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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

IASC Photo Call: IASC Bulletin 2022

iasc webIASC is always looking for new photographs for use in the IASC Bulletin, website, newsletter, calendar, and more. IASC welcomes images depicting all areas of Arctic science including scientists in the field, everyday life, animals, landscapes, and more.

For photographs, IASC depends solely on what Arctic scientists send us. That is why IASC has decided to have a permanently open photo call. No deadlines, you can sent us your pictures whenever is best for you!

If you want your picture(s) to be considered for the IASC Bulletin 2022, please make sure to submit them by 30 September. 

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Call for nominations // ECRs for Future Earth Assembly

Following Future Earth’s restructuring towards becoming a more inclusive and transformative organization which promotes sustainability science, Future Earth invites early career researchers and professionals to play an active role at the new governance structure of Future Earth. This governance structure will consist of an Assembly and a Governing Council. 

The new Future Earth Assembly will encompass 10 dedicated seats for early career researchers (ECRs). These 10 early career researchers are to be selected through the Early Career Researcher Network of Networks (ECR NoN).

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EU-PolarNet 2 survey on “Polar Observing Assets”

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The diverse and distributed nature of observing systems in polar regions presents a fundamental challenge for assessment, planning, integration, and synthesis. There is an interest in creating overviews of these systems, since this, among other things, will allow more efficient use of facilities and allow for the understanding of where gaps in observation capacities exist.

There is an interest in knowing answers to questions like “Who is goingwhere? When are they going? What will they observe? What observing equipment will they have there? Who is responsible for organizing logistics?”, etc.

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Call open for International PhD Program in Earth System Modelling

The annual worldwide call for applications to the International Max Planck Research School on Earth System Modelling (IMPRS-ESM) is open. Since 2001, our structured doctoral program provides an interdisciplinary infrastructure to PhD candidates from different parts of the world, such that they can advance their academic training and complete a doctoral thesis within 3 years. The selection of PhD candidates is highly competitive and entirely based on qualification and motivation for doctoral studies in the interdisciplinary Earth system modelling. However, IMPRS-ESM also aims for a balanced composition regarding national and international candidates and with respect to gender.

Detailed information is available on the application page.

Southern Ocean Observations from Commercial Vessels

My name is Kirsty Dick, and I am currently studying for an MSc at the University of Edinburgh. For my dissertation I am exploring the potential for increased scientific support and ocean observation networks among fishing and tourism vessels in the Southern Ocean. 

As part of my research, I am conducting a short online survey which aims to establish the current challenges and opportunities around increasing the scope and scale of voluntary observing and scientific support networks among commercial vessels, with a view to developing a blue print of how to expand this important contribution to Southern Ocean science.

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Open call for participants: SCAR Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Action Group

SCAR logo white backgroundSCAR is forming an Action Group on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and the call for membership is open to the Antarctic research community, with participation invited from all career stages and disciplines.

The EDI Action Group will be tasked with broadly looking at how EDI issues can be effectively dealt with within SCAR and what practical actions are relevant for the organization. Please make sure to indicate your interest if you'd like to join the Action group.

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IASS Fellow Programme: Call for Applications for 2022

The IASS Fellow Programme is designed to bring highly qualified people from academia, the business world, and civil society to the institute, who provide expertise, inspiration, and creative input. In return, the IASS offers fellows the opportunity to develop their ideas in an international community of world-class researchers, within the institute as well as in the wider research landscape of Potsdam and Berlin, Germany. The fellows are actively supported in their endeavours to make new connections and to develop new ideas and activities together with IASS researchers.

The call for applications for Fellowships starting in 2022 has been published on the IASS website:

The deadline for applications is 23:59 Central European Standard Time on 22 August 2021.

SnowChat Forum!

We are running a project, entitled, “Nordic Snow Network (NordSnowNet)” which aims at

(1) making existing Nordic-Arctic research and snow data from observations and models visible for the researcher, data user and education communities and
(2) supporting the snow-related research and development of applications by exchange of information and data, arranging workshops, training.

More information can be found in the webpage of the NordSnowNet.

We recently established a SnowChat Forum. Our main objective is to provide an additional tool to support researchers / scientists / experts / technician/ etc/ to communicate, connect and collaborate on the topic of SNOW.

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EU-PolarNet: Call for Services

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Do you want to develop your research ideas further?

EU-PolarNet 2 offers financial support to develop applicable research projects based on the European Polar Research Programme.

The call opens July 1st, 2021.

Register now for our webinar on July 7th at 13:00 CET to learn how to apply for one of the EU-PolarNet 2 Service Contracts.

Registration link:

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