Upcoming Events

  • 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!
  • 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/

Researcher Positions at the University of Manchester

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity at the University of Manchester, UK. The university invites applicants for 100 new positions for early career researchers.  Positions offer:

  • A highly competitive salary;
  • Generous research and travel expenses;
  • Access to world-leading facilities;
  • Mentorship from a senior University of Manchester academic;
  • Participation in their New Academics Programme; and
  • Outstanding networking, learning and development opportunities.

Positions are scheduled to last for 4 years with a reduced teaching load. After the 4 years the successful applicant may be considered for a permanent academic position. Although there have been some areas of expertise highlighted in the call, the main criterion is excellence of the candidate. Applications are due 3 April. For more on this amazing opportunity have a look here.


MSc Available: University of Pretoria

An MSc position is available to work on the vegetation ecology of the sub‐Antarctic Prince Edward Islands. The successful candidate will be based in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Pretoria, which is developing a focus on distribution patterns of plants in the greater Antarctic region on both local and regional scales. They will be working on invasion pathways to the Sub‐ Antarctic under the supervision of Dr Michelle Greve and Prof Michael Cramer, with an opportunity of conducting fieldwork on Marion Island. They will be integrated into a larger group of postgraduate students working in Sub‐Antarctic ecology. The candidate will work on both field data and  existing datasets and will be expected to run statistical analyses in R and spatial analyses in R and ArcGIS.


  • A BSc honours degree in ecology, environmental science, botany or similar.
  • Experience with remote sensing data.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Good numerical skills, including competency in Excel.
  • Ability to work independently.



  • Strong statistical background.
  • Knowledge of R and GIS techniques.
  • Experience with working on large datasets.
  • Willingness to conduct field work will be an advantage, but is not a requirement.
  • South African citizenship.

Please note that shortlisted candidates may be asked to undergo a competency tests to ensure adherence to requirements. Preference will be given to equity candidates.


Bursary Value

  • R 70 000 p.a.


Application Requirements

  • Applicants should submit a covering letter, a CV, copies of their academic transcripts, and email addresses and telephone numbers of at least two references that taught or supervised the applicant.
  • The applicant will be based at the University of Pretoria and will be expected to start as soon as possible in 2018.


Please send your application to Michelle Greve (michelle.greve@up.ac.za). Applications close on 9 February. For any inquiries, contact Dr Greve at +27-012‐4202487/michelle.greve@up.ac.za.

SSAG 2018 Conference Information


Will you be attending the biennial conference of the Society of South African Geographer (SSAG)? The theme of this year’s conference is Geography and Community: research, learning, impact. So have a look at their awesome conference website! Everything you might need to know about the conference is available there. A few crucial dates and information are also provided below.

Conference Dates

The conference will run from 1-5 October 2018. The Student Conference will run from 4-5 October. Abstract submission for the Student Conference will be announced in due course.

 Conference Fees

Student Conference
  • MSc. and Hons. students are invited to attend at R 550 p.p.
Biennial SSAG Conference: Early Bird Registration

Note that Early Bird Registration closes on 30 May 2018.

  • SSAG member fees range from R3000 to R1800.
  • Non-SSAG member fees range from R3300 to R2000.
  • PhD student fees range from R2300 to R1500.
Biennial SSAG Conference: Normal Registration
  • SSAG member fees range from R3300 to R2000.
  • Non-SSAG member fees range from R3600 to R2300.
  • PhD student fees range from R2600 to R1800.


(Oral Presentation) Abstract Submission

Abstract for oral presentations can be submitted until 30 June 2018. Guidelines are available on the website and abstracts should be submitted to ssag2018proceedings@ufs.ac.za. Also have a look at the provided style sheet for abstract submission.


(Poster) Abstract Submission

Abstracts for posters can be submitted until 30 June 2018. Have a look at their poster templates to design your poster here or here.


