Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

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! If you have an article to contribute, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Arctic Biodiversity: Through the Lens photography competition

Due to strong interest and a number of requests, the deadline for the Arctic Biodiversity "Through the Lens" Photography Competition has been extended until 14 August  23:59 GMT. Below you will find further information about the competition.

The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Arctic Council Working Group in celebration of the Arctic Biodiversity Congress invite you to participate in the Arctic Biodiversity Through the Lens photography Competition.

One grand prize winner will receive a trip to beautiful Rovaniemi, Finland. Selected images will be displayed at the Arctic Biodiversity Congress 9-11 October 2018 in Rovaniemi, Finland, and be exhibited across Arctic countries.

The competition welcomes entries across four categories; landscape, biodiversity, peoples of the North and business and science in the Arctic. Young photographers are especially welcome to submit and the competition has special prizes for young photographers under the age of 18. Award-winning photographers Carsten Egevang, Gyda Henningsdottir, Einar Gudmann, Krista Ylinen and Lawrence Hislop will judge winning entries.

The eyes of the world are turning northwards. Arctic landscapes, wildlife, cultures and light have inspired people since time immemorial. The Arctic Biodiversity Through the Lens photography competition is intended to celebrate the beauty of the Arctic as experienced by photographers of all skill levels. Further information can be found at the Arctic Biodiversity Through the Lens Photography Competition and in the terms and conditions.

Please share and distribute this post among your colleagues, within your institution, and with anybody that shares our appreciation for Arctic biodiversity and photography.


Find more information and enter your photos at:

US NSF Coastlines and People initiative scoping workshops

Coastlines and People initiative scoping workshops - Application deadline 12 August!

Prospective participants are encouraged to apply to attend scoping sessions that will identify priorities for NSF’s Coastlines and People research initiative. Applications are due by Aug. 12 (11:59 pm local time). The workshops will be held from 26-28 September.

More information is available on the Coastlines and People scoping session Website

Four, simultaneous, three-day scoping sessions will be hosted by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and facilitated by Knowinnovation on NSF’s behalf. Workshop will be held in San Diego, Chicago, and Atlanta. A fourth “virtual” workshop will be scheduled on mountain time.

Applicants will be notified of their status by late August. Travel support will be provided for participants invited to attend.

More information and answers to frequently asked questions are on the scoping-workshop Website

Announcing the 2019 ECCO Summer School

Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean (ECCO) Summer School 2019:
Global Ocean State & Parameter Estimation: From Methods to Applications in Oceanographic Research

Synopsis: The Consortium for "Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean" (ECCO) will host a summer school for graduate students and early career scientists on global ocean state estimation in support of climate research. The school introduces the tools and mathematics of ocean state and parameter estimation and their application to ocean science through a mix of foundational lectures, hands-on tutorials, and projects. In doing so, the school aims to help nurture the next generation of oceanographers and climate scientists in the subject matter so that they may utilize the ECCO products and underlying modeling/estimation tools most effectively to further advance the state-of-the-art in ocean state estimation and ocean science.

Topics covered: Data assimilation (global & regional); state & parameter estimation; adjoint method; sensitivity analysis; algorithmic differentiation; ocean modeling; ocean dynamics and variability; ocean’s role in climate; global ocean observing system (satellite and in-situ); physics of sea level; ocean mixing; sea ice physics; ice sheet-ocean interactions; ice shelf dynamics; ocean tides; cyberinfrastructure & data analytics.

Dates: May 19 – 31, 2019

Location: Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington, Friday Harbor, WA

Target audience: graduate students and early-career scientists

Application Deadline: December 17, 2018

For more information, confirmed lecturers, and how to apply, please visit:

RDA EU Early Career grants for 12th Plenary, 5-8 Nov 2018, Botswana (part of IDW2018)

RDA Europe ( continues its series of support programmes is now running an Open Call to facilitate participation of 7 EU Early Career Researchers working with Data to the 12th RDA Plenary meeting in Botswana, held during the International Data Week 2018 (

The second edition of International Data Week (IDW 2018) will be held on 5-8 November 2018 in Gaborone, Botswana bringing together data professionals and researchers from all disciplines and from all parts of the globe. Co-organized by CODATA, ICSU-WDS and RDA, this landmark event will address the theme of ‘The Digital Frontiers of Global Science’ and will combine the 12th RDA Plenary Meeting, the biannual meeting of the research data community, and SciDataCon 2018, the scientific conference addressing the frontiers of data in research.

RDA Europe is seeking applications from students and early career professionals from European higher education or research institutions with studies focusing on research data sharing and exchange challenges. The Early Career support programme will offer up to seven grants of maximum €1750 to cover travel expenses. To view all the call details and apply please visit

Application period closes on 30 August 2018, 17:00 CEST and applicants will be notified of the outcome on the 21 September 2018.

Looking forward to your applications!

Funding Opportunity Available: Fulbright Arctic Chair Grant

HomeThe Fulbright Scholar Program invites applications for the Fulbright Arctic Chair for U.S. Scholars grant. This three- to four-month position is open to scholars in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities, and will be located in Norway.

