Committee positions available!

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It’s the time of year where we recruit new committee members for the 2020/21 term. The positions we have available are outlined below with short descriptions. We welcome a diverse range of people, and all you need is some enthusiasm! Traditionally the majority of the committee are PhD students, but Post-docs, Masters Students, and non-academics are always very welcome too.

Being a part of the UKPN committee is a great way to expand your Polar network, hear about unique opportunities first and develop your soft skills, and of course, it’s a lot of fun! We get a great bunch of people every year, and they represent the UKPN at national and international events alongside local officials, governments, and leading scientists. Each role will have a handover from the previous committee member and the new president and the committee will support each committee member in their role. Roles are flexible with the amount of time they need as they are seasonal, but as a ball-park, plan for two hours per week in addition to the bimonthly meeting. The time can fit into your own schedule, and the more time you have to spare, the more you can volunteer for additional tasks.

Please email president@polarnetwork.org by the 21st of August with a brief description of why you would like to take the role on. Any questions are welcomed too.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) officer

  • To monitor and increase EDI both within our organisation and within STEM as a field. Will work closely with education and outreach to run a mentorship scheme, fund prospective students to attend university open days, and host undergraduates within our member’s institution. Will work on linking with universities across the UK to create a diversity network.
  • The officer will be supported for the first six months by the Diversity in Polar Science Initiative, introduced to the relevant senior officials, and be supported by the UKPN EDI team.

Education & Outreach: festivals

  • Organise UKPN attendance at two UK festivals (e.g. Edinburgh festival, Bristol festival of nature), including applying for spot at festival, finding volunteers, planning activities and running stall at festival.
  • This is a joint role with one of our reps staying on from last year, giving a head start in terms of planning.

Education & Outreach: Antarctic Flags

  • A highly successful outreach activity where schools design flags for the Antarctic continent which are then sent south to researchers. This role will be to co-ordinate and deliver this project (registration of schools via google form, finding Antarcticans to take flags (electronically), and collating and sending back photos to schools).

Education and Outreach: Pint of Science

  • To organise a Pint of Science event – an informal series of interesting talks by researchers in a pub setting –  spanning three cities.
  • These events have been highly successful over the last few years, and tickets have not been difficult to sell.

Social media 

  • Manage our social media communications as well as the UKPN blog. We communicate through a large variety of channels including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Social media: website

  • UK Polar network WordPress posting, and updating website with events, news, etc.

UKPN May Polar Origami Challenge

Hello friends,

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:

#PolarOrigamiChallenge #UKPNOrigami #OrigamiChallenge #PolarOutreach

ASSW / AOS Online – Registration open!

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.

Key links:

Most of the events will be held in Zoom and you can find detailed guidelines on how to use this platform for ASSW/AOS here: https://aos2020agenda.org/how-to-join/

We in UKPN are glad to be involved in different parts of the event this year, invite you to join us and are looking forward to connecting with the world-wide Arctic community!

ARCTIS 2020: brief review

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”, shared Saule 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!

Introducing UKPN committee 2019/2020

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!

 

UKPN at the Arctic Frontiers 2020

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

For more details, please visit https://eu.eventscloud.com/website/614/side-events/

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!

#UKinArctic #ArcticFrontiers #Arctic #Tromsø