Important Deadlines

  • Call for Abstracts – 30 April
  • Early-bird Fees – 30 May
  • Final Registration – 30 June
  • Paper Submission for Proceedings – 30 June

APECS Online Conference

Online_Conference_logo_2018_3_no_dayThe Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) announces its 4th annual APECS International Online Conference. Like in previous years the conference will be held entirely online and will be live-streamed on 16 May 2018. This year’s theme is “Butterfly Effect: Small Changes, Big Impact,” and you can submit your abstract until 2 March 2018 (22:00 GMT). Presentation formats, abstract guidelines as well as the abstract submission form can be found on the APECS International Online Conference 2018 website. Prizes will be awarded for the best Oral Presentations (Arctic and Antarctic) and the best Innovative Communication!

Funding available: Polar2018

Will you be attending Polar2018 and are currently studying or have completed your PhD no longer than 5 years ago? Then be sure to apply for travel funding to attend Polar2018. More information on the funds is available on the Apecs Website. Please be aware that, should you be successful, funds will only cover a portion of your travel costs.



  1. You must be either:
    • An early career researchers up to 5 years past PhD with an Arctic and / or Antarctic and / or Cryospheric research focus; or
    • An indigenous researchers of all career stages.
  2. You must give an oral or poster presentation at the conference.


Important Dates

Deadline: 28 February 2018 (23:59 GMT)

APECS Newsletter

Have a look at the latest APECS newsletter here. Don’t forget to apply for funding to attend Polar2018!

Great opportunity to work with invasive mice on Marion Island…

ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER: MARION ISLAND (15 month contract, March 2018 – May 2019)

QUALIFICATIONS:  A post-graduate Degree in Biological/Natural Sciences (BSc Hons, MSc or PhD)

REQUIREMENTS:  Proven research expertise, ideally led by the candidate. Experience of working with small mammals; including trapping, handling and ideally working with captive rodents. Strong self-motivation and the ability to work independently and as part of a team, with minimal support and under sometimes stressful and physically challenging conditions.  Physically fit; able to hike long distances over rough terrain for 10-12 hours per day. Advanced computer literacy skills, with good verbal and written communication/report-writing skills. Ability to multi-task, with good organising and planning skills. Problem solver and strategic thinker.

DUTIES: Lead the two-person Environmental Conservation Officer (ECO) team on Marion Island for a period of 14 months (April 2018 to May 2019), as well as pertinent training preceding the voyage (March 2018). Conduct a large-scale bait uptake trial by mice at Marion Island in May 2018. Assess lethal doses of poison bait on captive mice. Conduct regular surveys of mouse breeding status over winter (April-October). Estimate crude densities of mice across an altitudinal gradient through the target baiting period (May-September). Monitor cloud heights over the baiting window using remote cameras. Implement ongoing control measures against invasive plants and invertebrates on Marion Island, in accordance with the Marion Alien Species Eradication Plan. Submit monthly ECO reports, as well as an annual ECO report within 30 days upon conclusion of the voyage. Implement the provisions of the Prince Edward Island Management Plan (PEIMP) and associated legislation. Monitor compliance to Environmental Authorisations issued under the EIA Regulations for activities at the Prince Edward Islands (PEIs). Assist in the development of environmental Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Compile reports for management and advise the team on environmental issues. Assist the seabird research teams with routine monitoring work at the island.

 RECOMMENDATIONS:   A thorough and practical understanding of The Prince Edward Islands Management Plan (PEIMP), as well as relevant environmental legislation (including EIAs), pertaining to the Prince Edward Islands (PEIs). Proven experience of conservation management and/or other related work conducted in the Antarctic or sub-Antarctic sector. Experience of working with birds would be beneficial and experience in invasion ecology will be an added advantage. A valid code EB driver’s licence (light motor vehicle).

SALARY:  Approximately R183 000 per year (plus 37% in lieu of benefits).

NOTE:  The incumbent will execute duties at a sub-Antarctic Base and adhere to the health, safety and environmental requirements. The successful applicant will spend a full year (April 2018 to May 2019) at Marion Island. There is no option to return to South Africa before May 2019. The ability to work and live with small groups of people is thus essential. Although the base is well-equipped with e-mail, fax and satellite telephone facilities, the applicant has to be self-sufficient and self-motivated. The location may affect both the physical and mental well-being of the incumbent, their family and close relationships. Candidates must be physically fit, mentally strong and prepared for physically challenging and satisfying work. At times, the successful candidate can expect to work long hours in extreme conditions on duties not directly related to their function. Short-listed candidates will be subjected to screening and security vetting to determine their suitability for employment. Appointment to these positions is subject to a rigorous medical examination, which will be arranged for at no cost to the applicants.

