Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


Unanimously adopted by the first APECS Council on 16 June 2008, these Terms of Reference are intended to describe the inception of APECS, membership, and basic organization. This is further elaborated upon in the Rules of Procedure. The Terms of Reference can be modified through due process in order to respond to the changing needs, composition and activities of an evolving APECS. To respond to the changing needs of APECS the APECS Terms of Reference was amended on September 9 2014.

1. Framework of The Association of Early Career Polar Scientists

1.1. Name
The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists is the official name of the organization and will herein be referred to as APECS.

1.2 APECS and the International Polar Year 2007-2008
APECS grew out of the 4th International Polar Year (IPY-4) 2007-08. IPY-4 occurred at a time of increasing scientific and public interest in the polar regions, centered on global climate change, and through enhanced scientific understanding, media attention, primary and secondary school (K-12) educational programs, and public literacy campaigns connected with climate change. Research and Educational Outreach activities of IPY-4 sought to improve both our understanding and our communication of all aspects of the Polar Regions and their broader global connections.

Present-day environmental, ecological, social and geopolitical changes in the Polar Regions are expected to continue and become even more pressing. Fully understanding these changes and their global connections and impacts will require innovative, transformative, international and interdisciplinary polar research. The need to stimulate and nurture the next generation of researchers is crucial to achieving these goals. An important objective of IPY is to ensure a legacy of continued polar research and literacy by encouraging the development of the next generation of researchers and educators with interests in the Polar Regions and the broader Cryosphere. APECS was founded as a response to these needs and as a legacy of the IPY -4 Project 168, the International Youth Steering Committee.

1.3. Organization and Objectives
APECS is an international and interdisciplinary organization for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, early faculty members, educators and others with interests in Polar Regions, Alpine Regions and the wider cryosphere. Our aims are to stimulate interdisciplinary and international research collaborations, and develop effective future leaders in polar research, education and outreach. We seek to achieve these aims by: (i) facilitating international and interdisciplinary networking to share ideas and experiences and to develop new research directions and collaborations; (ii) providing opportunities for professional career development; and (iii) promoting education and outreach as an integral component of polar research and to stimulate future generations of polar researchers.

2. Membership

Eligibility, duties, rights and responsibilities, and composition of all entities referred to below are described in the APECS Rules of Procedure.

APECS membership is open to individual members and organizational members. Individual members do not need to be affiliated with a member organization.

2.1 Individual Members
Individual membership is open to students, educators, early career researchers and others with an interest in the Polar Regions, Alpine Regions and Cryosphere.

2.2 Organizational Members
Organizational membership is open to organizations with interests consistent with APECS, such as (i) formally registered and recognized national and regional APECS committees, (ii) disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and science policy related organizations, and (iii) other groups that share APECS' goals.

3. Organization structure

Beyond members, the APECS organizational structure shall include an open Council, and an elected Executive Committee , which shall be supported by a Directorate. Further committees or working groups can be created as needed. These positions are open to all individual members through a democratic process. An Advisory Committee will provide support and guidance to the organisation.

4. Declaration

APECS is a scientific, non-profit organization committed to democratic principles, inclusiveness, non-discrimination and responsible environmental stewardship.

Adopted by the APECS 2007-2008 Council on 16 June 2008 – by unanimous approval.

APECS Executive Committee 2007-2008

Kriss Rokkan Iversen - President, University of Tromso, Norway
Daniel Pringle, University of Alaska, USA
Hugues Lantuit, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Germany
Narelle Baker, Scott Polar Research Institute, UK
Jose Xavier, Center for Marine Sciences, Portugal
Jenny Baeseman – Director, International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska, USA

APECS Council 2007-2008

Adrian McCallum, Scott Polar Research Institute
Alexandre Trindade Nieuwendam, Centro de Estudos Geograficos, Portugal
Amber Church, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Armelle Decaulne, CNRS, France
Arthur Mason, Arizona State University, USA
Arid Bring, Stockholm University, Sweden
Bettina Kaiser, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Caroline Souffreau, University Ghent, Belgium
Claudia Halsband-Lenk, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK
Dirk Notz, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Germany
Edward Moss, Uffington, Oxon, UK
James Cheshire, University of Southampton, UK
Jason Davis, The Ohio State University, USA
Jill Zamzow, University of Alabama, USA
Kazuyuki Saito, Nagoya University, Japan and University of Alaska, USA
Kristina Backstrand, Stockholm University, Sweden
Liz Thomas, British Antarctic Survey, UK
Mieke Sterken, University Ghent, Belgium
Melianie Raymond, University of Otago, New Zealand
Peter DiFiore, Princeton University, USA
Rhian Salmon, IPY IPO, UK
Tina Tin, Antarctic Southern Ocean Coalition, France
Torsten Sachs, AWI
Tyler Kuhn, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Xiao Cunde, State Key Laboratory of Cryospheric Sciences in Lanzhou, China
Amended by the APECS 2013-2014 Council on September 9, 2014 – by unanimous approval of the council.

APECS Executive Committee 2013-2014

Christie Logvinova (president), Clark University, United States/Russia
Frigga Kruse, University of Groningen, Netherlands
Russell Fielding, University of Denver, United States
Jean-Sébastien Moore, Université Laval, Canada
Iglika Trifonova, Bulgarian Antarctica Institute, Bulgaria
Jennifer Provencher (ex-officio), Carleton University, Canada
Penelope Wagner (ex-officio), University of Delaware, United States/Norway
Yulia Zaika (ex-officio), M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia
Gerlis Fugmann – Executive Director of APECS, University of Tromsø, Norway

APECS Council 2013-2014

Cristian Aldea, University of Magallanes, Chile
Elaine Alves dos Santos, University of State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Sarah Bartholow, Arctic Research Consortium of the United States, United States
Roxanne Beltran, University of Alaska, United States
Vincent Carrier, Université Laval/University Centre in Svalbard, Canada/Norway
Eleanor Darlington, Loughborough University, United Kingdom
Archana Dayal, The Energy and Resources Institute, India
Pedro Echevesta, University of the Balearic Islands, Spain
Francyne Elias-Piera, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain/Brazil
Ellyn Enderlin, University of Maine Climate Change Institute, United States
Laura Fleming-Sharp, Arctic Studies Center, Canada/United States
Ruth Hindshaw, University of St. Andrews, United Kingdom
Patricia Johnston, University of British Columbia, Canada
Alia Khan, University of Colorado, United States
Laura Kelvin, Western University, Canada
Laura Ferguson, Hariot-Watt University, United Kingdom
Minkyoung Kim, POSTECH, Korea
Michael Laiho, University of Lapland, Finland/United Kingdom
Maja Lisowska, Jagiellonian University, Poland
Silvia Lourenço, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
Sanna Majaneva, University of Helsinki, Finland
Heather Mariash, McGill University, Finland/Canada
Adam Naito, Texas A&M University, United States
Karolina Paquin, University of Tromsø, Norway
Hugo Romero, University of Manchester, Chile/United Kingdom
Kristen Shake, Clarke University, United States
Sara Strey, University of Illinois, United States
Astrid Surmatz, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Zuzanna Swirad, Scott Polar Research Institute, United Kingdom
Ines Tavernier, Consortium Marine at the University of Gent, Belgium
Alexandre Trindade Niewendam, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Tristy Vick-Majors, Montana State University, United States
Bianca Zhang, the Arctic Institute, Iceland

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