The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) is a multidisciplinary, international organization dedicated to maintaining a network of early career researchers to share ideas, develop collaborative research directions, provide career development opportunities, and promote education and outreach related to polar research. APECS has stimulated polar literacy through innovative science communication, well-integrated public outreach and engagement, and partnerships with Arctic and Antarctic organizations. Examples of oneand two-way engagement between APECS' members and the general public are illustrated in our involvement with digital events and social media initiatives. Successful events include Antarctica Day, webinars, and APECS' annual online conference. One of our popular social media initiatives is the biannual Polar Week celebration.
This includes Twitter campaigns, Reddit “Ask Me Anything” discussions, and photo and video contests. Benefits to using modern technologies and techniques for stimulating public engagement about polar research include easier dissemination of ideas across geographical distances as well as to remote areas with minimal cost and a low carbon footprint. While this presentation focuses on APECS' experiences, we will highlight how innovative communication promotes international discussion and cooperation across disciplines, then offer suggestions on how to incorporate similar elements into other outreach programs.