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New APECS leadership has begun
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Friday, 03 October 2014 10:28

(Logo: APECS) (Logo: APECS) The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) is APECS is excited to announce that another leadership term has begun on 1 October 2014!

APECS Executive Committee 2014-2015:

APECS' seventh Executive Committee (ExCom) is now in place and ready to continue to shape the polar world.
• Ivan Dubinenkov (Alfred-Wegener Institute, Germany)
• Ruth Hindshaw (University of St. Andrews, United Kingdom)
• Heather Mariash (McGill University, Canada)
• Jean-Sébastien Moore (Université Lavel, Canada)
• Tristy Vick-Majors (Montana State University, United States)

have been elected to form the ExCom, the main leadership body of APECS. Jennifer Provencher (Canada) and Yulia Zaika (Russia) will serve as ex-officios and support the new ExCom over the coming year. And of course, Gerlis Fugmann, the APECS Executive Director will continue to support and foster the group from the directorate office in Tromsø, Norway.

More information on the APECS 2014-2015 Executive Committee can be found here:
APECS President 2014-2015:

With a new term, comes a new president, and this year Jean-Sébastien Moore will be taking on this role. Jean-Sébastien is a postdoc at Laval University in Québec City. He has been doing research in the Canadian Arctic since 2008 working on Arctic char, an important fish for the Inuit people. His current research integrates the use of genomic tools with acoustic telemetry to track the migrations of commercially exploited stocks of char. He has been involved with APECS for several years, first as a founding board member of APECS Canada, as an APECS Council member, and as an ExCom vice-president in 2013-2014.

APECS Council 2014-2015:

This year the APECS council is made up of 23 very enthusiastic members from 11 countries: Jennifer Balmer (USA), Erik Behrens (New Zealand), Roxanne Beltran (USA), Alice Bradley (USA), Archana Dayal (India), Rachel Downey (Germany), Francyne Elias Peira (Spain), Ellyn Enderlin (USA), Dave Grant (USA), Laura Elena Kelvin (Canada), Alia Khan (USA), Minkyoung Kim (South Korea), Elena Kuznetsova (Norway), Michael Laiho (UK), Sílvia Lourenco (Portugal), Adam Naito (USA), Hanne Nielsen (Australia), Daria Shapovalova (UK), Laura Fleming-Sharp (USA), Zuzanna Swirad (UK), Anna Varfolomeeva (Russia/Hungary), Amanda Winegardner (Canada), Scott Zolkos (Canada)

Additionally, Russell Fielding (USA), Christie Logvinova (USA / Russia), Allen Pope (USA), Kim Jochum (USA), Silje-Kristin Jensen (Norway), Tosca Ballerini (France), and Mariette Wheeler (South Africa) remain on the Council in ex-officio roles.


More information on the APECS 2014-2015 Council can be found here:

We once again thank the many APECS leaders that have come before us and have helped guide and foster many of those serving today! We look forward to another year with the projects that are currently underway, and continue to look for more ways that we can serve and help early career polar researchers around the world.




Young Arctic Researchers wanted! Call for articles!
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Written by Federica   
Thursday, 02 October 2014 09:34

(Photo: Getty Images) (Photo: Getty Images) Arctic Portal will promote the participation of young researchers, students, PhD students, future generation of experts on the Arctic, into the debate on Arctic issues.


A new section on the Arctic Portal homepage, „ Arctic Features/Arctic Future", will publish once a week the best article written by a young researcher.


It will be also promoted through our social media, as our Facebook page and Twitter. To help foster visibility of the young authors, the Arctic Portal will give the possibility for authors to show their contact/information.

Arctic Portal is interested in topics such as:
-Arctic Shipping
- Arctic Governance
- Arctic Fishing
- Arctic Energy
- Climate Change
- Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights
- EU in the Arctic
- Asian States in the Arctic


Articles should be max. 1500 words. Pictures, graphs and maps (you can check and use our interactive data maps here) are appreaciated.

Please, send your proposal to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


The European Union and the Arctic 29-30 May 2015, Dundee, Scotland Call for Papers
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Written by Federica   
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 13:45

University of Dundee logoThe School of Law, University of Dundee, UK and the K. G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea, University of Tromsø, Norway are pleased to announce the call for papers for "The European Union and the Arctic"(2015 EU-Arctic Conference).

The EU is inextricably linked to the Arctic region by a unique combination of history,geography, economics and scientific achievements (COM (2008) 763 final). Three
Arctic countries are EU Member States (Denmark, Sweden and Finland) and the EU maintains close relations with Iceland and Norway through the European Economic Area. Canada, Russia and the United States are also strategic partners of the EU. The European Commission has set out the EU's interests in the Arctic and has proposed action around three main policy objectives: 1) Protecting and preserving the Arctic in unison with its population; 2) Promoting sustainable use of resources; 3) Contributing to enhanced Arctic multilateral governance (COM (2008) 763 final). However, the best way to ensure that the EU's interests are protected and that the policies it pursues are adopted has not been mapped out.
While the EU is willing to pursue its involvement within the relevant international
framework (e.g., the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and Convention on Biological Diversity) on Arctic issues such as climate change, biodiversity, ecosystem-based management, persistent organic pollutants, marine protected areas, energy, fisheries, tourism, international navigation and indigenous people (JOIN (2012) 19 final), choices must be made as to which policy avenue to pursue. How these choices are to be made and which avenues are the best to pursue its policy objectives are some of the many questions which have yet to be fully addressed by scholars.


