APECS at EGU 2017

Next week, some of you may be heading to the European Geophysical Union meeting in Vienna.
With its thousands of participants and all its parallel sessions, it’s easy to feel lost during this meeting, especially if it is your first time. But do not worry – we’ve compiled a list of activities for you.
Warning: this list is *slightly* biased towards the Cryosphere division…

Social events

You have not come to Vienna to spend your time with your officemates! Get out and meet new people:

  • Sunday: from 16.00, pre-ice breaker meet-up, organised by the Cryosphere division. Location yet to be determined, so check the page of the event.
  • Tuesday: lunch meeting for anyone interested in joining the author team of the best blog of the EGU network. Practical info to come.
  • Thursday: APECS panel at 15.30, followed by the APECS-Cryo night out
  • All week long: poster session from 17.30, drinks are served and conversations in the middle of the aisle are strongly encouraged

Short courses

You can always find a session of talks that is remotely relevant to your research. But sometimes, you need a bit of break. Check the EGU programme for the list of short courses, they really are diverse!  E.g:

Keep an eye on the list of medal lectures as well. Their names are not very explicit though, so take the time to check the abstract.

Meet the APECS Sweden members

That I know, four of the board members will be attending:

And finally, take the time to explore Vienna! Your EGU participant badge gives you unlimited access to public transport from Monday to Friday, so take a break and visit this beautiful city and its museums, concerts, parks, restaurants, cafés…

In Gothenburg, tonight: Polar Pub!

Are you in Gothenburg tonight? Are you interested in polar research? (of course you are!)

Join APECS Sweden for a Polar Pub!

Starting at 16.30 in Söderhavet (GVCs coffee room), Guldhedsgatan 5C, it will feature cake, coffee and two exciting, short presentations:

– Imke Sievers, “The winter stratification on the Siberian shelf – a one dimension model study”;

– Christopher Leifsson, “Shruboclimatology – Tracking permafrost degradation and climate variability in shrub growth”.

We will then move to the Bishop’s Arms in Järntörget. You can also join us directly there at 18.15.

Check Twitter (@APECS_Sweden) and our facebook group for any update

If you are surprised by this info, that means that you have still not registered to the APECS Sweden mailing list! Do so by going HERE, and selecting Sweden as your country of residence.

Changes are coming

New year, new Executive Secretary, new board members, new ideas… 2017 is looking exciting! Here are the first changes that will happen in the coming weeks:

The editing circle: a forum for peer-reviewing applications

Have you ever written something, but had no one to turn to for comments? Then why not turn to the wider APECS Sweden network? This forum aims at bringing together early career researchers that have a text that needs being read, and others that have time and/or are willing to sharpen their criticism skills. Adapted for funding or job applications when:

  • you are in competition with others in your research group;
  • your advisor is too busy to read you on time;
  • no one around you knows enough about the topic you write about.

Addition of a publication page

Because APECS is about sharing knowledge and increasing your visibility, we will advertise our members’ publications. It will also help students find who to contact for projects.
Each Thursday, one of these publications will be highlighted on Twitter (#ThursdayRead).

While these changes are implemented:

  • send us your publication references;
  • follow us on Twitter @APECS_Sweden;
  • like our page on Facebook and join our group there;
  • and most importantly, tell your friends and colleagues about APECS!


Highlights of 2016

It’s the end of my election period as the Executive Secretary and I would like to give you a brief overview of what we’ve achieved in the revived APECS Sweden this year.

  • We organized a screening of Hanna Ljungh’s film ‘I am a mountain, to measure impermanence’, followed by a mingle and discussion with Hanna Ljungh and Prof. Gunhild Ninis Rosqvist, Director of Tarfala Research Station

  • We tried to spread important or useful information through our social media channels – including our Twitter profile, Facebook page and Facebook group.
  • We used the new logo for branding and during Polarforum we distributed dozens of our new beautiful mugs and bags.

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Preliminary program for APECS Polarforum Workshop

We are looking forward to meeting all early career scientists in polar research in Sweden at this year’s Polarforum.

On November 23, 2016 at the Maritime Museum, we’ll spend an afternoon with networking and activities supporting young scientists in developing a successful career.

To REGISTER, fill in the form available HERE.

A preliminary program is now available:

13:00-13:30 – 
Welcome and APECS Sweden info

13:30-14:30 – Career Development: Panel discussion with Veijo Pohjola, Åsa Lindgren, Karen Assmann, Sandrine Testaz

14:30-15:00 – Upcoming calls and expeditions: Information from SPRS

15:00-15:30 – Fika

15:30-16:30 – Polar safety with Henrik Tornberg (SPRS): Getting things in order. Communication devices

16:30-17:00 – Elections of the new Executive Secretary and Steering Committee (More info)

Early career scientist who travel from other locations in Sweden outside Stockholm and Uppsala counties can apply for a travel grant to participate in Polarforum. To apply, fill in the relevant fields in the registration form.