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.

Breakout Sessions Proposals for Arctic Circle Assembly are now being accepted

The Arctic Circle Assembly will be held in October 10 – 13, 2019 in Reykjavík, Iceland. 

Session guidelines can be found here and the proposal form here.

Participation will be granted based on session topic, area of focus, goals, and room availability at the Harpa Reykjavík Concert Hall and Conference Center. When proposals are submitted, 50% of speakers need to be confirmed.

Programs from previous Assemblies, which list all past Breakout Sessions, may be found at The Arctic Circle provides an open, democratic forum for discussion and cooperation on Arctic Affairs.

Deadline: 10 May 2019

Bergen Summer Research School June 2019

Bergen Summer Research School (BSRS) takes place from 17-27 June 2019. The school has a general focus on current global challenges and the Sustainable Development Goals, through six multi-disciplinary courses on water, climate change, migration, maternal health, cultural heritage, and poverty.  Current PhD-students from any country are eligible to apply. Deadline is February 24, 2019.

An overarching aim of BSRS 2019 is to explore interfaces between research and policymaking (“science diplomacy”).

The series of parallel courses with top international lecturers and plenary sessions will help you frame your research to make an impact on policies for a sustainable future. BSRS is composed of course lectures and group discussions, shared sessions on research tools and presentation skills, high-profile keynotes, interactive plenaries, and an excursion into the fjord- and waterscapes of Western Norway.

Current PhD-students from any country can apply. For more information and to apply, visit the website.

Invitation to the High North Dialogue Conference 2019

Invitation to the High North Dialogue Conference 2019

For years now, The Arctic Institute is supporting the High North Center for Business and Governance to organise the annual High North Dialogue. Also this year, we have the pleasure of inviting you to Bodø, Norway on April 3-4, 2019.
The yearly High North Dialogue conference gathers experts and stakeholders from a range of sectors, and has a strong focus on business development and economic growth in the High North. One aspect that participants highlight as especially useful, is the fact that the conference provides a platform to interact with young academics and professionals with an interest in the Arctic. The conference coincides with weeklong Master and PhD courses that gather graduate students from Norway, Russia, China, and several other countries.
The theme of this year’s conference is Business in the Arctic. We will explore topics such as High North scenarios, Smart Cities, maritime waste and the regional dimension of development. Business leaders and entrepreneurs will share their thoughts and know-how on how the enormous business potential in the Arctic can be harvested.

For the third year in a row, we present the High North Hero Award to a person or an organisation that has contributed to highlighting the importance of the High North. We invite everyone to nominate candidates. Deadline February 15.
We would also like to invite you to take part in our research workshop Thursday April 4, connecting scholars across academic fields to discuss different aspects of growth in the Arctic. We invite you to submit an abstract of a paper concerned with the topic of the workshop by February 15. For more information, look here.
For more information on the conference and registration, please refer to or reach out to Andreas Raspotnik at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

YES Conference 2019: Call for Abstract Deadline

We would like to remind you for the call for abstract concerning the International Congress of the Young Earth Scientist Network YES „Rocking Earth’s Future“ taking place from the 9th to 13th September at the Freie University Berlin, Henry Ford Building. With more than 40 sessions covering the following themes we would like to attract young academics:

Resourcing Future Generations

The question how to resource future generations is of particular importance for the right of populations to improve their standards of living but also for the question on how we can preserve our plantet. The International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) declared the topic „Resourcing Future Generations“ as its flagship initiative. The YES congress will add to the initiative of the IUGS the perspective of the youth and the early career scientists. 

Big Data

A priority theme is how to treat the vast amounts of data that are being collected and stored at a rate faster than they can be analyzed. This data holds huge potential to learn more about the Earth and to make new discoveries. Access to „Big Data“, its use and management will be one of the priority themes of the congress

Natural Hazards

Changing hydro-climatic and socio-economic conditions can increase the impact of natural hazards, such as floods, droughts, earthquakes, landslides, etc. The severeness of the impacts calls for better mitigation strategies, but also for new approaches to tackle the transient nature of hazards and risks. The YES congress aims to establish a platform for the active exchange of  advanced knowledge and methods in the field of complex system analysis. 

