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Upcoming Events

  • POLAR2018: Early Bird Registration Opens November 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018 Early bird registration to POLAR2018: 550 CHF. Student fees of 330 CHF are available - you must have a valid student ID and be registered to study full-time at university.
  • AGU Fall Meeting December 11, 2017 – December 15, 2017 New Orleans, LA, United Statesn
  • POLAR2018: Normal Registration April 1, 2018 – May 25, 2018 Normal registration to POLAR2018: 630 CHF. Student fees of 330 CHF are available - you must have a valid student ID and be registered to study full-time at university.
  • XXXV SCAR Biennial Meetings June 19, 2018 – June 23, 2018 Davos, Switzerland
  • EUCOP5 June 22, 2018 – July 1, 2018 Chamonix, Francen 5th European Conference on Permafrost
  • SSAG Conference October 1, 2018 – October 5, 2018 UCT For any queries, please contact ssag2018@ufs.ac.za.
  • SSAG Student Conference October 5, 2018 – October 7, 2018 UCT For any queries, please contact ssag2018@ufs.ac.za.
  • Antarctica Day December 1, 2018
  • AGU Fall Meeting December 10, 2018 – December 14, 2018 Washington, DC, United Statesn
  • AGU Fall Meeting December 9, 2019 – December 13, 2019 San Francisco, CA, United Statesn

Recent APECS reddit AMA

During the recent #PolarWeek celebrations, the Association of Early Polar Career Scientists (APECS) organized a reddit AMA – ‘Ask me anything’ about our Polar World. And look who appeared on the notice for the event: Christel and Cam! The photo was taken on the Northern Buttress of the Vesleskarvet nunataks in western Queen Maud Land of Antarctica. They were busy downloading and maintaining our logger (an XR5 set-up that records ambient air temperature, ground moisture and ground temperatures up to a depth of 60 cm) during the 2015/16 fieldwork season, when the photo was taken.



SSAG Conference 2018

Dates for the Society of South African Geographer’s (SSAG) Biennial Conference and Student Conference have been announced. The conference, with the theme of Geography and Community: Learning. Research. Impact., will be held at the University of the Free State. Preliminary dates for the pre-conference field trip are 26 – 30 September 2018. Dates for the conference appear below. For more information please contact ssag2018@ufs.ac.za.

Conference Dates

  • Academic Conference:  1 – 5 October 2018
  • Student Conference:      5 – 7 October 2018

POLAR2018 Abstract Fee Waiver due Today

Don’t forget to apply for the POLAR2018 conference abstract fee waiver by midnight tonight (24 September)! Early career scientists can apply to have their abstract submission fee (CHF 30) to POLAR2018 waived and can apply through the APECS website here.

SCAR Fellowships Awarded

We would like to congratulate everyone who received one of the six Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Fellowship Award this year. Each award is worth USD 15 000 and details on the recipients appear below.



Leena Riekkola from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, will visit the Marine Mammal Laboratory, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, NOAA, Seattle, USA, for her project entitled Spatial analysis of humpback whale behaviour and habitat use patterns in Antarctica.

Julie Janssens from the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, Australia, who will visit the Laboratoire d’Océanographie et du Climat: Expérimentations et Approches Numériques (LOCEAN), France, for her project entitled Representation of iron in a sea-ice biogeochemical model.

Shramik Patil from the National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR), India, who will visit UPMC-CNRS Station Biologique de Roscoff, France, for his project entitled Response of Southern Indian Ocean coccolithophores to climate change: evidence from laboratory culture experiments.

Hanne Nielsen from the University of Tasmania, Australia, who will visit KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, for her project entitled Framing Antarctica as Fragile: Tracing the evolution of media narratives about the far south (1945 – 2015).

Antonio Aguera Garcia from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, who will visit the University of Otago, New Zealand, for his project entitled Transgenerational Plasticity (TGP) and acclimation in a keystone Polar Invertebrate in response to a warmer more acidic Antarctic.

Filip Hrbáček from the Department of Geography, Masaryk University, Czech Republic, who will visit Insubria University, Italy, for his project entitled Effect of vegetation cover on active layer thermal regime in climatically contrasted environments of Antarctica.

SSAG Writing Workshop

The Society of South African Geographers (SSAG) is holding its 4th Writing Workshop on 4 December at Wits University. The workshop focuses on supporting the development of scholarly academic journal publishing. Emerging researchers, with or without a PhD, are encouraged to apply. For more information on the workshop click here.



  • Application deadline: 22 September
  • Deadline for submitting draft paper to the organizers: 1 November
  • Workshop: 4 December

Submit your abstract to EUCOP5

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The next European Conference on Permafrost (EUCOP5), will be held from 23 June – 1  July 2018 in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France and abstract submission to the conference is now open. For more information on the 26 sessions, process of abstract submission, and general information on the conference, please have a look at the  conference website.

Important Dates

  • Call for abstract submission: 28 August – 15 November
  • Decision on abstract (oral/poster): February 2018
  • Early-bird registration: until April 2018

POLAR 2018 Abstract Submission Now Open

Abstract submission to the upcoming POLAR2018 conference is now open! To be held in Davos, Switzerland from 15-26 June, the conference, incorporating the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), will combine scientists from the entire polar community. Submit your abstract to the SCAR/IASC Open Science Conference, to be held from 19-23 June, through the website and have a look at the sessions available here.


1 September:   Abstract submission opens
1 November:   Deadline abstract submission, early-bird registration opens
31 December:   Side meeting requests close
31 January ’18: Acceptance notification with oral/poster information

ANTPAS Workshop Program

The program to the upcoming ANTPAS Workshop has been published. Christel and Nicola will present in Session 1, which runs from 10:50 – 13:00. Tebogo will speak during Session 2 (14:15 – 15:55) and Jenna in Session 3 (16:25 – 18:15). All session will take place on 4 October. For more information on the workshop have a look at the ANTPAS website. Also have a look a the online program.


Frozen Ground Cartoons

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Have a look at this international collaboration between artists and permafrost scientists that aims at making permafrost science not only fun but also accessible to people outside of this field. Have a look at the website here. Also look at their download page.


It is with great pleasure that we can announce that Christel, Jenna, Nicola, and Tebogo have all been awarded Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) travel grants  of USD 750 to attend the upcoming ANTPAS Workshop in Varese, Italy. The workshop will be held on 4 and 5 October at the University of Insubria. Ian will be joining them at the workshop and all will be presenting on their work at the workshop as well. We would like to thank SCAR and ANTPAS for granting us these funds and making our attendance at the workshop possible. Go science!



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