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APECS: First French Polar Week

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There is a growing need for improved science communication from polar scientists to communities and classrooms around the world.  However, linking people with the often-distant polar regions can be a significant challenge. One way to address this challenge is through an international educational event led by polar scientists called the International Polar Week (IPW). Expanding on country-specific activities and participation is key to expanding the IPW.

Three French APECS members organised the first French Polar Week last April. Several activities were proposed to schools, including an Ask-a-Scientist forum and Webinars. Thanks to APECS GoToWebinar platform, more than 300 students were able to hear young scientists talk about different topics such as living in a small village in Greenland or on a research station in Antarctica.

Thanks to the great feedback received from the different schools, which participated in this first French Polar Week, we are planning to develop the project, wishing that it will continue for years into the future. Anyone interested by the project is welcome to send an e-mail to ecole.des.poles@gmail.com for further information.

Contributed by Anne-Mathilde Thierry

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