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Travel Support available for 3rd T-MOSAiC Workshop in December in Ottawa

iasc webapecs logo webT-MOSAiC and APECS are pleased to announce the availability of partial travel support for early career researchers to attend the 3rd T-MOSAiC workshop on 10 December 2018 during the ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting 2018 in Ottawa, Canada. The funding is generously provided by the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC).

T-MOSAiC (Terrestrial Multidisciplinary distributed Observatories for the Study of Arctic Connections) is an IASC pan-Arctic, land-based program that would extend the activities that are currently in advanced planning for the IASC flagship program MOSAiC: ‚The Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate“. MOSAiC is a multinational year-round study (2019-2020) of the central Arctic Ocean to measure the coupling between atmosphere, sea ice, ocean and ecosystem processes.

The 3rd T-MOSAiC workshop will be divided into a closed session for the steering committee (8:00 - 12:00) and an open meeting in which all are welcome (13:00 - 17:00). The selected travel support recipients would be expected to attend the entire day. All travel support recipients have to be registered for the ArcticNet ASM meeting .

Applicants should be:

  • Early career researchers up to 5 years past PhD
  • Affiliated with an institution in an IASC member country
  • Have not received IASC travel support in the 18 months before December 2018
  • Have a research background that fits with one of the IASC working groups

To apply for the travel support please fill out this application form:  Application deadline for the travel support will be on 5 October 2018. 

Please note, that there will also be T-MOSAiC Workshop at the upcoming Arctic Science Summit Week 2019 (22 - 30 May 2019, Arkhangelsk, Russia) for which travel support will be announced in early 2019. It is only possible to receive travel support for either the workshop in Ottawa or in Arkhangelsk but not both.

The review and selection process of travel support recipients is organized by the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) in close cooperation with T-MOSAiC. If you have any questions about the funding, please contact the APECS International Directorate office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

IASC-NAG Workshop on the Dynamics and Mass Budget of Arctic Glaciers & Cross-Cutting Activity on the Importance of Arctic Glaciers for the Arctic Marine Ecosystem

iasc webRegistration is now open for the 2019 Workshop on the Dynamics and Mass Budget of Arctic Glaciers & the IASC Network on Arctic Glaciology Annual Meeting. 

The meeting will take place at Bardøla Hotel in Geilo, Norway, 20-24 January 2019, and host a cross-cutting activity of the Marine and Cryosphere working groups of IASC: “The importance of Arctic glaciers for the Arctic marine ecosystem”.

The meeting is open to anyone interested in Arctic Glaciology and proglacial marine ecosystems. The cross-cutting activity aims at bringing together people from glaciology, marine ecology and oceanography - more details below.

You can register and submit your abstracts (maximum length 300 words) by filling this online-form (copy paste the following link into your web browser:

Registration deadline is October 31, 2018. Indicate whether you prefer oral or poster presentation and if your presentation is a contribution to the cross-cutting activity. If you have questions, e-mail Thorben Dunse (Thorben.Dunse [at]

Travel support is available for early-career scientists (up to 5 years past PhD), prioritizing those that wish to contribute to the cross-cutting activity. Funds will be distributed through the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS)

For further info on travel support, cross-cutting activity and workshop logistics read below or visit the IASC-NAG website:

Best regards,

Thorben Dunse, on behalf of the IASC Network on Arctic Glaciology and co-conveners of IASC cross-cutting activity, Renate Degen, Monika Kędra, Shin Sugiyama, Marit Reigstad and Martin Sharp



We welcome contribution on all aspects concerning the mass balance and dynamics of arctic glaciers and ice caps, including the Greenland Ice Sheet, and that utilize a broad range of methods, including field observations, remote sensing and modelling. We especially encourage submission to our cross-cutting activity.

Contributions in the form of oral presentations and or posters are welcomed. Presentation will be 15-20 minutes, including discussion. For those who bring a poster, time will be reserved in the program to give a short 2-3 minute introduction to the poster. Three days of talks and poster presentations, as well as open-forum discussions are planned.


