Our Mission

What We Do

APECS Netherlands is the Dutch national committee of the Association of Polar Early Career scientists (APECS). It 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. APECS Netherlands organizes and joins symposia, workshops and outreach events in the Netherlands and provides a platform for networking, education, outreach and career development for polar early career researchers.

We receive funding from the NWO Dutch Polar Programme (Nederlands Polair Programma – NPP) for our activities and we co-organize with NWO NPP and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs once a year the grand Polar Symposium (Poolsymposium).

  • Creating a network of polar researchers. APECS Netherlands platforms offer an opportunity for members to receive feedback, support, and engagement from the polar research community. This can lead to valuable discussions, exchange of information, and new perspectives on one’s own science field.

  • Promoting access to resources. Sharing information about polar conferences, jobs, internships, publication, and collaboration opportunities.
  • Promoting education and outreach. We seek to advocate for the continuation and advancement in polar sciences and stimulate future generations of polar researchers.


Board of APECS Netherlands

Annemijn Sandig

Aquatic ecologist at Wageningen Marine Research

Giulia Gai

PhD student in polar marine mammals ecotoxicology at University of Groningen

Erika Varik

Polar social sciences aficionado and research assistant at University of Groningen

Mareike Bach

Ph.D. Student at University of Groningen

Sterre Koops

Climate change adaptation researcher at Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen

Youri Renkema

Junior Ecologist and Arctic enthousiast at Wageningen University & Research

Yousra Makanse

Ph.D. Candidate at Wageningen University & Research

Active members

e members of APECS Netherlands

Active members contribute to and interact with APECS Netherlands on a more frequent basis. Rùna Magnússon, Esther Kokmeijer and Silja Zimmermann are also previous board members.

(c) Lianna Nixon, AWI

Deborah Bozzato

Postdoctoral researcher at University of Groningen

Christian de Kleijn

Arctic enthousiast

Rúna Magnússon

Lecturer & Researcher – Wageningen University

Esther Kokmeijer

Independent artist linked to Arctic and Antarctic studies

Niek Jesse Speetjens

PhD researcher at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Udo Prinsen

Independent visual director

Jolande Venema

Social Design / Illustration student at Willem de Kooning Academy

Silja Zimmermann

Ph.D. Candidate at Utrecht University

Make a difference

Ready to join?

We highly encourage undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, early faculty members, educators and others with interests in Polar Regions and the wider cryosphere that are interested in becoming a member of APECS Netherlands, to do so!

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  • We do not collect any membership fee from our members. The membership has always been and continues to be free.

  • APECS offers various opportunities for members to participate in their network.

  • APECS provides career development, education and outreach, mentoring, and networking to early career researchers and the wider polar community.

  • APECS Netherlands is operated entirely by active members who volunteer their time. Make a valuable contribution through your ideas and participation.