In June 2010 the 62nd Session of the WMO Executive Council (EC) recommended to its EC Panel on Polar Observations, Research and Services (EC-PORS) to consult with other relevant organizations to assess interest and scope out an International Polar Decade (IPD) Initiative. To support this recommendation, Roshydromet hosted a Workshop at the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI) of Roshydromet in St. Petersburg 14 and 15 April 2011, cosponsored by WMO.
APECS President Allen Pope represented early career researchers at the meeting, giving a presentation on APECS and its activities and contributing to the discussion on how IPY legacies could be harnessed in future coordinated polar researcher efforts. Within the final document coming out of the workshop, we highlight that "Noting particularly the longer time scale of the IPD initiative, the networks of early career polar researchers and observers (Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and Permafrost Young Research Network (PYRN), etc.) should be engaged in all aspects of IPD planning."