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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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nsf logoThe Alan T. Waterman Award is the highest honor awarded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). The award recognizes outstanding young researchers in any field of science or engineering supported by the NSF. In addition to a medal, each awardee will receive a grant of $1,000,000 over five years for scientific research or advanced study in any field of science or engineering that the NSF supports.

Nominations will be accepted from July 19 - September 20, 2021. To learn more about the award and how to submit nominations, visit

NSF Update: Travel protocols in Alaska for Arctic fieldwork

nsf logoThis announcement updates the travel protocols in Alaska for researchers receiving support through NSF’s research support contractor, Battelle Arctic Research Operators (Battelle ARO).

The Office of Polar Programs (OPP) Arctic Sciences Section is implementing reduced quarantine durations in Alaska (as described below) to mitigate risk while recognizing the removal of state-mandated travel restrictions in Alaska. If any COVID-19 cases are observed with this revised protocol, then OPP will revert to the longer quarantine times that were in use since 2020.

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NSF U.S. Antarctic Program plans for the upcoming 2021-22 Antarctic season

USAP New Logo transparent background Terri EdillonNSF is committed to being supportive and as responsive as possible to the needs of the research community in the face of continuing challenges posed by COVID-19. Please consult the NSF website regularly for up-to-date information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

All three USAP Antarctic Stations continue to operate safely with no indications of the virus detected. The research vessel RVIB Nathaniel B. Palmer and the RV Lawrence M. Gould are both in port in Punta Arenas, Chile. Last season, USAP successfully completed critical science and operational activities through careful planning and with the support of our gateway countries.

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Survey: Motivation, adaptation and selected psychological traits of polar station workers

We kindly ask you to participate in research on the role of motivation, adaptation and psychological traits helpful in working at the polar station. The study is conducted internationally; thanks to your commitment, it will be possible to compare polar explorers at polar stations in the Arctic and Antarctica.

Completing the survey may take about 15-20 minutes, and participation in it is entirely anonymous and voluntary. The survey and more information are available at this link:

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Call for Abstracts: Community and Citizen Science in the Far North

Organizers of Arctic CCS: Community & Citizen Science (CCS) in the Far North invite presentation abstracts for the virtual conference. This conference will be held online 5-7 October 2021.

This free, virtual conference will focus on sharing, networking, and discussing the various aspects of conducting community and citizen science research in the Arctic. This conference is in response to a growing community of Arctic researchers, Arctic communities, and Arctic visitors that are becoming more engaged in scientific research. Conference organizers recognize that although there are many resources regarding community and citizen science available online, there are few venues to build a community around issues specific to the Arctic.

*Abstract submission deadline: 16 August 2021, 5:00 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time*

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Expression of interest for being involved in four INSTANT subcommittees

SCAR logo white backgroundAs the new SCAR/INSTANT programme develops its structure, committee proposers have been encouraged to seek direction and further participation from the community.

At this stage the subcommittees have defined their targets and general plan and some of them are now asking for expression of interest in being involved as mailing list members and/or as members of the steering committee and leadership.

Some topics will be carried out in more subcommittees, but with different focus. Therefore it is possible that some scientists would be involved in more than one subcommittee. This is not a problem because the coordination within INSTANT will avoid overlap and secure complementary work.

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Global Risks – We need your expertise!

Are global risks changing? And are they connected? Which risks matter most?
We need your expertise to help strengthen and expand a transdisciplinary understanding of global risks – a topic that is more critical than ever. 

We are reaching out to you because capturing the perceptions of early career researchers with a unique take on global risks is essential to building this understanding together.

Future Earth, Sustainability in the Digital Age, and the International Science Council are launching the second annual Global Risks Scientists’ Perception survey to facilitate more pluralistic dialogue among science, business, and policy to build robust, legitimate, and sustainable solutions to global risks. The survey was designed under the guidance of a team of scientific advisors. The aim of the survey is to bring together informed perspectives from a wide range of scientific expertise to evaluate the top global risks that societies around the world need to be aware of and address. 

Please participate in this invitation-only survey HERE. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes and will remain open until July 28, 2021.

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Recruiting an ECR to the Remote Sensing Working Group

SIOS logo ORIGINAL rgbThe SIOS Remote Sensing Working Group would like to engage an Early Career Researcher (ECR) to serve as an observer member on the working group. The ECR would act as a SIOS ambassador and assist in distributing news about SIOS remote sensing activities in ECR and other administrative and scientific networks. The selected ECR observer is expected to also contribute scientifically to WG activities.

This opportunity provides a platform for ECRs to become involved in an international organisation and develop important organisational skills.

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ArcticNet Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting 2021 (ASM2021)

Hosted entirely online December 6 - 10, 2021, the ArcticNet Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting 2021 (ASM2021) is a hub for Arctic research in Canada. The ASM2021 brings together researchers from the natural, health, and social sciences to meet the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly changing Arctic region, shaped by climate change and modernization. This conference will push the boundaries of our collective understanding of the Arctic and strengthen our ability to address the Arctic issues of today and tomorrow.

The call for abstracts is open! - Abstract submission deadline is 29 August 2021 (at midnight EDT)

GYA's Call for Membership 2022 is open

2022 GYA membership call is open until 15 September 2021 (18.00 UTC)

Applications are currently being sought from young, independent scholars who combine the highest level of research excellence with a demonstrated passion for delivering impact.

The Global Young Academy is a global organisation that places a high value on its diversity. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates. All applicants receive consideration and will not be discriminated against with regard to race, colour, ethnicity, religion, creed, sex, marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical or mental disabilities, or other factors. Applications from women, minority groups, researchers in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and scholars working in government, industry, and non-governmental sectors are particularly welcome.

More information on how to apply, as well as our online application form can be found here.

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