Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


ipy logoThe latest International Polar Year (2007-2009; IPY) was a huge success in many ways with education, outreach and communication (EOC) an important part of that success. After the close of IPY there were many lessons to learn from the numerous EOC efforts that took place around the globe. Recognizing IPY EOC as an important area that the world of science could learn from Jenny Baeseman (APECS) and Dave Carlson (UNAVCO, formerly IPY IPO) spearheaded an inventory and assessment of the IPY EOC activites conducted in 2010 and 2011.

In total over 550 projects were inventoried in over 70 countries. Activities, projects and programmes spanned the globe in more than 25 languages. The results of this study are the only known inventory and assessment of global IPY EOC activities to date. You can view the various project products below including a serachable database of all the activities (the Polar Outreach catalogue) and the formal ICSU report.

ICSU supported assessment of IPY EOC activities

ICSU (International Council for Science) is a non-governmental organization with a global membership of national scientific bodies (121 members) and international scientific unions (30 members). With its involvement often behind the scenes, ICSU's role is to mobilise knowledge and resources within the international scientific community to strengthen international science for the benefit of society. The latest International Polar Year (IPY) was just one of the many science initiatives that ICSU has supported.

Now that the latest IPY has come to a close ICSU, along with two of its members, IASC (International Arctic Science Committee) and SCAR (Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research), are interested in the Education, Outreach and Communication that occurred during IPY. To do this ICSU is funding APECS and its partners to conduct an inventory and assess the lessons learned from conducting such a successful, global EOC initiative.

ICSU IPY EOC Grant Application - PDF

IPY EOC Assessment International Steering Committee formed

This is the IPY EOC International Steering Committee that worked together to carry out the IPY EOC assessment project and to inventory and compile IPY EOC activities that have occurred over the last few years around the world. Along with this inventory a general assessment of the EOC work that was done during the IPY started. We worked hard gathering as much information about EOC activities that went on during the latest IPY. 

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IPY Education and Outreach Lessons Project Assistent hired

icsu logoAs you may be aware, the International Council for Science (ICSU) awarded a small grant to APECS, the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), and the IPY International Programme Office. The purpose of this grant was to conduct an inventory and begin planning for a general assessment, from an international viewpoint, of Education, Outreach and Communication (EOC) strategies, programmes, and networks active during IPY.

Jennifer ProvencherWe are pleased to announce that we have hired Jennifer Provencher from Victoria, BC, Canada as our project assistant. Jennifer has formal training in education and assessment, has been a science teacher and curriculum developer, as well as an IPY researcher working on the impacts of climate change on Arctic birds.  For more information on Jennifer, please see a short bio on her below.

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