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New Canadian Polar Commission Report Focuses On Knowledge Priorities Of Northerners

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The Canadian Polar Commission has released a wide-ranging new report on the state of northern knowledge in Canada that analyses the significant gains made since the beginning of International Polar Year 2007 with a view to determining today's high-level research opportunities. The report was released in Yellowknife today.
"Northerners have the greatest vested interest in northern research, " said the Commission's Executive Director, David J. Scott. "Therefore our study focuses on their perspectives on progress and future knowledge needs."

"The increased use of the traditional knowledge of the region's Aboriginal peoples is an essential part of that increased northern involvement," said Scott. "The importance of traditional knowledge cannot be overstated."

The Canadian Polar Commission (CPC) is Canada's national institution for furthering polar knowledge and awareness. The report was produced under its mandate to monitor and report to Canadians on the state of knowledge of the polar regions.


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IASC Bulletin 2014 Is Now Available

iasc webEach year the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) reports on its activities and highlights international Arctic science initiatives in its Bulletin. The 2014 Bulletin is now available for download on the IASC website. For a digital copy, please visit the SERVICE section of their website under

APECS contributed an update to the 2014 IASC Bulletin which can be found in chapter 9 "Capacity Building" on page 94.

The Arctic Data Explorer Needs Your Help!

The Arctic Data Explorer (ADE) is looking for your opinions and expertise. The ADE is an interdisciplinary data search tool that lets you find data across many data centers at once. It was created by the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) and the Advanced Cooperative Arctic Data and Information Service (ACADIS). We are looking for volunteers for a one hour, online interview to look through a series of webpages. No experience necessary - just bring your opinions, hopes, and dreams (for data search that is). APECS members are especially sought after because of your dedication, experience, and Arctic knowledge. We would like to thank you for your volunteer service by providing a $20 gift certificate to Your feedback will be used to make immediate and longer-term changes to the ADE. Please contact us via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you!

Polar Ecology Conference 2014

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Polar Ecology Conference is organised by the Centre for Polar Ecology, Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemiafrom September 21st to September 25th 2014 - see program for more info. Main focus of the conference is the recent dynamics of Arctic ecosystems. Geographically the conference aims to the Arctic with special emphasis on Svalbard. However studies from Antarctica are highly appreciated as well.

To learn more please visit the conference's website - or check the first circular -

We will also organize an APECS panel on "Organizing succesful field-work". Practical tips from our experienced mentors would certainly help you to plan your field work and prepare all whats necessary! The meeting is intended especially to young scientist but all the others are welcomed as well!

The International Conference On Northern And Arctic Regions To Be Held In Arkhangelsk, Russia

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The Russian Academy of Sciences, the Ural Division of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Arkhangelsk Scientific Centre of the Ural Division of the Russian Academy of Sciences in partnership with the Government of the Arkhangelsk region and International Arctic Science Committee organize the international conference "COMPETITIVE POTENTIAL OF THE NORTHERN AND ARCTIC REGIONS" which is to be held on October 8–10, 2014 in Arkhangelsk, Russia.

The extreme climate conditions, low ecosystem stability, low population density, insufficiently developed infrastructure and transport/logistics network demand a new solutions for development of the Arctic and Northern territories by integrating the practical experience with modern technologies and science activities for effective implementation of existing competitive advantages of this macroregion.

The conference is a common arena for the representatives of the research community, the regional governments and business for discussing the instruments providing the stable development of the Arctic and Northern territories and securing the high quality of life of population.


natural resources and development of the coastal territories in the Arctic;

technologies of research of the Arctic and the North;

transport/logistic infrastructure in the macroregion;

securing the life activities and protection of the natural environment;

preservation of the traditional lifestyle of indigenous population.


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Dowdeswell Awarded 2014 IASC Medal

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The International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) is proud to announce that the IASC Medal 2014 is awarded to Prof. Julian Dowdeswell Director of the Scott Polar Research Institute.

The IASC Medal Committee reviewed the nominations received and unanimously decided to honor Prof. Dowdeswell as a World leader in the field of Arctic glaciology, recognizing his outstanding and unique contributions to the understanding of glacier dynamics and ocean - ice sheet interactions. The committee also highlighted Prof. Dowdeswell´s outreach and communication activities which have been instrumental for public understanding of Arctic change.

The Medal will be awarded by the President of IASC during the Arctic Science Summit Week 2014 in Helsinki (Finland). The award ceremony will be on the ASSW 2014 Common Day on April 8 and include a short introduction by the IASC President and a 30 minutes lecture by the awardee. Congratulations!

