Survey Participants Sought

Two groups of researchers based in NZ and Australia are currently studying the well-being of people working in Antarctica. One survey is for anyone who has been to Antarctica (first paragraph and link), the other is for those who have worked there specifically during the polar night (Austral winter) (second paragraph and link). Please find information and links to the surveys below.

Have you worked in Antarctica? This is your opportunity you to have a voice, share your story of your time in the Antarctic and help in the development of supports for future Antarctic personnel working in Antarctica. Dr. Kimberley Norris and student researcher Clare Hawkes from the University of Tasmania Australia are investigating the experience of Antarctic employment, as told by past Antarctic Personnel. The aim of this study is to better understand how Antarctic employment impacts personnel and how best to study it. Participation in the study involves completing a survey consisting of short answer and rating-based questions, which will take approximately 30 minutes of your time to complete. If you are interested in participating, please follow the link below for further information and access to the survey. Thank you in advance for your time.

Any former winter-overs would be ideal participants for Cyril Jaksic‘s study, which consists of an online questionnaire of approximately 20 minutes. Participation in the study is entirely voluntary and participants will not be asked to disclose their name, guaranteeing their anonymity. This study aims to investigate the psychological factors related to adjustment to Antarctic stations. Specifically, we are interested in predicting one’s social fitness to the station, job satisfaction, job performance, mood, sleep quality and cognitive performance. This study is being conducted as part of a PhD project through Lincoln University (New Zealand). If you are interested, click on the link below to know more about it and to take part in it: If you have any questions, feel free to contact: Cyril Jaksic 

International Representatives

APECS Oceania members are also represented at the international level, on the APECS Council and Executive Committee:

We have a representative at the Executive Committee: Hanne Fønss Nielsen (University of Tasmania), and three representatives at the Council: Adam Campbell (University of Otago), Meagan Dewar (Deakin UniversityInternational Penguin Early Career Scientists) and Gabriela Roldan (Gateway Antarctica, University of Canterbury)

Meet your reps here and wish them good luck!


Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events for the 2017 term and beyond include:

APECS Oceania plans to have a presence at each of these events. If you are aware of any upcoming events that should be added to the list, or would like to volunteer to help at any of the events, please do get in touch.

Social Media Workshop

This Polar Week (September 2016), communication was in the spotlight for APECS Oceania. On Monday 19 September (1300 AEST), Indi Hodgson-Johnston from the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (Hobart) presented an introduction to “Social Media for Marine and Antarctic Scientists.” Tune in to a recording of the talk to learn about the various social media platforms, how to use a hashtag, networking effectively online, and ways to promote your research.

Social Media for Marine & Antarctic Scientists from APECS Webinars on Vimeo.

APECS Online Conference

The 2016 APECS Online conference will be held on 18 May. This conference will encourage scientific dialogues between early career scientists from multiple disciplines and backgrounds, with presentations on new research perspectives from a range of research fields. With increased attention on the changing polar environment and the future challenges this will bring, this conference aims to convey the broad range of new research currently being conducted internationally.

Session Themes

  • Biological – marine/freshwater/terrestrial
  • Geological/Environmental/terrestrial cryospheric environments
  • Atmospherics/Climatology
  • Oceanography/Sea-ice
  • Cultural/Historical/Policy/Education

To register for the audience, and learn all about the future of polar research, please sign up here. For details on conference sessions, click here.

Antarctic Science Travel Funding

Thanks to support that APECS received from Antarctic Science Ltd., APECS is happy to announce the availability of travel funding for early career Antarctic researchers.

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We will offer a limited number of partial awards to present Antarctic research at conferences through October 15, 2016, including the SCAR Open Science Conference in Kuala Lumpur in August 2016.

To apply, please fill out this online application form. Application deadline is on 6 May 2016 at 23:59 GMT. Late applications cannot be considered this time.

If you have questions, please contact . A word version of the form is available upon request if you have problems accessing the online form.

Are you attending the SCAR Open Science Conference 2016? The APECS workshop on 21 August is now open for registration. You can find more information on the workshop website.



It’s that time of year again – Elections for the 2016 APECS Oceania Executive Committee will be held in December!

Do you want to join the APECS Oceania Executive Committee?

It’s easy! All you need to do is provide us with:

  • A basic biographical information (name, institution, contact details, country of residence and origin),
  • A brief bio sketch about yourself (e.g. research theme and interests, your hobbies, etc.),
  • A photo of yourself that we can use for the APECS website,
  • The names and contact details of two referees, and
  • A short statement detailing
    • Why you are interested in serving on the APECS Executive Committee;
    • How you would like to contribute to APECS as a member of the APECS Executive Committee.

What is the timeline for the election?

The 2016 APECS Executive Committee elections follow a strict timeline.

19th November 2015 Announcement of APECS Executive Committee Elections sent out

19th – 30th November 2015: Accepting nominations

To be eligible, you must reside in Australia or New Zealand and be a member of APECS Oceania. Not a member? Join today

Applications for the APECS Oceania Executive Committee will be accepted from 30th November 2015. Please email your application as one PDF to