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EPB and APECS sign MoU

APECS Executive Director, Gerlis Fugmann, and EPB Chair, Maaike Vancauwenberghe, at the MoU signing ceremony in Prague

The EPB has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), recognising our common goals of engaging and supporting polar science through scientific activities, promotion of polar facilities, and education, outreach and communication. The EPB and APECS recognise the importance of fostering the next generation of researchers that will be faced with increasingly critical challenges due to the impacts of climate change on the polar regions and their global significance.

The MoU was signed by EPB Chair, Maaike Vancauwenberghe, and APECS Executive Director, Gerlis Fugmann, during the EPB Spring 2017 Plenary Meeting in Prague.

APECS is an international and interdisciplinary organisation for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and early faculty members, educators and others with interests in the Polar and Alpine Regions and the cryosphere. By providing networking and career development opportunities, APECS’ activities aims to:

-          raise the profile of polar research

-          develop effective leaders in education and outreach

-          stimulate interdisciplinary and international research collaborations.

APECS builds on extensive national and disciplinary networks to develop integrated research directions, meet career development needs, and communicate the urgencies of polar science to a worldwide audience. APECS decisions are made by an open Council and an elected Executive Committee. An Advisory Committee of senior polar researchers provides guidance to APECS. Day-to-day operations of APECS are currently supported through an international Directorate lead by the Executive Director.

The EPB and APECS look forward to years of further collaboration.

More information on APECS can be found at