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Registration open for APECS-IASC-AMAP Workshop on 24 April 2017

amap logoiasc webAPECS 10 year logoThe Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) will be organizing a workshop on “Scientific Assessments: Process, Dissemination and Impact” at the upcoming International Conference on Arctic Science: Bringing Knowledge to Action in Reston, Virginia, United States on 24 April 2017.

There is an urgent, recognized need to bridge the gap between science and policy to enhance the use of scientific knowledge as a basis for decision-making. Scientific assessments are principal mechanisms for harnessing scientific information to inform policy- and decision-making. A scientific assessment is, however, far more than just a final report or deliverable, it is the entire multi-year process, within which expert knowledge is gathered, evaluated, interpreted - before it is communicated to decision-makers and other audiences.

Participants will have a chance to learn more about scientific assessments, their do’s and don’ts, best practices in translating and communicating science and knowledge into action, and how individual scientists can make their voice heard. Workshop outcomes will contribute with their views to the discussions on the last day of the conference.

The workshop is open to all participants of the International Conference on Arctic Science: Bringing Knowledge to Action.

Registration deadline is on 15 April 2017. To register, please fill out the online form here.

Early career researchers have the opportunity to apply for partial travel support provided by IASC. Application deadline for travel support is 5 April 2017.

For a draft schedule and more information, please visit the APECS website. 

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Vote for your favourite photos in the APECS Polar Week Photo Contest

Polar Week logo2 01The APECS International Polar Week Photo Contest Spring 2017 has received 60 submissions! And now it’s time for YOU to vote for the best photos in three different categories:

  • PolarPeople in action
  • PolarPeople at home
  • Polar People & wildlife

How to vote?
Go to the photo contest website and look up the photo numbers and the names of the photographers of the photos that you like best in the three categories. And then submit your vote in the polls below:

You can vote for one photo per category.

Voting deadline is Tuesday 28 March 2017 at 21:00 GMT. The photographers of the best photo in each category will win 100 Euros towards travel to a conference of their choice. The winners will be announced after the voting deadline.

Polar Week Panel Discussion: Working in Collaboration with Indigenous People and the Role of Traditional Knowledge in Northern Research

APECS is organizing the International Polar Week from March 20-26, 2017. Polar Week is a series of international events with the goal of promoting the science that takes place in polar latitudes, and educating the public about all things polar. The theme of this year's Polar Week is “People of the Poles: Human Use and Appreciation of Earth’s Polar Regions.” On the spring equinox we are hosting an online panel discussion to discuss the nuances, challenges, and successes of working in collaboration with Indigenous people and the role of Traditional Knowledge in northern research.

APECS Polar Week Panel Discussion: Working in Collaboration with Indigenous People and the Role of Traditional Knowledge in Northern Research

Details: Tuesday, March 21, 16:00 - 18:00 GMT

Current Panelists:

  • Dr. David Atkinson, professor at Ryerson University who works closely with the community of Baker Lake, Nunavut.
  • Kaare Erickson, Community Liason and Nagruk Harcharek, Science General Manager from Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation in Barrow, Alaska
  • Vicki Sahanatien, Arctic Ecologist, Iqaluit, NU, Canada

To register:

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

APECS Town Hall Meetings

APECS ran its first online town hall meeting today, with two sessions timed to be accessible to APECS members around the world. The meeting covered some highlights of current activities, including the upcoming online conference and polar week, a recap of the last Antarctica Day. Several ways for APECS members to get more involved were highlighted, including upcoming APECS workshops and webinars, the soon-to-be-announced Mentor awards, and a number of opportunities to volunteer with APECS. Finally, a few areas of growth for APECS were showcased, including ongoing work on Alpine Cryosphere and Third Pole resources within APECS, two new National Committees, and the World Summit planned for 2018. As always, it was stressed that APECS is a volunteer-based organization and that any ideas and/or interested members are welcome. There were a total of approximately 50 participants in the two sessions.

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions about the town hall meeting or the content, or if you want to volunteer for any of the opportunities mentioned in the meeting.

The slides from the Town Hall are available here. 



Early-Career Workshop at Arctic Science Summit Week, Prague: “Inter-disciplinary coordination and multi-stakeholder cooperation through the notion of ‘boundary objects’”

iasc webAPECS 10 year logoASSW2017logoEarly-Career Workshop at Arctic Science Summit Week, Prague: “Inter-disciplinary coordination and multi-stakeholder cooperation through the notion of ‘boundary objects’”

Time: Thursday 6.4.2017, First Part: 14.-15.30, Second Part: 16-17.30
Place: The Virgo Room

This early-career workshop introduces one specific way to approach inter-disciplinary coordination and multi-stakeholder cooperation in the Arctic. It consists of two parts. The first part is a round table-session with talks by three early-career and three senior-scientists about their experiences in multi-disciplinary or multi-stakeholder communication between participants from different social worlds. The second part is a workshop-session where early-career scientists exercise communicating their own work, interests and goals to different audiences by using the insights of the notion of ‘boundary objects’ from Science Technology Studies.

