Polar Educators International

Polar Educators International

Connecting polar education, research, and the global community.

Polar Educators International is a vital international network of educators and researchers aiming to provide a deeper understanding of current polar science. PEI represents trusted leaders working to inspire appreciation and knowledge of the polar regions, their connectedness to all Earth's systems, and importance to all humans across latitudes and cultures.

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01/04/2024

navegando la rada covadonga en la inmensidad de la periferia del Continente Antártico...!!!

27/03/2024
23/03/2024

Polar Educators International (PEI) is an interdisciplinary network of educators, formed as an outcome of IPY 2007-2008.
Its mission is connecting polar research, education, and the global community.

The network is currently collaborating to update the IPY publıcatıon 'Polar Science and Global Climate: An International Resource for Education and Outreach (2010)', to create an online, interactive, and evolving version of what is commonly known as the Polar Resource Book (PRB). This partnership includes PEI, the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), and the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS). As we look forward to IPY2032-33, we are excited about future collaborations between polar scientists, educators, and entrepreneurs to co-produce new polar education, outreach, and communication resources.

It is time to update the PRB to reflect advances in polar research, emerging pedagogies, and the growth of collaboration between education and polar science over the past decade.
Whether or not this vital publication can be implemented depends on the available funding. We proposed to launch a collaborative fundraising campaign at ASSW'24 and to raise enough funds to present the project at ICARP IV in 2025.

This important session aims to bring together everybody interested in the PRB to co-create the ambitious campaign and build a strategy to reach our fundraising goal.
We look forward to welcoming you on the 26th of March at ASSW, in the St Leonards room.
Together we can do it!

Photo Credit: Christian Morel


IASC
The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research
Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS)

Photos from Polar Educators International's post 11/03/2024

It is with great excitement that we announce the 20 selected photos for The Frozen Frontier through the Lens: A Polar Research Exhibition, taking place during Arctic Science Summit Week 2024 in Edinburgh📢
The PEI & IACS Photo Contest attracted 70 entries from 15 countries, marking our inaugural endeavor in celebrating polar research through captivating imagery🎉📷❄️
Our goal is to spotlight the narratives behind these remarkable photographs, fostering awareness, inspiration, and community engagement within the polar research field🐧🌐🐳🐻‍❄️🔭🔬🔍
Thanks to the meticulous review conducted by our esteemed Review Committee, including notable members such as Doug Allan, a renowned wildlife and documentary cameraman, we are proud to present the following three winning photos, along with 17 others selected for exhibition, presenting the first three winners and the selected photos listed alphabetically by their surnames:
1- Olivier Nolin & Sandy Netzel
2- Ana Gomes
3- Erin Towns
4- Anna Lena Bercht
5- Anna Lena Bercht
6- Wilson Wai Yin Cheung
7- Julia Dooley
8- David Menzel
9- Wendi Pillars
10- Arnaud Reboud
11- Marta Espírito Santo
12- Marta Contreras-Serrano
13- Marta Contreras-Serrano
14- Jona Silberberg
15- Lottie Stevenson
16- Nicolas Angelo Stoll
17- Antonia Thielecke
18- Erin Towns
19- Erin Towns
20- Ramcharan Vijayaraghavan(Chari)

International Arctic Science Committee

11/03/2024

Save the date! Opening ceremony: 23 March at 18.30 GMT🗓️📌

The Frozen Frontier through the Lens: A Polar Research Exhibition is part of the ASSW-2024 cultural program and features photographs taken by researchers, educators, and polar enthusiasts participating in the PEI & IACS 2024 Photo Contest🌐📷❄️

The criteria was to distill polar knowledge, research, and experiences into impactful visual stories. The exhibition was convened by Deniz Vural (PEI Council member, PhD AWI).
The goal is to raise awareness about the diversity and urgency of polar research in the context of climate change. It is built on three pillars:

First, the images serve as an educational resource, offering a unique opportunity for the wider community, especially students and learners, to engage with polar environments and scientific research conducted in the region.
Second, the exhibition aims to facilitate dialogue and networking among scientists, photographers, participants, and the public, encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration and knowledge-sharing in the field of polar science.
Third, by showcasing these stunning images from the photo competition at ASSW24 and on the PEI website, we anticipate a heightened curiosity about our pristine and remote polar regions, encouraging polar research and environmental conservation. Thus, the exhibition acts to connect communities and build bridges between science and society🔭🔬📚👥💭

https://www.assw.info/program/cultural-programme/polar-research-exhibition
International Arctic Science Committee

