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Polar Prediction School 2018: First call for applications

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 beb4effb3cThis school, for early career scientists, 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 is 15 September 2017.

Upcoming webinar: Arctic Data Center: Tools and Strategies for Archiving your Data on 21 June

Arctic Data Center ARCUS Webinar0617APECS Webinar: Arctic Data Center: Tools and Strategies for Archiving your Data
June 21, 2017 at 17:00 GMT

Presenter: Amber Budden, Jesse Goldstein and Chris Jones

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The NSF Arctic Data Center plays a critical support role in archiving and curating the data and software generated by Arctic researchers from diverse disciplines. The Arctic community, comprising Earth science, ecology, archaeology, geography, anthropology, and other social science researchers, are supported through data curation services and domain agnostic tools and infrastructure, ensuring data are accessible in the most transparent and usable way possible. This interoperability across diverse disciplines within the Arctic community facilitates collaborative research and is complemented by interoperability between the Arctic Data Center infrastructure and other large scale cyberinfrastructure initiatives.

During this webinar we will provide a brief overview of the the Arctic Data Center; the history, infrastructure, and partnerships that support long-term preservation of the data and metadata. We will highlight the many features and services offered by the Arctic Data Center before stepping through some best practices for working with data and guidance on how to archive data to with the Arctic Data Center.

Upcoming APECS panel at ICASS IX in Umeå on 8 June

Career Panel ICASS2017Studying social sciences gives us all plenty of opportunities to use scientific knowledge and skills, not only for a career in academia, but also in governance, community development, planning and many other areas. Learn with us about opportunities and challenges in career choices for young Arctic social science researchers, both inside and outside academia!

The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) will be organising a panel discussion on "Careers opportunities in Arctic Social Sciences" during the 9th International Congress on Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS) (8-12 June 2017, Umeå, Sweden), where you will have an opportunity to hear career experiences of our excellent panelists that we hope would be inspiring for your future career choices.

Join us on 8 June 2017 at 14:30 at Umeå University in room MC313.

Meet our panelists:

  • Mare Pit (German Arctic Office / AWI, Germany)
  • Anne-Lill Drugge (Centre for Sami Research (Cesam) - Vaartoe, Sweden)
  • Gail Fondahl (University of Northern British Columbia, Canada)
  • Katrin Stephen (IASS, Germany)

Bringing Knowledge to Action - Conference & Workshop

AMAP Workshop2The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) 2017 International Conference on Arctic Science: Bridging Knowledge to Action took place in Reston, Virginia, United States, from April 25-27. The conference brought together a diverse and international group of experts ranging from scientists to decision-makers to explore pathways for enhancing usability of scientific and other forms of knowledge to support policy and practice in the Arctic. The conference highlighted major AMAP assessments and the release of the latest AMAP assessment reports: Snow, Water, Ice and Permafrost in the Arctic (SWIPA) and Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic (AACA) regional reports.

Another major highlight was the April 24 pre-conference workshop on "Scientific Assessments: Process, Dissemination and Impact" organized by the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and International Arctic Science Committee (IASC). This one-day workshop engaged researchers in a conversation on scientific assessments with an international group of scientists and communication experts in government and academia through interactive panels and presentations. Workshop outcomes also contributed to a discussion during plenary sessions on a call for action held on the last day of the conference.

Contributions from the APECS/IASC/AMAP workshop echoed major themes that emerged throughout the conference, with usability of scientific assessment for policy and decision support being most prominent. In particular, participants noted that the well-established usability challenge of balancing credibility, saliency, and legitimately of information for a wide range of stakeholders with diverse values and priorities is compounded in the Arctic by amplified system changes and limited monitoring and research capacity compared with what is generally found in the lower latitudes. Ways forward focused on methods for stakeholder engagement during the assessment process such as co-production of products to enhance usability while building capacity for process/product use such as joint producer-user partnerships and training opportunities. The need to span disciplinary and researcher-stakeholder boundaries and the role of institutions in designing and facilitating such interactions was a related consistent conference theme. The need for such "boundary organizations" to enhance assessment usability discussed in the early career workshop was the main recommended call for action promoted at the end of the conference.

For more information on the conference and early career workshop visit the full conference program and APECS/IASC/AMAP agenda.

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Apply now for upcoming Polar Science Communication Workshop

Polar Science Communication Workshop: Aug. 12-14, Boulder, CO, USA
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We would like to announce an opportunity for polar scientists of all career stages to obtain formal training in science communication strategies during an NSF- and NASA-funded workshop held in Boulder, CO, USA from August 12-14, 2017. The workshop will take place immediately prior to the International Glaciological Society (IGS) International Symposium on Polar Ice, Polar Climate, Polar Change at the University of Colorado Boulder. The workshop will include two days of oral communication training by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and one day of written communication training by Dr. Max Boykoff and his team from the University of Colorado Boulder.
The workshop is open to 32 polar scientists from all career stages and spanning all disciplines in the physical and social sciences. Workshop participants do not need to attend the IGS symposium in order to participate in the science communication workshop. Funding for domestic travel and lodging are available for ~19 early-career scientists.
Workshop applications and additional information can be found at Applications are due June 5th. Notification of acceptance, and early-career funding if applicable, will be made by July.
Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions regarding workshop details or the application process, and please let your colleagues know about this workshop!

