Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


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Celebrate Antarctica Day with us!

1 December 2020

The international polar community celebrated Antarctica Day on the 1st of December to commemorate the 61st anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty. During this year, the APECS Antarctica Day Project Group (PG) planned a series of activities for all our members and national committees to raise awareness of the importance of Antarctica in a fast changing world.

We enthusiastically encouraged our early career researchers (ECR) to both join our activities and to communicate with us if you were planning something special to celebrate Antarctica with your community. Thanks to the wide collaborations between countries, we could expand and enrich our events and celebrated the spirit of international peace and scientific cooperation that signified the signing of the Antarctic Treaty in 1959.

On this occasion, the Antarctica Day PG organized the following activities for everyone to join:

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1. Art & Photo Competition

For the Art Competition, we aimed to encourage people from all age groups and backgrounds to share their view on Antarctica. The "Junior Art" category was for people of ages below 18, the "Senior Art" category for people of age 18 and above.

For the Photo Competition, we encouraged people to share their experience of Antarctica through their eyes; either from your own perspective (Category 1) or by showing you in Antarctica (Category 2).

The winners will be announced after a public vote following Antarctica Day.

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Rules and Regulations:

Antarctica Day 2020 Video Project

This was a call for short video clips that you have recorded in Antarctica, no matter if you are a scientist, videographer or a tourist. This video features scientists sharing their experiences from their research and their time in Antarctica, as well as the fragments of short video clips submitted by the public.


3. Online Webinars

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Two online sessions with scientists from around the world were held, covering the topic “Building Bridges between Science and Governance & Science in Antarctica - First hand experiences"

Regardless of whether or not you decided to participate in a competition, you are encouraged to share your own experiences (photos, videos) with us using the hashtags below on social media (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram): #AntarcticaDay2020 #PolarArt #PolarPhotoContestDay

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Antarctica Day 2020 - Webinar, session 1 from APECS Webinars on Vimeo.





Antarctica Day 2020 - Webinar, session 2 from APECS Webinars on Vimeo.

Antarctica Day 2020 activities around the world

Find out about all activities happening around the world on our Antarctica Day activties page.

You are organizing an activity that is not listed yet? Just fill out the form below so we can add it to our list of events. If you do have any questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Organizing Committee

Listed alphabetically:

  • Azamat Tolipov
  • Claudia Maturana
  • Deniz Vural
  • Elizabeth Perera
  • Friederike Säring
  • Gabriela Roldan
  • Katharina Heinrich
  • Marlen Kolbe
  • Nicole Stark
  • Priyanka Vinayak Gaikwad

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions or comments. We are happy to help!

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