The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and the organizers of the Marine Ecosystem Assessment for the Southern Ocean (MEASO18) Conference (9-13 April 2018, Hobart) are excited to announce nine volunteer opportunities relating to the MEASO18 conference, which are now available for early career researchers interested in attending the conference. The positions are well suited to those with backgrounds in marine or polar ecology, policy, or polar science. Some of the positions are open to only local early career researchers but others also open to anyone interested in applying no matter where you are located.
The following positions are available:
1) MEASO18 conference: support for theme contributions
Available positions: 4 (local or remote)
Research Background: Marine/Polar Ecology
Time commitment: October 2017-May 2018
These roles will assist with contributions to the four MEASO themes (one role for each theme). The themes are:
- Assessments of status and trends in habitats, species and ecosystems, and the causes of change
- Responses of species to changing habitats, including ocean acidification, sea ice and temperature;
- Modelling and analytical methods to assess status and trends; and
- Implementation of observing systems to estimate dynamics and change.
Specific tasks include:
- Assist in maintaining databases of contributors
- Assist with email contact to contributors - seeking and guiding input as appropriate
- Assist with theme report generation
Successful candidates will have the opportunity to establish networks with working group contributors, and to be involved in workshops. Travel support to attend the MEASO18 Conference in Hobart is also available (amount TBC)
2) MEASO18 conference: support local organisation
Available positions: 2 (only local)
Research Background: Polar Science, with interest in Southern Ocean Ecosystems
Time Commitment: February 2018-April 2018
These roles will assist with local conference organisation and running tasks. The two volunteers will act as contact points, and assist with general tasks in the immediate lead up to the MEASO18 conference, and during the event.
Successful candidates will have the opportunity to establish networks with conference attendees, and will have the conference registration fee waived.
3) MEASO18 Policy Forum Co-organiser
Available positions: 3 (local or remote)
Research Background: Policy and/or Conservation for Polar Environments
Time Commitment: October 2017-May 2018
These roles involve working with Professor Tony Press to coordinate the one-day Policy Forum as part of the MEASO18 conference.
Specific tasks include:
- Contact and invite contributors
- Plan and help coordinate the running of the day
- Assist in generating summary outputs
Successful candidates will have the opportunity to establish networks with working group contributors, and to be directly involved in both the policy forum and the rest of the conference. Travel support to attend the MEASO18 Conference in Hobart is also available (amount TBC)
To apply for any of these positions, please fill in the application form by 18 October 2017.
For more information about the conference, please see http://www.measo2018.aq