Have a look at the UKPN website if you’re a young researcher (spanning from undergraduate to post-docs/young lecturers) and join the mailing list for up to date news in the polar world.
The UKPN is a voluntary group which provides networking opportunities for early career polar researchers; promotes polar issues to a wider audience through education & outreach; disseminates information about polar issues.
UKPN Career Development Workshop Series: Some of the workshops are free /partly funded. They offer a great opportunity not only to meet other young reserachers and encourage new collaborations, but also increase your technical & scientific knowledge. Have a look at the UKPN website for more details on future workshops. I went to the their Science Communications workshop in Aberdeen in January 2011 and had a great time! I learned an enormous amount about various methods of communicating your science and met some great fellow young researchers, some of whom I have managed to form collaborations with for my PhD! There was even some funding available from UKPN to reimburse my train journey and some of my accommodation costs!
I did note that there seemed to be a large focus of the other available workshops on non-biology based fields of research. Therefore after joining the committee this year I have negotiated some funding to run a biology/ecosystems based workshop in hope to fill this niche and pool more researchers in this area together and int the UKPN. SO watch this space for further news of the workshop which hopefully will happen in Autumn/winter…….
The UKPN is the UK branch of APECS (Association of Polar Early Career Scientists).