Upcoming Events

  • POLAR2018: Abstract Submission 1 Sep 2017 – 1 Nov 2017 Submit your abstract by 1 November to POLAR2018 at http://www.polar2018.org/abstracts.html. Abstract submission will cost 30 CHF per abstract but you can apply for a grant to have the submission fee waived.
  • International Polar Week 18 Sep 2017 – 24 Sep 2017 Everywhere! For more information visit http://www.apecs.is/outreach/international-polar-week.html.
  • Deadline for Applications: SSAG 4th Writing Workshop 22 Sep 2017 University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 1 Jan Smuts Avenue, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, 2000, South Africa Application deadline to the 4th SSAG writing workshop.
  • 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
  • POLAR2018: Early Bird Registration 1 Nov 2017 – 31 Mar 2018 Early bird registration (550 CHF) to POLAR2018 is available until 31 March '17. Student fees of 330 CHF are available - you must have a valid student ID and be registered to study full-time at university. Register online at http://www.polar2018.org/registration.html.
  • 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
  • Antarctica Day 1 Dec 2017 Everywhere! Celebrate Antarctica!
  • AGU Fall Meeting 11 Dec 2017 – 15 Dec 2017 New Orleans, LA, USA Website: http://fallmeeting.agu.org/2016/future-meetings/
  • POLAR2018: Normal registration 1 Apr 2018 – 25 May 2018 Normal registration (630 CHF) to POLAR2018 is open until 25 May '17. Student fees of 330 CHF are available - you must have a valid student ID and be registered to study full-time at university.Register online at http://www.polar2018.org/registration.html.
  • APECS 2nd World Summit 17 Jun 2018 – 18 Jun 2018 Davos, Switzerland Join the 2nd day of the APECS World Summit! Have a look at the program at https://www.apecs.is/events/upcoming-event-highlights/polar-2018/apecs-world-summit-2018.html.

‘Glacial Balance’ screening for #PolarWeek

Join us for a screening of Ethan Steinman’s ‘Glacial Balance‘ in celebration of #PolarWeek and our #Polar World!

Help us celebrate our polar regions and the people that work and live there! As part of this year’s APECS #PolarWeek celebrations we cordially invite you to join us tomorrow on 20 September at 18:30 at the Naval Hill Planetarium of the University of the Free State (Bloemfontein). The screening will be followed by a scientific talk, and a Question & Answer session. If you would like to join us please send us an email at duplessismh@ufs.ac.za.

Poster_Polar Week 2017_APECSSA


#PolarWeek is almost here!

The 2017 #PolarWeek is around the corner. APECSSA is celebrating #PolarWeek in Bloemfontein this year, so if you happen to be in Bloem from 19-22 September, join us at the various #PolarWeek and #PolarWorld events below. Entry is free and we would love for you to join us in celebrating all things polar! All events, apart from Ethan Steinman’s ‘Glacial Balance‘ screening, will be held in Room 2-3 of the Geography Department at the University of the Free State.Bloemfontein Program_Polar Week 2017_APECSSA

Don’t forget to fill in the APECS survey

Hello fellows APECSSA members! Don’t forget to (pretty please) fill in the APECS survey by 12 September. Your answers will help us celebrate the “Polar World” theme and will contribute to the upcoming #PolarWeek blog series, organised by APECS. You can complete the survey here or, if you have a bit of extra time, you can also give the whole survey a shot.

#PolarWeek APECS Survey

Help us contribute to the upcoming #PolarWeek blog series, organised by APECS, by completing a short survey by 12 September. There are only a few questions 🙂 and your answers will help us celebrate the “Polar World” theme. You can complete the survey here.


If you have a bit of extra time you can also give the whole survey a shot, but this one has a lot more questions than the shortened one APECSSA members have been asked to complete.

APECS Education Survey

Don’t forget to participate in the APECS Education and Outreach Survey! It will only take a few minutes to complete. The survey deadline is 18 September. You also don’t need to be a current APECS member, as long as you were at one time part of APECS. Your contribution will be greatly appreciated :).

Polar Week 2017 – Bloemfontein

If you find yourself in Bloemfontein during the week of 18-24 September, keep an eye out for these #PolarWeek and #PolarWorld events.

Bloemfontein Program_Polar Week 2017_APECSSA


SSAG Writing Workshop – 4 December

Are you a recent PhD graduate, have just started working at a university and want to pursue an academic career? Or are you perhaps still enrolled for your PhD? Publishing articles in accredited and peer-reviewed journals  is crucial to the success of an academic career. The Society of South African Geographers (SSAG) is holding its 4th Writing Workshop on 4 December at Wits University. The workshop focuses on supporting the development of scholarly academic journal publishing. This is a great opportunity so apply! For more information on the workshop click here.



  • Application deadline: 22 September
  • Deadline for submitting draft paper to the organizers: 1 November
  • Workshop: 4 December

APECS 2nd World Summit @ POLAR2018

POLAR2018 is less than a year away and abstract submission to the conference is now open. APECS will be holding its 2nd World Summit just before the conference  (17-18 June) and you can apply to join Day 2 of this summit! Registration to the summit opens in November, while abstract submissions to POLAR2018 close on 1 November. For more information on the program and summit please visit the APECS website and keep an eye out for the September APECS newsletter.



  • 16 February 2018 for APECS Leadership and APECS National Committee leadership reps who want to attend both days of the summit
  • 31 March 2018 for APECS members and other interested early career researchers wanting to attend just the second day of the summit

APECS & APECSSA Talk Tomorrow

If you in Cape Town don’t forget to hear Marius speak at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) tomorrow (31 August). He will present on APECS and APECSSA at the IAPSO-IAMAS-IAGA Assembly, which is currently in full swing. For more on this have a look at our previous blog here.

SAASTA Photographic Competition

Enter the annual SAASTA photographic competition to celebrate and communicate science. This year there are two competitions to enter:

  1. The traditional competition or
  2. The Instagram competition.

Have a look at previous winning photos here. There are 4 categories to submit your photo to and the competition ends 10 November. For more information please visit the SAASTA website. Good luck!