, which was organized by members of APECS Norway, the UK Polar Network and APECS Russia, hosted an early career researcher (ECR)-centered event that discussed all things related to planning and undertaking research and field work in Svalbard. The day was a huge success with over 50 ECR, mid and established career attendees (including from Norway, Denmark, Germany, UK, India, Russia, Poland, Canada, Turkey, USA), many of whom received partial travel support to attend thanks to the funding support. 

APECSSvalbardWorkshop taken by Robynne Nowicki of UKPN

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X Workshop APECS Portugal

The X Workshop APECS Portugal took place in Coimbra, the Portuguese city of students, on October 25, 2019. The University of Coimbra received more than 60 participants of the X Workshop. To celebrate the first decade of the workshop, we chose the topic “A Scientist is born”. The objective was to understand the value of early career researchers (ECR) to Science and vice-versa, such as the value of the ECR in a scientific team and organization like APECS. Understand how ECR can progress in their careers within scientific teams and their importance from the perspective of a senior investigator is key to the development of ECR skills and to the progression of science itself. In the context of the national and international scientific community, we discussed the importance of scientific networks for the ECR and their contribution to these networks.

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Antarctica Day 2019

AntarcticaDayLogoAntarctica Day is celebrated internationally on 1 December, marking the day of the signing of the Antarctic Treaty in 1959. 60 years ago, Antarctica became a continent dedicated to peace and scientific international collaboration!

Like every year, APECS joins our partners Our Spaces - Foundation for the Good Governance of International Spaces, Polar Educators International (PEI) and others around the world to mark this important milestone with fun activities.

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