Participants who register with Dr. Justiina Dahl (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by 30.03.2017 will be sent a workshop information package upon registration. Registration is, however, not mandatory and pop-ins are welcome.

More information


ARCUS and APECS sign MoU

arcus logo 75APECS has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS), recognizing our shared interest in raising the profile of polar research and fostering early career researchers in the field. The MoU was signed by Dr. Robert Rich, the Director of ARCUS, and Dr. Gerlis Fugmann, the Executive Director of APECS.

The Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS) was formed in 1988 to identify and bring together the distributed human and facilities resources of the Arctic research community—to create a synergy for the Arctic in which each resource, when combined with others, can result in a strength that enables the community to rise to the many challenges facing the Arctic. ARCUS’s vision is to establish strong and productive linkages among international Arctic researchers, educators, communities, and other stakeholders that promote discovery and understanding of the Arctic and inform sound decisions related to the Arctic. ARCUS members join in a common purpose of advancing knowledge of the Arctic through science, technology, indigenous knowledge, and other forms of knowing; promoting the application of this knowledge to circumpolar Arctic problems; and addressing in concert those questions that require the collaborative skills and resources of scientists, engineers, indigenous knowledge holders, and others throughout the world.

APECS and ARCUS look forward to years of further collaboration.

APECS Online Town Hall meeting - March 16

APECS 10 year logoYou are invited to the APECS Online Town Hall meeting, a webinar-based meeting open to APECS members and the public. There will be updates on APECS news and activities, calls for volunteers for projects that could use some additional help, and APECS leaders on the call to answer questions.

We're going to run two meetings so that there is one available during normal waking hours for APECS members around the world. Session 1 will be 09:00 GMT and session 2 will be 20:00 GMT (4:00pm EST). The two sessions will cover the same content.

Register for session 1 or Register for session 2 

Spanish Language Webinar on Writing for Success! Preparing winning fellowship applications on 15 March!

APECS 10 year logoComnap logoSCAR logo white backgroundSpanish Language Webinar: Writing for Success! Preparing winning fellowship applications

Preparing a successful fellowship application is a skill. Often, lack of success with applications is not due to a poor research idea but comes down to the inability to express clearly and confidently, in writing, your research to someone else. Everyone’s writing skills can be improved and be made more effective. This mentoring activity is designed to help early career persons with developing their fellowship proposal writing skills. It is particularly meant for young researchers in countries with a small or just developing Antarctic research community that may not have adequate mentoring in their home institutions.

The need for such mentoring arose after review of the many hundreds of SCAR and COMNAP Fellowship applications received over the past several years. Funding is limited and so reviewers often need to make difficult choices. Success or failure often depends on whether the proposal is written clearly and efficiency.

After the success of the first training webinar held in 2016 (recording available here, SCAR, COMNAP and APECS will be partnering again to hold a similar training webinar, but this time in Spanish . Writing about research can be difficult, writing in your second (or third) language poses yet another set of challenges. This webinar hopes to provide additional tips and tricks for writing applications in English for Spanish speakers.

Join us for a webinar on our fellowships and tips for successful applications on 15 March 2017 at 13:00 GMT

Speakers/Panel participants will be:

  • Jéronimo López-Martínez (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) (Past President of SCAR 2012-2016)
  • Irene Schloss (Instituto Antártico Argentino)
  • José Retamales (Instituto Antártico Chileno )
  • Carlota Escutia (Instituto Andaluz de Ciencias de la Tierra, University de Granada )
  • Gabriela Roldan (Gateway Antarctica, University of Canterbury)
  • Pablo Wainschenker (Antarctic Treaty Secretariat)
  • Luis R. Pertierra (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos)

Register for the webinar here:


The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) initiated the SCAR Fellowship Programme in 2002. The aim was to encourage the active involvement of early career scientists in Antarctic scientific research and to build new connections and further strengthen international capacity and cooperation in Antarctic research. Since the initiation of the programme, 48 SCAR Fellowships have been awarded.

In 2011, the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP) launched the COMNAP Antarctic Research Fellowship Scheme, offering one fellowship per year for an early career person in order to carry out research within a COMNAP National Antarctic Program. To date, there have been 10 COMNAP Antarctic Fellowships awarded. In addition, there have been four joint SCAR-COMNAP Fellowships awarded since 2012. This year, the COMNAP Antarctic Fellowships will change their focus, from purely research-based fellowships to a broader opportunity based on a list of projects of direct relevance to National Antarctic Programs.

