Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

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Polar Organisations provide travel support for ECRs to attend the POLAR2018 conference

POLAR2018 logos travel award KopieIn February 2018, the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) in cooperation with the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), the Tinker Foundation, the US National Science Foundation, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the UK Science & Innovation Network Nordics, the Antarctic Science Ltd. and the Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) Project of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) announced the availability of travel awards for the POLAR2018 (15-26 June2018, Davos Switzerland), including Arctic Science Summit Week 2018 & IASC Business Meetings, XXXV SCAR Biennial Meetings, SCAR/IASC Open Science Conference, and 2018 Arctic Observing Summit.

We received a total of 346 applications for this process and due to the high quality of the applications it was very difficult to make a decision. All applications were reviewed by two reviewers each via a blind review process. Final recipients were then determined from the resulting ranked list keeping in mind as wide as possible country spread.

Through this generous financial support from all contributing organizations, we were able to fund 91 applicants from 27 countries (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States). All recipients have been notified and have accepted their awards. Congratulations to all recipients!

Thank you again to all the funders for making this incredible support possible. Also a big thank you to the reviewers who took their time to help us evaluate all these applications.

We are looking forward to seeing many of you in Davos!

More information on the awards can be found on the APECS website

APECS at EGU 2018

EGU logoThe European Geosciences Union (EGU) will bapecs logo webe meeting again in Vienna, Austria, from 8-13 April 2018 for the General Assembly. The annual meeting is the largest gathering of geoscientists in Europe, with events and sessions covering a wide range of polar and cryospheric activities.

If you are planning to attend please consider joining us for all three of the early-career social events that APECS is co-organizing. Attached is also a list of some of the polar-related sessions, organized by day.

Polar & Cryo Pre-icebreaker
Sunday 8 April
Cafe Merkur
Florianigasse 18, 1080 Vienna, Austria
Facebook event

Polar & Cryo Midweek Meetup
Wednesday 11 April
Sonnenfelsgasse 3, 1010 Vienna, Austria
Facebook event

Session SC3.4/CL6.05/CR8.10/OS6.3
Polar science career panel (EGU Cryosphere and APECS) (co-organized)​
Tue, 10 Apr, 12:15–13:15 / Room -2.85

APECS Norway's inaugural event

On Thrusday 22nd March, APECS Norway held their first in-person event in Oslo at the univeristy's science library. The event coincided with the APECS Polar Week. It was a successful evening with keynote speakers (Lars Eivind Augland, UiO; Bob Paquin, Canadian International Arctic Centre and Andy Kääb, UiO) and a "PolarPitch" where  audience members, who came from a range of disciplines and career stages, gave a two minute introduction to their work. We then headed for pizza downtown.

Please get in touch with us (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you would like to help organise a future event with APECS Norway around the country. 

Pictures clockwise from bottom left: Keynote speakers Lars Eivind Augland, Andy Kääb and Bob Paquin. APECS Norway committee members Pierre-Marie Lefeuvre, Grace Shephard and Ruth Vingerhagen.

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APECS Norway has a logo!

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We are pleased to announce the winner of the APECS Norway logo competition!

Our new logo was designed by Kyle Mayers, the Vice-President of the UK branch of APECS - UK Polar Network. As Kyle explains "The inspiration for the image idea came from a trip I took earlier this year to Tromsø, and seeing the Northern lights, which was a really special experience! It is also something people usually ask about when they think of Norway (although in Bergen the clouds are usually in the way)! The mountain is a great symbol of Norway, but also polar regions (Arctic, Antarctic and alpine) so I thought it was a a nice all encompassing image!". We agree, and here provide the original black version as well as a white background version - tusen takk, Kyle.

We would like to again sincerely thank all the participants for their entries!

Vote now on your favourite photos from our Polar Week photo contest!

Thank you for the 58 amazing photos that were submitted for our APECS International Polar Week March 2018 #My PolarPride Photo Contest! Now it is time for YOU to vote on your favourite photos in each of the two categories. 

How to vote? Click through the photos on our photo contest website and note their number and photographer name. And then fill out the two voting polls below.

You can only vote once in each category! Voting will close on 27 March at 23:00 GMT. The winners will be announced afterwards as soon as the voting results have been verified.

