Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

We are please to announce that registration and abstract submission for our WAIS Workshop 2020 Virtual Science Sessions is now open. Sessions will take place during  September 21 - 28. Please register and submit your abstract by August 28 here.Participants will be organized into groups of <15 participants, with up to 10 speakers who each give an 8 minute talk. Talks will be followed by a WAIS-style 20 minute discussion moderated by a session convener. The goal is that most participants will attend and present in two ~100-minute sessions scheduled at the convenience of the session participants during the designated week. All sessions will be recorded and posted on YouTube for future community consumption.
Topics for the virtual sessions include:
  • Snow/firn/surface-mass balance
  • Grounding zones and ice shelves
  • Past records of changes and processes
  • Oceanography and marine biology
  • Science communication and outreach
  • Subglacial environments, processes, and lifeforms
  • Leading edge (new technology, modern methods, and data science)
Abstracts will be reviewed by WAIS Workshop organizers and session conveners. Decisions and session placement will be announced by September 7 and session scheduled finalized by September 14. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are embraced at the WAIS Workshop, and we are committed to creating and maintaining a workshop environment that is safe, inclusive, and welcoming to all genders, races, identities, self-expressions, ethnicities and cultures. Please contact the Organizing Committee if you have any questions or concerns regarding the WAIS Workshop by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

And don't forget to mark your calendars for WAIS community discussions covering race and racism in West Antarctic research and early-career impacts of CoViD-19 on October 6 and 7. More information about registration and discussion details will be announced in the coming weeks.

Hope to see you all at some point during our three weeks of WAIS Workshop 2020!

The WAIS Workshop Organizing Committee

Knut Christianson
Indrani Das
Joseph Macgregor
Brooke Medley
Matthew Siegfried
Lauren Simkins

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