Upcoming Events

  • 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
  • 5th NRF/SANAP Symposium 13 Aug 2018 – 16 Aug 2018 Hermanus, 7200, South Africa The 5th SANAP Symposium will be hosted in Hermanus by the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) from 13 to 16 August 2018. Allparticipants are encouraged to deliver a presentation on their work in one ofthe two formats. Participants will have the opportunity to deliver either 20minute oral presentations or digital…
  • SSAG Biennial Conference 1 Oct 2018 – 7 Oct 2018 University of the Free State, 205 Nelson Mandela Dr, Park West, Bloemfontein, 9301, South Africa The University of the Free State’s Department of Geography invite you to consider the Society of South African Geographer’s biennial Academic Conference and Student Conference aspart of your 2018 calendar.The Academic and Student conferences will be hosted by the UFS’ Bloemfontein Campus on1-7 October, while the Qwaqwa Campus will host a pre-conference colloquium and excursionrelated…
  • Antarctica Day 1 Dec 2018 Everywhere! Celebrate Antarctica!
  • 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/

Stay an APECS Member

The new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) in the European Union comes into effect on 25 May 2018.  This means that as an APECS member, and through that an APECS SA member, you are affected by these regulations.

Why, you might ask? The APECS International Directorate Office is based in the EU (Potsdam, Germany) and APECS now has to ensure they are compliant with the new regulations as they affect the APECS mailing list. So you will either receive, or have already received, an email from APECS to confirm your membership. This email asks you to confirm a few things and to update your details to ensure that you want to continue receiving updates from APECS, regardless of whether you are in the EU or not.

If you do not re-confirm your membership, APECS (and APECS SA) will no longer be allowed to email you after 25 May and will have to remove you from the mailing list and delete your personal information. 

So what must you do? Once you have received the email from APECS simply click on the button that says “I want to remain an APECS member” button and follow the instructions. If you would rather unsubscribe from APECS you can do this as well by clicking on the button and then clicking “unsubscribe” at the bottom of the form. This only takes a few seconds and can also be done from a mobile device: please take a moment and update your profile by 25 May. We’d love you to stay part of our family 🙂

If you have any questions, please contact info@apecs.is or apecssa@gmail.com. For more on the regulations please visit the GDPR website.


APECS SA member featured on the recent Polar Week Blog

Have a look at the recent Polar Week Blog to see a small feature on our National Committee Chair.

A bit more on Marion Island

All team members, scientists, support personnel and the helicopter crew have now safely arrived on Marion Island. Slinging has started and the first science groups are now out completing their work. Below a few pictures submitted by Liezel from the Sub-Antarctic Landscape and Climate Interactions team. Enjoy 🙂

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The S.A. Agulhas II has arrived at Marion Island

The 2018 take-over team has arrived at Marion Island and researchers, the support personnel and the new year team are now on the Island. Below a few photos sent from members of Sub-Antarctic Landscape Climate Interactions. Let the work begin!

Liezel goes to Marion Island

One of our committee members, Liezel Rudolph, is currently on Marion Island. She departed on 6 April on the S.A. Agulhas II from the East Pier of the Cape Town Waterfront. As part of a member of Sub-Antarctic Landscape Climate Interactions, she will be collecting data for her PhD.

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Polar Week Coming Up

The APECS International Polar Week will take place from 19-25 March! Polar Week is a series of events happening globally and APECS has lots of activities to celebrate polar research and the poles.This year’s theme is #PolarPride and focuses on appreciating APECS members from all aspects of polar sciences. So join the members of APECS through a series of fun and professional activities:

  • Photo/Image Contest (with prizes!)
  • Webinars, chosen by YOU on the following topics: Harassment in the Field and Proposal and Grant Writing
  • Blog series throughout the week showcasing outstanding APECS members
  • Live Online #PolarPride Party
  • #PolarPride on Twitter
  • Biotweeps
  • Polar Haiku on Social Media
  • and lots more!

Apply for Travel Funding to Attend POLAR2018

Don’t forget to apply for travel funding to attend POLAR2018 by midnight (GMT) tonight. For more on the travel awards please read our previous blogs here and here.

SCAR appoints a new Executive Director

The Executive Committee of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research has announced the appointment of Dr Chandriak Nath as their new Executive Director.  For more on Dr Nath please view the announcement on the SCAR website. We wish Dr Nath all the best and success in her new position.

Apply for Travel Funding to Attend Polar2018

Early career researchers are eligible to apply for travel funding to attend Polar2018APECS will be administering the funds provided by International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and will coordinate the application and distribution process of the funds on behalf of these organisations.

Early career researchers (still studying or less than 5 years from having completed their PhD) and indigenous researchers of all career stages that are presenting their work at Polar2018 are eligible to apply. Also note that travel awards will only be able to cover part of your travel costs. The application deadline for the Travel Awards is 28 February 2018 at 23:59 GMT.

Register for the APECS World Summit at Polar2018



If you are attending Polar2018 and are a student or an emerging researcher then don’t forget to register for the upcoming APECS World Summit, which will take place on 17 and 18 of June. The session on 17 June is a closed session reserved for members of the APECS leadership and National Committee representatives. The second day (18 June) is open for all early career researchers who are interested to join. You can register for the workshop here. Don’t forget to register by 31 March!