Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) is proud to announce its 5th APECS International Online Conference on 20 May 2019. This year’s theme, “Breaking Barriers: Promoting Interdisciplinarity in Polar Science” aims to encourage collaboration between early career scientists from varied disciplines, working in the polar and alpine regions.

Science is about understanding the nature and mechanism of the world. But, understanding the mechanisms related to the “three poles” requires an integrated approach. Interdisciplinarity was one of the main discussion topics during the 2nd APECS World Summit, and it was clear that to achieve big results several tools from different disciplines must be incorporated. One example is climate change; to truly understand climate change and its impacts, we need to bring together the relevant disciplines of climate, environment, social sciences, and others under a multidisciplinary ceiling and assess various ways to understand its complex and interrelated causes and effects. No single approach will work for all. Climate change is not the only topic that can benefit from the integration of cross-disciplinary expertise; understanding how polar oceans function, how continents and alpine regions form, contamination pathways, and many other questions related to the three poles calls for interdisciplinarity. With that intent, APECS calls for ECRs to come forward with their interdisciplinary take on an otherwise contemporary science, by presenting their approach to developing research goals, methods, and outcomes as a short presentation in our one-day Online Conference. Call for Abstracts Abstracts should be written in English (please contact if you need other arrangements), no longer than 250 words, and submitted .

Presentation format:
Participants are welcome to submit an abstract to the following presentation categories:

  1. An oral presentation via live web-based video conference. Each speaker will have 15 minutes (strict) to present their work and 5 minutes for fielding questions; this time limit also holds for presentations with more than one speaker.
  2. A flash talk category will be included in this year’s conference. This communication consists of a 5 minutes (strict) oral presentation along with 2 minutes for questions.

All oral presentations must be live as we will not accept pre-recorded presentations. All sessions of the online conference will be recorded live and made available in video format post-conference.

For more information and to submit your abstracts go to the APECS website. For questions, please contact 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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