The 11th International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences in Edinburgh, UK, was a resounding success for the UK Polar Network, APECS, all those in attendance and polar science as a whole!
A record number of delegates attended ISAES XI, with over 500 registrations for the five-day conference. This conference was such a success for early career researchers as we made up almost a quarter of all participants and represented over 30 countries!
ISAES awarded partial funding to over 40 early career scientists to enable them to attend the conference. Enormous thanks to SCAR and the ISAES XI Steering Committee for this generous financial support.
Alongside the impressive and varied ground-breaking science at the ISAES XI conference, there was an exciting programme of events for early career scientists…
Early Career Evening
On Monday 11th July, APECS and the UK Polar Network hosted an Early Career Evening consisting of an Expert Mentoring Panel on “Succeeding in Polar Science” with a drinks reception and then continued informal networking for early career and senior scientists. The Panel was made up of an impressive group of senior polar scientists with the expertise to give us the inspiration and advice to kick-start our careers in polar science! Topics covered were diverse and interesting, ranging from science in the current financial climate and the best sources of polar science jobs to getting back into polar science after time-out and how to juggle a successful science career with having a family and the other demands of life as a polar scientist! It is with sincere thanks that we acknowledge our mentors, who made the evening so informative, inspirational and entertaining:Professor Mahlon (Chuck) Kennicutt II, President of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR)
Professor Jane Francis, Chair of the UK National Committee for Antarctic Research
Education and Outreach
With special thanks to Athena Dinar, British Antarctic Survey, and Dr Liz Pasteur, IPF