Thursday, 31 January 2013

2013 Martha T. Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica

Nominations are open for the Martha T. Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica

Nomination deadline is 23 May 2013

The following description was taken from the award website at

"The Martha T. Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica” is a US$ 100,000 unrestricted award presented to an individual in the fields of Antarctic science or policy that has demonstrated potential for sustained and significant contributions that will enhance the understanding and/or preservation of Antarctica. The Tinker Foundation’s goal is to establish a prestigious award that recognizes excellence in Antarctic research by honoring someone in the early to mid-stages of his or her career. The Prize is inspired by Martha T. Muse’s passion for Antarctica and is intended to be a legacy of the International Polar Year 2007-2008.
The prize-winner can be from any country and work in any field of Antarctic science or policy. The goal is to provide recognition of the important work being done by the individual and to call attention to the significance of understanding Antarctica in a time of change.

The Prize is awarded by the Tinker Foundation  and administered by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR).

Full details of the nomination process, important dates, and prize selection are available at 

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Scientific Writing Workshop, 5-7 February 2013

A Scientific Writing Workshop is being offered in early February for IMAS students (UTas).  Check out the details below!

Time to write that paper, but have no idea where to start?

Then register for the Scientific Writing Workshop!

February 5 - 7
@ AAD Marine Training Facility (Kettering)
It's free!
16 places ONLY.. So get a wriggle on
Instructors Drs. Simon Wright and Tania Raymond (AAD) will walk you through the entire scientific writing process. The three days teaches you how to establish a writing plan, resulting in a draft manuscript (hooray!).

Kindly brought to you by IMAS & the Association for Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) Oceania chapter -
.. And of course, Simon & Tania

What you need:

An open calendar over the 5- 7th February (check!)
A complete or almost complete data set (check!)
A laptop (check!)
Your lovely self and a bucket full of enthusiasm (double check!)
To register: Reply to Sarah Ugalde ( and fill out the following details

Your Name:
Primary supervisor:
Expected finish date:
Course (e.g. PhD, Masters..):
Transport details (e.g. if you have a car and can car pool, or your interested in car pooling with others):

***Before you register: Please ensure you are able to make it for the entire three days, otherwise someone may miss out on this great opportunity.
Thanks, everyone :)

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Some important dates for 2013/2014

The list below shows some important dates on the polar science calendar for 2013 and 2014.  APECS Oceania is also planning workshops and events for this period. Some will be stand alone, while others we hope to run alongside conferences.  Please keep these dates in mind. We will pass on important notices as they are released to us and also provide details of our own activities as plans develop.

Antarctic and Southern Ocean Science Conference
When: 24-26 June, 2013
Where: Hobart

Please note that the dates for the conference have changed and it will be held from 24th-26 June 2013, not 25th-27 June.
Conference Website:

XI SCAR Biology Symposium
When: 15-19 July, 2013
Where: Barcelona, Spain

Symposium Website:

APECS International Penguin Careers Workshop (in association with the 8th International Penguin Conference)
When: 31 August - 1 September, 2013 (IPC, 2-6 September)
Where: Bristol Zoo, UK

This two day workshop will focus on communication and outreach on the first day, followed by penguin specific science on the second day.
Conference Website:

When: 22 August - 3 September, 2014
Where: Auckland, NZ

Conference Website:

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Travel Fellowships, SCAR groups joint workshop Cambridge, July 1st-5th, 2013

There are a limited number of travel fellowships on offer for the SCAR History Expert Group and SCAR Social Sciences Action Group joint workshop in Cambridge, UK, running 1-5 July 2013.  Application instructions have been provided by Daniela Liggett, co-chair SCAR Social Sciences Action Group, and can be found below.

Application Deadline: 28 February 2013


Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that the SCAR History Expert Group and the SCAR Social Sciences Action Group will hold a joint workshop that will focus on the past, present and future of human connections to the Antarctic (and the polar regions in general) in Cambridge, UK, from 1-5 July 2013. We welcome contributions and participation from Antarctic researchers and our Arctic colleagues to stimulate debate, academic engagement and future dialogue.

A limited amount of funding will be made available to offer a small number of travel grants for research students (PhD and Masters) to attend the workshop - these travel fellowships will be granted on the basis of merit, need (e.g. lack of other funding), and the quality of the abstract submitted.
Those interested in applying for these travel fellowships should submit their applications by 28 February 2013 at the latest.  We expect these applications to include a 200-300 word abstract for a research presentation to be given at the workshop, a short one-page application letter detailing career status and need for travel funding as well as an estimated travel budget.

Please submit your applications by 28 February 2013 to both:
Conny Luedecke ( - chair of the SCAR History EG, and
Daniela Liggett ( - co-chair of the SCAR Social Sciences AG.

If no travel funding is sought, abstracts to be considered for presentation at the workshop should be submitted to Conny and Daniela by 31 March 2013.

We look forward to seeing many of you at the workshop.