Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

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Polar Prediction School 2018: Application deadline extended until 22 September

European Commission LogoApplicate logoThe EU Horizon 2020-funded APPLICATE project, in cooperation with the World Meteorological Organisation’s Polar Prediction Project (PPP) in occasion of the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP), the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and other partners are organising the second Polar Prediction School 2018 on weather and climate prediction in the polar regions from 17 - 27 April 2018 at Abisko Scientific Research Station in Sweden.

APECS 10 year logoYOPP LOGO beb4effb3cThe course will cover topics including chaotic systems and predictability, polar boundary layer processes, polar clouds, sea ice and high latitude ocean processes, polar extreme weather and polar-mid-latitude linkages. It will include a combination of polar weather and climate theory lectures with exercises on modelling and field meteorology techniques as well as soft skill training. Each of these components forms a crucial pillar of the prediction problem, and the motivation for combining these is to provide participants with a complete overview of the components required to understand and predict polar weather

The Polar Prediction School 2018 will be open to 30 early career researchers (focus on advanced graduate students, PhD students, and postdoctoral researchers) from around the world. An international set of instructors will be teaching the sessions. As during the first Polar Prediction School in 2016, classes will be held at the Abisko Scientific Research Station, in Sweden, where the instructional facilities are conveniently located in an environment well suited to Arctic observations.

More information and how to apply can be found on the Polar Prediction School 2018 website. Application deadline has been extended until 22 September 2017 at 23:59 GMT.

Applications are open for the 2017-2018 APECS Canada Board

APECS Canada Logo webApplications are now open for the 2017-2018 APECS Canada Board!

APECS Canada is a diverse group of early career scientists who are part of the larger APECS network. We are involved in polar research, whether in the Northern or Southern hemisphere, and live or work in Canada. Our research runs the gamut – from ocean sciences to political sciences, from people, birds and whales to plants and permafrost…you name it, we’ve likely got it!

APECS Canada has a board formed of members from across Canada and we will be working over the coming months and years to create great resources for all of the early career polar researchers in Canada!

For more info please check out our new website:

And if you’d like to join our APECS Canada Board please submit applications here by September 15th:

Looking forward to hearing from you soon! Please feel free to distribute the application link broadly!

Meagan Grabowski
APECS Canada Chair

APECS Germany Workshop on 20 September 2017 in Erlangen

APECSGermany LogoAPECS Germany invites you to our APECS Germany workshop on Wednesday, 20 September 2017, 4:00-6:00 p.m. in Erlangen in the run-up to the coordination workshop of the German Priority Programme for Antarctic Research from 20 to 22 September 2017 in Erlangen.

We want to seize the opportunity to introduce APECS Germany to you and hold a Panel Discussion on

Career paths and funding opportunities for postdocs

with both experienced researchers and people who started to work outside of the 'traditional scientific career path' after their PhD. There will be plenty of time for your questions and thoughts on the topic.

*** Please indicate your participation for planning purposes to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ***

The workshop will be held in English. However, especially during the panel discussion, questions in German are also very welcome.
Please feel free to contact us in advance if you have any questions concerning the workshop.
A more detailed programme will follow soon.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Erlangen!
Best wishes,
Stefanie Arndt and Tim Carlsen (APECS Germany Board Members)

Upcoming webinar: "Research Processes and Politics in the Peruvian Andes"

APECS Webinar: Research Processes and Politics in the Peruvian Andes

25 September 2017 at 23:00 GMT

Presenter: Mark Carey (Professor of History and Environmental Studies, Robert D. Clark Honors College, University of Oregon)

Registration Link

This presentation will discuss nearly two-decades of research strategies and practices for glacier-related research in the Peruvian Andes, particularly the Cordillera Blanca. This mountain range is one of the world’s hardest hit by glacier-caused disasters, with more than 10,000 people dying from glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs) and rock-ice landslides since the 1940s. But it is also the place where Peruvian engineers and scientists have done some of the most effective mitigation work to prevent GLOFs: they have studied, monitored, partially drained, and even dammed 35 dangerous glacial lakes over time. It thus served as an ideal site for my social science research on the history of climate change adaptation and human interactions with glaciers over 75 years. Yet doing the Cordillera Blanca research was never easy. Access to information, data, and research sites was often blocked. Local authorities and experts needed to personally approve (or not) many of my research practices. Institutions sometimes rejected my proposals or thwarted my progress. Collaborations emerged slowly. In short, my studies have required what I call “research diplomacy,” which involved extensive personal connections, collaborations, networking, and reciprocal interactions with a host of individuals, institutions, and stakeholders in Peru. This kind of research diplomacy is useful (and I would say essential) for researchers in any field, from glaciology and hydrology to history and human geography.

APECS Chile Mentor Panel "Chilenos liderando en Antártica“ on 4 October 2017

APECS Chile copyAPECS Chile will be organising a mentor panel on "Chilenos liderando en Antártica“ on 4 October 2017 at 19:00 at the Centro de Convenciones del Hotel Dreams del Estrecho in Punte Arenas, Chile.

