Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


Early career researchers involved in APECS gain skills in leadership, communication, organization, and international cooperation, and the strength of the volunteer efforts are the driving force behind the organization. The APECS leadership is comprised of early career researchers that are interested in and committed to furthering the activities and the future directions of the organization. Project initiation and management, whether web-based or in-person events, are carried out by a number of member-initiated working groups and committees made up of both members and mentors.

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The Leadership Team

APECS structure 2016


International Directorate

  • The physical secretariat of APECS (hosted in Potsdam, Germany)

  • Serves as the main point of contact, day-to-day operations, and institutional memory

Advisory Committee

  • Senior-level polar researchers and administrators

  • Provides ongoing advice and support

Executive Committee

  • Annually elected by the open Council

  • Manages the organization and approves major decisions


  • Members nominated by organizations or self-nominated and approved by the Executive Committee

  • Contributes to the smooth implementation of APECS activities

  • Links APECS to current research activities, polar research communities, and international science groups

  • Ensures the sharing of information from various research areas and partner organizations

Project Groups

  • Project initiation and management
  • 3-10 individuals cooperating on a clearly outlined project

National Committees 

  • Represent the national branches of the larger international organization

APECS Representatives 

  • ECRs that represent APECS at meetings, and on committees and projects of partner organisations

Contact APECS

APECS International Directorate
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research
Telegrafenberg A45
14473 Potsdam
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Our Sponsors

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