1. The programme framework is ready
  2. Venue stood the test
  3. Committees ready to start working
  4. 1st Circular: Call for session proposals
  5. Oslo's new signature
  6. POLARCAT won the race for first proposal
  7. All programme proposals welcome
  8. IPY Open science in St.Petersburg
  9. Programme of 39 sessions
  10. Offer to registered participants: 30 percent discount on excursion to Svalbard
  11. IASC provides travel support to early career scientists
  12. 2nd Circular: Call for abstracts
  13. Time to get a booth at PolarEXPO!
  14. PolarCINEMA ready to receive polar films and TV-documentaries
  15. Steven Chown to be awarded the Martha T Muse Prize at IPY-OSC
  16. The IPY ‘From Knowledge to Action’ Conference to be held in Montreal in 2012
  17. Unique opportunity for science teachers
  18. A new precedent for the involvement of early career scientists
  19. Several opportunities to get travel support
  20. More than 2200 abstracts submitted on deadline
  21. Registration now open
  22. 400 stipends distributed to early career polar scientists
  23. Get your Letter of Invitation
  24. Invitations out for the PolarTEACHERS conference
  25. PolarCINEMA committee very satisfied with the turnout
  26. More than 2500 abstracts accepted
  27. RV Oceania to Oslo for IPY-OSC
  28. Institutions invited to indicate interest for the PolarFESTIVAL
  29. Poster guidelines
  30. Time slots allocated for sessions
  31. Book before 6th May: Glaciers and fjords - excursion to the scenic highlights of Western Norway
  32. Draft programme ready
  33. HRH Crown Prince Haakon will open the IPY-OSC 2010
  34. HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco will attend the conference
  35. 9th June Keynote: Katherine Richardson
  36. 10th June Keynote: Ole Henrik Magga
  37. Tinker Foundation travel grants for Latin American participants
  38. 11th June Keynote: David Barber
  39. 12th June Keynote: Alexander Frolov
  40. 2200 have registered so far
  41. Make sure your media contacts are invited
  42. PolarEXCHANGE with Sue Nelson
  43. Patrick Webber awarded with the first IASC Medal
  44. Arctic sea ice cover heading towards another record low?
  45. Teachers and young scientists join forces in Oslo
  46. Making marfu and melting ice
  47. Preparing for tomorrows polar science
  48. Launch of the Polar Information Commons (PIC) Tuesday afternoon
  49. Cruising the Oslo Fjord for polar history
  50. Warm opening of a cool conference
  51. A territory of dialogue
  52. From policy to action
  53. Signing agreement for cooperation
  54. Rising sea levels on the agenda
  55. Prestigious prize for work in Antarctica
  56. Polar expedition to the FRAM Museum
  57. More cold and snowy winters to come
  58. Arctic and Antarctic partners sign agreement on polar education
  59. Medal for science and inspiring mentorship
  60. Science should incorporate indigenous knowledge
  61. A road movie on ice
  62. Data on ice loss in the Arctic Ocean can be misleading
  63. On the making of polar documentaries
  64. Encounters on Polar Street
  65. Morning plenary: Vladimir Kattsov
  66. International Polar Year officially closed
  67. Survey shows Norwegians believe in science
  68. 1st Circular out for IPY 2012 MONTRÉAL
  69. 2nd Circular out for IPY 2012 in Montreal
  70. Reminder: Call for abstracts
  71. One week left till Abstract Deadline
  72. Updating the IPY Publications Database for the IPY 2012 Conference in Montreal
  73. Time to register for the IPY 2012 conference

A new precedent for the involvement of early career scientists

hugue and jenny (Ingressbilde)

Jenny Baeseman and Hugue Lantuit of APECS look forward to seeing a large group of early career polar scientists in Oslo in June: - The IPY Oslo Science Conference is on its way to set a new precedent for the involvement of early career scientists and the activities available for young researchers to further their careers.

They are listing an APECS Professional Development workshop, a networking reception with senior mentors, awards for outstanding young researcher presentations, stipends, travel fellowships and much more. APECS is the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists, founded as a direct result of the involvement of a new generation of polar scientists in IPY.

Deadline for abstracts and applications for early career stipends is 20th of January. Dr. Lantuit, a geomorphologist, working at AWI in Potsdam, urges the more than 1800 members of APECS to register and submit their abstracts.

- The application to the APECS workshop, Oslo Stipend and Travel Fellowships is tied to the abstract submission system. After you submit your abstract you will be asked if you want to apply for these things, check the tick box and you will be taken to the application, he says and offers another piece of advice: - You are allowed to go back into the system and edit your application - but to help you have your answers to the questions ready, you can get a sneak peak of the application from the APECS Website.

Involvement in every step 

Director of APECS, Dr. Jenny Baeseman, moved offices to Tromsø last year. She admits there are still many challenges facing young scientists, but she sees this event as a breakthrough for her organization:

- For the first time, a major international and interdisciplinary conference on bi-polar research has involved early career scientists in every step of the planning process, including serving as full voting members of the Conference Steering Committee and Science Theme Committees.

- Many other conferences are starting to include APECS researchers in the organizing of events, but this conference has taken things one step further with the recognition that a continuum of knowledge needs to be created by including an early career researcher as a co-convener for every session, says Jenny Baeseman. She informs us that this already has started a new trend and many other conference-planning groups have come to APECS to find young researchers for similar roles in other conferences.

Hugues Lantuit and Jenny Baeseman, both of them founding members of the organization, find it even more groundbreaking that APECS is named amongst the co-sponsors of this conference, showing not only good will, but also an acceptance that an organization of young researchers is an important partner. - This clearly demonstrates that it is not your age that matters; it's your ideas and the energy, enthusiasm, and motivation you can bring to the table.

Mentors and potential employers 

- For a young researcher, this type of opportunity not only exposes them to great science in their specific field, but it shows potential employers and colleagues that they are the future leaders and are willing to take on extra work for the betterment of research.

The APECS leadership praise their mentors: - We are very fortunate that the Senior Polar Research community recognizes retention of these young researchers is important and are participating in the many mentoring events that APECS is helping to create. It is this mentoring that is so critical to the retention of new researchers created though IPY.

Dr. Baeseman regards the emphasis on education, outreach and communication in the IPY-OSC program as an additional advantage: - Today's young polar researchers are committed not only to doing excellent research, but communicating their results to the public and they value this as an important part of their job. We would improve the retention of these young researchers, particularly women, if the evaluation method for tenure and promotion considered education outreach equal in importance to journal publications.

For a complete list of activities for young researchers - and tips just for APECS members to help you increase your chances of receiving financial assistance, log into the APECS website and go to under the meetings and events heading.

Your early career colleagues hope to see you in Oslo!

Last updated: 21.01.2010