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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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.
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.