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In our Polar and Alpine Community News we feature news from the many partners that APECS is working with, as well as other news from a variety of sources related to research in the Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine regions as well as the wider Cryosphere. Many thanks to APECS members and the wider Polar research community for contributing to this shared resources!  

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We keep only the news of the last 3 months on this page. Older news can be accessed in our Polar and Alpine News Archive

Arctic research community survey

The Arctic Data Center, Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC), and Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) are jointly conducting a survey of the Arctic research community. The survey should talk about 10-15 minutes to complete and will be open until June 15th.
The survey will help us develop a better understanding of the networks, forums, tools, workshops, and courses that support Arctic research collaboration, as well as the management and use of Arctic data.
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Call for Nominations for the 2022 SCAR Medals

Nominations are now open for the 2022 SCAR Medals. These medals provide an opportunity for peer recognitions of those who exemplify the best of the Antarctic community. The SCAR Medals are the Medal for Excellent in Antarctic Research, the Medal for International Coordination, and the Medal for Education and Communication.  

The nomination process for the 2022 Medals has been revised. Initial nominations for each Medal will simply require a short online form to be filled out. If the initial nomination is successful, the nominator will be asked to provide additional materials. SCAR promotes diversity, equality and inclusion at all levels, and therefore we encourage nomination by individuals from all backgrounds.
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Survey - Future of the Arctic and Northern Research in Canada

As an Arctic nation, Canada should be a global leader in Arctic and northern research. In this role, Canada can advance key national priority areas through scientific excellence, co-development, self-determination, evidence-based decision-making, and reconciliation. As we move into a new future of ongoing climate warming, geopolitical tensions, and development pressures, it is critical that the Canadian Arctic research community works together to co-develop a science strategy that is equitable, diverse, and inclusive of all ways of knowing.

In order to identify research and science priorities that will support our collective community in establishing such a strategy that can best position Canada as a global leader in science, self-determined, and inclusive Arctic research, we invite you to complete the following short survey (estimated time: 5-10 minutes) by May 13, 2022.

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PSECCO has launched! | Join community meetings & the Advisory Board

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PSECCO is Officially Launched!

Polar Science Early Career Community Office (PSECCO) is officially launched(see linked press release)! PSECCO is a community-building and community-support organization for polar early career scientists based in the US. Its mission is to empower and elevate early career scientists in the Polar Sciences, support a vibrant community, provide opportunities and resources, offer skill training and work together towards a more just, inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible polar science environment. 

The office will be building partnerships and offering support to early career organizations already doing great work, working to build community, and offering unique professional development and funding opportunities of its own. Help us to shape and evolve the office to best support polar early career scientists by attending a community meeting on May 3rdMay 3rd at 11am AK/1pm MT/3pm ET or June 9thJune 9th, 9am AK/11am MT/1pm ET. Learn more about the office and sign up for our mailing lists at, or join us on Twitter @polarsecco

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Call for participation in Joint Body "Status of Mountain Snow Cover (JB-SMSC)"

In January 2022, the new Joint Body on the "Status of Mountain Snow Cover (JB-SMSC)" was launched. This Joint Body is a joint activity of the International Association for Cryospheric Sciences (IACS), the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI), and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), aiming to significantly improve the knowledge of the status and changes of the snow cover in mountain regions of the world. In addition to an in-depth analysis of snow changes and the underlying processes, the provision of data sets on snow cover in mountain regions is also a key objective. The JB is divided into four work packages, as follows:

  • WP1: Mountain snow data quality control and homogenization for use in climatology and hydrology
  • WP2: Status of snow cover: multi-decadal changes in mountain regions of the world
  • WP3: Snow accumulation processes in mountain regions
  • WP4: Snow ablation processes - research gaps in mountain snow modelling
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Call for Sessions for 4th Public Participation and Deliberative Democracy Festival

The annual Festival is an open and free event that brings together people of diverse backgrounds that are interested in, and work on, engagement of citizens in science, policymaking and deliberative democracy in Europe (and globally). These include EU countries, EU institutions, civil society organisations, research and academia, and artists. The programme each year features a variety of events including open conversations, interactive sessions, artwork, and an exhibition of participatory and/or deliberative democracy projects. The Festival is also the principal annual networking event for the Community of Practice of the Competence Centre on Participatory and Deliberative Democracy. In 2020, the Festival was held entirely online. In 2022, however, it will be a hybrid event where participants will be able to attend and interact either in person – in Ispra, Italy, or Brussels, Belgium - and/or online.

Date: 20-21 October 2022

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SIOS training course: AI4Svalbard in Longyearbyen, 5-9 Sept. 2022

Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System (SIOS) is organizing a week-long training course on AI applications in Svalbard (AI4Svalbard) during 5-9 Sept. 2022, in Longyearbyen, Svalbard. You can find more information regarding this training course here. The application deadline is on 15th May 2022.

The course is intended for scientists, master/Ph.D. students, engineers and technicians with no or modest experience with AI and machine learning in their research. Basic knowledge of programming languages (python) is preferable.

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SIOS call for ECR to join editorial board for the 5th SESS report

Looking for early career scientist to join the editorial board for the fifth State of Environmental Science in Svalbard report

Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System (SIOS) is a consortium of international institutions with research infrastructure in and around Svalbard. SIOS is building an integrated observing system for long-term measurements addressing Earth System questions.

SIOS publishes an annual State of Environmental Science in Svalbard (SESS) report. The first issue was released in January 2019. The report summarises the state of current knowledge of key Earth System Science parameters and analyses how these parameters influence one another. The SESS report outlines work conducted within the SIOS cooperation to optimise the observing system and recommends research priorities for the following year(s).

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Call for SCAR, COMNAP, & IAATO Antarctic-related fellowships 2022 open

The Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP), the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), and the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) launched their 2022 Antarctic-related Fellowships for early-career researchers.

COMNAP, IAATO and SCAR work together to support talented early-career researchers, scientists, engineers, environmental managers, and other professionals. The purpose is to strengthen international capacity and cooperation in fields such as climate, biodiversity, conservation, humanities and astrophysics research by providing annual funding opportunities.

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Arctic Research Virtual Speed Networking Event 26 April 2022

The Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) and IARPC Collaborations invite registration for an Arctic research virtual speed networking event on Tuesday, 26 April, 9:00–10:30 a.m. AKST/1:00–2:30 p.m. EST.
Over the course of 1.5 hours, event participants will be split into a series of small groups to rapidly get to know one another, explore shared research interest areas, and identify potential collaborators for future Arctic research projects. Groups will be organized across diverse disciplines, knowledge systems, and career levels. 
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