UK Polar Early Career Conference

Early Career Researchers and the future of UK Polar Science

Event Type: Webinars and Virtual Events

When: 5 May 2021 to 6 May 2021

Where: Online

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Contact: polarecc at

Abstract deadline: Friday 19th March 2021.

We invite Early Career Researchers (ECRs) to present their Polar research in a friendly environment. We also invite anyone, of any academic or professional background, who is curious or passionate about Polar research to attend.

This conference has been organised with the support of the UK Polar Network. This two-day online conference will highlight the work of ECRs within Polar Science from a range of disciplines and institutions. This is the first UK Polar ECR conference and is tailored towards this community. The conference will focus on the high-quality science produced by ECRs and the contemporary issues Polar ECRs are facing. The scientific talks will be divided in to five streams which will run parallel throughout the conference:

  • Ecosystems
  • Oceanography
  • Geology and Glaciology
  • Atmosphere and Climate
  • Social Sciences

In addition to scientific talks and posters, there will be a strong emphasis on careers & employability, as well as discussing the future of UK Polar science. This will include:

  • Employability workshops for careers both in and out of academia.
  • A session dedicated to improving collaboration with Indigenous communities.
  • A panel discussing the future of UK polar science with specific emphasis on the impacts of Brexit, COVID-19 and the UN Decade of Ocean Science.


The form for submitting an abstract for a talk or a poster is available on the link below, this will simultaneously register you for the conference. We ask that those submitting an abstract fall within the category of ECR (Post-graduate students, PhD students and Post-doctoral researchers). Abstracts must be < 200 words and the submission deadline is Friday 19th March 2021.

Abstract submission & registration form:


This conference is an opportunity for ECRs to hone their skills in a friendly environment however we also welcome anyone, of any academic or professional background, interested in Polar science to attend the conference.

Conference registration form (for attendees only):