Webinar available: Glaciology in the St. Elias Mountains of Yukon, Canada: science, logistics and surprises

Bildschirmfoto 2018-03-21 um 12.33.08.pngWebinar title: Glaciology in the St. Elias Mountains of Yukon, Canada: science, logistics and surprises
By Dr. Gwenn Flowers, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada

Summary: The St. Elias Mountains of Yukon, Canada, are home to vast icefields, surging glaciers and some of the highest peaks in North America. Since 2006, Gwenn and her research group at Simon Fraser University have been carrying out glaciological field work in this area to investigate surface mass and energy balance, glacier response to climate, glacier thermal structure, ice dynamics and outburst floods. This webinar will highlight some of the research results, illustrate the role of funding and logistics in defining the research, and touch on the opportunities and challenges associated with field-based studies in this relatively remote area.

Please register for Glaciology in the St. Elias Mountains of Yukon, Canada: science, logistics and surprises on Wednesday April 11th, 2018 at 4:00 PM GMT here:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

APECS Panel at MEASO18 Conference on 8 April

web apecsIDEAL logoAPECS Panel - Placing your research within the big picture Opportunities for Early Career Researchers (ECRs) to be involved in large international initiatives

When: Sunday 8th of April 2018 from 13:30 to 16:30MEASOVertical

Where: Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies (flexspace), University of Tasmania, 20 Castray Esplanade, Hobart, Australia

Organized by: Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

Co-organized by: MEASO2018, IDEAL research center

Registration Link

Over the past decade many large international initiatives have been developed to address the significant environmental and climatic changes impacting the Southern Ocean, to further our knowledge and to influence international policy. Initiatives and organizations such as SOOS, ACE Expedition, Southern Ocean Research Partnership and ICED are leading interdisciplinary and international research efforts to better understand the causes and impacts of changes in the Southern Ocean. These initiatives are influencing international policy on climate change, fisheries, and environmental practices. But how can you as an ECR get involved in these international initiatives and how can your research influence international policy in the Southern Ocean?

APECS will be hosting a panel session to address how Early Career Researchers can contribute to and participate in large international initiatives within the Southern Ocean. Our panel will address questions such as:

  • What are the knowledge gaps that an ECR can partially answer within international initiatives (SCAR, SOOS, etc.)?
  • What opportunities are there for ECRs to be involved in large international initiatives?
  • How can an ECR work (thesis, manuscripts …) have a greater impact within global/international initiatives?
  • How can networking help ECRs become part of large international initiatives?
  • How can an ECRs work influence policy and how can ECRs get involved/gain experience in Southern Ocean Policy?


  • Dr. Aleks Terauds (Australian Antarctic Division)
  • Indi Hodgson-Johnston (University of Tasmania)
  • Dr. Nadine Jonhston (British Antarctic Survey)
  • Dr. Stephen Nicol (University of Tasmania)

V Symposium APECS-Brazil: Achievements and challenges in a decade of changes in the national and international scenario

apecs brasil logoV Symposium APECS-Brazil: Achievements and challenges in a decade of changes in the national and international scenario
15 - 18 May 2018, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

In is fifth edition, the APECS-Brazil symposium brings not only updates and new findings in polar science, but also celebrates the 10th anniversary of the creation of the Brazilian APECS committee and the last International Polar Year. We hope to stimulate important reflections and discussions about the achievements of our association and the challenges that we will face from now on.

Registration: Registration is open and should be done through the APECS Brazil website

APECS members have reduced registration fees.

More information

Seeking three early career researchers from Nordic countries to participate in workshop Way Forward: Knowledge Gaps in Nordic Arctic Research

Swedish Polar Research Secretariat

The Swedish Polar Research Secretariat, in cooperation with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), are seeking three early career researchers (ECR) from Nordic countries to participate in the upcoming Way Forward: Knowledge Gaps in Nordic Arctic Research Workshop from 30 - 31 May 2018 in at Hanaholmen in Espoo, Finland.

apecs logo webThe workshop is sponsored by the Swedish Ministry of Higher Education and Research and NordForsk and will be organised by the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat with the support of Hanaholmen – The Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre as a part of the Swedish Presidency programme of the Nordic Council of Ministers 2018.

The workshop aims to identify urgent research areas and present Nordic Arctic research collaborations. A group of renowned Nordic and international scientists will identify knowledge gaps and research challenges that the Nordic countries, in international collaboration, are particularly apt to develop into world leading Arctic research. The results aim to contribute to sustainable development for the people in the Arctic, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and give an enhanced understanding of the global implications of a changing Arctic. Furthermore the workshop aims to provide input to the Arctic Science Ministerial in Berlin, October 2018.

The workshop is expected to produce a report consisting of white papers on three preset research themes. The report will support NordForsk and other Nordic funding providers in prioritising in Arctic Research and will be thoroughly disseminated to relevant authorities in the Nordic countries, EU, and international partners.

