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APECS International Online Conference 2022: All hands on deck!
Inclusive knowledge on polar regions as a pathway for sustainable future

The idiom “All hands on deck” reflects the efforts that are currently needed to address the major environmental challenges of the current century. Knowledge in all forms and of all natures represent an essential component for designing a desirable and sustainable future both for Mankind and the Earth, along with the means to achieve such horizons. Knowledge inclusiveness, however, has not always been a concern in scientific and academic circles, although this could improve the ways we do research and interact with the rest of the society.

For the 2022 edition of its International Online Conference, the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) has thus chosen to dedicate a 24-hour online conference, on 18 May 2022, for sharing experiences and knowledge on Polar and Alpine regions from various perspectives.

The conference contains five sessions drawing on multiple disciplines from the social to the natural sciences:

  • Voices from Alpine and Polar regions
  • Bridging knowledge from Polar ocean beneficiaries
  • Polar regions in motion
  • Methods and ethics in polar research
  • Advances in cryospheric sciences

Call for contributions

The APECS International Online Conference 2022 is giving room for alternative ways for expressing self through a call for stories and art contributions that, we believe, will considerably enrich the experience of the participants. 

Submissions can thus take the form of three different formats:

  • Stand-alone presentation
  • Oral narrative
  • Artwork

Stand-alone presentations and stories should fit in the session topics while art contributions can be submitted freely as long as they are linked to the Alpine and/or Polar realms and can be presented in a digital format. The APECS International Online Conference gives priority to Early-Career Researchers (ECRs), including master students, for the stand-alone presentations but also welcomes those interested in Polar regions to submit a proposal in the categories “oral narrative” and “art”. The call for abstracts is also available here as a PDF.

Stand-alone presentation

The proposal should contain a maximum of 500 words and refer to one of the five sessions.

Oral narrative

The proposal (stories from the Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine regions) must contain 300 words and refer to one of the five sessions.

All proposals must be sent to Nicolas Champollion and Sophie Duveau by 20 March 2022 at 10:00 AM (UTC). The abstracts will be selected by a scientific committee that gathers scholars from multiple disciplines from across the world. Their research areas cover all sessions as well as Antarctica, the Arctic and Alpine regions.

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Art contributions

The art contributions should be submitted in .pdf, image, audio or video formats via Google form with key information including author/artist name, year, location and title of the art piece. The file with the artwork should be named as follows: name_IOC2022_ART. Please also include a short introduction to the artwork and how it relates to the polar/alpine regions (max. 1000 characters, including spaces). If you would like to give a complementary oral presentation (max. 10 min) during the conference, please indicate this in the form. All forms of arts are encouraged. 

Please note that we accept only one art contribution per person. With file sizes larger than 1GB or other formats, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All proposals must be submitted via Google form by 1st of April 2022 at 10:00 AM (UTC) The selection committee for the art contributions consists of APECS Art project group members. Access: Submit your art contribution via this form.

More information is available on the APECS International Online Conference 2022 website.

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