Inbev-Baillet Latour Antarctica Fellowship - 2014 Call For Proposals

The InBev-Baillet Latour Fund and the International Polar Foundation (IPF) would like to announce the opening of the 2014 Call for Proposals for the InBev-Baillet Latour Antarctica Fellowship.

The 150,000 Euros fellowship has been created to promote research activities to be carried out at, or in the vicinity of, the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica research station located in the Sør Rondane Mountain Range, Dronning Maud Land, East Antarctica.

This year's Call for Proposals is open to doctoral and post-doctoral researchers (within 10 years of completing their PhD) from any country in the world. Proposals in the research areas of atmospheric sciences, glaciology, microbiology (excluding marine microbiology) and geology are invited.

The deadline for submission of proposals is 10th April 2014.

Detailed information about the InBev-Baillet Latour Antarctica Fellowship and a downloadable poster are available on our website:

We would appreciate if you could disseminate this announcement within your research organization/institution as well as to all potentially interested young researchers via your website, newsletters and contact networks.

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Open For Applications - 2014 SCAR And COMNAP Antarctic Research Fellowships & CCAMLR Scientific Scholarships

Announcement of Opportunity

SCAR and COMNAP Antarctic Research Fellowships 2014 and CCAMLR Scientific Scholarships 2014

Three leading Antarctic organisations today announce opportunities for early career researchers. The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programmes (COMNAP) and the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) are working together to attract talented early career researchers, scientists, engineers and other professionals to strengthen international capacity and cooperation in fields such as climate, biodiversity, conservation, humanities and astrophysics research.

Antarctic Organisations Launch Fellowships

Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP) have again joined forces to launch fellowships for early career researchers. The SCAR and COMNAP fellowships are worth up to US$15,000 each and up to five fellowships in total are on offer for 2014. The fellowships enable early career researchers to join a project team from another country, opening up new opportunities and often creating research partnerships that last many years and over many Antarctic research seasons. The deadline for SCAR and COMNAP applications is 4 June 2014.

The SCAR and COMNAP schemes are launched in conjunction with the Scientific Scholarship Scheme of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). The CCAMLR Scholarship provides funding of up to AU$ 30,000 to assist early career scientists to participate in the work of the CCAMLR Scientific Committee and its working groups over a period of two years. The scheme was established in 2010 and a maximum of three awards will be made in 2014. The objective of the scheme is to build capacity within the CCAMLR scientific community to help generate and sustain the scientific expertise needed to support the work of CCAMLR in the long-term. The deadline for CCAMLR applications is 1 October 2014.

All three schemes are being jointly promoted by the three organisations.

Background information:

For more information on SCAR and COMNAP Fellowships, visit the SCAR website at: or the COMNAP website at:

For information on CCAMLR Scholarships, visit the CCAMLR website at:

The Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SCAR)

Contact: Renuka Badhe, Executive Officer

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The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) is an inter-disciplinary committee of the International Council for Science (ICSU). SCAR is charged with initiating, developing and coordinating high quality international scientific research in the Antarctic region, and on the role of the Antarctic region in the Earth system. The scientific business of SCAR is conducted by its Standing Scientific Groups which represent the scientific disciplines active in Antarctic research and report to SCAR. In addition to carrying out its primary scientific role, SCAR also provides objective and independent scientific advice to the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings and other organizations on issues of science and conservation affecting the management of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.

The Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP)

Contact: Michelle Rogan-Finnemore, Executive Secretary

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COMNAP brings together the National Antarctic Programs of 29 Antarctic Treaty countries. Formed in 1988, the purpose of COMNAP is to develop and promote best practice in managing the support of scientific research in Antarctica. It does this by: Serving as a forum to develop practices that improve effectiveness of activities in an environmentally responsible manner; Facilitating and promoting international partnerships; Providing opportunities and systems for information exchange; and Providing the Antarctic Treaty System with objective and practical, technical and non-political advice drawn from the National Antarctic Programs' pool of expertise.

SCAR Open Science Conference: Abstract Deadline 14th February

Please note that the deadline for submitting abstracts to the SCAR 2014 Open Science Conference is the 14th of February.

