Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


apecs logo webRallies and discussions against racism and discrimination are currently spreading worldwide originating after recent horrific actions against members of the Black community in the United States. The polar science community is not free from discrimination, and the systemic structure in place has led to injustices throughout organizations, past and present, and ultimately, our field and community have suffered as a result. Now is the time to recognize, support, and amplify the voices of our friends, colleagues, and communities, that have been facing discrimination and racism around the world. We owe it to them to do better and to learn about the history of our own community. We encourage our members to take this time to learn about the many forms of racism and discrimination and intersecting barriers for members of the Black and Indigenous communities, people of colour and other under-represented and marginalized communities worldwide to success in polar science and support those who are being affected by them. Here are some resources to get you started:

More resources are available in our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources Database. If you have suggestions for additional resources, please let us know and we will add them.

APECS does not tolerate any form of discrimination and racism, which are in direct conflict with our APECS values and the openness of our organisation to involvement from any of our members. We are here to listen to your concerns and suggestions and welcome all feedback. At the moment, APECS is in the process of writing our Strategic Plan for the next 5 years and your feedback will help to create tangible goals and actions that our organisation will be working on in the coming years to ensure we make APECS an even more diverse and inclusive network. You may contact our Executive Committee directly by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or you may leave anonymous feedback for the Executive Committee through this feedback form.

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