Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


The Working Group I (WGI) contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) is due to be finalized in 2021. The Second Order Draft (SOD) of IPCC AR6 WGI report will be open for expert review from 2 March to 26 April 2020.

The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI), the Past Global Changes Early Career Network (PAGES ECN), the Permafrost Young Research Network (PYRN) and the Young Earth System Scientists (YESS) community are coordinating a group review of the SOD of IPCC AR6 WGI report by early career experts.

We are now looking for reviewers to participate in this group review. Participants will be asked to review a minimum of 10 to 20 pages of the report (if you want to review the entire report, the IPCC offers opportunities to do so on its side). These are not anonymous reviews; experts reviewers will be recognized for their valuable contributions with their name, affiliation, and country of residence being published in the Annex of Reviewers of the WGI report, once it is published. Moreover, reviewers not only get recognized as early career experts, but also gain valuable training and insight on the scientific review process for reports addressed to policy makers.

Information about past group reviews

In 2018 and 2019, APECS successfully coordinated two group reviews of the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC). Last spring, in partnership with PAGES ECN, PYRN and YESS, APECS organized a group review of the First Order Draft (FOD) of the WGI contribution to IPCC AR6 report. More than one hundred international early career researchers have participated as reviewers in this group review. Finally, the group review of the FOD of IPCC AR6 WGII is currently in progress.

Given the success of these group reviews, we have decided to continue this work and organize the group review of the SOD of IPCC AR6 WGI.

Who can participate in this group review?

We encourage early career researchers at various career stages to participate in this review, including advanced Master’s degree students, PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and early career scholars. Reviewers need to be familiar with the recent literature in their field.

Please ensure that you will be available to participate in the review from the beginning of March to the beginning of April 2020, which is when this review will take place. Previous reviewers spent on average 40 hours on the process, including training and reviewing.

How to apply

If you want to participate in this group review, please fill in this form no later than January 8th, 2020 (23:59 GMT). The selection criteria will essentially be based on research experience and motivation. Moreover, we will try to balance the selection of applicants based on gender, career stage and geographical location.

Accepted participants will be contacted in the beginning of February 2020. Further information about the review process will be shared with selected participants.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact the project group leader: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can find more information about the general review process of the IPCC WGI report here.


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