Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

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Big advantages, small downsides. Tips from APECS panel on opportunities for ECR to be involved in large international Antarctic initiatives.

APECS in collaboration with the Marine Ecosystem of the Southern Ocean (MEASO) and the IDEAL research center of Chile held a panel in Hobart Australia on April 8th. This panel was one of several workshops preceding the first MEASO conference. The two hour event discussed how early career researchers (ECR) can get involved in large international initiatives that are shaping Antarctic research and policy. Our panel covered topics such as: advantages/disadvantages of being involved, when and how to get involved as an ECR and best ways to make an impact on politics. The panel consisted of: Dr. Aleks Terrauds (AAD and chair of SCAR standing committee on the ATS), Indi Hodgson-Johnston (IMOS and ECR rapporteur for ATS and CCAMLR), Dr. Nadine Johnston (BAS and ICED program manager) and Dr. Stephen Nicol (UTAS and Australian delegation to CCAMLR). The panel was moderated by APECS ExCom member Jilda Caccavo. Twenty-two ECRs attended the panel.









According to our panelists ECR should try to get involved with these initiatives as soon as possible. They highlighted the many advantages participating in these groups, and noted that the only downside is that it is time consuming and represents an extra workload during your PhD or post-doc. However, all the panelists agreed that being involved is an excellent way to raise your professional profile and increase the impact of your research. Involvement in these large international initiatives would also give you plenty of opportunities for networking and influencing policy. The panel noted that there are many ways to get involved as there are many different initiatives. . The panel recommend looking for a group that matches your interests, be thy research, policy or career development interests, and becoming involved. The group noted that most scientific meetings and the Antarctic Treaty System require rapporteurs for their large meetings. Rapporteuring is an excellent opportunity to become more actively involved in the groups, network, and learn the very useful (and marketable!) craft of writing reports. The panel highlighted that organizations differ in how easy it is to get involved. For example, CCAMLR is more political and participants in CCAMLR process need to be invited into the group. Invitations can take the form of CCAMLR scholarships, internships or jobs such as, rapporteuring. Other organizations, like ICED, are more open and you only need to browse through their website and register yourself to participate. Finally, being involved gives you an outstanding platform for your research to impact policy. Many of the scientific organizations (like SCAR and ICED) have an established reporting chain to political bodies such as, CCAMLR and the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting. High quality research with a crystal clear message is always helpful to impact policy. It is also helpful to cultivate relationships with policy makers who can carry your message into the decision making processes. Maintaining these relationships is time consuming, but it is a very effective way to ensure that your science influences policy. A less direct, but also effective way to have your research message reach policy makers is to engage in outreach and publishing “non-academic” abstracts for larger audiences (e.g. twitter, websites, etc.).

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Apply for the APECS Council 2018-2019 by 31 July 2018

Foto World SummitDo you want to get (or remain) active in APECS and the APECS leadership? The applications for APECS Council 2018-2019 are open now! Application deadline is 31 July 2018 at 23:59 GMT

About the Council

The APECS Council is the larger of the two leadership committees of APECS. Its members work on projects (e.g. webinars, workshops, Polar Weeks), coordinate APECS activities, and govern the organisation.

The Council has two categories of members:

  • individual Council members (any APECS member who wants to serve on the APECS Council as an individual);
  • representatives from APECS National Committees and organisational members of APECS (i.e., partner organisations).

The 2018-2019 Council term is from 1 October 2018 through 30 September 2019. In September 2018 we will run several orientation webinars for new Council members and you will get an introduction to our Council project groups, so you are well prepared to start your term on 1 October.

More information on the Council, the Council member categories and their tasks, rights and responsibilities can be found in the Council Charter and on our Council pages. Please also get to know our current Council members and read notes of our meetings. No prior experience with APECS is necessary to join the Council, and we encourage all APECS members to consider applying!

Why should you get active in APECS? Being involved in the APECS Council provides you with opportunities to engage internationally and across disciplines with other early career researchers and professionals who are interested in the Polar and Alpine regions and the wider Cryosphere. Within our projects, you can develop valuable skills in project management, leadership and communication skills in a friendly and supportive environment that will help you in your future careers no matter if they will be in academia or non-academic professions. APECS Council members value the international networks they develop through the council, as well as the recognition and accomplishments through their work.

How to apply?


