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Fiona Tummon to join the APECS International Directorate as new Project Officer in October

FionaTummon photoAPECS is excited to announce that Fiona Tummon will be joining the APECS International Directorate as new Project Officer on 1 October 2017. Fiona will be based at the Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics, UiT The Arctic University of Norway and will be responsible for managing the UiT tasks focused primarily on training and outreach activities that complement APECS activities within the recently funded Horizon 2020 EU projects APPLICATE (Advanced Prediction in Polar regions and beyond: Modelling, observing system design and LInkages associated with ArcitC ClimATE change) and INTERACT (International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic). In addition, she will contribute to other APECS activities in the APECS International Directorate.

Fiona grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, where she completed her undergraduate education in Oceanography and Zoology. In 2007 she started a joint PhD between the University of Cape Town and the Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse-III focused on the regional climatic effects of aerosols, which she completed in 2011. Thereafter she shifted focus (and countries!), moving to Zurich, Switzerland, to work for the World Climate Research Programme’s Stratosphere-troposphere Processes And their Role in Climate (SPARC) project. There, she spent half her time doing research focused on atmospheric chemistry and the other half of her time doing work for the SPARC project office. She has extensive experience with science communication, organising scientific workshops and meetings, and coordinating international scientific research.

Fiona first joined the APECS community in 2016, inspired by a visit to the high-altitude Swiss research station at the Jungfraujoch organised by APECS Switzerland. She also has been very involved with the YESS (Young Earth System Scientists) community and hopes to provide a nice link between the two active networks.

As a participant in the recent Antarctic Circumpolar expedition, Fiona fulfilled part of a dream of going to the Antarctic (although she’s yet to make it on to the continent itself!). She’s very excited to join the APECS team and learn more about the polar regions and their importance for the global Earth system.

Welcome Fiona!

Join the APECS Oceania Symposium remotely during Polar Week

APECS OceaniaPolar Week is nearly upon us, as is the first APECS Oceania Symposium "Addressing Future Antarctic Challenges from an Oceania Perspective." This event will be held in Melbourne, Australia from 18-19 September, and a video link is available for those in other locations who are interested in the talks.

Keynote speakers are Dr Gwen Fenton, Chief Scientist at the AAD, and Dr Aleks Treads. Early Career Researchers from NZ and Australia will also be presenting their work.
To sign up to attend symposium sessions remotely, please use the links below, or visit

Remote registration for APECS Oceania Symposium Sessions:

If you want to know what else is happening during Polar Week, check the APECS website. 

Upcoming APECS-APPLICATE Webinar: Advanced Prediction in Polar Regions and Beyond

Applicate logoAPECS-APPLICATE-Webinar: Advanced Prediction in Polar Regions and Beyond

28 September 2017 at 15:00 GMT

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Thomas Jung (Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research, Germany)

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In November 2016, a European consortium of scientists from different disciplines set out to advance our capability to predict the weather and climate in the Arctic and beyond in the framework of the EU-funded project called APPLICATE. In this presentation, I will describe the basic rationale behind this project and outline what is needed to make step changes in our ability to predict Arctic weather and climate prediction, and to increase our understanding of the impact of Arctic climate change in mid-latitudes. In this context I will touch on the following topics: model evaluation, model development, teleconnections, observing system design, education and stakeholder engagement. To find out more about the APPLICATE project go to:

Polar Prediction School 2018: Application deadline extended until 22 September

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 beb4effb3cThe course will cover topics including chaotic systems and predictability, polar boundary layer processes, polar clouds, sea ice and high latitude ocean processes, polar extreme weather and polar-mid-latitude linkages. It 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 has been extended until 22 September 2017 at 23:59 GMT.

Applications are open for the 2017-2018 APECS Canada Board

APECS Canada Logo webApplications are now open for the 2017-2018 APECS Canada Board!

APECS Canada is a diverse group of early career scientists who are part of the larger APECS network. We are involved in polar research, whether in the Northern or Southern hemisphere, and live or work in Canada. Our research runs the gamut – from ocean sciences to political sciences, from people, birds and whales to plants and permafrost…you name it, we’ve likely got it!

APECS Canada has a board formed of members from across Canada and we will be working over the coming months and years to create great resources for all of the early career polar researchers in Canada!

For more info please check out our new website:

And if you’d like to join our APECS Canada Board please submit applications here by September 15th:

Looking forward to hearing from you soon! Please feel free to distribute the application link broadly!

