Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


*6 travel grants are available for early career researchers to participate in the 1.5-day ISMASS workshop entitled “Ice Sheets: Weather versus Climate” during the upcoming symposium “Cryosphere 2022”, an International Symposium on Ice, Snow and Water in A Warming World in Reykjavík, Iceland (August 2022)*

Understanding the causes and consequences of current ice-sheet change is an urgent and immense task for humankind. The last two decades have seen various unusual changes in the ice sheets, with the breakup of massive ice shelves from the Antarctic Peninsula and several major surface melt events in Greenland perhaps being most iconic. However, despite amplified global warming that has recently occurred over Greenland and around the Antarctic Peninsula, significant uncertainties remain concerning mass changes of the ice sheets during the rest of this century. 

The ISMASS Workshop will explore the degree to which short-term fluctuations and extreme events in the ice sheets (both Greenland and Antarctica) in the last two decades reflect their longer-term evolution and response to ongoing climate change. These issues may be better understood by discussing recent innovations and recommendations for the next 5-10 years that are required in observations, process studies and modelling efforts to make further major breakthroughs in understanding how ice sheets change and the resulting local to global impacts: for example, in sea-level rise and extreme weather. Fully realising advances in climate and ocean models, as well as ice-sheet modelling, is an essential part of improving the understanding of ice-sheet changes and sensitivity.

To promote this cause, we are pleased to offer 6 travel grants for early career researchers to participate in the 1.5-day ISMASS workshop entitled “Ice Sheets: Weather versus Climate” during the upcoming symposium “Cryosphere 2022”, an International Symposium on Ice, Snow and Water in A Warming World in Reykjavík, Iceland (August 2022). Each eligible applicant will receive travel funding to attend the ISMASS workshop supported by the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the WCRP Climate and Cryosphere Project (CliC).

Each member will attend the workshop and may be required to produce a short report or video to share their acquisitions and provide potential solutions to the workshop questions after the event.

Who is eligible

Early career researchers (<7 years post PhD) that have a scientific background related to the work of ISMASS or can show that their work would benefit from participation in the workshop are eligible to apply. Under-represented and indigenous people are especially encouraged to apply. Funding amounts are limited to: 1000CHF (x3) and 1500 Euros (x3) and will be handed out to balance estimated needs and conditions of the funding organisations (CliC and IASC). Funding recipients may be required to give a short (10-minute) talk in the workshop.

Selection criteria

Applicants should submit:

  • a short CV (maximum two pages) detailing their track record, relevant experience and expertise and contribution to polar science in their field of choice.
  • a cover letter (maximum one page) giving a brief motivation for their participation and the anticipated benefits that they would gain from attending the workshop.

Members of the APECS ExCom and ISMASS Group will review the applications and forward a nomination by 15 June. Successful applicants will be notified as soon as possible during late June/early July.

Terms of the Travel Award

Upon acceptance of the award, recipients should acknowledge that they are able to travel to participate in the 1.5-day ISMASS workshop (from August 23rd 2022 to August 24th 2022). Participants will be responsible for keeping their expense receipts and submitting their reimbursal paperwork to the IASC and CliC secretariates who will handle their claims.

Interested candidates may submit applications until 10 June 23:59 GMT 2022 to:

Aakriti Srivastava: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

(The deadline has been extended from 3 June.)

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