APECS Chile aims to gather early careers and mentors into a familiar and closer communication through the long path to reach where they are now. We want to hear their ideas, past projects, failures and the importance of networking through all their career. As APECS Chile, we believe this could be an important opportunity to gather the most important actors in Antarctic science in our Country: INACH, Universidad de Magallanes, IDEAL Fondap, APECS Chile and ECRs.

For more information and to register contact the organiser Claudia Maturana at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Report from APECS Panel on Career opportunities in Arctic Social Sciences in Umeå

Panel ICASS IX 2017 2On 8th June 2017, APECS invited interested current and future APECS-members to join our career panel discussion on "Career opportunities in Arctic Social Sciences" during ICASS IX, the ninth International Congress on Arctic Social Sciences, in Umeå, Sweden. The event was co-organized by APECS International and APECS Sweden and attracted an audience of around 20 people. Our panelists were Gail Fondahl (University of Northern British Columbia), Anna-Lill Drugge (Centre for Sami Research, Umeå University), Mare Pit (German Arctic Office, Alfred Wegener Institute), and Björn Dahlbeck (Swedish Polar Research Secretariat). 

When the panelists shared their experiences in the first part of the session, their accounts offered a glimpse of the diverse paths that professional careers may take. Supposedly ‘messy’ career paths outnumbered the ‘standard career’, and it became clear that academia is by far not the ‘last stop’ for Arctic Social Scientists. Asked about a skill they would not put on their CV, one panelist revealed that some of your crucial career skill may come out where you least expect them: “I love to rinse the sewage drain in the kitchen. I like to take away the hinder and clear the way – and that fits, I work as a manager.”

(Panel organizers: Gerlis Fugmann, Gesche Blume-Werry, Corinna Röver, Marta Bystrowska)

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APECS Education and Outreach Survey

One of the immediate results of the Fourth International Polar Year (2007-2008) was an increase in the visibility of education and outreach activities across the polar research community. Not least was the founding of APECS. It is now 10 years since the last IPY and we would like to ascertain what impact involvement in APECS' education and outreach activities has had on your career as part of a wider effort documenting the legacy of IPY on education, outreach and engagement. We would like to encourage as many members (past and present) to fill in the survey, no matter what your level of involvement was.

The survey has now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated!

APECS International Polar Week Fall 2017 from 18 - 24 September!

Polar Week logo2 01APECS International Polar Week Fall 2017 will be from September 18-24! Polar Week is a series of events happening globally, with the goal of promoting the science taking place in polar latitudes.

For the upcoming Polar Week we are specifically highlighting how we are living in a #PolarWorld, where issues happening in the poles affect everyone on the globe. To learn more about the #PolarWorld tune in to our online events throughout Polar Week:

We encourage APECS members and National Committees to organize their own activities and to submit details via the Polar Week website!

To find out more about the events and how to participate, please visit our Polar Week website. If you have any questions, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

#PolarWorld FrostByte competition

APECS is holding a #PolarWorld FrostByte competition, with winners announced during International Polar Week, from 18 - 24 September 2017! FrostBytes are short audio or video recordings used as a tool to help researchers easily share their latest findings with a broad audience. This year’s fall celebrations of the #PolarWorld and wider cryosphere will highlight how what happens in the poles affects the entire world as well as science, people living and working there, and international collaboration. We invite APECS members to send in short videos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than September 15, 2017. For more information, visit the competition website.




Polar Film Festival 2017

In conjunction with Polar Week 2017, USAPECS is announcing the second annual Polar Film Fest 2017 from 18 - 22 September 2017.  This year's theme is #PolarWorld, so we're looking to showcase the best the planet has to offer in movies about the Arctic, Antarctic, and wider cryosphere - no matter what language they're in.

We're looking for film suggestions that fit any of the following themes:

1) #PolarWorld: Polar Issues are Global
2) Science in Action: Working in Extremes
3) People at the Poles: The Human Dimension
4) Polar Policy: Preparing for the Future
5) Icing on the Cake: Frozen Fun

Film eligibility and submission
We invite you to please submit your suggestions by August 25 through the Google Form we've set up. Films may be original or produced by someone else. To submit your own film, upload it to a video sharing site (i.e., YouTube or Vimeo) and submit the link, along with a description of the film and a note indicating that you made the film, on the submission form. Films produced by others must be available publicly online. Films that can be watched for free are preferred, but please do not submit links to illegal streaming websites.

In-person and virtual watch parties
Once the films have been selected and curated, organizers from US APECS will be putting together a schedule with virtual and in-person watch parties. If you're interested in organizing an event, please get in touch with Mia Bennett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Spread the word!
Please share this email and the below graphic with your networks. The more submissions we have, the better.

For more information and to submit films, go to the Polar Film Fest 2017 page

Polar Film Fest 2017

Contact APECS

APECS International Directorate
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research
Telegrafenberg A43
14473 Potsdam
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