Upcoming Events

  • 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.
  • APECS World Summit 8 Nov 2017 – 14 Feb 2018 Online Submit your application to the APECS World Summit by 16 February 2018. This applies if you are a National Committee member and will be attending both days of the Summit. Apply at https://www.apecs.is/events/upcoming-event-highlights/polar-2018/apecs-world-summit-2018.html
  • APECS World Summit 8 Nov 2017 – 29 Mar 2018 Online Submit your application to the APECS World Summit by 31 March 2018. This applies if you will be attending the 2nd day of the Summit only. Apply at https://www.apecs.is/events/upcoming-event-highlights/polar-2018/apecs-world-summit-2018.html
  • 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.
  • 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/

More Positions Available for Marion Island (2018-2019)

Keen to work on Marion Island? Then apply for the exciting opportunity below. Applications close 30 November.



Antarctic Legacy of South Africa: new jobs on Marion Island

The Antarctic Legacy of South Africa lists the job openings for the 75th expedition to Marion Island (2018 – 2019) at the following link: http://blogs.sun.ac.za/antarcticlegacy/research-science/jobs/. Have a look and apply!! And while you visit the website, check out the amazing history of  South Africans in the Antarctic…

APECS 2018 World Summit Registration

Registrations for the APECS World Summit 2018 are now open. The summit will take place just before POLAR2018 in Davos, Switzerland from 17-18 June 2018. Day 1 (17 June) is a closed meeting for members of the APECS Leadership and APECS National Committee Leaderships. Day 2 (18 June) will be an open workshop for all early career researchers attending POLAR2018. You can register for the summit on the summit website. Also have a look at the preliminary program here.

There is no registration fee for the World Summit (either day), but participants are required to register for the IASC/ASSW business meetings section of POLAR2018, at a cost of 30 CHF.

Registration deadlines will be:

  • 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 the second day of the summit.

For any comments or questions about the summit, please contact world-summit-2018@apecs.is.

Field Researcher / Assistant Positions Available for Marion Island

Have you ever wanted to spend some time in the Southern Ocean, or on a sub-Antarctic island? Then apply for any of the overwintering field researcher / field assistant positions on  Marion Island for the 2018-2019 field season. A short synopsis of these positions follows below. Good luck!

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Dr. Michelle Greve‘s project is looking for candidates who are interested in understanding biological invasions and climate change, and the synergy between the two, in the sub-Antarctic region. At least one of the candidates will have to have some technical/electronic skills.  This project will involve a collaboration between the University of Pretoria, Rhodes University, UCT and Monash University.  Preference will be given to candidates who will be willing to pursue a PhD or MSc in the field, though should no suitable candidates be found, other candidates will also be considered. Please read the advert here. Please read the advert here. Closing date for submission is 23 November 2017.

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Dr. Peter le Roux‘s project is focusing on understanding the ecological impacts of spatial and temporal variation in wind patterns on sub-Antarctic Marion Island, and involves collaborators from SAEON, the CSIR and several local and international universities. Candidates with a strong background in terrestrial ecology (particularly plant ecology) are encouraged to apply, although candidates with a background in electronic or mechanical engineering will also be considered for one of the positions. Please read the advert here. Closing date for submission is 29 November 2017 at 8h00 SAST (GMT +2).


Both projects are funded through the South African National Antarctic Programme.

Antarctica Day Celebrations

Antarctica Day is fast approaching and every year on 1 December the world celebrates all things Antarctica. This year also marks 48 years since the Antarctic Treaty was opened for signature, establishing Antarctica as a place of peace and international scientific exploration. Are you planning anything exciting on 1 December? You can share your plan for Antarctic Day 2017 celebrations through the form on the Antarctica Day website. APECS would love to hear from you!

Antarctica Day Photo Competition


Antarctica Day is celebrated on 1 December and APECS is again organizing a photo competition. The theme of this year’s competition is ‘Antarctica Alive’. You can submit your photos in two categories: Antarctica Team Work and Antarctic Fauna. Submission close on 25 November at 18 GMT. From 25-30 November you can then vote for your favorite photo through the APECS website. Submit your photos today by emailing info@apecs.is. More on the competition is available at https://www.apecs.is/outreach/antarctica-day/antarctica-day-2017/photo-competition.html.

READER – Antarctic data for environmental research

The REference Antarctic Data for Environmental Research (READER) is a great source for climatological, ice core, and oceanographic data. So if you are researching any of these fields and your research area is Antarctica, why don’t you check out the READER website (https://legacy.bas.ac.uk/met/SCAR_ssg_ps/OceanREADER/index.html), its link on the SCAR webpage, or contact John Turner for more information. Links to the various data repositories follow below:

Dust off your gumboots…sealers and killer whaler wanted!


The Marion Island Marine Mammal Programme, University of Pretoria, has just opened the application call for Field Research Assistants (2 x sealers and 1 x killer whaler) for 2018 – 2019. If you are interested in pursuing a career in marine mammology, this might be for you…

Read the advertisements carefully though…if you are not willing to work under extreme physical and weather conditions, walk thousands of kilometers in your gumboots (often to the detriment of your feet) and work with fierce and sometimes dangerous animals, then don’t apply. Also, note that this work will be done on a remote island, with only approximately 20 other people living on the island with you for the year. A lot of the sealer work is also done alone, so if isolation is not your forte, consider this carefully.

However, should you apply and you are successful in getting the job, also be prepared for a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience! You will work extremely hard, but it will be some of the most satisfying work you’ll every do in your life!! You will get to witness the island’s entire life cycle…through the cold and dark winter when there is not much happening on the island…to the bustling summer breeding season where everything comes alive…coming full circle into winter again when the ship comes around again to bring the next team. If you are a hard-worker with a true passion for marine mammals, with a lot of grit and determination, then I can’t think of one single reason for you NOT to apply…

Follow the link below for the advertised posts…




Cheese just doesn’t cut it anymore…

A recent paper in Science Advances (see reference at the end) describes the global distribution of highly threatened terrestrial vertebrates and invasive species on islands. Global biodiversity loss is extremely rapid on islands, especially where invasive species are the drivers of extinctions. It stresses the fact that if we are planning to prevent or minimise these extinctions, we need appropriate conservation planning. Biosecurity is an important management tool in preventing invasions, but eradication of these species is needed to reduce further biodiversity loss.

South Africa’s only sub-Antarctic island, Marion Island, has unfortunately not been spared from invasive species. Various different invasive plants and insects have been identified, but none with such devastating and visibly negative effects as the common house mouse, Mus musculus. These little animals are creating havoc all over the island, from damaging and killing Azorella plants to eating albatross chicks alive. There are plans for a future eradication programme on the table, lets just hope it happens soon enough…before too much damage has been done to the island and its inhabitants.

One of the authors of the mentioned paper, Dena Spatz, stated the following:
“The opportunities to prevent extinctions are now laid out right in front of us. This knowledge base of threatened island biodiversity can really empower more efficient and better-informed conservation planning efforts, which is exactly what our planet needs right now.” 

Spatz et al. (2017) Globally threatened vertebrates on islands with invasive species. Science Advances 3(10):e1603080. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1603080

Read more about this topic and what has been done so far:


Polar2018 Abstracts Deadline Extended to 12 November

Abstract submission to Polar2018 has been extended to 12 November. The conference features 65 session that fall within 12 categories. Submit your abstract here.