APECS-France at the Scientific Days of the Comity for French Research in the Arctic and in the Antarctic (CNFRA)

Unbenannt.pngAPECS-France met in Paris during the last scientific days of the CNFRA (Comity for French Research in the Arctic and in the Antarctic) the 11th and 12th of May. This event represents the annual meeting for the French polar community.

A part of the board (Céline Clément-Chastel & Lydie Lescarmontier) as well as 3 active members (Anne-Mathilde Thierry, Françoise Amelineau & Emmanuelle Sultan) attended the conference and assisted the association in the record of new members and in answering questions.


The 11th, Céline gave a talk about the functioning of the association, its missions, and the current projects. At the end of the scientific days, Lydie Lescarmontier animated a small workshop in communications, giving few rules to success in giving presentations, and organised a debate with general questions about mediation and a feedback about the two last days of talks.

This event also allowed the board and the active members to gather and discuss « in live! » about the current projects and the general functioning of the association: what is not working, and what could be improved? We also have to note the presence of our famous Kakemono APECS-France invited at every APECS-France event!

APECS Workshop in Tasmania: "Communicating Across Borders"

Communicating Across Borders

APECS Oceania will be hosting a two hour workshop for early career researchers, just prior to the 2017 SCAR Humanities and Social Sciences Depths and Surfaces Conference. All conference attendees and local researchers are welcome, but please do register for the event. We thank the Coucil of Managers of National Antarctic Programs for their support in providing catering for the event. Details are below.

In today’s research climate, communication is an important skill. Researchers need to be able to not only communicate with colleagues in the same area, but with those from very different backgrounds, and the wider public. This session addresses the challenges associated with “communicating across borders" - such borders may be disciplinary, geographic, or between areas such as science and policy. An invited panel of international and local mentors will present short talks about their experiences communicating with various audiences, followed by a panel discussion with questions from the floor:

  • Renuka Badhe (Executive Secretary of European Polar Board)
    • Focussing on connections between Arctic and Antarctic (both science and policy);
  • Elias Barticevic (Chilean Antarctic Institute - INACH)
    • Chilean Antarctic Institute: approaches to Education & Outreach in the community of Punta Arenas and beyond;
  • Adrian Howkins (Environmental Historian - Colorado State University)
    • How the Dry Valleys are understood in different ways (communicates with both scientists and tourists);
  • Mel Fitzpatrick (Climate Scientist – E & O - Science Communication)
    • Experience working in the field and top tips for communicating to varied audiences;
  • Meredith Nash (Homeward Bound programme – UTAS)
    • Intersectionality; borders and boundaries that often remain unseen in (Antarctic) research, Homeward Bound personal experience

The second half of the workshop involves practical activities related to writing effective project proposals and exploring ways to foster interdisciplinary approaches. A range of opportunities, including fellowships, for early career researchers will also be introduced. Mentors for "Science Communication" are Mel Fitzpatrick and Stephen Curtain; for "Fellowships and Opportunities" we have Ursula Rack, Rowan Trebilco and Alan Hemmings; and for "Interdisciplinary Collaboration" the mentors are Renuka Badhe, Daniela Liggett and Cornelia Lüdecke.

This workshop is open to all polar early career researchers. Delegates to the 2017 Depths and Surfaces Conference and local PhD candidates are both encouraged to attend. Please register for the workshop via this link



APECS-EGU Cryosphere Panel Discussion: Which career path might be mine?

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A question that many early career scientists ask themselves... We discussed this topic at the EGU GA during the Polar Science Career Panel, which was co-organized by the EGU Cryosphere ECS team and APECS on 27 April 2017.

Our five panellists, from different backgrounds and job fields, engaged in a lively discussion with over 50 session attendees. Questions ranged from “How and when did you know what you wanted to do”, to “How important is social media presence” and “What will be the next hot topic in the field.

One hot topic of debate was whether moving to different working groups, and with that to different countries, is a must? While most of our panellists pointed to the clear advantages, some words of caution were also voiced. Moving around comes at a cost not only regarding the personal life but also the professional networks. It is not easy to keep in touch when gone for a number of years, but as realization/acknowledgment is the first step, be sure to keep it in mind.