For both new applicants and returning applicants, the Executive Committee will vote on your application at the end of August and inform you of the outcome of your application.

If you have any questions, or you want any general information about the APECS Council please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We really appreciate all our APECS volunteers and their commitment to paving the way for the future of polar research!

Press Release - Statement of collaboration: UKPN - APECS Russia

UKPN and APECS Russia Presidents Archana Dayal and Yulia Zaika meet at Polar2018 to continue to build links and collaborations between UK and RussiaThe UK Polar Network and APECS Russia, national committees (NCs) of APECS (Association of Polar Early Career Scientists), collaborated on organizing activities in 2017-18 with mutual interests benefiting early career researchers from the UK and Russia. The NCs organized 2 workshops in Moscow and Cambridge in February and March 2018, which saw an exchange of 20 Arctic early career researchers with a focus on learning about working in the Russian Arctic in the future. These were funded and organized in collaboration with the NCs national bodies - NERC Arctic Office, British Antarctic Survey, UK Science and Innovation Network, Marine Research Centre and Geography faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University and Embassies.

This resulted in some unique and great deliverables, including a publication of a joint opinion piece in Nature ( and the creation of a website (, a great resource in-the-making for further research and outreach opportunities.

In order to continue and build on this collaboration, the NCs have recently successfully submitted and won a joint funding bid to the Foreign Commonwealth Office for an interdisciplinary field course workshop in the Russian Arctic, to be organized in February – March 2019.

The NCs are extremely grateful to have been mentored by APECS Executive Committee and Council members over the years, who have provided their guidance and support in all their endeavors. They therefore commit to cooperate, foster links and build relationships for future scientific advancements and progress.

UK Polar Network President – Archana Dayal
APECS Russia President – Yulia Zaika


UKPN and APECS Russia polar early career researchers meet at Polar2018 for a meeting

Looking for early career researchers to join new SOOS regional group on Weddell Sea - Droning Maud Land

SOOSLogo1aThe Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and the Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS) are looking for one or two early career scientists for a new regional working group on the Weddell Sea - Droning Maud Land. The objective of the working group will be to coordinate the international long-term observation of the Weddell Sea – Droning Maud Land.

The selected candidates, will contribute to the work of the group helping among others with scientific / management input (e.g. discussions, workshop), and eventually writing papers and contribute to a special issue on present research in the Weddell Sea – Droning Maud Land.

This is a volunteer position for a term of minimum 3 years with no associated direct funding. However, if e.g. a workshop is organized, early career scientists of the working group will be considered first for available early career funding.

There will be a meeting of the working group in Davos at the POLAR2018 conference and those selected early career researchers, who are attending the conference are welcome to join this meeting. More information will be sent to the selected early career researchers before the conference. You can also apply for this opportunity if you are not attending the POLAR2018 conference.

To apply, you need to meet the following criteria:

  • early career researcher (up to 5 years past PhD)
  • previous experience in Southern Ocean research (ideally focused on the Weddell Sea - Droning Maud Land area)
  • Country restrictions: We welcome applications from early career researchers worldwide and especially encourage applications from Asia, South America and Africa. Due to the composition of the already existing group members, early career researchers from Germany and Norway are unfortunately not able to apply for this opportunity.

How to apply?

Please send the following information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by no later than 14 June at 23:59 GMT

  • your CV
  • Statement of Interest (max one page), including your research background, your motivation in joining the working group, and your thoughts on how you can contribute to the group and how this would benefit your career

Opportunity to work for APECS and the German Arctic Office at AWI

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The Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) is a member of the Helmholtz Association (HGF) and funded by federal and state government. AWI focuses on polar and marine research in a variety of disciplines such as biology, oceanography, geology, geochemistry and geophysics thus allowing multidisciplinary approaches to scientific goals. The AWI invites applications for a Project Manager to support its German Arctic Office and the APECS International Directorate Office, both based at the AWI research center in Potsdam, Germany.

You will be a member of both offices at AWI Potsdam, working 50% for the German Arctic Office and 50% for the APECS International Directorate Office. Your tasks will include but are not limited to: (1) supporting and assisting both offices in the management of projects and events including their planning, coordination and implementation; (2) helping with the communication and public relations of both offices, including assisting with the websites and social media and the development of promotional materials; (3) handling of administrative tasks for both offices including the maintenance of mailing lists and various financial and accounting tasks and reporting.

