• Call for Applications – MOSAiC School 2019

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    The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and the Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC) Project are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the MOSAiC School 2019.

    MOSAiC will be the first year-around expedition exploring the coupled Arctic climate system. It has been designed by an international consortium of leading polar research institutions under the umbrella of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), led by the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI) and the University of Colorado, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES).
    PolarsternResearch Vessel (RV) Polarstern will spend 350 days (September 2019 until September 2020) frozen into the drifting Arctic sea ice. 300 scientists will investigate the Arctic climate processes that couple the atmosphere, ocean, sea ice, bio-geochemistry and ecosystem. The results of MOSAiC will enhance the understanding of the regional and global consequences of Arctic climate change and sea-ice loss, and improve weather and climate predictions.

    During the first leg of the expedition, the MOSAiC partners and APECS work together to offer the MOSAiC School 2019 on board of the support icebreaker RV Akademik Fedorov.

    Duration of the MOSAiC School 2019: 15 September – 26 October 2019 (plus / minus a few days (as logistical or weather conditions may require changes of travel dates)

    Port of exit and entry: Tromsø, Norway

    Costs: There will be no registration fee for the MOSAiC School 2019. The only costs participants will have to cover themselves are the costs of their travel to and from Tromsø, Norway. Should travel support become available, the MOSAiC School organizers will contact the selected participants. However, travel support cannot be guaranteed at this point.

    The MOSAiC School 2019 will be open to up to 20 early career researchers (advanced graduate students and PhD students with no to limited experience with ship-based research).

    International experts that are part of the expedition will share knowledge with the students, engage in discussions and hands-on experiences in groundbreaking research, and thus help to educate future Arctic climate experts. In addition, the participants will help the MOSAiC Teams on site to set up their instruments and experiments.

    After the end of the MOSAiC School the participants will have to:

    serve as MOSAiC “ambassadors” by reporting back to their country and institutes
    Report to APECS and the MOSAiC organizers

    Please visit the MOSAiC School 2019 website for more information about the school and how to apply for it. Application deadline is on 22 January 2019 at 13:00 GMT

    For questions please contact We are receiving a lot of similar questions at the moment and so we have set up answers to those in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section. Please check this section first if your question is covered there and only contact us if your question is not covered yet.


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  • Call for Applications: IASC Fellowship Program 2019

    proxy xxThe 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 2019 IASC Fellowship Program.

    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. Fellows are expected to contribute scientifically 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, and also to develop management skills. The level of involvement very much depends on the Fellow’s interest – the more you invest, the more you get out of it!

    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. Note: The travel support during the first fellowship year is the only financial remuneration for the Fellows. Salary is not included during the fellowship.

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


    Current IASC Fellows are planning on running a webinar in November to showcase their experience as IASC Fellows and some of the projects they have been able to work on. More information will be made available over IASC and APECS’ email lists. You can join for the IASC email list here or become an APECS member here.


    For this round of applications, interested ECSs must fulfill 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 an IASC WG for at least 1 year
    •     Able to attend the two upcoming ASSWs: 22 – 30 May 2019 in Arkhangelsk, Russia, and 27 March – 2 April 2020     in Akureyri, Iceland
    •     Located in an IASC member country
    •     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.
    Selection process:
    The selection of candidates is coordinated by APECS and will be only based on the material you provide in the application form. So be as specific as possible. Applications will be reviewed according to multiple criteria including your research background and the quality of your statement of interest of why you would like to be come an IASC fellow. Top candidates will be suggested to the WG Steering Committees, who will decide on their 2019 IASC Fellow.

    The application deadline is Monday 19 November 2018 at 13:00 GMT. Late applications will not be considered.Successful applicants will be notified before the end of the year.

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  • First circular: Societal relevance of polar research – scientific conference and workshops, Sopot, 27-28.11.2018



    First circular

    Societal relevance of polar research

    The scientific conference and workshops

    27th- 28th November 2018

    Venue: Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences,

    Powstańców Warszawy street 55, Sopot 81-712, POLAND

    Representatives of natural sciences, in the era of rapidly growing number of projects and plans for the polar research, are encouraged more than ever before to reflect upon the significance and relevance of the scientific research in polar regions for the wider society. This is linked with the other question, namely, how the polar research is perceived and understood by the community, by decision makers, by media and opinion trendsetters.

    To stimulate discussion about both topics we would like to examine the relevance of polar research among different countries and particular societies that are rooted in the tradition, history and geographical settings. Due to the 100 th anniversary of regaining independence there will be a wider presentation of case studies from Poland.

    The scientific conference and workshop will be devoted to: (1) presentation and discussion of state of art of interdisciplinary scientific knowledge about social relevance of polar research; (2) brain-storming new ideas, that through excellent studies and well-designed outreach could boost the significance of polar research in contemporary societies in different parts of the world; (3) developing a network of institutions interested in establishing closer cooperation on societal relevance of polar research and preparation proposals to international funding programs.

    The language of the meeting is English, authors of presentations are encouraged to present their contributions as papers in peer reviewed journals and in Springer thematic book.


    Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences, Centre for Polar Studies,

    Centre for Polar Studies – the Leading National Research Centre

    Committee of Polar Research Polish Academy of Sciences (Section of Social Sciences and Polish Polar Research History),

    Polish Polar Consortium

    with the support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland

    Organising Committee:

    Jan Marcin Weslawski – local host, chairman

    Michał Łuszczuk – scientific chairman

    Magdalena Łącka and Tymon Zieliński – – conference secretariat

    Provisional agenda:

    27th November – Tuesday:

    11.00 – 13.00 welcome, invited presentations (20 minutes each)

    13.00- 14.00 lunch

    14.00 – 17.00 invited presentations (20 minutes each)

    19.00 – dinner

    28th November – Wednesday

    09.00 – 12.00 – panel discussion /workshop

    13.00 – lunch

    Meeting is estimated for some 50 participants. 

    All persons who are interested in, to present contribution or take part in the discussion, please email the abovementioned committee members.

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