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Welcome to the APECSSA site! As the South African chapter of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), we are a non-profit and voluntary association of South African polar researchers and students. We focus on improving communication amongst young polar researchers, between young polar researchers and established researchers, as well as the international polar research community.



APECSSA aims to have a connected, informed, and growing community of  South African young polar researchers and we hope to facilitate an active, competitive and sustainable presence on young researchers amongst the international polar research body.


The APECSSA mission is:

  • To facilitate improved communication between young polar researchers and available opportunities on local and international level.
  • To provide opportunity for skill development and transfer between young and established researchers, both locally and internationally.
  • To increase exposure of young researchers to both local and international science practice and advancement.
  • To create opportunities for inter-disciplinary networking and exposure for a sustainable approach to polar research.
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