The three scientific themes are:

  • Arctic data and global modelling: What data gaps are the most crucial to get a better disciplinary and interdisciplinary understanding of Arctic past, current and future in the Arctic? What global consequences do these data gaps create?
  • Arctic strategies and social innovation: How do Arctic societies respond to climate change and pollution? What are the challenges and opportunities for adaptation strategies and social innovation at the local level? How can traditional indigenous knowledge contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of Arctic and northern environment and communities?
  • Sustainable use of Arctic resources: How to foster sustainable use of national and common Arctic resources for e.g. energy, shipping, fishing, and tourism? What are the crucial questions in regional and in international contexts to implement Sustainable Development Goals?

We will select three early career researchers to attend, one for each of these three themes.

Applicants should:

  • be from an institution / organisation in a Nordic country (Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Åland and Greenland)
  • have an Arctic research background fitting into one of the three themes of the workshop
  • be a PhD candidate or Postdoc / early faculty member within five years of completing their PhD (with deductions for periods of parental leave)

The selected ECRs will be provided funding for travel, hotel and food expenses.

If you are interested in applying, please send the following by no later than 28 March 2018 (extended deadline!) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • CV
  • Statement of Interest (maximum length one page) addressing
    • your research background
    • how your research interests fit into one of the three themes
    • why you would like to attend the workshop
    • what you would like to contribute to the discussion
    • why attending the workshop would help your career

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

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Opportunity to work for APECS at AWI

apecs logo webarice logoAWI WortBildmarke Farbe RGBWe are announcing an exciting opportunity to work as part-time scientist in APECS International Directorate at AWI for the ARICE project!

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 APECS International Directorate in Potsdam, Germany, invites applications for a Scientist (Arctic research) (50%) to coordinate the APECS tasks of the ARICE project.

The Arctic Research Ice Breaker Consortium (ARICE) is a recently funded EU-Horizon2020 project to improve the capacities for marine-based research in the ice-covered Arctic Ocean. The project includes a consortium of fifteen partners from thirteen countries and will run for four years from 2018 – 2021. The project aims to better coordinate the existing polar research fleet by offering scientists access to six research icebreakers and collaborating with the maritime industry. APECS, hosted by AWI, is a member of the consortium and is leading the work package on educating a new generation of polar researchers and professionals by creating educational materials and performing training activities.

You will be a member of the APECS International Directorate Office at AWI and will be coordinating the APECS tasks of the ARICE project which include but are not limited to organising, content development, coordination and evaluation of in-person and online training courses and resources on research and soft-skills topics related to ARICE (including a summer school for early career researchers and professionals and several webinar series), participating in ARICE project meetings and contributing to other APECS activities as needed. You will support and work with a group of volunteers as part of the project tasks. The position is temporary part-time (50%) and limited until the end of 2021. It will be based in Potsdam, Germany.

Application deadline is 3 April 2018.

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

US APECS organizing a Reddit Science AMA for Polar Week,h_294,al_c,lg_1/16f1d1_79c9569af1a9440793852cf2b91960d3.pngUS APECS is organizing a Reddit Science AMA for Polar Week (March 19-23). The idea is to have several early career researchers in polar fields available to answer questions from the public over the course of a one-day period. They have done similar events before, making it on to the front page of Reddit Science.

US APECS is also launching a blog on their website featuring different post 'series' relevant to early career researchers. The first series will be focused on science communication. Posts will relate individual researchers' science communication experiences (e.g. science communication experiences, outcomes, advice for science communicators, what worked/didn't work) to other young scientists, and should include details on what you think makes communication experiences effective, exciting and inclusive. If you are interested in writing for the blog post series, or know someone who might be, please contact Mariama Dryak (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information.

APECS International Polar Week March 2018 from March 19-25

Polar Week logo2 01APECS International Polar Week March 2018 will be from March 19-25! Polar Week is a series of events happening globally, with the goal of promoting the science taking place in polar latitudes.

This March, our theme will be #PolarPride with a focus on appreciating APECS members from all aspects of polar sciences. We have fantastic members and want to show our pride! We also hope to recognize individuals that are traditionally underrepresented either because of what they study or because of systemic issues of diversity within polar sciences. We will focus on celebrating YOU, the members of APECS through a series of fun and professional activities:

We encourage APECS members and National Committees to organize their own activities and to submit details via the Polar Week website!

To find out more about the events and how to participate, please visit our Polar Week website. If you have any questions, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Contact APECS

APECS International Directorate
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research
Telegrafenberg A45
14473 Potsdam
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