Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

In our Polar News we feature 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..       

Only the Polar News of the last ca. 6 months are kept on this page. To view the older Polar News, please go to our Polar News Archive.

                               © Alexey Pavlov, Caroline Coch, Alice Bradley, Adrian Dahood, Elizabeth Erickson (left to right)

Banner 4


Save the Date: Bridging Science, Art, and Community in the New Arctic Workshop


Organizers announce the Bridging Science, Art, and Community in the New Arctic workshop. This workshop will convene 23-26 September 2019 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The workshop will consist of a one-day symposium featuring disciplinary research presentations by various practitioners, including environmental scientists, musicians, architects, and anthropologists, followed by a three-day working meeting for interdisciplinary discussions among researchers, Alaskan youth, and university students. There will also be musical performances and art exhibitions.

The workshop will be organized around a core scientific question that focuses on a very specific, and human-relevant, spatial scale of the Arctic landscape. That question is: how does the changing Arctic landscape affect the natural, built, and cultural environments of the Arctic system?

The proposed question and the unique methods of inquiry will lead to a workshop outcome of action items for moving forward a new agenda of highly interdisciplinary means for research, education, and outreach.

More information will be available at a later date.

For questions, contact:
Howard Epstein
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 434-924-4308

REMINDER: Funding Opportunity Available - Early Career Faculty Innovator Program


The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) invites applications for the Early Career Faculty Innovator Program.

The Early Career Faculty Innovator Program is a new funding opportunity for early career faculty in the social sciences and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields outside of NCAR's core expertise to co-develop interdisciplinary research projects in partnership with scientists and engineers at NCAR.

The Innovators Program aims to fund six faculty and one graduate student of each faculty participant for two years, starting in summer 2019. Research themes that align with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and NCAR strategic priorities are selected for each two-year cohort.

The 2019-2020 research theme is Coastal Regions and Human Settlements. Prospective applicants are invited to submit a proposal for an interdisciplinary research project on coastal processes, the built environment, and the people that inhabit coastal regions. This theme is intended to be very broad and can be extended to include topics spanning weather to climate, terrestrial/atmospheric processes that influence coastal communities, the built environment, national security, ecological systems, and human dimensions research.

Each year, funding includes:

  • A three-month summer salary for faculty;
  • Year-round funding for one graduate student per faculty;
  • Summer research sabbatical at NCAR for each faculty and their graduate student, including travel and housing costs;
  • Limited research funds for costs, such as surveys or computing;
  • Conference travel to one national meeting; and
  • An annual principal investigator workshop to discuss science, career development, and program aspects with faculty, graduate students, NCAR scientists, and other collaborators.

Application deadline: 1 March 2019

For more information, including application instructions, go to:
Program homepage

For questions, contact:
Cassandra O’Lenick
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 303-497-2821

Research Funding Opportunity for Arctic Research

The Belmont Forum is pleased to announce the launch of a second Collaborative Research Action focused on Arctic region. The title of this international funding opportunity is Resilience in a Rapidly Changing Arctic (CRA Arctic II). The call aims at bringing together researchers and other expertise across the globe to develop proposals from integrated teams of scientists and stakeholders to address key areas of arctic resilience understanding and action. This collaboration of academic and non-academic knowledge systems constitutes a transdisciplinary approach that will advance not only understanding of the fundamentals of arctic resilience but also spur action, inform decision-making, and translate into solutions for resilience.

Proposing consortia shall address at least two of seven interconnected elements of resilience as described in the Arctic Resilience Report of the Arctic Council: natural, social, financial, cultural and human capitals; infrastructure; and knowledge. Given the complexity and scope of the challenges, research consortia must be truly transdisciplinary, thus including researchers from: a) social sciences/humanities/economy and b) natural sciences/technology, as well as c) societal partners (i.e. citizens, civil society organizations), using a co-design, co-development and co-implementation approach.

