The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) is organizing the 7th APECS International Online Conference which will be taking place on Wednesday, 12 May 2021.
Support us as volunteers and fill out this form by Friday, 7 May 2021, 18 GMT.
Specifically, we need your help to act as Presentation Judges and Session Coordinators during the conference. No prior experience is required! We provide training documents for both roles (see below for more information). These are excellent opportunities to develop professional skills, support the APECS community, and gain experience that will boost your CV!
The Conference includes six sessions, spread across time zones:
- Session 1: 08:00 - 10:00 GMT
- Session 2: 10:30 - 12:30 GMT
- Session 3: 13:00 - 15:00 GMT
- Session 4: 15:30 - 17:30 GMT
- Session 5: 18:00 - 20:00 GMT
- Session 6: 20:30 - 22:30 GMT
Information on volunteer roles:
If you are an attentive listener, have an interest in expanding your knowledge of polar regions’ research, and can attend one full conference session, then this is a great opportunity to contribute to our community and to develop your professional skills. You do not need to be an expert in any particular field, each session features presentations from a range of disciplines.
In your role of judge, you will attend the live online session and you will grade each oral presentation to help us select the prize winners. A standardized grading rubric will be provided to ensure the judging process is fair and straightforward.
Conference presenters are welcome to act as Judges, though you will not be assigned presentations within your own category (i.e. if you are presenting Antarctic research, you will not judge other Antarctic presentations).
In each session, a Session Coordinator will be present to support the session chair and help the sessions run smoothly. To volunteer for this role, you must be able to attend at least one full conference session. You will provide basic technical support, such as muting attendees, helping presenters share their screens, and monitoring the chat box for technical questions. You may remain silent and work behind the scene, but you are also welcome to ask questions of presenters if you wish to do so.
No previous experience is required, we will provide training documents to get an overview on how to use the Zoom webinar system.
Conference presenters are welcome to act as Session Coordinators, though you will not be assigned to your own presentation.