Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


APECS Turkey WorkshopAPECS Turkey was founded in 2013 by Dr. Burcu Ozsoy (Director of ITU PolReC) In 2015 Turkish Students’ Polar Research Team (PolSTeam) was founded to have organic body with APECS Turkey. Since that time APECS Turkey is a growing family with undergraduate and graduate students plus public’s involvement.

APECS Turkey has a big E&O program, executed by PolSTeam members. During one-year period, APECS Turkey members usually visit about 30-60 primary, middle and high schools, make age orientated presentations about climate change and polar regions. Also APECS Turkey members organize public event and surveys.

To reach more children, we did teach 150 science teachers all around the Turkey and around half of those teachers founded polar clubs in their schools. (60 clubs * 10-20 students/per year) During their club times (1 hour each week for 20 weeks) they follow a curriculum designed and fully filled with sources by APECS Turkey members.

Another project, named “Educators Supporting Collaboration on Polar Regions Project (ESCoP)”, is supported by ITU PolReC to involve teachers to Arctic and Antarctic expeditions to improve their knowledge on polar regions and polar science. A national open call will be opened on August for the educators.

Additionally, APECS Turkey members are working with Ministry of Education to add more climate and polar issues to national curriculums for all grade students.

Some of the main problems of APECS NCs are funding, structure and reaching children. As of APECS Turkey, we would like to share our experiences on the topics

  • how APECS Turkey solved some of those difficulties
  • how can we improve the E&O program and adapt to other countries,

by hosting you in Istanbul on 3rd and 4th of October.

If you would like to attend the workshop, please fill the form.

ITU PolReC would like to support all participants for accommodation, lunches, dinners and coffee breaks. Also we are happy to inform you that ITU PolReC accepted to support 3 participants’ travel limited with 1000 USD each. All early career scientist, educators and polar E&O programs members are welcome to apply for travel grant by filling the form.

NCs or other organizations who would like to make presentations should send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Registration deadline: 31st of August 2018 - EXTENDED to 15 September!


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APECS International Directorate
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research
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