At the end we asked each panellist to come up with some final words of advice for ECSs, which were:

  • There is no right and wrong, ask other people and see what you like
  • Remember you can shape your own job
  • Take chances! Even if you are likely to fail, and think outside the box
  • Remember that you are a whole human being... not only a scientist, and use all your skills
  • And last but not least... come and work at Carbon Brief (thanks Robert McSweeney;))

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We would again like to thank our five panellists, namely - Felicity Liggins (Climate Scientist and Outreach Program Manager from the Met Office, UK), Robert McSweeney (Science Writer for Carbon Brief), Lindsey Nicholson (SeniorPostDoc from the University of Innsbruck, Austria), Kerim Nisancioglu (Prof. of Earth Science, University of Bergen, Norway) and Wiebke Schubotz (Project Coordinator of HD(CP)² at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Germany) and everybody who attended and participated in the lively discussion.

If you would like more details, you can read up on twitter @EGU_CR, search for the #CareerPanel.

... and maybe see you next year at EGU!


APECS Workshop at ASSW 2017

On Sunday 2 April around 50 early career researchers assembled in the Clarion Congress Hotel Prague for a one day workshop organised by APECS prior to the start of Arctic Science Summit Week. The day started with two panel discussions and after lunch, participants could attend two of three different breakout sessions. By the end of the day we had all learnt something new (did you know that there are flamingos in Siberia?!) and came away with new ideas and friends. Below are the take home messages from each of the sessions.


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Upcoming webinar: The first and only ice core histories from the Kilimanjaro ice fields

APECS Webinar: The first and only ice core histories from the Kilimanjaro ice fields
May 24, 20-21 GMT
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By Lonnie G. Thompson
Distinguished University Professor, School of Earth Sciences and Senior Research Scientist, Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, The Ohio State University
A little history Ice core recovery in the tropics, getting started and lessons learned on the Quelccaya ice cap that would later be applied on getting the Kilimanjaro ice core paleoclimate program started.  I will explain the reasoning for selecting Kilimanjaro to do field work, first, by giving a short recount sampling shallow snow pits and shallow ice cores from Mt. Kenya, Africa 1978, which set the wheels in motion that would ultimately lead to the successful drilling of the ice fields of Kilimanjaro 22 years later.  Essentially no research had been conducted on Kilimanjaro for over 30 years before our journey to the mountain in 1999.  I plan to document how we went about setting up the necessary contacts to carry out the first shallow ice core recovery program on Kilimanjaro which would pave the way for the major ice core recovery program conducted in 2000. We conducted back to back research programs on Kilimanjaro in 1992 and 2000 and again in 2006. We have continued to obtain aerial and satellite photos of the shrinking ice fields since 2000 through 2017.

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Abstract Submission open for APECS Oceania Symposium on 18 - 19 September 2017

“Addressing future Antarctic challenges from an Oceania perspective”
Monash University, Melbourne Australia & University of Canterbury, Christchurch New Zealand
18th – 19th September 2017

Rapid global changes are challenging our perception of the world and threatening biodiversity around the planet. The Antarctic Region is no exception, and whilst largely considered to be pristine, and a “nature reserve, devoted to peace and science”, it is at risk from multiple pressures. The Antarctic Peninsula has experienced one of the most rapid temperature rises in the Southern Hemisphere, and managing invasive species to Antarctica has been labelled as the number one priority of the Committee for Environmental Protection (CEP). Tourist numbers to the region continue to grow and more countries are interested in joining the Antarctic Treaty System and being involved with the governance of Antarctica. We are only beginning to understand what these changes mean for Antarctic science, biodiversity and society.
From an Oceania perspective, how are we addressing these changes? In what way can we contribute to perpetuate the aims of the Antarctic Treaty and the Protocol for Environmental Protection to the Antarctic? The 1st APECS Oceania symposium aims to bring together early career Antarctic researchers from across Oceania to address these questions and to invoke for answers to the future Antarctic challenges.

The symposium will run on 18th – 19th of September as part of Polar Week celebrations worldwide.

The symposium will be held in Australia and New Zealand simultaneously with presentations from early career scientists and keynote speakers from both countries. The venues will be connected via video link to allow attendees to participate in all sessions across the Tasman Sea.
The venues for this event are:

  • Australia: Monash University, Level 7 Monash University Conference Centre Collins Street, Melbourne.
  • New Zealand: University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ

Abstract Submission:
Opening: A call for abstracts is now open
Closes: Abstract submission closes on the 9th of June 2017
Click link here for Abstract submission


  • All abstracts will be written in English
  • Abstract must be limited to 300 words
  • Include your name and any other authors involved in this presentation
  • Include your institution and your additional author institutions
  • Include a short title which summarises your presentation
  • State which session you want your abstract to be submitted to
  • State which country and time zone you will be presenting from, so that we can find a sensible time slot for your presentation

Contact APECS

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