Cross-cutting activity on “The importance of Arctic glaciers for the Arctic marine ecosystem”
Conveners: Thorben Dunse, Renate Degen, Monika Kędra, Shin Sugiyama, Marit Reigstad, Martin Sharp

Arctic glaciers contribute significant amounts of freshwater into Arctic fjords/ocean, in form of surface melt and runoff and frontal ablation (iceberg calving and submarine melt). While the impact on glacial freshwater-discharge on fjord and ocean circulation is widely recognized, awareness of the potential impacts of glacial processes and glacier-change on marine ecosystems and biodiversity is only emerging.

This cross-cutting activity is endorsed by the Cryosphere and Marine working groups of IASC. Following up on last year’s event in Obergurgl, Austria, the cross-cutting aims at bringing together people from glaciology, marine ecology and oceanography to stimulate cross-disciplinary research.

Topics may include
· proglacial marine ecosystems (e.g. plankton, benthos, fish, seabirds and marine mammals) and their response to glacier processes and glacier changes
· glacier-ocean interactions / physical and bio-geochemical processes at tidewater-glacier termini
· glacigenic sediment and nutrient delivery to adjacent seas and downstream ecosystems
· new technologies to investigate proglacial marine environments


Financial support:

apecs logo webWe have received financial support from the IASC Cryosphere and Marine working groups to enable early career scientists to participate in the meeting and cross-cutting activity, in particular. Funds will be distributed through the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS; Eligible for the funding will be early career scientist who meet the following criteria:

  • are within 5 years of finishing their PhD
  • are affiliated with an institution in an IASC member country (Austria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA)
  • have submitted an abstract for the workshop
  • have a research background relevant to the meeting
  • have not received IASC travel support in the last 18 months prior to January 2019

If you are interested, please fill out the following google form by no later than 31 October 2018. If you have problems accessing the online form, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive a word version.

If you have questions regarding the funding applications, please contact the APECS Executive Director Gerlis Fugmann (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). If support is granted, reimbursement will be after the meeting through the IASC Office. Detailed information will be provided to those selected for the travel support. Those supported have to provide a brief 1-2 page report to IASC after the meeting.


Meeting venue and accommodation:

The workshop will be held at Bardøla Hotel in Geilo, Norway. Accommodation is available within the main building or in comfortable cabins, shared by four to eight persons ( Rates are NOK 1250/1050 per person and day in a single or double room, respectively (around 125 or 105 Euros) and cover full board from dinner on arrival to lunch on departure day, refreshments/coffee/tea during two daily breaks and access to conference facilities, swimming pool and training facilities. To make reservations contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and mention that you are participating in the "Arctic Glaciology Workshop 2019”. If you choose to stay in a cabin, you may want to organize yourself in a group and provide a name list. Please inform the hotel about any dietary preferences you may have.


Travel information:

Geilo is located 250 km northwest from Oslo and best reached by train (3.5 to 4 hours from Oslo). Bardøla hotel offers free shuttle service for groups up to 7-14 persons to and from Geilo station, upon request. For larger groups, expect to pay a return fee of around NOK 100 per person.
Geilo offers a wide range of winter activities, including great opportunities for alpine and cross-country skiing (

Polar Film Fest during APECS International Polar Week from 18 - 22 September

Polar Week logo2 01USAPESC newIn conjunction with the APECS International Polar Week September 2018, USAPECS is hosting the 3rd annual Polar Film Fest during the week of 18-22 September 2018. For five days, the Polar Film Fest will feature short films about the Arctic, Antarctic, and wider cryosphere. This year’s daily themes include:

Monday: Tipping the Balance: Exploring rapid changes in polar ice cover

Tuesday and Wednesday: Polar Research, Field Work, and Citizen Science

Thursday: Melt: An exploration of life in the polar ice pack

Friday: Environmental issues in the polar regions

To view the films visit the USAPECS Polar Film Fest 2018 website

US Association of Polar Early Career Scientists
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Call for Sessions for 5th International YES Congress 2019 open until 30 September

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The 5th International YES (Young Earth Scientists) Congress 2019 will be held from 9 - 13 September 2019 in Berlin, Germany and APECS is a partner to the congress.

