As a joint commitment to the professional development of early career polar researchers and recognizing the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APCES) as the preeminent organization for young researchers working in the Arctic and Antarctic, in 2008 IASC and the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) signed a joint Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with APECS. This MoU was renewed in 2013 and identifies a joint commitment to the professional development of early career polar researchers* and the need for a continuum of leadership in polar research as important mutual aims. Examples of activities through which this joint commitment is pursued between APECS and IASC include:
- Working together to ensure representation of early career researchers in IASC Working Groups, Council, and other meetings and activities;
- Communicating updates, newsletters, and other information of interest, as well as working together on education, outreach, and polar science communication activities;
- Agreeing to representatives of IASC serving as members of the APECS Advisory Committee to offer assistance and guidance and representatives of APECS being available to IASC for early career perspectives.
* The IASC/SCAR definition for early career scientists eligible to receive travel support is up to 5 years after completion of PhD