Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

Council Meeting IPYOslo Fernandoy2Did you ever wonder how an international organization is run and sets its priorities? Who helps to make the decisions about how things work? Who are the leaders of these organizations and what are they doing? For APECS, this major decision making body is the Council - and if you're looking to gain some great leadership experience, on an international level, and help shape the future of polar research, think about getting involved in the Council!

Council members are involved in many activities: they organize events and activities for early career researchers around the world; they are engaged in several Council project groups; they shape the future of APECS together with the Executive Committee and the Directorate by helping to plan the directions, goals and objectives of our organization; they serve as representative of an international community; and they help to keep our members updated on new results in polar research! Because they are active leaders, they often get opportunities to represent APECS at important conferences and meetings and are recognized by senior leaders in their field.

Join the 2017-2018 APECS Council

Foto World SummitAre you looking for a way to get or remain active in APECS and the APECS leadership? Apply for the APECS Council 2017-2018!

The 2017-2018 Council term is from 1 October 2017 through 30 September 2018. We encourage YOU to consider applying to help us shape our organisation and the future of polar research!

The APECS Council is the larger of the two leadership committees of APECS. Its members work on projects, coordinate APECS activities, and govern the organisation. The Council has two categories of members:

  • individual Council members (any APECS member who wants to serve on the APECS Council as an individual);
  • representatives from APECS National Committees and organisational members of APECS (i.e., partner organisations).

For a more detailed information on the these categories and their tasks, rights and responsibilities please read the Council Charter.

Additional information about the Council can be found on our Council pages. Get to know our current Council members and read notes of our meetings. No prior experience with APECS is necessary to join the Council, and we encourage all APECS members to consider applying.

The Council elects the APECS Executive Committee (ExCom), which manages the day-to-day decisions of the organisation. We are also accepting applications for the ExCom at the moment! You can find more information about how to apply, on the ExCom elections page. Any APECS member can apply for the ExCom, but some prior experience with APECS or equivalent is generally recommended.

How to apply?


For both first time applicants and returning applicants, the Executive Committee will vote on your application at the end of September and inform you of the outcome of your application.

If you have any questions, or you want any general information about the APECS Council please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

We really appreciate all our APECS volunteers and their commitment to paving the way for the future of polar research!

APECS Council Charter

The APECS Council charter was ammended October 2016 to reflect revised roles for National Committee Representatives on the Council. 

Rights and Responsibilities of Council Members
Approved 1 February 2011
Updated and amended unanimously by the 2015-2016 APECS Council on 18 September 2016

Updated and amended by the 2016-2017 APECS Council on 17 October 2016

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Contact APECS

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