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Upcoming Events

  • 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

Antarctica Day – 1 December

Antarctica Day is fast approaching and every year on 1 December the world celebrates all things Antarctica. This year also marks 48 years since the Antarctic Treaty was opened for signature, establishing Antarctica as a place of peace and international scientific exploration. Are you planning anything exciting on 1 December? You can share your plan for Antarctic Day 2017 celebrations through the form on the Antarctica Day website. APECS would love to hear from you!

APECS is also organizing a photo competition. The theme of this year’s competition is ‘Antarctica Alive’. You can submit your photos in two categories: Antarctica Team Work and Antarctic Fauna. Submission close on 25 November at 18 GMT. From 25-30 November you can then vote for your favorite photo through the APECS website. Submit your photos today by emailing info@apecs.is. More on the competition is available at https://www.apecs.is/outreach/antarctica-day/antarctica-day-2017/photo-competition.html.


APECS 2018 World Summit

Registrations for the APECS World Summit 2018 are now open. The summit will take place just before POLAR2018 in Davos, Switzerland from 17-18 June 2018.  You can register for the summit on the summit website. Also have a look at the preliminary program here.

Registration deadlines will be:

  • 16 February 2018 for APECS Leadership and APECS National Committee leadership reps who want to attend both days of the summit.
  • 31 March 2018 for APECS members and other interested early career researchers wanting to attend the second day of the summit.

For any comments or questions about the summit, please contact world-summit-2018@apecs.is.

Polar2018 Abstract Submission extended

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POLAR2018: Where the poles come together

Abstract submission to Polar2018 has been extended to 12 November. The conference features 65 session that fall within 12 categories. Submit your abstract here.


Are you thinking of attending Polar2018? Then join the Facebook group created by the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), which provides useful information on accommodation and travel to and from Davos. Also don’t forget to submit your abstracts by 1 November!

SSAG Biennial Conference 2018

The Society of South African Geographers (SSAG) will hold its biennial conference in 2018. The University of the Free State (UFS) will host SSAG members and delegates from 1-7 October 2018 at the UFS Bloemfontein Campus to the theme of ‘Geography and Community: research, learning, impact’. Have a look a the important dates below. More information on the conference is available here, and you can contact the organizers at ssag2018@ufs.ac.za.



  • Call for sessions: 16 November 2017 
  • Call for abstracts: 30 April 2018 delegates notified of outcome by mid-May 
  • Payment and registration: 30 June 2018 (early bird: 30 May)

The team at the ANTPAS Workshop

The entire team recently attended the 1st International ANTPAS Workshop, which was held at the Insubria University in Varese, Italy, on 4 & 5 October. Ian, Nicola and Christel all presented during the 1st session before lunch on 4 October. Nicola spoke about ‘Periglacial Geomorphology of the Ahlmannryggen and Jutulsessen Areas of Western Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica’, Christel on ‘Delineating Dronning Maud Land Based on Biotic and Abiotic Factors’, and Ian on ‘Landscape Processes in Antarctic Ecosystems: A Decade of Research from Dronning Maud Land’. Tebogo spoke about  ‘Atmospheric Drivers of Ground Thermal Regimes in Dronning Maud Land’ during the 2nd session, which took place directly after lunch on 4 October. Jenna was part of the 3rd (and final) session. She presented on ‘An Investigation into Chemical Weathering in Western Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica’.

The team would like to express their gratitude to the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) for providing funding for Christel, Jenna, Nicola, and Tebogo to attend the workshop. ANTPAS and Mauro Guglielmin (the current co-chair of ANTPAS), as well as the Insubria University are also thanked for staging such a very successful workshop. We are all now looking forward to the next SCAR conference – POLAR2018!

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.