The YES Congress in 2019 will be a special opportunity for early career scientists from all over the world to share their experiences, their science and culture, and to expand their skills. We will be offering numerous summer schools and a "Workshop on Global Geochemical Baselines and Resourcing" in the period before and after the congress. Different events ranging from invited keynote lectures, to "elevator pitches" and a "market of opportunities" will offer young talents the possibility to introduce themselves to potential future employers from industry, business, universities and public authorities, and to discover opportunities for training and research in Germany.

In 2019, the 5th YES Congress will have the theme "Rocking Earth's Future".

Global change confronts us with major challenges such as rapid population growth, increasing urbanization, global warming, soil destruction and water pollution. Globalization processes increase further our vulnerability. For early career researchers, the task is to ensure that humanity is prepared to tackle all these challenges in a smart and sustainable way. This requires hard facts, reproducible and transparent science and a sound commitment.

The YES Congress 2019 will attempt at "Rocking Earth's Future" by focusing on six large topical issues:

  • Ashes to Ashes - Understanding Earth Processes
  • Unboxing Earth - Interdisciplinary Problem Solving
  • Heritage Earth - Sustainable Resource Management
  • Society at Risk - Impacting Earth Phenomena
  • Brave New World - Advanced Technologies in Earth Sciences
  • Beyond Printing - Communicating Science

For those themes, we invite you to submit your session proposals. Session formats can be anything from traditional oral presentations and poster presentations, to roundtable discussions, panel discussions, interactive Q&A sessions, open discussion rounds, science slams, barcamps, PICO, field trips, elevator pitches or others. Be creative!

Submission deadline is 30 September 2018

The lead convener in each session proposal has to be an early career scientist!

Read the detailed call for sessions on the congress website and find out how to submit your session proposal. For questions please contact the organizing committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Interact logoapecs logo webAPECS is currently involved in the EU Horizon 2020-funded INTERACT (International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic) project. One of our tasks has been to produce example introductory videos of some of the INTERACT research stations. Two of these have now produced, for:

These videos are there to provide a brief introduction to each research station, what facilities are available, what research is carried out there, and other general information about the area.

Find out more about how APECS is involved in INTERACT here or the INTERACT project here.

Second Call for Reviewers for IPCC special report on Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) special report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) will be published in September 2019. APECS is coordinating the next review by early career experts that will take place between November and December 2018.

From last April, the APECS-IPCC working group went though the first Round of Review of this report, working with up to hundred international selected early career reviewers. This first Round was a success, and we published about it in Nature Correspondence in August. Participation recognizes you not only as an early career expert, but is also an exciting opportunity to gain valuable insight and training in how the scientific review process of such a report is conducted.

We are now looking for reviewers for the second round of review and encourage members from various career stages to participate, from advanced Master students, PhD students, postdoctoral researchers to early career faculty members! (If you do not fit in these categories and are interested in applying, please email us with a short explanation so we can determine eligibility.) If you want to participate, please fill out this online form, by no later than 8 October 2018 (23:59 GMT). Accepted participants will be assigned to a chapter and contacted by the end of October.

The second round of reviews will take place from 16 November 16 December 2018, so applicants should make sure they have the necessary amount of time available during this period. You need to be intimately familiar with the recent literature in your field and will need to review roughly 10 to 20 pages of the special report. These are not anonymous reviews, so this means you will be individually credited for your contribution, and your comments will be made a part of the public record. Further informations about the reviewing process will be given to the selected participants.