Photos from Polar Educators International's post 10/03/2024

It is with great excitement that we announce the 20 selected photos for The Frozen Frontier through the Lens: A Polar Research Exhibition, taking place during Arctic Science Summit Week 2024 in Edinburgh📢

The PEI & IACS Photo Contest attracted 70 entries from 15 countries, marking our inaugural endeavor in celebrating polar research through captivating imagery🎉📷❄️

Our goal is to spotlight the narratives behind these remarkable photographs, fostering awareness, inspiration, and community engagement within the polar research field🐧🌐🐳🐻‍❄️🔭🔬🔍

Thanks to the meticulous review conducted by our esteemed Review Committee, including notable members such as Doug Allan, a renowned wildlife and documentary cameraman, we are proud to present the following three winning photos, along with 17 others selected for exhibition, presenting the first three winners and the selected photos listed alphabetically by their surnames:

1- Olivier Nolin
2- Ana Gomes
3- Erin Towns
4- Anna Lena Bercht
5- Anna Lena Bercht
6- Wilson Wai Yin Cheung
7- Julia Dooley
8- David Menzel
9- Wendi Pillars
10- Arnaud Reboud
11- Marta Espírito Santo
12- Marta Contreras-Serrano
13- Marta Contreras-Serrano
14- Jona Silberberg
15- Lottie Stevenson
16- Nicolas Angelo Stoll
17- Antonia Thielecke
18- Erin Towns
19- Erin Towns
20- Ramcharan Vijayaraghavan(Chari)

International Arctic Science Committee

29/02/2024

Happy International ! 🐻‍❄️❄️
The polar bear, a vulnerable species with an estimated population of just 26,000, faces the threat of climate change. During this time of year, polar bear mothers are nestled in their dens under the snow and ice with their newborn cubs.

The denning period is highly sensitive, as disturbances like oil and gas drilling can impact females and cubs. The Arctic, warming four times faster than the rest of the Earth, poses a significant threat to the survival of this majestic animal. These families must be protected from human activities with adequate buffer zones.

Today aims to raise awareness of the vulnerability of these cubs and emphasizes the critical need for their survival. It is crucial to protect these animals and take action on climate change to preserve their habitat🌐

Photos from Antarctic Heritage Trust's post 29/02/2024

Still time to apply! Polar Educators International

29/02/2024

I wonder how many of you have had the privilege of seeing icè flowers bloom?

27/02/2024

Join the Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research (NVP) in Svalbard for an unforgettable summer school experience 9 – 19 June. Apply now via polar-academy.com.

22/02/2024

..."Sunt virtus in mare"....

21/02/2024

We extend a warm invitation to 'The Frozen Frontier through the Lens: A Polar Research Exhibition', where the captivating stories behind these polar research photographs will take center stage, aiming to raise awareness, inspire, and engage our community in the fascinating realm of polar science.

This exhibition provides a unique opportunity, especially for students and polar enthusiasts, to explore polar environments and the groundbreaking research conducted there. It seeks to enhance awareness of the crucial role of polar research in the context of climate change.

Exhibition Details:
- Period: 24 - 28 March 2024
- Location: Kirkland, South Hall

Be part of this journey as we celebrate polar regions, contributing to a collective effort to underscore the invaluable importance of polar research and emphasizing the significance of polar literacy.
Join in harmonizing science and education through our public engagement exhibition.

We look forward to seeing you at Arctic Science Summit Week 2024 in Edinburgh, UK!

https://assw.info/program/cultural-programme/polar-research-exhibition

19/02/2024

Love this work, celebrating the sun❤️

19/02/2024

Happy ! 🐋💙
We celebrate the incredible marine mammals and raise awareness about their vital role in the ocean.

After enduring centuries of whaling in the Southern Ocean, which brought several species to the brink of extinction, there's encouraging news - whales are making a comeback, especially in Antarctic waters! The increasing sightings of these majestic creatures signal the success of conservation efforts. However, with the rising whale population, there's a growing need for enhanced protection measures.

In response, the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators - IAATO members took a significant step in 2019 by implementing a mandatory 10-knot speed restriction.
This measure aims to prevent whale strikes in the cetacean-rich Antarctic waters, creating geofenced time areas along the Antarctic Peninsula.

Let's continue working together to ensure the well-being of these remarkable beings and the preservation of our oceans!🌊

IAATO's Operational Procedures for Viewing Whales in Antarctica provides clear standards for all vessels to safeguard these incredible marine mammals while providing an enriching, educational experience for whale-watching visitors.

