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 – 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
  • 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.
  • SSAG Biennial Conference 30 Apr 2018 at 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM University of the Free State, 205 Nelson Mandela Dr, Park West, Bloemfontein, 9301, South Africa Abstracts to the  Society of South African Geographer’s biennial Academic Conference and Student Conference  are due today. The conference is organised by the University of the Free State’s Department of Geography and will be hosted by the UFS’ Bloemfontein Campus on 1-7 October, while the Qwaqwa Campus will host a pre-conference colloquium and excursion related to tourism and the…
  • 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!

New PhD Opportunity

The Department of Physical Geography of Stockholm University invites applicants to a 4-year fully funded PhD focusing on the mapping of permafrost landforms and soils.

PhD Project Description

The goal is to combine fieldwork and high resolution remote sensing to characterize and map landforms and soils of coastal permafrost stream catchments.

PhD Position

This position is announced within the European project Nunataryuk (see nunataryuk.org). Stockholm University is workpackage leader for terrestrial permafrost where one of the goals will be to characterize and map landforms and soils of small coastal permafrost stream catchments. Together with research from other Nunataryuk partners, these results will be used to quantify permafrost thaw-impacts on lateral fluxes of sediments, organic matter, nitrogen and contaminants into the aquatic realm.

Applicant Minimum Requirements / Skills

  • Experience in GIS;
  • Experience in remote sensing;
  • Experience in soil science;
  • Experience in geomorphology;
  • Fieldwork experience or experience from working with Arctic environments.  Ability to deal with complex logistical issues, challenging field conditions; and
  • Will have to spend a substantial amount of time abroad

Closing date is 5 February 2018. For more information see: http://www.su.se/english/about/working-at-su/phd?rmpage=job&rmjob=4519&rmlang=UK or contact Gustaf Hugelius at  Gustaf.Hugelius@natgeo.su.se.


Two Seabird Field Assistant posts are available on the 75th expedition team to Marion Island (April 2018-May 2019)

Full details in the advert on our website at http://www.fitzpatrick.uct.ac.za/fitz/news/vacancies. Closing date: January 25, 2018.

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5th NRF/SANAP Symposium Registration Deadline

NRF SANAP 5th Symposium.pngDon’t forget to register for the 2018 NRF/SANAP Symposium by Monday 29 January. The 5th Symposium will be held in Hermanus and is organised by the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). All interested participants are invited to submit an abstract to the organisers using this template. Alternatively contact the organisers at SANAPsymposium2018@gmail.com.

PYRN Workshop at EUCOP5

For all our members that focus on the active layer and permafrost, this might be for you! The Permafrost Young Researcher Network (PYRN) will be organising a 2-day workshop, open to all PYRN members, in conjunction with EUCOP5 (European Conference on Permafrost). The workshop will take place on June 23-24, 2018 at Chamonix (France) and all permafrost young researchers (current students or early career, within 6 years after their PhD) are invited to attend. If you are not yet a member of PYRN please join them through their online form. The workshop is kindly supported by UFA, IPA, IASC, Petzl, Nunataryuk project, Lions club and free of charge for the participants! There are also travel grants of up to EUR250 on offer to a limited number of participants. You can apply for a travel grant here – please apply by 15 January 2018. For any queries please contact PYRN at contact@pyrn.org.

The workshop program is as follows:

  • Friday, June 22nd 2018: Welcoming ice-breaker
  • Saturday June, 23rd 2018: Introduction to PYRN activities by the PYRN ExCom, plenary lectures and breakout sessions lead by outstanding senior and junior scientists covering major permafrost topics, career planning, research perspectives, and soft-skills development.
  • Sunday June, 24th 2018: Local excursion lead by outstanding local researchers and land-planners to learn about environmental settings and land-planning issues in the Mont Blanc massif.

Vote for your favourite Antarctica photo!

Don’t forget to vote for your favourite APECS Antarctica Day photo competition photo. There are two categories to vote in:

The winner will receive EU100 (1st place) or EUR50 (2nd place) to be used towards travel costs to a polar or cryosphere related conference of your choice within 1 year of the date of the award. Get voting today! The voting deadline is 3 December.

Happy Antarctia Day!!!

AntarcticaDayLogo.jpgAPECS SA wishes everyone a happy Antarctica Day! Every year, on this day, we celebrate that amazing, beautiful and absolutely inspiring continent that belongs to none of us and all of us at the same time. Today in 1959 the Antarctic Treaty System was signed, bringing together the global community in preserving Antarctica for peace, science and environmental endeavors. Have a look at the great the recent APECS Antarctica Day photo competition and vote for your favourite photo or just browse through the awesome photos available on Cool Antarctica! And don’t forge that the S.A. Agulhas II departs for Antarctica on 7 December from the East Pier, Cape Town Waterfront. If you happen to be in Cape Town on that day, why don’t you wave off our Red Lady and all the scientists and personnel on board who further the ideals of the Antarctic Treaty System.

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.