For further details on the general review process for the report go to: . If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

APECS Canada - ASA Mentor Award Nominations

Do you know anyone who has made a meaningful impact to the scientific community in the North?

APECS Canada and the ArcticNet Student Association are looking to recognize a mentor who has contributed significantly over a period of several years to the mentoring and fostering of polar early career researchers in Canada.

We encourage nomination packages from a variety of backgrounds for this award, including academics, industry professionals, community members, Elders, educators, public servants, and anyone else that has made a meaningful impact on polar early career researchers.

For more information on the award and how to nominate a mentor, visit The deadline for nomination package submissions is September 14, 2018.

Mentor Award Call 2018 English

APECS South Africa's 1st Birthday

APECSSA WorkshopAPECS South Africa hosted their 1st workshop at the recent 5th SANAP/NRF PI Symposium. The symposium is organised every two years and open to any researcher and student involved in South African polar research. Since many of the APECS South Africa National Committee members were attending we decided to maximise on this opportunity to hold a workshop where we would spread the word about APECS & APECS South Africa, while also using the event to celebrate the 1st successful year as a NC.

The workshop was held on the evening of 14 August and was attended by approximately 40 people. Since APECSSA is a fairly new group within APECS, the majority of the workshop was used to introduce APECS and APECSSA to the participants.

We spoke about:

  • Who APECS is;
  • Who APECS South Africa is;
  • Advantages of joining APECS and APECS South Africa (we also spoke to PIs about the mentor program and got some promises to sign up);
  • Group activity/discussion on how to maximise attendance at conferences and networking from an established researcher's perspective, as well as an emerging researcher's perspective. Ian Meiklejohn from Rhodes University was kind enough to speak to the workshop participants from an established researcher's perspective. The APECS South Africa Chair (Christel Hansen) spoke from the view of an emerging researcher's perspective. 
  • The workshop concluded with more information on joining APECS and/or the APECS South Africa NC.

APECS South Africa was able to hold the workshop at the Symposium due to the assistance of the sponsors (the South African National Research Foundation) and organisers (the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and the South African National Space Agency). Material from the workshop is available on our website; the various presentations given are available (collated) here.

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Nature Correspondence about APECS-organized group review of upcoming IPCC special report

During the last year, APECS has organised a group review of the next IPCC special report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, in which 75 Early Career Scientists were involved. This process was very instructive and we were able to compile more than 2000 comments that were submitted to the IPCC at the end of June. In light of this project, we believe that Early Career Scientists should have a greater role in the scientific review process, given that presently, Early Career Scientists account for only 6% of all reviewers.

A correspondence has now been published about this process in Nature. 

APECS World Summit 2018 - Summary Report

The 2018 APECS World Summit was held in Davos, Switzerland, from June 17-18, as part of POLAR2018. In total 41 representatives from 22 countries participated in the first day, with sessions dedicated to facilitating local and national networks of ECRs and how to better serve APECS members. The second day, 110 participants from 24 countries joined for a workshop on interdisciplinary and inter-polar research. While the two days had different foci and different participants, common themes emerged through the whole event. These included: Recruitment and Retention of members; Career Development; Education and Outreach; and the importance of Interdisciplinary and Interpolar Research.

Word Summit 2018 - Day 1

Twenty one APECS National Committees were represented on Day 1 (June 17) of the APECS World Summit. The local APECS Switzerland representative Carla Perzmon welcomed APECS members to Davos. Several National Committees were invited make short presentations to initiate discussions about running large funded events; engaging with mentors; collaborating with national organisations; engaging members; and effective education and outreach. It was noted that many of the challenges outlined were also faced by other National Committees, and participants were reminded they can contact each other as valuable resources when solving problems locally.