Funders from 10 countries have committed resources for this call: Canada, Denmark, France, Japan, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and USA. The call aims to support medium-sized research projects with 3 to 4 years duration, with a recommended budget of up to 1.5 M€ each.

Resilience in a Rapidly Changing Arctic encourages international cooperation by requiring that projects are eligible for award by at least three of the funders supporting the call. Partners that are not eligible for funding through this call can participate in the research project at their own expense. Please ensure that your project theme is compliant with funding specifications by contacting the listed Organizational Contact Points in the relevant organizational annex documents for this call.

Proposing consortia seeking partners to meet the transdisciplinary or transnational requirements are encouraged to utilize existing Arctic and other networks to build their project teams, such as the Future Earth Open Network (, the International Arctic Science Council, IASC ( or the International Arctic Social Sciences Association, IASSA (https://iassa.orgamong others.
Deadline for proposals is on 14 June 2019.
Applications shall be submitted via the Belmont Forum application portal

Details of the call and the application process are provided via the application portal and the Belmont Forum web site: There are also training modules available for proposers on the Belmont Forum YouTube channel. Before starting to prepare proposals, applicants are advised to contact their funding organisation(s) as listed in the annex documents for the call. 

NSF Travel Grant Opportunity for ISAES 2019 (US attendees)

TRAVEL GRANT OPPORTUNITY (pending final NSF approval)
Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) 
XIII International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences (ISAES 2019)
Incheon, Republic of Korea, 22-26 July 2019

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences (ISAES) is held every four years and will be in the Republic of Korea from 22-26 July 2019 ( The SCAR XIII ISAES will bring together scientists from around the world with interests in Antarctic science. The Symposium is an excellent opportunity to present, view and discuss the most recent and important results of research on Antarctic earth sciences and related disciplines.

Travel Grant Opportunity: 
Applications for partial travel support (e.g., airfare, ground transportation, accommodation, meeting registration) are sought from students, post-doctoral researchers and other scientists at US institutions (funding cannot be provided to anyone at a non-US institution). Preference will be given to early career investigators (students and those within 5 years of completing PhD). Individuals from underrepresented groups in the sciences (e.g., women, persons with disabilities, blacks, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives) are encouraged to apply. Funding will be provided by the National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs (pending final approval).


  1. You must be enrolled as a student or employed at a US institution. 
  2. You must present a talk or poster at the as the lead author at the XIII SCAR ISAES. 
  3. Funds from the award may not be used to provide travel or related expenses to an individual whose comparable expenses are being defrayed by his/her employer or by some third party, including through another Federal grant.

All reimbursed air travel must be economy fare purchased through a US-flag carrier. Travel advances are not possible.

Application: Application form at

Deadline for Applications: 1 April 2019. (Decisions are expected by 25 April.)

Questions: Contact Deneb Karentz (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), University of San Francisco. 

Call for Papers: Special Issue “Sea ice observations and modeling in China and Norway”

The deadline of the submission to special issue “Sea ice observations and modeling in China and Norway” is extended to 31 May 2019.

Advances in Polar Science (APS) will publish a special issue with the theme “Sea ice observations and modeling in China and Norway” as an extension of “The 1st China-Norway bilateral workshop on Polar Observations and Modeling: Towards better operational Services for the Society”, held on 13-14 June 2018 in Tromso, Norway. This issue will be APS Volume 30(4).

Please visit APS’s website for more details:

Calotte Academy 2019 - Call for Papers

The Calotte Academy 2019 ‘Future Arctic Societies: Scenarios, Innovations, Best Practices & Actors’ will be organized in June 2-9, 2019, in the European Arctic — Inari and Hetta, Finland; Kautokeino, Norway; Apatity, Russia (tbc.).

The 2019 Academy will discuss Arctic issues and discourses in the context of the regional and globalized Arctic theoretically and holistically from many angles and disciplinary   approaches,   from   academic   and   policy-oriented   ones   –   including exploration,   exploitation,   tourism,   infrastructure   and   technologies,   and telecommunications   and   digitalization   —   and   from   the   perspectives   of   past(s), present(s) and in particular future(s) — as well as from global, or international, Arctic and local  contexts  in  the  European  Arctic,  and  from  points of  view  of different stakeholders.

