• IASC Fellowship Program 2017

    The International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), in cooperation with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), invites Early Career Scientists (ECS) to apply for the IASC Fellowship Program 2017.

    The IASC Fellowship Program is meant to engage ECS in the work of the IASC Working Groups (WGs): Atmosphere, Cryosphere, Marine, Social & Human and Terrestrial. Each year, one Fellow per WG is chosen. IASC Fellows are doctoral or postdoctoral researchers who actively participate in selected activities of the IASC WGs. They are expected to scientifically contribute but also to help organize specific activities and to coordinate the reporting to the IASC Secretariat. Thus, the Fellowship Program provides the opportunity for ECSs to become involved in leading-edge scientific activities at a circumarctic and international level, to build an international network or contacts and also to develop management skills.

    The total duration of the IASC Fellowship Program is 1+2 years. In their first year, selected Fellows will receive travel support to attend two consecutive Arctic Science Summit Weeks (ASSWs) where the annual WG meetings are held. After the first year, Fellows have the opportunity to stay involved for up to 2 more years without dedicated funding support from IASC and the further involvement is individually decided by the WG Steering Group and the Fellows.

    For more information please see or contact the IASC Fellowship Coordinator Maja Lisowska ( or the APECS Executive Director Gerlis Fugmann (

    For this round of applications, interested ECSs have to fulfil the following criteria:

    • PhD student / candidate or postdoctoral researcher (up to 5 years past the PhD)
    • able to commit to participating in the activities of one of the IASC WGs for at least 12 months from March 2017 to April 2018.
    • able to attend the two upcoming ASSWs: 31 March – 7 April 2017 in Prague (Czech Republic) and 15 – 27 June 2018 in Davos (Switzerland, as part of the POLAR2018 conference)
    • located in an IASC member country (Austria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark / Greenland, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Republic of Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA)
    • have a good command of English

    How to apply

    If you are interested in this amazing opportunity then please fill out this application form ( If you have problems accessing or submitting the form, please contact the APECS Executive Director Gerlis Fugmann at to receive a word version of the form.

    Application deadline is Monday 14 November 2016 at 13 GMT (late applications will not be considered). Successful applicants will be notified before the end of the year.

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  • Poland invited to the First White House Arctic Science Ministerial, 28 September 2016

    On September 28, 2016—after the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s historic trip to Alaska—the US Administration will host the first-ever Arctic Science Ministerial. Poland will be represented by the Vice-Minister of Science, Prof. Teresa Czerwińska. 

    The White House Arctic Science Ministerial will bring together ministers of science, chief science advisors, and other high-level officials from countries around the world, as well as representatives from indigenous groups, to expand joint collaborations focused on Arctic science, research, observations, monitoring, and data-sharing. The goals of the event are to advance promising, near-term science initiatives and create a context for increased international scientific collaboration on the Arctic over the longer term.

    Specifically, the Ministerial will focus on four key themes:

    1. Arctic Science Challenges and their Regional and Global Implications; 
    2. Strengthening and Integrating Arctic Observations and Data Sharing; 
    3. Applying Expanded Scientific Understanding of the Arctic to Build Regional Resilience and Shape Global Responses; 
    4. Arctic Science as a Vehicle for STEM Education and Citizen Empowerment. 

    Detailed information is available at:

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    Polish Polar Consortium has now a Facebook account.

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  • Call for abstracts: Workshop BIOSCIENCES IN POLAR AND ALPINE RESEARCH, Brno, Czech Republic, 24.11.2016

    Biosciences in Polar and Alpine Research workshop will be held on November 24th, 2016 at the Faculty of Science, University Campus Bohunice, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. General intention of the meeting is to provide a platform for data presentation, exchange of professional knowledge and formation of interdisciplinary approaches in polar research.

    Preliminary sections of the workshop comprise:

    • Polar and Alpine autotrophs, their ecophysiology and significance for functioning of ecosystems
    • Polar and Alpine heterotrophic organisms – State of art and current questions in polar microbiology
    • Physical, chemical factors forming Polar and Alpine environments – niches for biological colonization
    • Ecology, physiology, molecular biology and genetics of Polar and Alpine animals
    • Man and polar regions (expeditions, social life, education and popularization, outreaches, interlinks)

    Main scope of the workshop is the application of short- and long-term monitoring in the field, as well as experimental biological work in a laboratory in recent polar research. Apart of interdisciplinarity of the meeting, our intention is to promote co-operation between particular teams working in the field of polar research. Last but not least, presentation of recent results of Czech and international polar science is main goal as well as promotion of professional information transfer to students and early career young scientists.

    Deadline for abstract/paper submission is October 10th, 2016. 

    Detailed information:

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