Serap Tilav – First Turkish woman at South Pole

“I am a research scientist here at UD since 2001. I have worked with various detectors at South Pole since 1991. In 2005 I was awarded a geographical feature called “Tilav Cirque” in Antarctica for my services to Antarctic science.

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Turkish scientists head for maiden Antarctica mission

A crew of Turkish academics and researchers set off on a journey to Antarctica on March 29, for the country’s first scientific mission on the continent.

The 14-person team, which has two female members and includes academics from Istanbul Technical University (İTÜ), Istanbul University, Erciyes University, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Marmara University, Kocaeli University, Çukurova University and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK), will conduct research in areas such as climate change and marine pollution for three weeks.

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BAS: Consultation – polar research priorities for Europe

Would you like to take part in an online consultation to share your views about Europe’s research priorities for the Polar Regions?

The EU-PolarNet consortium has compiled a set of twelve overarching European research priorities for the Polar Regions, which have been identified based on national polar strategies, international consortia and major scientific clusters. Each topic includes several key-questions, which in turn are linked to the associated societal challenges.

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APECS Early Career Arctic Policy Workshop at ASSW 2016 on 14 March

At the upcoming Arctic Summit Science Week (ASSW) in Fairbanks, Alaska (12 – 18 March 2016), APECS is organizing an Early Career Arctic Policy Workshop on Monday, March 14 from 9:00 – 12:30.

This half-day workshop will begin with a keynote and five short presentations addressing the global effort to use best-available science in the development of Arctic policy. Participants will then break into smaller, mentor-led groups to discuss strategies for incorporating scientific knowledge into impactful Arctic policy.

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No! 150 000 Adelie penguins did not die overnight!

22 February 2016: Contributed by: Yan Ropert-Coudert, Graham Hosie and Mark Hindell from SCAR’s Life Sciences Scientific Steering Group and the Expert Group on Birds and Marine Mammals (EG-BAMM)

If we are to believe the media coverage of the recent article by Wilson et al. (2016) a giant iceberg has caused one of the most impressive mass mortality events that penguins have ever known. The headline proclaims that no less than 150,000 Adelie penguins have died because of a massive iceberg (B09B) grounding off Cape Denison, Antarctica. How can an iceberg kill that many birds? Did it fall from the sky and crush the birds in one go? (See here for an example story)

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APECS holds First World Summit in Sofia, Bulgaria

The Association of Early Polar Career Scientists (APECS) held its first world summit in Sofia, Bulgaria, from June 6-8, 2015. 

Sixty-six early career scientists and APECS members, representing 25 countries and 20 APECS National Committees (NCs) participated in the event. In addition, 12 senior scientists and professionals attended the summit (2 of them remotely), supporting APECS as mentors. The diversity of the summit participants was not only characterised by their origin but also academic field and profession. Yet, all participants had a sincere interest in the Polar Regions in common. The APECS World Summit was considered a bi-Polar event, equally committed to the Arctic and the Antarctic.

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