Application Deadline: 27 June 2018

The position is full-time and limited to two years. Please note that excellent written and oral German and English language skills are needed for this position.

More information about the requirements and the full position description are available in this PDF or on the AWI website.


About the German Arctic Office and APECS:

German Arctic Office: Established by AWI January 2017, in consultation with the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry for Education and Research, the German Arctic Office serves as an information and cooperation platform for German stakeholders from science, politics and industry. The office advises the Federal Government on Arctic issues and fosters Germany's participation in the Arctic Council's scientific activities. The German Arctic Office initiates and organizes national Arctic meetings and events in cooperation with partners from science, politics and industry, and supports the federal government in the representation of German Arctic research and policy at international conferences.

Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS): APECS is an international and interdisciplinary organization for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, early faculty members, educators and others with interest in Polar and Alpine Regions and the wider cryosphere. APECS aims to 1) create a network of polar researchers across disciplines and national boundaries to meet, share ideas and experiences, and develop new research directions and collaborations; 2) provide the opportunity for career development for both traditional and alternative polar and cryosphere professions; c) promote education and outreach as an integral component of polar research and to stimulate future generations of polar researchers. The International Directorate Office of the organization is funded and hosted by the AWI in Potsdam.

Report on the APECS International Polar Week March 2018 available

Polar Week logo2 01APECS hosted the 12th International Polar Week from 19-25 March 2018. Polar Week is a series of international events with the goal of promoting the science that takes place in polar latitudes. This March, our theme was #PolarPride with a focus on appreciating APECS members from all aspects of polar sciences. We have fantastic members and wanted to show our pride! Our goal was to provide a range of activities where members could interact, participate in professional development training, and showcase their research. We also hoped to recognize individuals that are traditionally underrepresented either because of what they study or because of systemic issues of diversity within polar sciences. Overall, we had good engagement with members during this Polar Week, especially on social media, and you can find a summary of the specific activities below.

March Polar Week 2018 was a huge success. Read the report about the main activities that took place on the APECS website. We thank the Polar Week planning group for all their hard work! Stay tuned for more activities during the next Polar Week from September 17 - 23, 2018.

APECS Canada Webinar - Data Management Essentials

APECS_Canada_Logo_web.jpgWe’re excited to be hosting a new webinar on Data Management Essentials presented by Gabrielle Alix (Data Manager) and Chantal Risdale (Project and Outreach Coordinator) from the Canadian Cryospheric Information Network/Polar Data Catalogue. This webinar is all about good data management practices and will be held on Thursday June 7th from 11:00-12:15 am EST/3:00-4:15 pm UTC.

Register for this webinar:

Title: Data Management Essentials

Abstract: Data Management is increasingly required by funding agencies in several nations around the world. Most researchers are familiar with this new requirement, but many do not know how to prepare data for archiving properly. CCIN/PDC has worked closely with the Polar data community in Canada and internationally to develop guidelines based on stakeholder feedback, as well as implementing data archiving for a number of Canadian national research programs, and so we are well positioned to help others understand and implement them effectively. This webinar will help students and researchers understand why data management is important, what the best practices are, how best to undertake it, as well as address concerns about sharing data. We believe that through education and training, data contributors are capable of attaining success through preparation proactively, rather than reactively.

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Looking for four early career researchers to join the 2018 NPAC Conference

APECS and the organizers of the 2018 North Pacific Arctic Conference (NPAC) held from 15 – 17 August 2018 in Honolulu, Hawaii, United States with the theme "Arctic 2030 and Beyond – Pathways to the Future" are looking for early career researchers to join their sessions.

In total we need for the following four conference sessions one early career researchers each:

  • Session II: The Future of Arctic Ocean Cooperation
  • Session III: Climate Change in the Arctic: Future Directions for Adaptation
  • Session IV: Trends in Arctic Resource Extraction and Logistics – Global Drivers and Regional Conditions
  • Session V: The SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) and Agenda 2030 in the Arctic

Click the "read more" button below to read a more detailed description about the four conference session and their framing questions.

The selected early career researchers would participate in the conference

  • as panelists in one of the sessions
  • as contributors to the published NPAC 2018 Proceedings and
  • as participants of the general discussion and contributors to the social media output of the conference and potential published policy briefs
  • contribute a 5 - 7 page summary document 

All selected early career researchers would receive the following funding support:

  • Airfare to Honolulu from their home location
  • Per Diem Ground Transportation
  • Other Travel Costs
  • They are included in all NPAC 2018 programs, events and special dinners

Who can apply?

