Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

 

Meetings of Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Standing Scientific Group – Life Sciences (SSG-LS), SCAR Scientific Standing Groups plenary and of International Antarctic Institute Meeting took place in Portland, Oregon during the SCAR Open Science Conference - http://scar2012.geol.pdx.edu/

Main APECS actions arising from this meeting:

- Contact the chair of the EG-HB&M Dr. Jeff Ayton (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to initiate APECS involvement in this group and discuss potential expansion of the Human Biology side of APECS.

- Contact Don Cowan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), the contact person for the State of the Antarctic Ecosystem (Ant-Eco) Science Research Project to initiate involvement in this group.

- Contact Annick Wilmotte (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Belgium delegate at the SCAR SSG Life Sciences, for APECS involvement in event along side the ATCM that will be held in May 2012 in Brussels.

- APECS to BE CONTACTED by IAI. They want to hold a Virtual Poster Session and a webinar via APECS.

Main themes discussed:

SCAR SGG PLENARY:15th July, morning. I gave the APECS talk at the SCAR SSG plenary. After the plenary, Maurizio Candidi, acting chair of SGG Physical Sciences, asked me why no APECS members put forward their candidacy for an official position in the SSG-PS. He suggested that APECS members would do so for the next elections of the SGG-PS in two years.

SCAR SGG-LF: 15th July, afternoon. I participated in the meeting of the SCAR SSG Life Sciences. I was contacted by Jeff Ayton, Don Cowan and Annick Wilmotte.

Jeff Ayton wanted to know how he can popularize a course in Polar Medicine that is held at his institution; he also wanted to know why the Human Biology and Medicine section was not developed within APECS Research Themes.

Don Cowan wanted to know how he can become an APECS mentor (he is the contact person of the newly approved Ant-Eco Science Research Program (this program scored low for involvement of early career scientists).

Annick Wilmotte wanted to know if APECS would be interested in helping developing a 'junior' Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) alongside the real ATCM that will be held

INTERNATIONAL ANTARCTIC INSTITUTE: They would like to use APECS GotoMeeting and GotoWebinars to host a session about IAI. Molly (new council member) will take care of this.

Report is presented by Tosca Ballerini, Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography, Marseille, France. APECS council-co-chair, APECS Italy. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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