Call for abstracts
This conference will bring together academics and practitioners from relevant disciplines such as international law, international relations, political science and marine biology, NGOs, representatives from EU institutions and international organizations to discuss the EU's potential contribution to enhance Arctic governance. A roadmap for increasing the effectiveness of the EU's action in the Arctic will be drawn at the end of the conference. This conference is timely as the Council of the European Union recently (Council conclusions on developing a European Union Policy towards the Arctic Region, 24 May 2014) requested the European Commission and the High Representative to present proposals for thefurther development of an integrated and coherent Arctic Policy by December 2015.
Abstracts of no more than 400 words should be emailed to Dr. Nengye Liu ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) by 15 January 2015. All abstracts will be peer-reviewed.
Selected speakers will be notified by 31 January 2015. It is anticipated that an edited book of papers from the conference will be published in 2016.


For more info, click here

Energy Law Conference started today
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 25 September 2014 13:29

(Photo: Federica Scarpa) First day at the Energy Law conference (Photo: Federica Scarpa) First day at the Energy Law conference The two-days Energy Law Conference -The legal issues associated with the development and use of Arctic energy resources- just started this morning (25the September 2014) at the University of Tromsø, Faculty of Law (Norway). Trudi Haugli, dean of the Faculty of Law of Tromsø, welcomed the attendants to the conference, followed by the opening comments by Johan Petter Barlindhaug (Chairman of the board of North Energy ASA) and Nigel Bankes (Professor and Chair in Natural Resources Law, Faculty of Law, University of Calgary, and Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Tromsø ).


The conference, co-hosted by the University of Tromsø, and the K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea (Tromsø), will have today three distinct sessions. The first session, "Arctic energy: strategic and environmental issues" will be chaired by Nigel Bankes: the second, " Offshore oil and gas activities: compensation and liability issues", by Timo Koivurova (Research Professor at ARctic Centre/University of Lapland, and Professor of International law at University of Eastern Finland and Turku); while the third and last session of the day, " Governance issues and Arctic energy" will be chaired by Ingvild Jacobsen, KGJ Centre for the Law od the Sea, University of Tromsø.


Remarkably, Else Berit Eikeland, Member of the Arctic Council - Senior Arctic Official, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and one of today's keynote speakers, described the vision of Norway for the Arctic and specifically the vision on energy issues related with the development of the Arctic.


Else Beirit Eikeland confirmed the strong involvement of Norway on petroleum and oil and gas resources in the Arctic, but also the strong commitment for the environment and specifically, to tackle climate change in the region.


As regarding the Arctic in large, the norwegian SAO underlined that the region is a place of peace and stability. In fact, contrary to what is often described in the media, no "rush for resources" is going on in the region, since the necessary legal scheme is already provided by "Law of the Sea" framework. In addition, the environment (and specifically climate change) has been a common priority to the eight Arctic States since 1996.


The focus was than given to Norway-Russia relations, a key aspect of Norwegian policies. Environement, fisheries, Petroleum, and bilateral cooperation at the AC for oil spill prevention (espacially from maritime shipping and offshore activities), are among the most important and valuable points of Norway-Russia cooperation, and among the main reasons why for Norway is so important to keep working with Russia.


During the speech, it was also disclosed that the EU' observer status at the Arctic Council will be soon formalised, since an agreement with Canada has been reached.


In her conclusions, Else Beirit Eikeland welcomed the recent establishment of the Arctic Economic Council, a venue to foster the open dialogue among the Arctic States, NGOs and big oil and gas companies operating in the Arctic. The new Council aims to deal with the enormous economic and social effects the melting of sea ice will have in the area.




Written by Federica Scarpa






Arctic sea ice reaches minimum extent for 2014
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 09:12

(Photo: NSIDC/NASA Earth Observatory) (Photo: NSIDC/NASA Earth Observatory) The Arctic's sea ice cover appears to have reached its minimum extent on September 17, 2014. Sea ice extent on that day was measured at 5.02 million square kilometers (1.94 million square miles). It was the sixth-lowest extent recorded since satellites began measuring sea ice in 1979. The number is above the 2012 record extent but is still below the long-term average.


Sea ice extent in Antarctica, where it is late winter, has surpassed the satellite-era record for maximum ice extent. We will report the 2014 Antarctic maximum sea ice extent and date of maximum in October, since it may still continue to grow for a short while.

The Arctic sea ice extent number is preliminary—changing winds could still push the ice extent lower, clarifies National Snow and Ice Data Centre.

NSIDC will issue a formal announcement at the beginning of October with full analysis of the possible causes behind this year's ice conditions, particularly interesting aspects of the melt season, the set up going into the winter growth season ahead, and graphics comparing this year to the long-term record.



Source: National Snow and Ice Data Center






(Source: Arctic Sea Ice, Summer 2014




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