The Fellowships supports the scientific goals of SCAR and the goal of COMNAP to develop and promote best practice in managing the support to Antarctic science. The Fellowships enable early career researchers to join a project team from another country, opening up new opportunities and often creating partnerships that last many years and over many Antarctic research seasons.

This years fellowships will be opened on 1 March with an application deadline of 1 July 2017.

For more information visit

Link to the PDF announcement

Seminario web en español: Escribe para tener éxito! Cómo preparar solicitudes ganadoras para las becas de investigación de SCAR y COMNAP

Preparar una solicitud adecuada para una beca de investigación requiere cierta habilidad. Frecuentemente, la falta de éxito en las solicitudes no se debe a la baja calidad de la idea para la propuesta de investigación sino, a la falta de habilidad para expresarla por escrito claramente y con confianza. La destreza para escribir solicitudes puede ser mejorada, con el fin de que estas sean más efectivas. Esta tutoría está diseñada para ayudar a quienes se encuentren en una etapa inicial de su carrera de investigadores y quieran desarrollar aptitudes para escribir propuestas para becas de investigación. En particular, está dedicada a jóvenes investigadores de países con una comunidad científica relativamente pequeña o en proceso de desarrollo, en la cual la disponibilidad de mentores es limitada o inexistente en las instituciones a las que pertenecen.

La conveniencia de una orientación adecuada se pone de manifiesto a raíz de la revisión de las centenares de aplicaciones recibidas a lo largo de los últimos años para las becas de SCAR y COMNAP. Como los fondos son limitados, con frecuencia los revisores tienen que tomar decisiones difíciles. El éxito o el fracaso dependen, en muchos casos, de que las propuestas hayan sido escritas con claridad y eficacia.

Tras el éxito del primer seminario web que se realizó en 2016 (archivo con la grabación disponible en, SCAR, COMNAP y APECS se han unido nuevamente para ofrecer un seminario similar, que en esta ocasión será en español. Escribir sobre una investigación a realizar puede resultar difícil, y hacerlo en una segunda (o tercera) lengua plantea desafíos adicionales. Este seminario tiene como objetivo proporcionar consejos y sugerencias a hispano-hablantes para escribir aplicaciones en inglés.

Participa en el Seminario web sobre las becas de investigación de SCAR y COMNAP y averigua como elaborar solicitudes exitosas: 15 de Marzo de 2017 a las 13:00 GMT

Los presentadores serán:

  • Jerónimo López-Martínez (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Ex presidente del SCAR, 2012-2016)
  • Irene Schloss (Instituto Antártico Argentino)
  • José Retamales (Instituto Antártico Chileno)
  • Carlota Escutia (Instituto Andaluz de Ciencias de la Tierra, Universidad de Granada)
  • Gabriela Roldán (Gateway Antarctica, Universidad de Canterbury)
  • Pablo Wainschenker (Secretaria del Tratado Antártico)
  • Luis R. Pertierra (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos)

Regístrate en el Seminario web aqui:


El Comité Científico para la Investigación en la Antártida (SCAR) inicio su programa de becas SCAR en el año 2002. El objetivo fue fomentar la participación activa de investigadores en una etapa inicial de su carrera en investigaciones científicas antárticas, ayudar a construir nuevas relaciones y a reforzar la capacidad y la cooperación internacional en las investigaciones antárticas. Desde el inicio de este programa se han seleccionado 48 becarios SCAR.

En el año 2011, el Consejo de Administradores de Programas Nacionales Antárticos (COMNAP) lanzó su programa de becas COMNAP, ofreciendo una beca por año para una persona en el inicio de su carrera profesional para llevar a cabo un proyecto de investigación dentro de los Programas Nacional Antárticos pertenecientes al COMNAP. Hasta la fecha, se han otorgado 10 Becas Antárticas COMNAP. Además, desde el año 2012 se han otorgado 4 becas conjuntas SCAR-COMNAP. Este año, la beca COMNAP cambiará el enfoque, de becarios basados únicamente en investigaciones abiertas a que sean sobre una lista de proyectos de relevancia directa para los Programas Nacionales Antárticos.

El programa de becas encaja con los objetivos científicos del SCAR y con el objetivo del COMNAP de desarrollar y promover las mejores prácticas en el apoyo de la ciencia antártica. Las becas permiten que investigadores que se encuentran en el inicio de su carrera puedan unirse al proyecto de un equipo de otro país, abriendo así nuevas oportunidades y, en muchos casos, creando conexiones que pueden durar mucho tiempo.

Este año, el plazo para la solicitud de las becas de investigación se abrirá el 1 de Marzo y la fecha de vencimiento es el 1 de Julio de 2017.

