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We are a group of young researchers with the ambition to bring polar and alpine science to the public and to raise awareness of current issues.


At APECS Belgium, we are proud to have a united multidisciplinary team with complementary backgrounds & skills. Our members come from different organizations, institutes and universities across the country and work on many different topics!


APECS International was founded by the Belgian Youth Steering Committee of the International Polar Year 2005-2006. Since then, it has become active in over 29 countries all over the world. It was in 2007 that the Belgian branch of APECS was founded with Mieke Sterken as first chair and Bruno Danis as webmaster. Under the impulse of Ines Tavernier and Anton Van de Putte, APECS Belgium, which had been resting for some years, was then briefly reactivated in 2011. When Henrik Christiansen revived it in 2016, APECS Belgium had been hibernating for a couple years but quickly regained its energy and has been growing ever since. We are proud to say that our team is expanding every year and that our association is getting stronger by the day!


Our committed and passionate members are our strength but the community that grows around APECS Belgium is what drives us! Every early career scientist based in Belgium with an interest in the polar regions is highly encouraged to join us & we invite everyone to become a part of our inspiring community.



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The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) is an international and interdisciplinary organization for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, early faculty members, educators and others with interests in Polar Regions and the wider cryosphere.

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