Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


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It's APECS International Polar Week September 2019!

Join us in celebrating the icy and Polar Regions of the world, and create further awareness of the science and activities being conducted in the Arctic and the Antarctic.

The APECS International Polar Week September 2019 is shaping up to be an exciting party! From the 23 to 29 September, we will be featuring some great activities organized by Polar early career researchers from around the world. This seven-day programme includes

We encourage you to share your own experiences with us using the hashtags: #PolarWeek, #ScientistsWhoSelfie, #PolarSTEAMM, #PolarArt, #PolarFilmFest. Don’t forget to seek out and help organize local events through your National Committees!

We encourage all APECS members and National Committees to organize their own activities. Let’s promote and profile all those great APECS members, mentors and educators that help us to understand better the Polar Latitudes! We would like to promote your activities, so please submit details through this form

Find out more below about the events happening around the world and how to participate. If you have any questions, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you for celebrating APECS International Polar Week September 2019 with us!


The APECS Webinar Series Polar Art proudly presents Marlo Garnsworthy’s webinar: ‘Bridging the Crevasse: Sharing the Cryosphere with the Public’

Polar Art Webinar 27 Sept updatedFriday 27th September, 2019, at 15:00 GMT

Webinar registration link

Marlo Garnsworthy is an editor, an author and illustrator, and a polar science communicator. She has a curiosity for the natural world since she was a little child growing up in Australia. Marlo’s ideal way of living involves being surrounded by nature/wilderness, writing, illustrating, exploring and adventure.

Marlo GarnsworthyMarlo visited Antarctica twice in her role as the Outreach officer, most recently on the JOIDES Resolution -IODP Expedition 382 in 2019. As a science communicator, Marlo focusses on polar science and oceanography, ‘Science communication is my driving passion, and I’m especially interested in how narrative, art, and animation can reach, engage, and inspire a broader audience. My current focus is on writing and illustrating nonfiction, and I occasionally write for sites such as Envirobites and Oceanbites’. Marlo has a joint science communication venture, Pixel Movers & Makers, with Kevin Pluck.

Follow Marlo on Twitter @MarloWordyBird and @SNowbirdsNBP
Read more about Marlo here.


APECS Webinar Series Polar Art proudly presents Gabby O’Connor’s webinar: “Art, Data, Audience and Disruption. Embedding Art in Antarctic Field Research”

Polar Art Webinar 1Date and time: 25 September 2019 @ 1:30 GMT (1:30pm NZ time)

Webinar registration link

Gabby O’Connor is an artist, educator and interdisciplinary researcher with training in sculpture and an interest in science communication and community. She frequently creates large scale community engagement projects that sees her collaborating with local school children for the creation of the artwork displayed. These workshops function as science communication and are multi-layered where the participants are making art, but also learning about science and history that relates to the project. Past projects have looked at Antarctica, Climate and Weather. Gabby O’Connor is a current PhD candidate with Auckland University with a scholarship from the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge researching intersections between art, science, education and community. In 2015 and 2016, O’Connor worked with K131 collecting data about sea-ice platelets, assisting and documenting research and creating artwork in a sea-ice camp on McMurdo Sound with Dr Tim Haskell, Dr Craig Stevens and Dr Natalie Robinson. She is currently based at NIWA Wellington (NZ).


Follow Gabby on Instagram: @studioantarctica and @theunseen_by_gabbyo
and Twitter: @o_gabbyo


Polar Art Blog

For September Polar Week 2019, we are showcasing a selection of artists working across a variety of media and focusing on polar regions in their work. Through their interviews, we discuss where Polar artists draw their inspiration, which media best captures the stunning and complex landscapes of the Arctic and Antarctic, and the themes that pop up throughout their interaction with polar regions. We also discuss engagement between polar researchers and art. Stay tuned for more artist blogs over the week! You can read all the blogs here

Conferencia Iberoamericana Online 2019

APECSIberoamThe Conferencia Iberoamericana Online aims to create a space where Polar Early Careers Researchers and Educators from Spanish-speaking countries can share their work in their native language among peers and interested public. This event is an opportunity for multidisciplinary learning and international networking breaking the barriers of language, bringing together enthusiastic people with an interest in the Polar Region and Cryosphere.

The Conferencia Iberoamericana Online will be on Thursday 26 September, 2019, starting at 19:00 GMT.

The deadline to submit abstracts is on 20 September at 23:59 GMT

See the call for abstracts (in Spanish) and more information about the conference on the conference website.

For enquiries, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Polar Week activities around the world

Find out about all activities happening around the world on our APECS International Polar Week activities 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..

Ideas for Participating in Polar Weeks

Polar WeeksYou can find others some good suggestions for education and outreach activities in the Polar Outreach Catalogue on the APECS website or have a look at the Polar Resource Book - Polar Science and Global Climate: An International Resource for Education and Outreach. You can contact the APECS Polar Weeks Group with questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We'd love to know what you are doing for Polar Weeks. Send pictures and stories to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Contact APECS

APECS International Directorate
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research
Telegrafenberg A45
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