The Arctic Chair will have the opportunity to work at any institution of higher education or research in Norway to research and teach within areas that are relevant to understanding of the Arctic and high north regions. The Chair is expected to engage with faculty inside and outside the host institution(s), give public lectures, and lead seminars, as well as supervise and mentor Master’s and PhD candidates.

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen with a scholarly focus on polar and high north issues, have a PhD or equivalent professional/terminal degree (including a master’s degree, depending on the field) as appropriate, five to 10 years of research and experience, and a significant publication and teaching record.

Application deadline: 1 August 2018

For more information, including application details, and to apply, go to:
Fulbright Arctic Chair webpage

For questions, contact:
Rena Levin
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Phone: +47 22 01 40 10

ECR travel grants available for CLIVASk2k workshop

WGLogo2kNetworkECR travel grants available for CLIVASk2k workshop (PAGES 2k project) “Climate Variability in Antarctica and the Southern Hemisphere in the past 2000 years”
4-5 September 2018, British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK

CLIVASH2k is a PAGES 2k project, which aims to improve our understanding of large scale modes of climate variability and the mechanisms and drivers of climate change in Antarctica, the sub-Antarctic and the wider Southern Hemisphere during the past 2000 years.

The workshop goals
The workshop is open to all. We want to engage a broad spectrum of the scientific community, including paleoclimate data gathers (such as ice cores, lake sediments, marine records, and terrestrial records), climatologists and climate modellers.
We especially encourage those who wish to be actively contribute to the CLIVASH2k project goals, including contribution to synthesis products and publications. The workshop will be informative but be prepared to get involved!
Our aim is to review and evaluate our current understanding of the drivers of Southern Hemisphere climate variability, through short presentations, posters and discussion sessions.

A full programme will be available on the CLIVASH2k webpage shortly.

Register for this event
Standard registration fee £65 per person (plus fees)
Student fee (for students currently enrolled for a PhD) £15 per person (plus fees)
Click here to register:
Registration includes morning and afternoon refreshments, buffet lunch and an evening dinner (4th September).

Registration deadline: 17 August

Repository Finder Tool - Usability Study - Request for Interview Candidates

We are gearing up for usability testing of the new DataCite/re3data tool with the company DeveloperTown. This takes a great deal of coordination to make sure we have representatives from a variety of scientific domains and locations internationally. Our primary focus is researchers and those closely related for this test. Sophie Hou will be conducting additional usability testing at Summer ESIP that will mostly focus on repository staff and data managers, and other ESIP attendee stakeholders.

I’m asking you for assistance identifying researchers that would be willing to be interviewed as part of the DeveloperTown usability test. The total number of formal interviews will be about 30. Should we get more names, we will do our best to accommodate.

Please send your recommendations to Robin Dasler (DataCite Product Mgr for the Repository Finder Tool) with the following information (or as much as possible):

  • Name of recommended person
  • Email of recommended person
  • Primary domain affiliation of the recommended person
  • Role of that person in the domain (e.g., researcher, post doc, data curator, librarian)
  • Time zone where they reside/work
  • Link to their affiliation (e.g., institution, library, etc)
  • Contact notes – why they would make a great candidate. This should be no more than one or two sentences.

You can also register here:

Interviews will be with staff from DeveloperTown and last approximately 20 to 30 minutes. They will be conducted with Zoom as the tool.

The DataCite/re3data team will be reaching out to your candidate to confirm their desire to participate and arrange for an interview. To make sure this goes smoothly, please let your candidate know of your recommendation and what to expect.

If you have any questions on the DeveloperTown usability test, please direct them to Michael Witt, or myself.

Thank you for your help in identifying interview candidates.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Director, Data Programs) and Michael Witt

UArctic Congress 2018: Career Workshop for Early Career Scholars invites applications

University of Oulu logo rgbUniversity of Oulu Geography Research Unit and Department of Cultural Anthropology are co-organizing UArctic Congress side event Career Strategies for Early Career Scholars: CVs, Cover Letters and The Job Search on September 3rd, 2018 in Oulu. Deadline for applications is on August 10th.

This hands-on career workshop aimed at early career scholars will take participants through the nuts and bolts of several key aspects of the academic job application process: searching for positions and writing the CV and cover letter. We will discuss several cutting-edge strategies for looking for academic jobs, and then show you how to craft your CV and cover letter so that they stand out and get noticed. We will also discuss how to efficiently communicate the most marketable aspects of your academic self. This event is designed specifically for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and others interested in pursuing academic careers in the social sciences and humanities. It will be led by a team of multi-disciplinary senior scholars from several universities.

Please send your application (contact information and what you expect from the workshop) before August 10th to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Arctic Expedition 2018 in Finland: Call for Students

Arctic Expedition 2018University of Helsinki and Helsinki Think Company are gathering together students interested in the Arctic to plan and carry out a meaningful event, campaign or a project that will communicate Arctic opportunities and challenges. International application deadline is on July 29.

As the Arctic region rapidly transforms due to dramatic climate impacts, new economic opportunities and environmental challenges present themselves across the Arctic. For example, the Arctic’s melting sea ice is a local problem that has global connections. As many scientists proclaim, what happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic. It affects us all.

