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.

Extended Call for Abstracts: 10th Circumpolar Agriculture Conference

Organizers have extended the abstract submission deadline for the 10th Circumpolar Agriculture Conference. This conference will convene 13-15 March 2019 at the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland in Rovaniemi, Finland

This conference will address a bottom-up approach and new thinking of local agriculture, food production, and rural development in the northern areas. The goal is to discuss versatile meanings of circumpolar agriculture and call for new thinking to address its topical challenges and opportunities. In accordance with the theme of Finland’s Chairmanship period of the Arctic Council, United Nations Sustainable Development Goals will be highlighted in the program.

Sessions will examine best practices and resilient solutions in the utilization of animal and plant resources, local breeds, reindeer herding, small-scale farming, and non-timber forest products. The conference will address the high quality of Arctic foods, their local profitability, and business opportunities. The importance of food security and sustainability in different regions and countries will also be discussed.

Conference presenters will have the possibility to publish in a special issue of Open Agriculture. Publishing will be free of charge for participants. The deadline for submissions of full-length papers is 31 March 2019.

Extended abstract submission deadline: 29 October 2018

For more information, go to:
Conference homepage

For abstract guidelines and to submit an abstract, go to:
Call for Abstracts

For questions, contact:
Paula Tulppo
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Päivi Soppela
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SouthCOP - deadline for suggestions for sessions 1 Nov

SouthCOP - The first Southern Hemisphere Regional Conference on Permafrost will be held from 4-14 December 2019 in Queenstown, New Zealand. The conference will include optional 3 day field trips both before and after the main meeting that will explore a range of landscapes, geological and glacial features within the Southern Alps.

This is the final call for suggestions for session topics. We welcome suggestions related to all aspects of permafrost research - it is not limited to the Southern Hemisphere. If you have a suggestion for a conference session and/or would like to convene such a session please register your interest before Nov 1 at or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

Please feel free to forward this to anyone else who may be interested.

Interest in the 2019 Juneau Icefield Research Program

Plans are underway for the 2019 Juneau Icefield Research Program (JIRP) summer field season! JIRP is an eight-week expedition-style academic program for rising high school seniors, undergraduates, post-bacc students, and early-stage graduate students. Participants complete a ski traverse of the Juneau Icefield; design, complete, and present group research projects; and attend a series of lectures, workshops, and field trips that introduce them to glaciology, geophysics, geochemistry, climatology, ecology, and science communication. Academic Director Seth Campbell (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Program Manager Annie Boucher (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) are available to answer any questions.

We will also open faculty applications later this fall. In addition to Seth and Annie, Academic Council members Kiya Riverman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Brad Markle (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Catharine White (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Lindsey Nicholson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), and Allen Pope (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) are available to discuss the recent growth of the JIRP academic curriculum.

USPA Travel Awards for AGU 2018

The USPA is pleased to call for applications for two awards to be given out to those attending the American Geophysical Union's Fall Meeting in December 2018. Two AGU Travel Grants ($500) and one Andrew Slater Memorial Award ($1000) will be given out. Applicants must be a member of both the United States Permafrost Association and Permafrost Young Researchers Network to be considered.

The descriptions for each award, the grant application, and other eligibility guidelines can be found on the front page of

To view previous USPA travel grant award winners, see

To renew your membership, please visit

The application deadline is October 21st, 2018 at midnight Central Time. Award winners will be notified by early November 2018.

Questions? Email Dan Vecellio at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cryospheric Science with ICESat-2 Hackweek, Seattle, June 17-21, 2019. Apply by Nov 2. , 2018

Following the successful launch of ICESat-2, the Polar Science Center at the University of Washington in collaboration with the eScience Institute and NASA will be hosting a weeklong "Hackweek" to help jumpstart Cryospheric Science with ICESat-2 (CSI). The CSI-Hackweek will bring together experts from the ICESat-2 science team, data providers, and data science experts, with researchers who want hands on experience with using and manipulating geophysical data from ICESat-2. CSI-Hackweek participants will learn about ICESat-2 fundamentals, data formats, tools, and how to get to results quickly. Introductory lectures will be combined with open data exploration, tool development, sample research applications, and community building. The CSI Hackweek will take place on the University of Washington Campus from June 17- 21, 2019. Applications are due by Nov. 2, 2018, apply online

As preparation for the workshop, we are also offering a 2-day Software Carpentry Workshop on February 7,8, 2019 on the UW Campus. For more information on the CSI-Hackweek and Software Carpentry workshops, please visit or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Limited travel support for attendees maybe be available

Axel Schweiger
Senior Principal Scientist and Chair, Polar Science Center
University of Washington
Applied Physics Laboratory
1013 NE 40th Street
Seattle, Wa. 98109
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Call for Workshop Applications: Science Communication for Scientists

Organizers invite applications for a science communication workshop for scientists. This workshop, Polar-izing Your Science Impacts: Turn Your Research into Science Stories and Take Science Stories to the Classroom, will convene 9-11 January 2019 at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware.