Science Communication and Communicating Science

The way and methods how we communicate sciences has become increasingly important, especially concerning the discussion linked to climate change but also to other subjects relevant for the Earth science. Special workshops will present the newest achievements, methodologies and discussions in the field of science communication and on how we present facts and uncertainties to the public and politics. 

Training and Learning for Young scientists

Addressing such issues need an inter- and transdisciplinary approach. Therefore, advanced interdisciplinary problem-solving strategies and approaches will be given high priority and presented in special workshop sessions. Pre-conference workshops and summer schools shall offer the young academics further opportunities to enhance their skills in relevant fields within the Earth science. 

Publication and Sustainability

The conference proceedings with extended abstracts will be internationally published by GFZ German Research Centre for Geoscience via the electronic publication platform „GFZpublic“. GFZpublic is an open access platform. This will make the conference papers longtime citable and available. The results of the congress will be furthermore disseminated via the IUGS and the IAG and their publication platforms.  

The deadline for the call for abstract is February 18th 2019.

Information on the themes, workshops, summer schools, training courses, excursion and on the abstract submission procedure you can find at:

Open Global Glacier Model (OGGM) workshop

The OGGM workshop is an annual, informal meeting for developers, users, and future users of the Open Global Glacier Model (
*** This fourth edition will take place in Grenoble, France, from Monday 17 to Friday 21 June 2019. ***
We encourage you to register before March 31st, 2019, if you are interested in the model ! For more information, visit our website: 
Please contact us if you have any question, we will be happy to give you more information !
Champollion Nicolas - Postdoc on Glacier Evolution Projections
Climate Lab - Institute of Geography - University of Bremen
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Tel: +49 421 218 67177

Global Water Futures microsatellite survey

Global Water Futures is working closely with Honeywell Aerospace to design a microsatellite mission for water research. The current design of the mission includes a hyperspectral imager, GNSS reflectometer, and ground sensor network capability. 
Our team is calling on all water researchers, students, or other potential users to fill out a 10-minute survey to help us assess the needs of the water research community.
Take the survey here:, or visit our webpage for information and updates. 

Registrations are open / Sentinel North Field School on Permafrost engineering applied to transportation infrastructure

Sentinel North International PhD School - Permafrost engineering applied to transportation infrastructure

Aurora College, Inuvik (Northwest Territories, Canada)

Sentinel North announces a new international Ph.D. school, to be held from June 2-8, 2019, at the Inuvik Campus of Aurora College, Northwest Territories, on the theme of Permafrost engineering applied to transportation infrastructure.

Aimed at both graduate students and professionals, this advanced course will provide participants with state-of-the-art training supervised by internationally renowned professors and researchers. The location is not a coincidence, as Inuvik is located in particularly difficult terrain, rich in ice and thaw-sensitive permafrost, in the MacKenzie Delta. The course will allow to observe the characteristics of the Demptser and Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk highways and to understand the challenges of construction in the North in the best possible way.

Registrations are currently open to recruit a team of early career researchers and professionals in the field.

Applications will be assessed as they are received and decisions will be made on a rolling basis until April 15, 2019.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their application now to benefit from the best rates.

For all details:

Call for Meeting Registration: Climate Change Needs Behavior Change - Washington, D.C.

Organizers invite registration for their meeting titled BE.Hive: Climate Change Needs Behavior. This one-day summit will convene 19 March 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time in Washington, D.C.

The goal of the summit is to explore global climate change through the lens of human behavior. Participants will learn about approaches for shifting human behavior to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the latest insights from behavioral science.

Speakers will include environmentalists, artists, storytellers, and explorers.

For more information, including a list of speakers, and to register, go to:
Meeting homepage

For questions, contact:
Andrea Wilk
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Call for Abstracts: Arctic Science Summit Week 2019 - Arkhangelsk, Russia

Organizers invite abstract submissions for Arctic Science Summit Week 2019. The thematic focus of the summit is Climate Change and Development of the Arctic Population, and will convene 22-30 May 2019 in Arkhangelsk, Russia.

