Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


DSC 0015UKPN ran a workshop for Early Career Researchers immediately prior to the 2016 Antarctic Science Conference (. The event and conference were held at the University of East Anglia on Norwich Research Park, UK. In total, 34 ECRs attended, including Masters students, PhD Researchers and Post Doctoral Researchers. The UKPN workshop comprised a number of sessions dedicated to outreach, career development and personal development. During the outreach session, we demonstrated experiments and educational puzzles and games, that participants could either take into schools or educational settings directly, or gain inspiriation from to produce more engaging outreach events in the future. The kit used in the demonstrations was loaned from the International Polar Foundation, who we also promoted for the resources they offer on outreach. Following this, we had a very interactive and engaging session on 'How to get the most out of conferences', which was followed immediately by a networking/ drinks reception, during which participants were able to practice their new skills. DSC 0020Having this session just before the main conference was also well received as this made it relevant and, according to feedback, helped participants get more out of the conference that they otherwise might have. The following morning, two more informative sessions were held. The first was on publishing and featured talks from a UEA professor and a leading publisher from the Nature Group. This session covered how to write your paper, how to select the journal to publish in, and how the review and publication process works. Finally, we had a talk from the Fieldwork and Logistics Team at British Antarctic Survey to inform ECRs about the potential for opportunities for fieldwork with BAS and how to link into using their logistics, both in the immediate and more longer-term future. As well as the drinks reception, the meeting also featured a dinner on the Monday night, which provided another opportunity to develop new personal and professional relationships and, ideally, lay the foundations for new collaborations in the future. The workshop was altogether a big success, with lots of positive feedback received from participants. Please find attached to this some photos of the event and the outreach session in particular, and the agenda for the day

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