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Call for next executive secretary & steering committee members

At our annual meeting in Gothenburg on November 8, APECS Sweden elects its next executive secretary and steering committee members for 2019.

Being a part of APECS Sweden is an exciting opportunity. It means broadening your network and collaborating with other  APECS members across research institutions over the whole country. It helps you to engage with other polar researchers, for instance by arranging and coordinating events on a local level. But you also become a part of the international APECS community that brings together early career researchers from many different countries, institutions and disciplinary backgrounds. As part of the APECS leadership, you can join APECS working groups and projects that match your professional interests, and get the opportunity to travel and attend international events.

Executive Secretary – Tasks, Eligibility, Compensation

Among other things, the executive secretary

  • coordinates APECS Sweden’s activities
  • calls for regular board meetings
  • documents APECS Sweden’s activities through a yearly report to APECS International
  • performs or delegates administrative tasks of daily operation

Early career researchers based in Sweden and working in polar or alpine research from all disciplinary backgrounds are eligible to apply. The executive secretary is elected for one year.

Phd students are especially encouraged to apply, since APECS Sweden has time compensation agreements with different departments at several Swedish universities that provide 10% of full time employment compensation for PhD students for the maximum duration of one year. Other universities and departments at times establish ad-hoc agreements to enable this compensation. To find out whether your department is part of this agreement, please get in touch with us.

Would you like to become our next executive secretary? Then please send us your letter of interest to – and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions!

The Steering Committee

The tasks of the steering committee include, but are not limited to:

  • maintaining and broadening the APECS Sweden network through communication and outreach, for instance through networking events, newsletters, social media etc.
  • budget planning & application
  • organizing the annual meeting
  • collaborating with APECS International

If you are interested in becoming a member of the steering committee, please send us an e-mail to and tell us why you want to get involved!

Gothenburg and Stockholm Polar Week events

Save the date! On Wednesday 20th September, there will be an APECS Sweden event on each coast!

Stockholm starts its Polar Pub series

The concept? Two short talks by volunteers, then social evening at the pub.
If you want to volunteer, contact Corinna or Rhiannon.
Uppsala people, APECS Sweden pays for your travel to Stockholm if you want to attend.

20th September, 16.30, KTH for talks, or directly at 18.00 at the “Man on the Moon” on Tegnérgatan

Gothenburg has its second annual Polar conference

A whole afternoon with a poster session and four invited presentations:

  • Robert Björk, Towards a more comprehensive understanding of Arctic shrub expansion;
  • Aleksandra Mazur, Iceberg classification and tracking in the Amundsen Sea, Antarctica;
  • Mauricio Fuentes, Tree-ring climate signal from southern Patagonia and teleconnections with the Southern Ocean;
  • Wiebke Aldenhoff, Radar remote sensing of Arctic sea ice.

20th September, starting at 15.00 in GVC Hörsalen.
If you want to bring a new poster, APECS Sweden pays for the printing costs.
Register here to be included in the fika. Pub to be announced after the registration is closed.

APECS career panel in Umeå 8 June

Studying social sciences gives us all plenty of opportunities to use scientific knowledge and skills, not only for a career in academia, but also in governance, community development, planning and many other areas. Learn with us about opportunities and challenges in career choices for early career Arctic social science researchers, both inside and outside academia!

The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) will be organising a panel discussion on “Careers opportunities in Arctic Social Sciences” during the 9th International Congress on Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS) (8-12 June 2017, Umeå, Sweden), where you will have an opportunity to hear career experiences of our excellent panelists that we hope would be inspiring for your future career choices.

Join us on 8 June 2017 at 14:30 at Umeå University in room MC313.

Meet our panelists:

  • Mare Pit (German Arctic Office / AWI, Germany)
  • Anne-Lill Drugge (Centre for Sami Research (Cesam) – Vaartoe, Sweden)
  • Gail Fondahl (University of Northern British Columbia, Canada)
  • Rasmus Bertelsen (UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Norway)


Message copied from the APECS international announcement.

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…