Prepare for your expedition by reviewing your obligations here: https://loom.ly/j98Lg3M 🇦🇶🐋

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19/02/2024

Happy ! 🐳

Did you know play a key role in maintaining a balanced, functioning ocean? 🌊

The ecosystem services they provide are many, from enhancing productivity in marine ecosystems by "fertilizing" the ocean, a key aspect in the nutrient cycle, to providing sustenance to countless deep-sea dwellers at the end of their lives, which sequesters carbon and aids in mitigating climate change.

NSF is committed to continuing on these magnificent mammals to better understand and protect them. 🐋

📷 J. Michael Williamson; WhaleNet

19/02/2024

🚨 Attention climate researchers! Submit your articles now for the 6th WCRP International Conference on Reanalysis! Join us at https://loom.ly/LU-LIFE 🔗 Deadline: March 24, 2024 (JST).

The conference gathers reanalysis producers, observation data providers, modelers, and users to discuss progress, challenges, and future priorities in the field. Let's shape the future of reanalysis data in science, public services and policy making!

Topics include:
✨Global and regional reanalysis production
✨Observation data for reanalyses
✨Reanalysis methods and production
✨Evaluation and applications in science and society
✨Exploring machine learning in reanalysis

For more details, visit the ICR6 website: https://icr6.climcore.org Don't miss out on this opportunity to contribute to the advancement of climate research!

19/02/2024

International Day of Women and Girls in Science - Day 5

Science can mean being a communicator!

🙋 Meet Misha!

📽️ Misha's interest in science communication flourished during the International Polar Year. She was a reporter with CBC North in Whitehorse, and the impacts of climate change on northern ways of life were coming starkly into focus. After working on the award winning documentary, People of a Feather, she enrolled in the University of Victoria, where she studied Biology.

👩‍🔬 Misha is currently the acting Director for Science and Technology with Polar Knowledge Canada where she leads the research teams.

❄️Misha began working for POLAR because it provided a unique opportunity to put all of her skills with community-driven research, engagement, and writing to work. POLAR’s mandate provides a tremendous opportunity to address Northern and Indigenous priorities for research and apply knowledge toward a sustainable future.

📜To girls who are thinking that a future in science could be of interest, Misha says she thrived with hands-on learning opportunities offered through the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre and Hakai Institute, and excellent mentorship (shout out to Dr. Rana El-Sabaawi).

🌎 Misha says your career can lead you on the biggest adventure of your life... Ask yourself, “what do I want to do first?!”

Photos from Antarctic Heritage Trust's post 19/02/2024

Oooo I do, I do.....So you?!

19/02/2024

Happy World Whale Day! 🐋

Whales are a critical part of the ocean’s ecosystem and are vulnerable to human activity. In Canada, the North Atlantic Right Whale is one of the most endangered species.

With the smartWhales initiative, satellite data is used to detect, monitor and predict whale movements to limit risks of collisions with ships and entanglement in fishing gear. This collaboration with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Transport Canada will help save marine lives and make the sea a safer place to live.

Credit: Matthew Hardy

18/02/2024

Join the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) Webinar "Incorporating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) into Art" in response to SCAR's EDI logo contest❄️🌈

🗓️ 20 February 2024, 16:00 UTC
Registration👉🏿 https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_umNLZA-zTxewl3MhjFf2qw #/registration

Find out more about the SCAR EDI logo contest👉🏿 https://scar.org/scar-news/groups-excom/edi-new/scar-edi-logo-contest

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research

11/02/2024

Parte del equipo de Expedición Educativa Antártica
"MWONO-Polar 2024" de la Universidad de Magallanes
visita el A.R.C. "Simón Bolívar 🇨🇴, buque científico perteneciente a la Armada Nacional de la República de Colombia.
UMAG TV Radio/Televisión Armada de Chile
Jorge Flies Añon Polar Educators International

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11/02/2024

Desde la acción científica, desde la Divulgación y la enseñanza, saludamos a nuestras integrantes mujeres de Expedición Educativa Antártica
"MWONO-Polar 2024"...Feliz Día...!!!

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10/02/2024

This is Kirsten, one of our and a diving scientist-artist who has been exploring the in this capacity for 30 years. She's been an Antarctic Artist & Writer, has a heart for and is currently working on an illustrated journal featuring Antarctic . How is that for breathtaking? More here: https://womeninpolarscience.org/100polarwomen/

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