Registration is now open for audience members to participate in the APECS International Online Conference 2020 on 20 May!
How to register?
Please register separately for each session of the conference you wish to attend. The detailed conference programme including all abstracts and links for session registration can be found in the APECS Online Conference website: https://www.apecs.is/events/upcoming-event-highlights/apecs-international-online-conference-2020.html
We hope you are all doing well in these challenging times. Since we can’t visit the poles to see the wildlife in its natural habitat at the moment, we thought we’d bring polar animals to you!
Introducing our polar-themed Origami Challenge! Over the next month we want to see your best origami art, so tag us in your photos and videos of your polar origami animals and put a #PolarOrigamiChallenge.
Each week our committee members will also be uploading their attempts and links to instructions to help you with your projects. We will be posting some of the best on our social media for all to see! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@UKPolarNetwork) and Instagram (@ukpolarnetwork) for further updates.
Remember – we will only repost things that live in polar environments. Happy crafting everyone!
Here you can see a beautiful origami penguin and krill by one of our VPs, Dr. Anna Belcher!
If you’d like to make these for yourself, follow the links below for tutorials:
“Arctic-focused youth find inspiration at the UK Polar Network”
You’ll see a familiar face in the WWF’s first magazine of the year. This edition of The Circle showcases the voices of the youth and their movements forwards. Our own festival co-coordinator, Chloe Scott, discusses ways to support the interested youth; those disproportionately affected by climate change, and so those who deserve the opportunity to be involved in future decisions.
The online Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) launches tomorrow followed by the Arctic Observing Summit (AOS)!
The ASSW is an international assembly convened by the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), fostering communication and collaboration between international policymakers, scientists, indigenous people, businesses and NGOs in discussing and addressing key Arctic issues.
This year event will be held online on 27 March – 2 April, and registration is currently live and open to everybody.
We are happy to report, that the second Arctic Interdisciplinary Studies 2020, ARCTIS 2020, field course in Khanty-Mansiysk city and vicinity, Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Region, West Siberia, Russia was successfully held in February 2020, co-organised by the UKPN and APECS Russia.
As per tradition, the course included various disciplines: Atmosphere, Cryosphere, Terrestrial, Marine (Hydrology) and Social & Humanitarian, which were covered via lectures, practical sessions and fieldwork, including a trip to the Mukhrino research station.
The course also benefited from a stakeholder meeting, trips to local museums and get together events. “The course was a success and everyone, including participants from the UK and Russia, lecturers and organizing committee enjoyed it”, sharedSaule Akhmetkaliyeva, Head of UK Arctic – Russia ECR group for UKPN.
We are looking forward to receiving more photos and feedback on the course, keep your eyes open for future posts!
In collaboration with Pint of Science and supported by the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust as part of their Antarctica In Sight programme, come and enjoy an evening of Arctic and Antarctic celebration. There’ll be a quick-fire quiz with a variety of prizes, so make sure to bring some knowledgeable friends!
With the beginning of the new year and new decade, we realised that we still haven’t properly introduced our new UKPN committee that came into power in September 2019 and will be in charge for most of the 2020! Which is why we started weekly posts in our instagram featuring members of our diverse and multi-talented committee. The whole list of the current committee is also available on our website as well as former committee lists.
If you are interested in joining, even in the mid-term, don’t hesitate to contact us!
The coming Sunday (January 26th) marks the beginning of the Arctic Frontiers 2020 The Power of Knowledge conference in Tromso, Norway. This will be an entire week of talks, plenary discussions, workshops, round tables, poster sessions and networking receptions.
The UKPN has three delegates this year actively engaging in various activities during the conference ranging from scientific talks to school outreach events with our colleagues from APECS Norway.
We would also like to take this opportunity to advertise workshop that is particularly relevant to early career researchers working in the Arctic – Next generation Arctic field courses: sharing best practices from the UK, Norway and Russia.
When: 29 January 2020, 16:15-17:45
Where: Mellomstort møterom (Quality Hotel Saga), Tromso
Organisers: UK Science and Innovation Network and NERC Arctic Office
If you are attending, please come and say hi, you can find us by the UKPN poster, otherwise follow the #UKPN_ArcticFrontiers on Instagram to get a glimpse of one of the largest Arctic events of the year!
It is now well-recognised that science outreach is an essential soft skill for any researcher. Do you understand the necessity but feel too underprepared to get involved? We’re offering online training for anybody interested in taking their science into the classroom and adding a polar theme. The training will be led by a science communication expert and a school teacher to allow both worlds to come together. The focuses will be science communication for children and activity preparation, with tips on public speaking.
Today the Antarctic Treaty is celebrating its 60th anniversary.
Every year since 2015 the UKPN have organised an outreach project – the Antarctica Day Flags Initiative – with the aim to spread the word about this success story for world-wide collaboration and to hope its message and values inspires future generations.
We asked participating schools to create a flag for Antarctica (as it is without an official flag) which they believe symbolises this continent.
The flags are then sent to us here at UKPN, who pair flags from schools with researchers and station staff that are heading down to Antarctica for the Austral Summer (November-January). The flags are then transported all the way to Antarctica with these “flag bearers”, and proof of travel with a certificate and photos of their journey will be sent to the schools upon the flag bearers’ return.