TO APPLY: Send a letter of motivation (explaining in detail your prior experience working with small mammals) and a CV with contact details for three referees to Prof. Peter Ryan, University of Cape Town (pryan31@gmail.com) by 31 January 2018. Queries: phone 021 6502966

BSG Grant Deadline: 1 February


The British Society for Geomorphology (BSG) has a number of grants available, with the deadline being 1 February 2018. Research grant applications may be made by both postgraduate and non-postgraduate BSG members. Details of specific grant opportunities can be found at http://www.geomorphology.org.uk/grants.

All successful research grant applications are expected to contribute to the delivery of the BSG missions  by supporting scientific excellence in geomorphology through:

  • Fostering excellence and increased investment and support for geomorphology;
  • Developing applied geomorphological research, having a major impact on environmental policy and practice and providing a public benefit;
  • Disseminating new geomorphological research and policy agendas; and
  • Developing a new generation of geomorphologists equipped to address interdisciplinary challenges.

Details of the assessment criteria and procedures for our research grants are available here so apply!

Field geo-cryological course in Zabaikalsky krai, Russia

An international field geo-cryological course for students and young scientists (PhD, Master’s, Bachelor’s) is set to be held in late July/early Aug 2018 at the Kodar ridge in Zabaikalsky krai, Russia by the Industrial University of Tyumen (Department for Earth Cryology, Institute of Geology and Oil and Gas Production). The course will focus on low-temperature cryolithozone permafrost phenomena within mountainous regions.



Stage 1: 4-5 days: gathering of participants in Tyumen, placement on the campus of ‘The Nest’ Natural-Rehabilitation Complex; a cycle of introductory lectures and familiarization with landscapes in the vicinity of Tyumen and historical places.

Stage 2: 3-4 days: transfer by direct train from Tyumen to the Severobaikalsk station (about 2 days), daytime stop on the shore of the lake Baikal, an inspection of this unique lake.

Stage 3: 4-5 days: transfer by direct train to the New Chara station (half a day) and the study of unique geocryological objects in the valley of the Chara river.

Stage 4: 6-7 days: trip by a cross-country transport to high-mountain geocryological objects of the field school, and their study by travelling through the mountain-pedestrian routes.

Stage 5: 3 days: return to Tyumen and participants’ departure.



Languages of instruction: Russian and English.

Registration deadline: 1 March 2018

Registration fee for Internationals: Approximately 700 Euros

Registration fee for Russians: 30 000 rubles

*The registration fee includes payment of all expenses from the moment of arrival to Tyumen until departure from it, including:

  1. Accommodation and meals on the campus of ‘The Nest’ Natural-Rehabilitation Complex;
  2. Transfer by train on the route Tyumen–Severobaikalsk–Novaya Chara and back;
  3. Transport and support at the site of field practice;
  4. Meals in the field stages of the course;
  5. Excursions and cultural and information events;

Requirements for participants:

  1. Participants independently apply for visas, insurance and tickets to Tyumen and back– the necessary letters of invitation will be sent upon request.
  2. Participants should have proper health condition for working in the field in the mountains.
  3. Participants should have their own personal equipment for working in mountainous conditions. The rest of the equipment is provided by the organizing committee.




Commonwealth Split-site Scholarship: Deadline 15 February

Applications are now open for 2018 Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships, enabling PhD candidates based in developing countries to conduct research in the UK, and for universities to develop their international research collaborations and partnerships.

Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships are for PhD candidates from low and middle income Commonwealth countries to spend up to 12 months at a UK university as part of their doctoral studies in their home country. The applicant’s home university must have an institutional or departmental link with the proposed UK university. These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and offered through the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK (CSC).

Application close on 15 February 2018. For more information on this scholarship please visit http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply/split-site-scholarships-low-middle-income-countries.