  • To apply for this opportunity, you have to be early career researchers (US citizen or international) based at a US institution (university, research institution or other institution where they are engaged in a professional career with Arctic perspectives)
  • working on a research topic that fits the topic of the session you apply for

How to apply?

Please send the following information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by no later than 11 June at 23:59 GMT

  • your CV
  • The session you want to apply for
  • Statement of Interest (max one page), including your research background, your motivation in joining the conference, and your thoughts on how you can contribute to your preferred session and how this would benefit your career


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Looking for six early career researchers to join the PCPI


APECS and the Polar Climate Predictability Initiative (PCPI) are looking for six early career researchers to be included in their leadership structure (one in each of their six themes).

The PCPI is an initiative of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), whose goal is to improve the understanding of the predictability of climate and the effect of human activities on climate. The PCPI has a focus on polar regions and their role in the global climate system and aims to improve predictability of the climate system on all time scales by improving our understanding of the underlying physical mechanisms and their representation in climate models. The PCPI includes 6 themes:

  1. Improve knowledge and understanding of past polar climate variations (100+years)
  2. Assess reanalyses in polar regions
  3. Improve understanding of polar predictability on seasonal to decadal timescales
  4. Assessing model performance in the polar regions
  5. Model error
  6. Improve understanding of how jets and non-zonal circulation couple to the rest of the system in the Southern Hemisphere

You can see a more detailed description of each theme here. Each of the themes is led by two senior researchers, and we will be adding one early career researcher for each of the six themes. The early career researcher will then work in close cooperation with the two senior researchers on the development of the themes.

The position advertised will last for a 2 – 3 year term. These are volunteer positions with no associated direct funding. However, if e.g. a workshop is organized, PCPI tries to fund attendance of early career scientists and the selected early career researchers for each of the themes will be considered first for available funding.

There will be a meeting of the participants in the PCPI themes at the Polar2018 conference in Davos and those selected early career researchers, who are attending the conference are welcome to join this meeting. More information will be sent to the selected early career researchers before the conference. You can also apply for this opportunity if you are not attending the POLAR2018 conference.

Who can apply?

  • early career researchers (which is for this opportunity within 10 years of the PhD!) with an already completed PhD
  • Research background that fits at least one of the themes of the PCPI

How to apply?
To apply please send the following information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will be starting to review applications on 9 June 2018, so please apply before that.

  • Your CV
  • The theme(s) you would like to join
  • A Statement of Interest letter detailing
    • Your research background
    • Your motivation in joining the PCPI and theme(s) you selected
    • Your thoughts on how you can contribute to your preferred theme(s) and how this would benefit your career

The APECS International Directorate Office will only share your application data with the selected group of reviewers deciding on the applications and with the leadership and theme chairs of the PCPI. The data will not be shared with any other third party.

Important for all APECS members: Please reconfirm your APECS Membership by 25 May due to new EU data privacy regulations

apecs logo webImportant Information for all APECS members:

As you may have heard the new General Data Protection Regulations (“GDPR”) in the European Union comes into effect on 25 May 2018. Since our international Directorate Office is based in the EU (Germany) and to ensure our compliance with the new regulations for our mailing list, you will have to re-confirm your APECS membership and that you want to continue receiving updates from APECS, regardless of whether you are in the EU or not..

Please note that if you do not re-confirm your membership, we will no longer be allowed to email you after 25 May and will have to remove you from our mailing list and delete your personal information.

To update your settings and confirm that you want to stay an APECS member and receive our email updates, all of you have received an email from APECS earlier today with a big blue “I want to remain an APECS member” button. All you have to do is to click this button, check the information we have stored from you (update it if necessary), read our new data use permission text, check the box where it say "Yes, I want to be an APECS member and receive APECS emails" and then click the "Update Profile" link at the bottom of the form. This all takes only a few seconds and can also e.g. be done from a mobile device: please take a moment and update your profile immediately and by 25 May.

If you have not received this email from APECS, please check also your spam folders and if you still have not received it, you have to re-register for APECS on our Join APECS page

If you cannot re-confirm your membership by 25 May, the “I want to remain an APECS member” link above will remain active until end of June 2018. After that you can only re-subscribe by filling out our membership registration form on the APECS website.