Workshop Description:

Good science storytelling is a powerful way to bring public attention to remote areas like the polar regions. Stories about the changing poles are common, but don’t capture the complexity of the data. Organizers invite participants to explore these issues in a two-day workshop and learn how to tell compelling science stories and bring data driven, critical analysis to the undergraduate classroom.

During the workshop, participants will:

  • Present their latest polar science research,
  • Learn science communication skills and techniques,
  • Receive classroom ready, pre-packed polar science modules complete with video tutorials that can be integrated into the classroom,
  • Participate in a journal manuscript on creating and critically analyzing polar science stories with available databases, and
  • Participate in the continued development of Polar Literacy Principles.
  • Participation will be limited to 40 scientists. A limited number of travel funds/scholarships are available for advanced graduate student applicants.

Application deadline: 1 December 2018

For more information, including the workshop agenda, and to apply, go to:
Workshop homepage

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Leveraging Investments in Education and Polar Science

nsf logoDear Colleagues:

The Education and Human Resources Directorate and the Geosciences Directorate are partnering to advance and develop understanding of learning environments that build upon the rich interdisciplinary resources emerging from polar investments. To that end, the Division of Research on Learning (DRL), the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE), and the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) encourage proposals that will leverage the extensive National Science Foundation (NSF) investment in polar sciences and infrastructure, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education research and development, to promote an informed citizenry and the next generation of polar scientists. In order to advance polar science educational opportunities, DRL, DUE, and OPP will accept and review proposals for research and development projects that facilitate access to polar research efforts in (1) undergraduate education, (2) informal science education, or (3) formal PK-12 science or math education. Proposals in response to this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) must be submitted to either the Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) solicitation, the Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12) solicitation, or the Improving Undergraduate Science Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR) solicitation.

The integration of research and education is essential to NSF’s mission. In addition, NSF strives to broaden participation in science and to make the results of research projects widely accessible to students and the public. Specifically, OPP seeks to meet these objectives by supporting the engagement of diverse students, educators, and the public in polar research projects. While participation of educators and students in both Arctic and Antarctic research projects is encouraged, logistics are often difficult and expensive. Therefore, DRL, DUE, and OPP encourage education research and development proposals that make use of innovative technologies and pedagogies to give large groups of students, educators, and the public access to polar research efforts in the polar regions without requiring all participants to travel there. Proposals that engage audiences with long-term investments in polar research and logistics (e.g., the Arctic or Antarctic science stations), with databases that have extended lifespans, (e.g., data from the Arctic Observing Network), or with public participation in scientific research, such as crowdsourcing or citizen science related to the Arctic or Antarctic, are particularly encouraged. Proposals that engage students who are under-represented in STEM fields or that respond to the Navigating the New Arctic focus are also encouraged.

In order to support the goals above, NSF encourages the submission of proposals to any of the three solicitations below:

1. Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL), deadline of November 7, 2018.
2. Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12), deadline of November 14, 2018.
3. Improving Undergraduate Science Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE:EHR), solicitation for the 2019 fiscal year (deadlines vary).

Proposals submitted in response to this DCL must be identified by starting the proposal title with the term: "EHR-Polar DCL 2018: (Insert Project Title Here)."

Those considering submitting a proposal in response to this DCL are encouraged to contact Lisa Rom: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 703-292-7709, the cognizant NSF program officer who can answer questions and provide further guidance. If travel to the polar regions is included in the project, Principal Investigators are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Rom to discuss logistics and related documentation that must be included in the proposal.


William (Jim) Lewis
(Acting) Assistant Director
Education and Human Resources (EHR)

William E. Easterling
Assistant Director
Geosciences (GEO)

Generating Societal Value from Improved Weather, Water & Ice Forecasts in the Polar Regions - A Special Issue in Polar Geography

Special Issue Editors

Machiel Lamers, Wageningen University, the Netherlands (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Daniela Liggett, University of Canterbury, New Zealand (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


The Polar Prediction Project (PPP) is a World Meteorological Organization (WMO) initiative to support coordinated international research efforts to improve weather and environmental prediction services for the polar regions. The Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) is one of the flagship activities of the PPP, with a core phase from mid-2017 to mid-2019.

This special issue collects current social science research results and perspectives related to the use and improvement of weather and environmental prediction services for the polar regions, in an effort to translate scientific and technological advances into societal value (see also PPP-SERA team). It aims to explore how weather, water, ice and climate (WWIC) information is currently being used and produced in the Polar Regions, by whom, and for what reasons. There is a paucity of knowledge on how WWIC services are used by various human activities in the Polar Regions (see Dawson et al., 2017; Thoman et al. 2017). These may include, but are not limited to, hunting and travel by Indigenous communities, industrial activities associated with resource extraction in the Arctic or transit of commercial vessels, tourism operations of all sorts (cruise ships, pleasure yachts, adventure tourism), search and rescue operations, government and research operations, and/or military enforcement. There appears to be a wide range of WWIC information available to support diverse aspects of arctic marine navigation, but how these are accessed or are influencing decision-making and operational practices is largely unknown (see Knol et al, 2018; Lamers et al., 2018).

