Upcoming Events

  • SAAG Biennial Meeting 25 Jul 2017 – 28 Jul 2017 University of Swaziland, Kwaluseni, Swaziland Website: http://www.saag2017conference.com
  • IAPSO-IAMAS-IAGA Assembly 27 Aug 2017 – 1 Sep 2017 Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa Website: http://www.iapso-iamas-iaga2017.com
  • ANTPAS (Antarctic Permafrost and Soils) Group Workshop 4 Oct 2017 at 9:00 am – 6 Oct 2017 at 7:00 pm Università degli Studi dell'Insubria, Via Ravasi, 2, 21100 Varese VA, Italy Website: www.antpas.org
  • 9th International Conference on Geomorphology (ICG) 6 Nov 2017 – 11 Nov 2017 Vigyan Bhawan, Rajpath Area, Central Secretariat, New Delhi, Delhi 110011, India Website: http://www.icg2017.com
  • AGU Fall Meeting 11 Dec 2017 – 15 Dec 2017 New Orleans, LA, USA Website: http://fallmeeting.agu.org/2016/future-meetings/
  • XXXV SCAR Biennial Meetings 19 Jun 2018 – 23 Jun 2018 Davos, Switzerland 35th SCAR Biennial Meetings & 8th Open Science Conference Website: www.polar2018.org
  • EUCOP5 22 Jun 2018 – 1 Jul 2018 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Station, 74400 Chamonix, France 5th European Conference on Permafrost
  • AGU Fall Meeting 10 Dec 2018 – 14 Dec 2018 Washington, DC, USA Website: http://fallmeeting.agu.org/2016/future-meetings/
  • AGU Fall Meeting 9 Dec 2019 – 13 Dec 2019 San Francisco, CA, USA Website: http://fallmeeting.agu.org/2016/future-meetings/

SCAR Newsletter

The latest SCAR Newsletter is available. Have a read through it here. You can volunteer to become a video blogger for the upcoming Polar2018 conference, to be held in Davos, Switzerland.

SAAG Conference

5-2-2017 10-22-22 PM

The 2017 Biennial Society of Southern African Geomorphologist’s (SAAG) conference has started and two of our National Committee members, Liezel and Christel, are in attendance. Venue is the University of Swaziland in Manzini (Kwaluseni). The day started off with a welcoming note by the Vice-Chancellor of the university, followed by an address and opening of the conference by the Minister of Tourism and Environmental Affairs of the Kingdom of Swaziland. The next two days will be jam-packed with exciting presentations on everything ranging from erosion research to cold climate studies. A workshop on the use of bio-engineering and Vetiver grass will be held on Friday. For more on the presentations by the attending geomorphologists and professionals, or the ‘landscape detectives‘, have a look at the program here.

Congratulations to the APECS Mentor Award Recipients!

Congratulations to Dr Hugues Lantuit and Dr Renuka Badhe, the recipients of the 2017  APECS International Mentorship Award. For more on the amazing work the recipients have done in supporting emerging polar researchers and growing polar networks read the announcement here.

Get Involved with the APECS Council!


Are you keen to become more active in APECS and the APECS leadership? Then why don’t you apply to join the APECS Council or APECS Executive Committee? The term will last for one year (2017-2018) and starts on 1 October of this year. Applications close on 8 September and for any questions please email APECS. You also don’t have to be a member of our South African National Committee. Anyone, as long as you are an APECS member, can apply! You can find out more information on how to apply to the:


TWAS Fellowship

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The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) Fellowship aims to enhance  research and advanced training amongst young researchers from developing countries and is aimed at the natural sciences, specifically anyone working in any of the fields listed below:

  • Agricultural and biological sciences;
  • Medical and health sciences;
  • Chemistry;
  • Engineering;
  • Astronomy;
  • Space and earth sciences; or
  • Mathematics and physics.

Who can apply? Anyone from a developing country, holding an MSc (or equivalent) degree. Even better, there is no age limit! Fellowships are offered for a duration of 3-12 months. If you are successful, your airfare will be covered and you’ll receive a subsistence amount not exceeding USD 300 per month. For more on this fellowship please click here.

Latest APECS Newsletter

The latest APECS newsletter is available! Are you a meteorologist interested in weather and climate prediction? Then read the first call for applications to the 2018 Polar Prediction School, which will be held from 17 – 27 April 2018 at the Abisko Scientific Research Station in Sweden. Keen to further your studies? Then have a look at the Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies (PCAS) developed by the University of Canterbury and Antarctica New Zealand. You could travel to Scott Base, New Zealand’s station on Ross Island, as well as a field campsite on the Ross Ice Shelf. Applications close on 1 August 2017Future Earth offers a series of travel grants (up to 1 500 Euros) to emerging researchers to attend sustainability events around the world. If you are working in fields relevant to sustainability and to practitioners in policy, business, civil society and more, then you can apply! Applications can be made throughout the year and 20 grants are awarded within one calendar year. Read more on these grants here and the entire newsletter here.

SA Agulhas II: Open Day & Winter Cruise to the Southern Ocean

Our South African research vessel, the SA Agulhas II, had her recent Open Day in Cape Town. The Open Day was held on 23 & 24 June and was, as the name suggests, open to everyone. Members of Landscape Processes in Antarctic Ecosystems, one of the NRF-funded projects that visits Antarctica for geomorphological research each year, was there. Read more on their experiences of the Open Day here.

Meanwhile, the Agulhas has just departed on her winter cruise to the Southern Ocean (Antarctic Winter Cruise 2017). Natasha van Horsten, a PhD in Earth Sciences (CSIR and  the Department of Earth Sciences, Stellenbosch University) is on board. Have a look at pictures of the Stellenbosch & CSIR team before departure, as well as the ship departing port.

Eastern Cape Rainfall Summit Clip

The Eastern Cape Rainfall Summit took place on 15 May. the summit was organized by  ACCESS and  held at National Geo-spatial Information (NGI). Precious attended the summit and you can view a few short clips about the summit through the YouTube Link or the ACCESS Interview.


SANSA 2018 Bursaries

The South African Space Agency (SANSA) is looking for forward-thinking individuals to join Africa’s next generation of Earth-observation and space scientists and you can now apply for one of their postgraduate bursaries for the 2018 academic year. Closing date for applications is 31 July. Keen to know more? Visit the SANSA website to find out more about the bursary requirements and how to submit your application. Find out about SANSA Research Projects, or email grants@sansa.org.za for more information. Applicable fields include:

Earth Observation (Hons, MSc, PhD)
• Remote sensing
• Earth systems science with remote sensing
• Software engineering
• Systems engineering
• Geospatial programing
• Data science


Space Science (Hons, MSc, MPhil, PhD)
• Antarctic radar studies of climate change
• Multi-instrument studies of space weather
• Geomagnetically induced currents in power systems
• Multi-scale ionospheric physics, structure and dynamics
• Improvement of SANSA’s ionospheric and radio propagation model
• Theory of waves and solitons in plasma


Engineering (Hons, BTech, MEng, MTech, MSc, PhD, DTech)
Software, software systems, aeronautical, aerospace, electrical, electronic, mechatronic, mechanical, space, systems, antenna and radio frequency systems engineering


All divisions (Hons, MSc, PhD)
• Computer science and engineering
• Information systems

Next APECS Webinar

The next APECS webinar will be held on 21 June and is about storing, accessing and sharing Arctic data. Don’t miss out on this exciting webinar and register for it here.