Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

apecs cover 200pxThere are many great opportunities for young researchers to advance their careers, learn from senior mentors, and help include the view of other early career scientists into international science planning bodies. We would like to acknowledge the great efforts of the following people who are helping to represent you.

Official APECS representatives on committees, meetings and projects serve many roles. Sometimes they advocate for early career researchers, provide an early career perspective, act as rapporteurs, take on action points, or contribute just like any other member of the committee. It all depends what that particular APECS partner is looking for. Above all, the idea is that the partner organization benefits from having input from an APECS member, APECS benefits by working with and hearing news from that partner organization, and the APECS member benefits by gaining experience and networking connections.

Sometimes partner organizations are not looking for an official APECS representative, but rather an early career researcher who can provide perspective and learn from the committee. They come to APECS for help identifying ECRs to fill these roles. In these positions, the representative is not formally representing APECS. APECS advertises and makes nominations for these positions using the same procedure as for APECS representatives but makes it clear in the advertisement that the position does not require representing APECS.

So, how do you become an APECS rep? APECS actively encourages our partner organizations to include APECS reps on committees, meetings, and projects. Some organizations will also approach APECS because they want early career input.

The APECS ExCom will put out a call for applications when a representative position opens up. If there isn’t travel funding included, there may be a location-dependent aspect to these calls. Sometimes either APECS or the partner organization will have particular APECS members in mind for these roles due to previous experience & knowledge or some skill set. The application itself generally includes a CV and an expression of interest. The ExCom considers all applications and decides on the strongest applicant or passes a list of recommendations on to the partner organization.

Once a decision has been made, APECS or the partner organization notifies all applicants. Because of the high volume of applications for many of the positions, individualized feedback on applications is not possible.

For more details please read the article below.

Want to be a Representative?

Nikolaus Gantnter at AMAP Meeting 2 2If you’re an APECS member looking to get a representative position, you should make sure your profile is up to date. You can update your profile by following the “Update your APECS profile” link at the bottom of APECS emails sent around. Some opportunities are sent to targeted parts of the APECS mailing lists that most closely match the requirements for the position.

Positions where early career researchers are needed for a committee, meeting or project are open to all APECS members. For meetings, depending on the funding situation, positions are advertised to all members or just to members close to the meeting location.

Positions representing APECS usually go to members of the APECS leadership. If you are interested in these types of positions, join the leadership at the national (national committee leaderships) and/or international level (ExCom or Council).

When you do see an advertisement for a position that you’re interested in, send in the required application on time and with all of the required materials. Complete and on-time applications will be given preference over those that are submitted late or are missing components. If there are specific questions in the advertisement, include the answers in your statement of interest.

The details on how APECS advertises opportunities and selects representatives are available on our representative selection page.

Looking for an early career representative for your committee?

If you are chairing a committee or organizing an event and looking for Early Career involvement, APECS can help. Please contact the APECS director (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information.

Info for Representatives

One of the goals of APECS is to give early career researchers a way to contribute to polar science and help shape the future and direction of polar studies. APECS also wants to help connect early career researchers with organizations interested in polar issues to foster upcoming leaders in polar science.

When you are asked to represent APECS (or early career researchers generally) please keep the APECS goals and objectives in mind.

Contact APECS

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