Therefore, more research is needed that considers the context in which marine activities take place in the Polar Regions, and how WWIC services are used. It becomes clear that for WWIC services to become more salient, they need to be tailored more precisely to decision practices of different users, in content and well as in format and interface.

In this special issue, we seek to better understand the complexities of actors, information needs, information systems and infrastructures, funding structures, data management approaches, and applications of weather and sea ice prediction services of various end-user groups in the polar regions.

Specific focus of the Special Issue

  1. Diverse regional experiences with what kinds of WWIC information is sought out, how this is accessed (with what technology or equipment), and what is desired in terms of greater access or more tailored products. In particular, we hope to learn about how people assess the reliability and relevance of WWIC products, including what constraints, abilities, risk perceptions and decision-making contexts affect how information is accessed and used.
  2. The disconnect that seems to be increasing between data providers (modellers) and end-users (e.g. hunters, tour operators, ship captains, fishing boat captains, researchers, among others), as each are creating information tailored to their own needs. We need to explore the underlying reasons for this, and ways to reconnect for mutual benefit;
  3. The seemingly dualistic emphasis on providers and end-users of weather and climate information, while increasingly diverse actors are being identified that both provide and use environmental information. We need to better understand this user-producer interface and the cycles, scales, and flows of information exchanged for different purposes;
  4. The trend away from nation states (i.e. national weather, hydrometeorological, and sea ice services) being the primary holders/providers of environmental information, as the evolution of the information age enables private actors to create and share their own information through community-based monitoring and social media. We need to better understand the implications of these new sources and flows of information.
  5. This SI combines an open call for papers with a range of contributions that are prepared as a result of ongoing work within PPP. We encourage contributions from a diversity of social science and humanities disciplines, and from operational forecasters, Indigenous Peoples, northern residents, decision-makers and politicians, as well as academics, working on issues related to this user-producer interface of weather and sea ice information. 

Important deadlines

Abstract submission: 1 November 2018
Decision on abstracts: 15 November 2018
Full manuscript submission: 1 February 2019
Return reviews: 15 March 2019
Revised manuscript submission: 1 June 2019
Information about the journal

Polar Geography is an international, peer-reviewed journal of Taylor & Francis, which publishes original research contributions to scientific knowledge. Polar Geography is a quarterly publication that offers a venue for scholarly research on the physical and human aspects of the Polar Regions. The journal seeks to address the component interplay of the natural systems, the complex historical, political, economic, cultural, diplomatic, and security issues, and the interchange amongst them. As such, the journal welcomes comparative approaches, critical scholarship, and alternative and disparate perspectives from around the globe. The journal offers scientists a venue for publishing longer papers such as might result from distillation of a thesis, or review papers that place in global context results from coordinated national and international efforts currently underway in both Polar Regions.


Please send your abstract by email before the deadline to one of the editors. Full manuscripts will have to be submitted online via ScholarOne.

2017 Polar Continental Shelf Program Science Report

The Polar Continental Shelf Program (PCSP) is pleased to announce the release of the 2017 Polar Continental Shelf Program Science Report.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Natural Resources Canada’s Polar Continental Shelf Program (PCSP). Since its establishment in 1958, the PCSP has played an important role in scientific research in Canada’s North through provision of safe, efficient and cost-effective logistics to researchers.

This report showcases the ongoing, world-class science that is being conducted by PCSP-supported researchers from a range of disciplines in the natural and social sciences. Their work is important for developing an improved understanding of the past, present and future of Canada and its Arctic.

We hope that you enjoy the PCSP Science Report. To download a copy of the report click here or visit the PCSP Publications page on the PCSP website (

Research community encouraged to take part in survey as part of Arctic science portfolio review

The National Science Foundation’s Office of Polar Programs (OPP) is seeking input from the arctic research community for its Arctic Science Section (ARC) Portfolio Review Committee, which is reviewing ARC’s successes as well as potential future changes in the scope and structure of its programs, and the balance of its funding.

In March 2018, a committee of 16 Arctic experts from a range of disciplines was assembled to conduct the review. The results of the survey will be critical to the deliberations of the Portfolio Review Committee.

ARC funds research within and across a wide range of disciplines, all affected by rapidly changing natural and social Arctic systems. Survey responses will be crucial to the future of ARC programs.

OPP is seeking frank, constructive and informative responses. Survey responses will be anonymous, as the results are identified only by a computer-generated ID number. Only aggregate findings will be included in the final report.

The survey should take roughly 1-15 minutes to complete.
Click on, or copy-and-paste, this link in any Web browser to access survey. From there, just follow the instructions:

A browser that runs Flash is required, but it is also possible install and run Flash if the browser requests it.

Launch of the GlobalArctic MOOC

I am pleased to introduce you the GloablArctic Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) initiated by the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). This MOOC introduces you the dynamics between global changes and changes in the Arctic. This is the first online course dedicated to Arctic issues in a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary approach.

Launched through the summer, the GlobalArctic MOOC is freely accessible on Coursera's learning platform. Check the following link:

For more information regarding the project, please, feel free to follow its activities on the GlobalArctic website, Twitter and LinkedIn!

Warmest greetings,

Florian Vidal

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