There were two major outcomes from Day 1 of the APECS World Summit. First, it was noted that for some members it is useful to have a document certifying their involvement with APECS. In order to address this point, and to provide an incentive for recruitment and retentions of APECS members, the establishment of a voluntary APECS Development Program was proposed. An APECS Project Group will develop this proposal further, providing suggested requirements and a rationale for these.

Partnerships with other organisations were also discussed. Participants decided to establish an APECS Project Group to create a resource that outlines best practice for working with partners. This project group will contact partner organisations to seek examples of what has worked well, and develop best practice guidelines to be posted on the APECS website and used by APECS International, APECS National Committees, and organisations looking to collaborate with APECS on opportunities for ECRs.

The second day of the APECS World Summit (June 18) was open to all early career researchers attending POLAR2018, and had a focus on interdisciplinary research, collaboration and exchange. The day consisted of four plenary presentations, followed by two break out group sessions. The first break out session related to the development of soft skills, including data management and education and outreach, while the second break out session was focussed on research challenges and creating connections between participants and disciplines. The day concluded with a panel discussion on interdisciplinary, inter-polar research, and participants were encouraged to continue dialogue throughout the POLAR2018 conference. Many new connections were formed, and we look forward to seeing new friendships and professional collaborations develop in the coming years.

World Summit 2018 - Day 2

A more detailed project report with the outcomes of the meeting as well as more photos from the two days will be published on the World Summit website in the coming weeks.

(Photos by Stephen Curtain and Gerlis Fugmann)



APECS Spain Workshop on 4 September

APECS Spain Logo 2018APECS Spain welcomes all members to their Workshop in Madrid on September 4th. The workshop will be held in Spanish and will take place during the whole day. In the morning we will have a couple of talks about how Polar Research is organised in Spain and another talk about carrying out effective presentations in science. In the afternoon we will discuss the future and organisation of APECS Spain, experiences from other National Committees are very welcomed.

Attending the event is free but registration is required. Registration is done by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All the information (in Spanish) can be found here:

APECS Turkey Workshop on Education & Outreach in October

APECS Turkey WorkshopAPECS Turkey was founded in 2013 by Dr. Burcu Ozsoy (Director of ITU PolReC) In 2015 Turkish Students’ Polar Research Team (PolSTeam) was founded to have organic body with APECS Turkey. Since that time APECS Turkey is a growing family with undergraduate and graduate students plus public’s involvement.

APECS Turkey has a big E&O program, executed by PolSTeam members. During one-year period, APECS Turkey members usually visit about 30-60 primary, middle and high schools, make age orientated presentations about climate change and polar regions. Also APECS Turkey members organize public event and surveys.

To reach more children, we did teach 150 science teachers all around the Turkey and around half of those teachers founded polar clubs in their schools. (60 clubs * 10-20 students/per year) During their club times (1 hour each week for 20 weeks) they follow a curriculum designed and fully filled with sources by APECS Turkey members.

Another project, named “Educators Supporting Collaboration on Polar Regions Project (ESCoP)”, is supported by ITU PolReC to involve teachers to Arctic and Antarctic expeditions to improve their knowledge on polar regions and polar science. A national open call will be opened on August for the educators.

Additionally, APECS Turkey members are working with Ministry of Education to add more climate and polar issues to national curriculums for all grade students.

Some of the main problems of APECS NCs are funding, structure and reaching children. As of APECS Turkey, we would like to share our experiences on the topics

  • how APECS Turkey solved some of those difficulties
  • how can we improve the E&O program and adapt to other countries,

by hosting you in Istanbul on 3rd and 4th of October.

If you would like to attend the workshop, please fill the form.

ITU PolReC would like to support all participants for accommodation, lunches, dinners and coffee breaks. Also we are happy to inform you that ITU PolReC accepted to support 3 participants’ travel limited with 1000 USD each. All early career scientist, educators and polar E&O programs members are welcome to apply for travel grant by filling the form.

NCs or other organizations who would like to make presentations should send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Registration deadline: 31st of August 2018 - EXTENDED to 15 September!


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