Establishment of APECS China on August 1 2018 in Dunhuang
China Association of Polar Early Career Scientists ( APECS China) was established on August 1, 2018, the first council meeting was held in Dunhuang, Gansu Province. The first Council members consist of 37 young scientists from 23 domestic universities and research institutes. Dr. Minghu Ding (Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences) served as chair of the Council, and Dr. Lei Geng (University of Science and Technology of China), Dr. Qinghua Yang (Sun Yat-sen University) and Dr. Chuanjin Li (Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resources, Chinese Academy of Sciences) served as vice chair. Dr. Geng and Dr. Weijun Sun (Shandong Normal University) served as secretary general and deputy secretary general, respectively.
Dr. Ding opened the meeting and welcomed the participants, and then introduced the positioning and requirements of APECS. The APECS China can create international exchange platform and provide the opportunity for career development for polar researchers in China. The members can be trained by famous scholars and also be invited to participate in international activities and training. The Association will organize at least one academic meeting and Council meeting every year and also invite members to participate in activities such as the China Symposiumon Polar Science and the Symposiumon of China Society of Cryospheric Science.
The statutes of association was discussed and improved, and future work plan was determined. The members of APECS China are no more than 40 years old, and include undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, early faculty members, educators and others with interests in Polar Regions and the wider cryosphere in China.
Overall, as an international and interdisciplinary organization, the APECS has played a great role in international polar scientific research. The APECS China will invite more and more polar young scientists to register as a member, and it will promote Chinese contribution in international polar scientific research.