Meagan Grabowski
APECS Canada Chair

APECS Germany Workshop on 20 September 2017 in Erlangen

APECSGermany LogoAPECS Germany invites you to our APECS Germany workshop on Wednesday, 20 September 2017, 4:00-6:00 p.m. in Erlangen in the run-up to the coordination workshop of the German Priority Programme for Antarctic Research from 20 to 22 September 2017 in Erlangen.

We want to seize the opportunity to introduce APECS Germany to you and hold a Panel Discussion on

Career paths and funding opportunities for postdocs

with both experienced researchers and people who started to work outside of the 'traditional scientific career path' after their PhD. There will be plenty of time for your questions and thoughts on the topic.

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The workshop will be held in English. However, especially during the panel discussion, questions in German are also very welcome.
Please feel free to contact us in advance if you have any questions concerning the workshop.
A more detailed programme will follow soon.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Erlangen!
Best wishes,
Stefanie Arndt and Tim Carlsen (APECS Germany Board Members)

Upcoming webinar: "Research Processes and Politics in the Peruvian Andes"

APECS Webinar: Research Processes and Politics in the Peruvian Andes

25 September 2017 at 23:00 GMT

Presenter: Mark Carey (Professor of History and Environmental Studies, Robert D. Clark Honors College, University of Oregon)

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This presentation will discuss nearly two-decades of research strategies and practices for glacier-related research in the Peruvian Andes, particularly the Cordillera Blanca. This mountain range is one of the world’s hardest hit by glacier-caused disasters, with more than 10,000 people dying from glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs) and rock-ice landslides since the 1940s. But it is also the place where Peruvian engineers and scientists have done some of the most effective mitigation work to prevent GLOFs: they have studied, monitored, partially drained, and even dammed 35 dangerous glacial lakes over time. It thus served as an ideal site for my social science research on the history of climate change adaptation and human interactions with glaciers over 75 years. Yet doing the Cordillera Blanca research was never easy. Access to information, data, and research sites was often blocked. Local authorities and experts needed to personally approve (or not) many of my research practices. Institutions sometimes rejected my proposals or thwarted my progress. Collaborations emerged slowly. In short, my studies have required what I call “research diplomacy,” which involved extensive personal connections, collaborations, networking, and reciprocal interactions with a host of individuals, institutions, and stakeholders in Peru. This kind of research diplomacy is useful (and I would say essential) for researchers in any field, from glaciology and hydrology to history and human geography.

APECS Chile Mentor Panel "Chilenos liderando en Antártica“ on 4 October 2017

APECS Chile copyAPECS Chile will be organising a mentor panel on "Chilenos liderando en Antártica“ on 4 October 2017 at 19:00 at the Centro de Convenciones del Hotel Dreams del Estrecho in Punte Arenas, Chile.

APECS Chile aims to gather early careers and mentors into a familiar and closer communication through the long path to reach where they are now. We want to hear their ideas, past projects, failures and the importance of networking through all their career. As APECS Chile, we believe this could be an important opportunity to gather the most important actors in Antarctic science in our Country: INACH, Universidad de Magallanes, IDEAL Fondap, APECS Chile and ECRs.

For more information and to register contact the organiser Claudia Maturana at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Report from APECS Panel on Career opportunities in Arctic Social Sciences in Umeå

Panel ICASS IX 2017 2On 8th June 2017, APECS invited interested current and future APECS-members to join our career panel discussion on "Career opportunities in Arctic Social Sciences" during ICASS IX, the ninth International Congress on Arctic Social Sciences, in Umeå, Sweden. The event was co-organized by APECS International and APECS Sweden and attracted an audience of around 20 people. Our panelists were Gail Fondahl (University of Northern British Columbia), Anna-Lill Drugge (Centre for Sami Research, Umeå University), Mare Pit (German Arctic Office, Alfred Wegener Institute), and Björn Dahlbeck (Swedish Polar Research Secretariat). 

When the panelists shared their experiences in the first part of the session, their accounts offered a glimpse of the diverse paths that professional careers may take. Supposedly ‘messy’ career paths outnumbered the ‘standard career’, and it became clear that academia is by far not the ‘last stop’ for Arctic Social Scientists. Asked about a skill they would not put on their CV, one panelist revealed that some of your crucial career skill may come out where you least expect them: “I love to rinse the sewage drain in the kitchen. I like to take away the hinder and clear the way – and that fits, I work as a manager.”

(Panel organizers: Gerlis Fugmann, Gesche Blume-Werry, Corinna Röver, Marta Bystrowska)

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