This is call for papers for established researchers and early-career scientists (ECS), particularly PhD candidates and post-docs, with different academic backgrounds to participate and present their work in the 2019 Calotte Academy. Participation   fee   (to   cover   transport,   accommodation,   and   materials   during   the Academy) for ECS is 400€, and for senior scientists 800€. For a limited number of ECS the organizers will cover the costs of bus travel during the Academy as well as accommodation. Applications, incl. freely formulated funding applications, should be submitted Online at, from January 2019.

The deadline for applications — which should include an abstract (ca. 250-350 words) and a short letter of intent — for PhD candidates and post-docs is March 17, 2019.

Read the full call here.

Online survey: Potentials and expectations of the Agreement on Enhancing Arctic Scientific Cooperation

The Agreement on Enhancing Arctic Scientific Cooperation was signed in May 2017 after which it has been ratified by all Arctic eight countries (USA, Canada, Kingdom of Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia).

The purpose of the Agreement is to enhance cooperation in Scientific Activities in order to increase effectiveness and efficiency in the development of scientific knowledge about the Arctic. The key element of enhanced cooperation is the better access to research areas, infrastructures, facilities and data including education, training and entries and exits of the persons.

The agreement is now in force and for effective implementation it is important to know what are the needs and potential problems faced by researchers and students in getting access to Arctic (nationally and internationally). Denmark has the responsibility to collect the feedback from nations. In March 11, 2019 Denmark will organize a meeting on the implementation of the agreement. For that meeting UArctic has agreed to collect and provide information from its members and collaborating partners on the potentials and possible problems they have faced in getting access to Arctic.

For collecting the information UArctic has opened an online survey.

This online survey is open to anyone who would like to contribute and its results will be shared in the above mentioned meeting. No personal data will be published or shared (you can also answer anonymously), only the issues provided will be presented.  The survey has two parts, first one will focus on the agreement and second part will collect problems you might have had in getting an access to other Arctic country (based on the articles at the agreement).

The survey will be open until February 28th, 2019.  

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Kirsi Latola: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Call for Papers: II International Scientific and Practical Conference "Psychology of extreme professions"

Northern (Arctic) Federal University, UArctic TN "Working in the Arctic" and Arkhangelsk Branch of the Russian Psychological Society invite applications for the international conference, which will be held June 27 - 29, 2019 in Arkhangelsk and on the Solovetsky Archipelago in the White Sea. Apply before March 17

The aim of the conference is to summarize the developments, to advance in the scientific issues of psychological support of professional activity in extreme conditions; further conceptualization in the sphere of human interaction with the environment and work activity; discussion of modern approaches to the concept of extreme work, taking into account the poly-factorial negative impact of the environment on staff and total innovations.

The results of both fundamental research and applied research conducted in real or experimentally simulated conditions aimed at optimizing the work activities of individual workers, working teams or organizations in general are welcome.

Official languages of the conference: Russian, English.

A collection of conference materials will be published based on the results of the conference (ISPCPEP 2019), and will be indexed in Web of Science.

Applications for participation and extended annotations of articles are accepted until March 17, 2019.

Participation fee: 
388 EUR for full-time participation including the publication of an article, travel from Arkhangelsk to the Solovetsky Archipelago and back, and accommodation on the Solovetsky Archipelago. 
171 EUR for full-time participation including the publication of an article, without travel and accommodation

For other options and detailed information please see the conference web-page here.

Contact information:
Telephone: +7 (8182) 21-61-00 (ext. 29-19)
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact APECS

APECS International Directorate
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research
Telegrafenberg A45
14473 Potsdam
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our Sponsors

APECS Directorate Sponsor
AWI WortBildmarke Farbe RGB
Further Sponsors and Partners for APECS projects, activities and events