To submit your abstract please go to:

The SCAR Open Science Conference in Auckland will focus on Global Messages from Antarctica and how the changes that we are currently seeing in Antarctica will affect the rest of the World. In addition to regular oral and poster sessions, morning plenary sessions will address the following themes which are expected to be of wide interest:

• Antarctic Conservation, Steven Chown (Joint SCAR-COMNAP session)
• Innovation in Antarctic Science, Martin Siegert, Charlie Lee, Maria Velikova
• Connections between the southern continents, Marcelo Leppe

Key-note lectures on the opening day of the SCAR OSC will include:

• Global messages from Antarctica, Dana Bergstrom
• Deciphering past climate and ice sheet dynamics from sedimentary records, Carlota Escutia (Antarctic Science Lecture)
• Southern Ocean Acidification, Richard Bellerby (Weyprecht Lecture)
• Martha T Muse Lecture (Winner for 2014 to be announced)

SCAR will also implement a new award at 2014 OSC for the most innovative communication of Antarctic science, with the competition held in Session 48. (

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Antarctic Education, Outreach And Training Session At SCAR OSC

Many of you understand how important communicating your science is and spend countless hours of your spare time making great educational things happen. We would like to draw your attention to an opportunity to share your communication projects, and receive professional credit for your efforts.

Please consider submitting an abstract to Session 47: Antarctic Education, Outreach and Training at the SCAR (Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research) Open Science Conference from 25-28 August 2014 in Auckland - New Zealand.

Session Description:

With the increased attention on the changing Polar Regions, effective science education, outreach and communication need to be higher priorities within the scientific and policy communities. To help increase the effectiveness of outreach and to help stimulate new efforts among Antarctic researchers, SCAR programs and groups, and partner organization, this session will bring together examples of capacity building, education, outreach and communication efforts of researchers, educators, communicators, and others involved with Antarctic knowledge transfer and dissemination. We particularly encourage presentations that not only share experiences, but also include the lessons learned and advice for others interested in developing similar activities.

The closing date for abstracts is 14 February.

See for more information about the meeting.

We hope to hear about your great education, outreach and training projects in New Zealand!

Jenny Baeseman (Climate and Cryosphere, Norway) and Erli Schneider Costa (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Join The Council Of Polar Educators International

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Do you want to make an impact in polar science communication? Become active in Polar Educators International and the PEI leadership. Apply to be a part of the PEI Council. The one-year Council term begins 1 March 2014 and we encourage YOU to consider applying for it -- help us shape our organization and the future of polar science education! To find out more about what the PEI Council does, see the FAQ in the "Read More" section below.

Applications are due Friday, 14 February 2014

How do you apply for the PEI Council? It's easy! Please provide:
• Current contact information,
• Brief biography (around 200 words)
• Current picture of yourself (no hat or sunglasses/balaclavas)
• Name and email address of 1 reference
• Let us know if you are interested in sitting on the Executive Committee
• Expression of Interest Letter (around 500 words) explaining the following:
- Why you are interested in PEI and sitting on the Council? This includes any ideas you have for PEI projects, a desire to become more connected to the polar community, ways to improve PEI, and ideas to strengthen and grow the
international community of polar educators.
- Any major periods of anticipated future extended absence, such as field work, long vacations, or intense exam periods.
- Your experiences (including previous PEI or other polar education projects)
and why you are interested in the Polar Regions.

Go to the "Read More" section below for a more detailed description of the application procedure for the PEI Council. Applications to the PEI Council can be sent to the Executive Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please use "PEI Council Application" in your subject line. Applications are DUE Friday, 14 February 2014.

If you have any questions about what it means to be a member of the PEI Council, the application process, etc. Email Sarah Bartholow at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

**Any current council members interested in remaining on the council do not need to complete the application. Additionally, let us know if you are interested in being on the Executive Committee. We can send you the ExCom Charter and more
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Best wishes,

PEI Executive Committee 2013
Louise Huffman
Gary Wesche
Sarah Bartholow
Heidi Roop

New Award For Innovation In Communication At SCAR OSC


SCAR is seeking new and innovative ways to communicate Antarctic Science to everyone (scientists, managers, the public) with greater impact.

At the SCAR OSC 2014, there will be a science session (#48) at which a valuable prize will be awarded for the most innovative presentation of Antarctic research results in any discipline. This is the first such award given at SCAR OSC, and is a follow-on to the linkage of science and creative arts activities at the last SCAR OSC meeting.

Researchers' presentations will be video-taped and judged for innovation and impact and the award will be presented at the OSC banquet. The winner will receive a new iPad Air (64GB) and their presentation will be posted on the SCAR website for viewing by the research community. We encourage you to read the information about Session #48 on the 2014 OSC website, and consider submitting your abstract to Session #48 to compete for the award. The deadline for abstracts is 14 February 2014.

For further details, see:

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