The summit will include discussions and roundtables, presentations, reports, and scientific sessions. Speakers will include members of the Russian Academy of Sciences representing various fields of science, well-known foreign researchers from the leading scientific centers of the Arctic and non-Arctic states, heads of the largest national companies of Russia pursuing industrial and infrastructure development in the region, and representatives of the Arctic territories.

The summit will also include the ceremony of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) medal. The award is presented by the president of the IASC and accompanied by a lecture by the laureate.

Abstract submission deadline: 28 February 2019

To submit an abstract, go to:
Abstract submission webpage

For more information, go to:
Meeting homepage

For questions, contact:
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SOCHICRI 2019 annual meeting invitation and abstract deadline

The Chilean Society of the Cryosphere, (SOCHICRI, Sociedad Chilena de la Criósfera) invites researchers, professionals and students in Chile and abroad to its annual 2019 meeting. The meeting will take place in the city of La Serena, on May 9-10, organized by the Centre for Advanced Studies in Arid Zones (CEAZA).
If you wish to present your research at the meeting, please submit an abstract to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We accept contributions focused on any component of the cryosphere, including field based and theoretical studies, remote sensing, numerical simulations, legal frameworks, impacts, risks, associated water resources, and others. A template for the abstract has been posted on dropbox ( Abstracts can be sent in Spanish or English. Please indicate if you prefer an oral or poster presentation. The deadline for abstract submission is March 15. 
This year, we will organize several workshops that will take place on Friday afternoon (May 10), such as glacier monitoring with drones and geophysical methods. We kindly invite you to indicate your interest in contributing to these workshops, or suggest your own, as soon as possible. 
Registration for the meeting will be opened from March 4 to April 1 with a reduced price of $20.000 CLP (students) and $30.000 CLP (professionals). After April 1, fees increase to $25.000 CLP (students) and $40.000 CLP (professionals).
After the main meeting, a field trip to the upper areas of Río Hurtado Basin will take place on May 11. This activity will be financed independently by the field trip attendants. 
Event details, such as the exact location and program, will be communicated in the following weeks.
We are looking forward to hearing from you! 

Meeting Announcement: Diversity and Inclusion Working Group Kickoff Meeting Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) Collaborations

The Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) Collaborations invites participation at the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group kickoff meeting. This meeting will convene online via Zoom on Monday, 11 February 2019 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

The purpose of this Working Group is to recognize the value of diversity and inclusiveness in Arctic science. This team encourages open conversations on how to increase inclusion and equity in scientific research in a way that will enhance problem solving and improve innovative solutions to address the most pressing challenges facing the Arctic. This group is designed to be a space to share resources and ideas from all perspectives in Arctic research . Join the meeting to discuss the diversity and inclusion activities happening within your organization and potential action items for the working group.

Team leaders include Olivia Lee of the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Colleen Strawhacker, the Associate Program Director for the Arctic Social Sciences and System Sciences Programs (ARCSS) in the National Science Foundation’s Office of Polar Programs.

For more information, including Zoom connection information, go to:
Meeting webpage

For questions, contact:
Jessica Rohde
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IARPC Collaborations Diversity & Inclusion Working Group: Kick Off Meeting

IARPC Collaborations is kicking off a new working group on Diversity and Inclusions on Monday, February 11, 1-2 PM EST (this is also International Day of Women and Girls in Science).  Please join us! More info at:

Team Leaders:
Olivia Lee, University of Alaska Fairbanks and IARPC Sea Ice Collaboration Team Leader
Colleen Strawhacker, Associate Program Director for the Arctic Social Sciences and System Sciences Programs (ARCSS) in the National Science Foundation’s Office of Polar Programs.

Recognizing the value of diversity and inclusiveness in Arctic science, this team encourages open conversations on how to increase inclusion and equity in scientific research in a way that will enhance problem solving and improve innovative solutions to address the most pressing challenges facing the Arctic. This group is designed to be a space to share resources and ideas from all perspectives in Arctic research and welcomes allies of all kinds. Please join us to discuss the diversity and inclusion activities happening within your organizations and potential action items for the working group.

Contact APECS

APECS International Directorate
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research
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