Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

Communicating Across Borders

APECS Oceania will be hosting a two hour workshop for early career researchers, just prior to the 2017 SCAR Humanities and Social Sciences Depths and Surfaces Conference. All conference attendees and local researchers are welcome, but please do register for the event. We thank the Coucil of Managers of National Antarctic Programs for their support in providing catering for the event. Details are below.

In today’s research climate, communication is an important skill. Researchers need to be able to not only communicate with colleagues in the same area, but with those from very different backgrounds, and the wider public. This session addresses the challenges associated with “communicating across borders" - such borders may be disciplinary, geographic, or between areas such as science and policy. An invited panel of international and local mentors will present short talks about their experiences communicating with various audiences, followed by a panel discussion with questions from the floor:

  • Renuka Badhe (Executive Secretary of European Polar Board)
    • Focussing on connections between Arctic and Antarctic (both science and policy);
  • Elias Barticevic (Chilean Antarctic Institute - INACH)
    • Chilean Antarctic Institute: approaches to Education & Outreach in the community of Punta Arenas and beyond;
  • Adrian Howkins (Environmental Historian - Colorado State University)
    • How the Dry Valleys are understood in different ways (communicates with both scientists and tourists);
  • Mel Fitzpatrick (Climate Scientist – E & O - Science Communication)
    • Experience working in the field and top tips for communicating to varied audiences;
  • Meredith Nash (Homeward Bound programme – UTAS)
    • Intersectionality; borders and boundaries that often remain unseen in (Antarctic) research, Homeward Bound personal experience

The second half of the workshop involves practical activities related to writing effective project proposals and exploring ways to foster interdisciplinary approaches. A range of opportunities, including fellowships, for early career researchers will also be introduced. Mentors for "Science Communication" are Mel Fitzpatrick and Stephen Curtain; for "Fellowships and Opportunities" we have Ursula Rack, Rowan Trebilco and Alan Hemmings; and for "Interdisciplinary Collaboration" the mentors are Renuka Badhe, Daniela Liggett and Cornelia Lüdecke.

This workshop is open to all polar early career researchers. Delegates to the 2017 Depths and Surfaces Conference and local PhD candidates are both encouraged to attend. Please register for the workshop via this link



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