Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


The ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) was held in Ottawa (Canada) December 10-14, 2018 The event was the arena for several APECS Canada related activities, notably the 2018 Student Day. APECS Canada had several representatives on the ArcticNet Student Association (ASA) Student Day Planning Committee: Jean Holloway, Marianne Falardeau, Jacqueline Hung.

The theme for Student Day 2018 was ‘Building the Capacity, Resilience, and Awareness of Early-Career Arctic Researchers’ and was brought to ECS in collaboration with the ArcticNet Student Association (ASA), the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), the Permafrost Young Researchers Network (PYRN), and a dedicated group of student volunteers. Student Day offered a range of plenaries, workshops, and panel discussions, as well as an elevator pitch competition and a networking/social evening at the Canadian Museum of Nature. (

Opening remarks for Student Day were delivered by Jean Holloway (2018-2019 Chair of APECS Canada), introducing APECS Canada (see picture 1). Jean Holloway also gave a plenary talk on Student Day titled “Being an ECR in 2018” where she talked extensively about her experiences working with APECS and what opportunities that has brought her (see pictures 3 and 4). View the entire talk here. During the Student Day Closing Ceremony, we announced the award winner of the 2018 APECS Canada - ArcticNet Student Association Mentor Award, chaired by APECS Canada board member Jacqueline Hung. Dr. Gita Ljubicic, an Associate Professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, was selected by the award committee among an extensive group of extremely strong mentors (see picture 2). Her nominators spoke passionately about her dedication to the development of well-rounded early career researchers. A call for the 2019 APECS Canada - ArcticNet Student Association Mentor Award will go out next spring.

Jean Holloway represented APECS during the “#SOCIALMEDIA and #YOURRESEARCH” panel discussion, where she discussed how to effectively use social media at the organizational level. During the ASM, Jean also gave an oral presentation titled “Using Online Platforms to Communicate Science and Stimulate International Public Engagement” which featured content from APECS International and Canada education and outreach activities and social media accounts. Gwenaëlle Gremion (APECS France) and Martine Lizotte (APECS Canada NC rep) presented a poster (see picture 5) prepared by Paul Rosenbaum (APECS France) showcasing work conducted by the entire APECS-IPCC review group: “Giving a voice to early career scientists through peer-review of the IPCC’S SROCC (Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate).

Gwyneth MacMillan (APECS Canada), Catherine Girard, and Sophie Dufour-Beauséjour chaired an interesting and well-attended session at the 2018 ASM in the Knowledge Mobilisation track called “KM08. Science Education, Outreach and Communication in the North by Early Career Researchers (ECRs): Success Stories and Challenges”

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