If you so far have not been an APECS member yet and want to subscribe, we have updated our membership registration form and you can access it on our Join APECS page

APECS is strongly committed to protecting the data of our members so we see compliance with the new regulations in the EU, where our international office is based, as extremely important. Besides the current changes on the APECS membership and mailing list, the APECS leadership is actively working on a new data policy for APECS and our activities, which will be published in the coming weeks.

If you have any questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Best regards,

Gerlis Fugmann (Executive Director of APECS) and Hanne Nielsen (APECS President 2017-2018) on behalf of the APECS Executive Committee

First Call for Nominations - APECS Canada-ASA Mentor Award

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

The Association of Early Polar Career Researchers 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 15, 2018.


Jacqueline Hung
APECS Canada-ASA Mentor Award Committee Chair

On behalf of the APECS Canada-ASA Mentor Award Committee 2018-2019:
Enooyaq Sudlovenick, University of Prince Edward Island
Kamil Chatila-Amos, University of Guelph
Samuel Gagnon, Université Laval
Kate Snow, Department of Fisheries and Oceans (Ex-officio)
Marianne Falardeau, McGill University (Ex-officio)



Polar Prediction School 2018

In short: 100s of Swedish potatoes, 10s of delicious cinnamon rolls, 29 enthusiastic students, 26 fascinating lectures, 13 excellent lecturers, 10 hands-on practicals, 7 kind sponsors, 1 brilliant training school!

The Polar Prediction School was held from 17-27 April 2018 at the beautiful Abisko Scientific Research Station in northern Sweden. It brought together 29 students from nine different countries and at various career stages, from early PhD students through to post-docs. The programme for the school was designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the main aspects related to polar weather and climate prediction. It included theoretical lectures, practical exercises, meteorological fieldwork, and a dedicated science communication programme.

PPS2018 group


The lectures and exercises covered polar weather, chaos and predictability, polar lows, polar ocean forecasting and sea-ice modelling, sea-ice prediction and predictability, limits of predictability, data assimilation and reanalysis, model verification in polar regions, remote sensing of the cryosphere, polar boundary layer dynamics, polar mid-latitude linkages, as well as air-sea exchange and turbulence.

To introduce the students to various observational techniques as well as the challenges related to making these sorts of measurements in high latitudes, they conducted practical exercises based on data obtained from a micrometeorology mast. The mast was erected on the first full day of the training school by the students on the surface of the frozen Lake Torneträsk, a 5-minute walk away from the research station.

Radiosondes were also launched each day and the soundings were uploaded to the Global Telecommunication System, which is used in operational forecasts. In addition, a mini intense observational period was held on one day where radiosondes were launched every six hours. This was to study the diurnal cycle of the polar boundary layer at the site, even though the weather conditions at the time were not ideally suited to this.

mast setup

Soft skills training was provided through a dedicated science communication programme, with six evening sessions and an afternoon of final presentations. These sessions were run by Jessica Rohde of the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee and specifically designed for early career researchers. Topics covered included how to distil information, tailoring messages for specific audiences, using social media, and slide design.

The students put what they learnt directly into practice through the brief informative videos (‘FrostBytes’) about their research that they worked on during the school. On the final afternoon each student presented their work and this was recorded. The videos will be made available on the APECS and APPLICATE websites.

Daily weather briefings were also made by the students each evening. They were asked to provide an overview of the day’s weather, to compare the previous day’s forecast with the observed radiosounding they made, and to analyse forecasts for the coming days using global and regional products. The briefings were an opportunity for the students to learn to interpret weather forecasts in complex polar mountain environments, such as where Abisko is located, and to better understand how today’s models perform in such regions. Furthermore, they led to interesting discussions about model skill and uncertainty in polar regions.

A diverse course such as the Polar Prediction School, bringing together a wide set of students and lecturers, helps build and maintain the community needed to address the polar prediction problem, which is inherently multi-disciplinary. Overall, the school was a great success and we recommend this model be used for any future schools for early career researchers.

The Polar Prediction School 2018 was organised as part of the EU Horizon 2020-funded APPLICATE project, in cooperation with the World Meteorological Organization’s Polar Prediction Project (PPP) in occasion of the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP). It was also generously supported by the World Climate Research Programme's (WCRP) Climate and Cryosphere project (CliC), the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), and the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SCAR).

Contact APECS

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