Join us on the Arctic Expedition and create a meaningful iniative on Arctic sustainable economic opportunities or environmental challenges, and put it into action in your local region on Arctic Day in October 31st, 2018. For inspiration: you could create an documentary film week, a debate series or launch event for your Arctic related a business project or scientific publication! The Expedition 3-Day Bootcamp is organised parallel to the UArctic Congress 2018, on 5-7 September in Finland.

The event is free, but places are limited. Apply here.

Abstract submission: UK Antarctic Science Conference (10-12 Sept 2018)

This year’s Antarctic Science Conference will be hosted at Durham on 10th-12th September 2018 (the conference will run from Monday lunchtime to Wednesday lunchtime). The conference will include oral and poster presentations, and abstracts are invited on any aspect of Antarctic Research.

Further information can be found on the conference website. Registration is open and the website also contains details of the venue and accommodation booking:

Abstract submission is open. Please go to where you will find details of posters, talks and a simple abstract template. Abstracts should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Abstract submission will close on 9th August.

We welcome submissions on any area of Antarctic Science, and we particularly encourage Early Career Researchers to use this opportunity to present their work.

We look forward to seeing you in September.

Local organising committee

Workshop on harmonization of snow observations, modeling and data assimilation, Budapest, Hungary, 30-31 October 2018

ESSEM COST Action ES1404: A European network for a harmonised monitoring of snow for the benefit of climate change scenarios, hydrology and numerical weather prediction


We would like to invite you to the workshop "Towards a better harmonization of snow observations, modeling and data assimilation in Europe", 30-31 October, 2018, Budapest, Hungary.

This workshop, organized by COST Action ES1404 (Harmosnow), will bring together scientists, users and stake holders who contribute to harmonizing practices at the European and international scales in the domain of snow research and operational services. We invite submissions on all relevant practices including snow in-situ and remote observations, data distribution, modeling, data assimilation and education. The workshop is organized within 8 sessions with oral presentations (solicited and from submission) and posters.

Please see the details below and on the website

We are looking forward to meeting you in Budapest.
Ghislain Picard, Ali Nadir Arslan, Katalin Gillemot

The workshop will be held in Gellért hotel in Budapest in 30-31.10.2018. It is limited to 150 participants, for this reason registration is mandatory.

Important dates:
7 Septembre 2018: abstract submission deadline
21 Septembre 2018: acceptance for oral/poster
21 Septembre 2018: registration without abstract open
15 October 2018 : registration deadline (or up to 150 participants)
Abstract submission:

1. Intercomparison of measurement methods and assessment of measurement errors
2. Recommendations on measurement methods and instrumentation
3. Snow observation reporting and dissemination
4. Intercomparison of snow models and future of snow modeling across disciplines
5. Snow data assimilation methods in NWP, hydrology, and other disciplines
6. Representation of errors in NWP, hydrological and climate models
7. Actions and methods for training snow scientists and observers
8. Harmonization strategies across international organizations and other activities

Scientific committee:
Ali Nadir Arslan, Carlo De Michele, Patricia De Rosnay, Marie Dumont, Charles Fierz, David Christian Finger, Katalin Gillemot, Jürgen Helmert, Ladislav Holko, Ekaterina Kurzeneva, Martin Lange, Leena Leppänen, Nacho Lopez Moreno, Giovanni Macelloni, Ghislain Picard, Vera Potopová, Samantha Pullen, Martin Schneebeli, Anna Seres

Organizing committee:
General co-chairs: Ghislain Picard, Ali Nadir Arslan, Katalin Gillemot
Local organization: Katalin Gillemot, Anna Seres
Webmaster: Cemal Melih Tanis

Week of ACCAP webinars - July 17, 18, and 20

HomeWeek of Webinars
Tuesday, July 17 @ 10am
Wednesday, July 18 @ 11am
Friday, July 20 @ 12pm

1. July 17 (10am ADT) Alaska Climate Webinar
Visualizing Climate Change: A Quick Guide to Online Tools from the Scenarios Network for Alaska and Arctic Planning
Nancy Fresco, SNAP Coordinator
SNAP offers online tools to allow you to view models and maps showing changes in temperature, precipitation, fire, sea ice, extreme events and other variables at the community or regional level. Join us to see what's available, and what's new.
More information and registration (

2. July 18 (11am ADT) Virtual Alaska Weather Symposium

The NOAA Microwave Integrated Retrieval System (MiRS): Products, Applications, and Improvements
Christopher Grassotti, NESDIS STAR/SMCD
The presentation will cover the background of the MiRS retrieval approach, and then move on to discussion of retrieval products, user applications, and recent work aimed at scientific improvements.
More information and registration (

3. July 20 (12pm ADT) July NWS Alaska Climate Outlook Briefing

Rick Thoman, National Weather Service
We will review recent climate conditions around Alaska, review some forecast tools and finish up the Climate Prediction Center's forecast for August and the remaining summer/early fall season.
More information and registration (

Available online or in-person in 407 IARC/Akasofu building on the UAF campus.

General Webinar Information Here (

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