Para más información visitar

Listado de proyectos para aplicar a la Beca de Investigación de COMNAP 2017

Link to the PDF announcement


IPRN quarterly newsletter Polar Bytes Vol 2(2) published

IPRN (APECS India)’s fourth issue of its quarterly newsletter Polar Bytes Vol 2(2) has been published. In this newsletter, we bring to you the warm memories of Antarctica by a budding glaciologist, weather conditions in the southern ocean explained by a meteorologist, a special section on Biodiversity in Third Pole where two mammalogists share their experiences, news about polar regions, upcoming opportunities and much more.

APECS International Online Conference 2017 on 20 March: Audience registration now open!

Outside the box logoAPECS International Online Conference 2017: Outside the Box: Encouraging alternative solutions for understanding and communicating polar research, think outside the box!

Conference Date: 20 March 2017 (07:30 GMT to 00:30 GMT of the following day)

Event Format: Online conference (webinar)

Registration is now open for audience members to participate in the APECS International Online Conference 2017 "Outside the Box - Encouraging Alternative Solutions for Undertaking and Communicating Polar Research" on 20 March 2017 (07:30 GMT to 00:30 GMT of the following day). It is completely free to attend from the comfort of your home!

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 March 20. 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.

Outside the Box: As a new generation of polar researchers stepping up to the plate, we must embrace new and innovative polar challenges. Our ability to successfully address such challenges and steer the polar world in a positive direction has far-reaching local, regional, and global consequences. We should not be afraid to venture Outside the Box of the ideas that previous generations of polar researchers have left us in order to overcome the severity of polar challenges we face.

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, Policy research. Audience engagement is encouraged, with time for questions at the end of each 10 minute presentation.

The detailed conference programme including all abstracts can be found on the APECS International Online Conference 2017 Website.

APECS International Polar Week Spring 2017 coming up in March

Polar Week logo2 01APECS International Polar Week Spring 2017 will be from March 20-26! Polar Week is a series of events happening globally, with the goal of promoting the science taking place in polar latitudes. Through social media interactions to an online conference and photo contest, we hope to educate the public about all things Arctic and Antarctic.

The theme for this Polar Week is People of the Poles: Human Use and Appreciation of Earth’s Polar Regions. Many people live or find a “Sense of Place” in both the Arctic and Antarctic, from residents to researchers to artists or even tourists. That’s why we are highlighting humans as well as their activities and impacts on the poles. Information on all Polar Week activities and events you can find on our Polar Week website

Here are some ways how you can get involved!

APECS International Online Conference 2017

Attend the APECS Online Conference 2017! More information about the conference and how to register as audience member, will be released shortly. 

Photo Contest (with Prizes!)

We are organising a photo competition, #PolarPeople, where everyone will be able to vote for the best photo in three different categories 1- #PolarPeople in Action; 2- #PolarPelople at Home; 3- #PolarPeople & Wildlife. The deadline for submission will be the 20th of March, midnight Alaska time (GMT-9). Voting vote will take place during the Polar Week and the photo getting the most votes in each category will be the winner of €100 towards relevant conference travel costs! Find out more about the photo contest and all rules and regulations to participate on our website

Twitter campaign

To honor this year’s theme, we are asking all members to post their own polar stories using the #PolarPeople hashtag. We hope people will share short stories about their research or experience as polar researchers and to hear what makes them #PolarPeople. They can be funny stories about field or lab work, interesting facts about your research project, or simply why you love the polar regions.

We’d love to feature you as one of our #PolarPeople! Feel free to Tweet randomly throughout the week, but we encourage you to sign up here

Reddit AMA

APECS will be hosting an Ask Me Anything (“AMA”) on the Reddit forum /r/Science. We are seeking 4-5 APECS members to answer questions from the public about polar science and research on Saturday March 25 from 11 am-2pm EST. While the theme is “People of the Poles: Human Use and Appreciation of Earth’s Polar Regions,” we are sure to get wide range of questions. Please let Liz Ceperley (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) know by March 13 if you are interested in participating.

Member and National Committee Events

We encourage APECS National Committees and members to organize their own activities and to submit details via the Polar Week website. We would love to include your event in our advertising! 

Thanks for helping us make Polar Week an awesome event! Please e-mail the March Polar Week lead, Jean Holloway at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with any questions.

Celebrating APECS' 10th Anniversary with a Commemorative Logo

APECS is celebrating its 10th Anniversary! Since its inception during the International Polar Year 2007-2008, APECS has been widely recognized as one of the legacies of the IPY continuing to provide networking, training and career development opportunities for early career researchers as well as promoting education and outreach as integral components of polar research.

This year, as part of the 10th anniversary celebrations of our flourishing organization, we invited members to design an APECS logo featuring this milestone, with the winning logo to be used on all official items authored during 2017. Out of the many submissions received, we proudly present the winner logo by Stephanie Bates, a research technician at the University of Bristol (United Kingdom) specialising in isotope biogeochemistry:

APECS 10 year logo

For her winning contribution, Stephanie received a travel award to a conference of her choice. Congratulations Stephanie! And many thanks to all those who participated.

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