UK Polar Early Career Conference – Abstract registration closing 19 March

18th March 2021

Conference theme: Early Career Researchers and the future of UK Polar Science

Conference date: 5-6th May 2021


Location: Online

Abstract deadline: Friday 19th March 2021 – ABSTRACT REGISTRATION CLOSING TOMORROW

Who this conference is for: We invite all 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.

There are still slots for talks and posters available and we encourage those who are interested in attending to actively contribute to the conference.


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 Polar ECRs from across the globe and the contemporary issues ECRs are facing. The scientific talks will be divided into 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, including one focusing on international opportunities.
  • 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.

There is scope for an ECR-led session discussing the effect of COVID-19 on your project, mitigation strategies, support and potential action for ECRs. Please indicate when submitting an abstract whether you are able to contribute to this session.


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)

Please circulate this call within your networks.