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The new Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Scientific Research Programme INStabilities & Thresholds in ANTarctica (INSTANT) had its kick-off workshop between 15 and 17 February 2021. The workshop was online, based on zoom. For three days, about 150 participants from over 41 countries kept a very active discussion on the future development of this multidisciplinary program.
Please read here the full report.
Author: Lara Perez
*DEADLINE EXTENDED to MARCH 10*
APECS Italy is an association of early career polar researchers that aims to bring together those conducting polar and cryosphere research in Italy in order to organize outreach and capacity building events, and foster collaborations.
Despite organizing many successful events in recent years, the members of APECS Italy leadership have taken on new roles in their careers, and can no longer continue to lead the organization. For that reason, we are now seeking to nominate a new coordinator of APECS Italy.
Conference theme: Early Career Researchers and the future of UK Polar Science
Date: 5-6th May 2021
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The SCAR Expert Group on Antarctic Biodiversity Informatics works with the rOpenSci project to improve R software tools for Antarctic and Southern Ocean science (see https://ropensci.org/blog/2018/11/13/antarctic/ for more information). We are in the early stages of planning a "virtual tools hack" event and would like to gauge interest from APECS members to present at this event. The format is for a short initial session in which several presenters talk about the R tools that they are using or developing, and identify areas for improvement. There is then an intersessional period of several weeks in which community members can propose tasks to work on that will help address those issues, and then finally there is a half-day "hack" in which the actual work gets done.Read more ...
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Conference theme: Polar Science: Success Stories from the Field and from Home
Conference date: Wednesday, 12th May 2021
Abstract deadline: Wednesday, 31st March 2021
Who this conference is for: We invite polar and alpine researchers from around the world and from various academic levels to present stories related to the polar and alpine regions that happened in 2020. We hope to hear both success stories and stories of learning from failure. The ultimate goal of the project is to unite the ECR community in a collegial and learning experience organized under the 7th annual APECS Online Conference.
For this March Polar Week we would like to share your polar perspectives through photos, poetry and short essays!
If you are interested in participating in the competition, please fill out the Submission Form by March 11th, 23:59 GMT.
Following you can find more information on the competition categories:
Share your best photos of you doing work related to the polar regions, this could be a landscape photo, an in-the-office-photo, analyzing polar data, presenting polar data, anything related to polar! File size is limited to 10MB, please read the rules and regulations for permissions to share your photo.
We are looking to showcase artistic, beautiful poems about the Arctic, Antarctic, and wider cryosphere – no matter what language or form they are in, (Please provide an English translation along with your work, or let us know if you are happy for APECS to translate it into English.) Share your own stories, photos and experiences through our submission competition, and share on social media using the hashtag: #PolarPoetry suggested submission lengths can be 12 - 40 lines.
We are looking to showcase artistic, beautiful essays about the Arctic, Antarctic, and wider cryosphere – no matter what language or form they are in (Please provide an English translation along with your work, or let us know if you are happy for APECS to translate it into English.) This challenge is to write about the theme “CHANGE” - it can be your most memorable fieldwork experience or that one niche scientific phenomenon that gets your heart racing. Write a funny piece, or an ode to your favorite fjord or an opinion essay on the Arctic Council. This challenge word limit will be 100 - 1000: You can write a short flash piece (~100) or a longer reflection (1000 max).
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Let's celebrate the importance of the polar and the wider cryosphere! Twice a year, we celebrate Polar Week during equinox when day- and night-time are equal all around the World. During this time, we will share a series of activities through APECS international and its national committees to raise awareness of the polar and alpine areas - their indigenous people, wildlife, facts, stories, scientists, and landscapes, as well as the risks they currently face, especially due to climatic changes.Read more ...