Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


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The 5th International YES (Young Earth Scientists) Congress 2019 will be held from 9 - 13 September 2019 in Berlin, Germany and APECS is a partner to the congress.

The YES Congress in 2019 will be a special opportunity for early career scientists from all over the world to share their experiences, their science and culture, and to expand their skills. We will be offering numerous summer schools and a "Workshop on Global Geochemical Baselines and Resourcing" in the period before and after the congress. Different events ranging from invited keynote lectures, to "elevator pitches" and a "market of opportunities" will offer young talents the possibility to introduce themselves to potential future employers from industry, business, universities and public authorities, and to discover opportunities for training and research in Germany.

In 2019, the 5th YES Congress will have the theme "Rocking Earth's Future".

Global change confronts us with major challenges such as rapid population growth, increasing urbanization, global warming, soil destruction and water pollution. Globalization processes increase further our vulnerability. For early career researchers, the task is to ensure that humanity is prepared to tackle all these challenges in a smart and sustainable way. This requires hard facts, reproducible and transparent science and a sound commitment.

The YES Congress 2019 will attempt at "Rocking Earth's Future" by focusing on six large topical issues:

  • Ashes to Ashes - Understanding Earth Processes
  • Unboxing Earth - Interdisciplinary Problem Solving
  • Heritage Earth - Sustainable Resource Management
  • Society at Risk - Impacting Earth Phenomena
  • Brave New World - Advanced Technologies in Earth Sciences
  • Beyond Printing - Communicating Science

For those themes, we invite you to submit your session proposals. Session formats can be anything from traditional oral presentations and poster presentations, to roundtable discussions, panel discussions, interactive Q&A sessions, open discussion rounds, science slams, barcamps, PICO, field trips, elevator pitches or others. Be creative!

Submission deadline is 30 September 2018

The lead convener in each session proposal has to be an early career scientist!

Read the detailed call for sessions on the congress website and find out how to submit your session proposal. For questions please contact the organizing committee 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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