Rundbrief Nr. 32 - newsletter no. 32 and information about the coordination workshop 2021!

Hier finden Sie den neuen Rundbrief des DFG-SPPs "Antarktisforschung" auf Englisch. Er enthält wichtige Informationen über die laufende Antragsrunde und den diesjährigen online Koordinationsworkshop im September, sowie weitere Ankündigungen.

Here you will find the latest Newsletter of the SPP "Antarctic Research" in English. It contains important information about the current funding round and this years' virtual coordination workshop in September as well as other announcements.


The aim of the annual coordination workshop is to stimulate collaboration and networking between funded researchers, and to provide information to new applicants. Therefore, participation in the SPP coordination workshop ismandatory for (1) for all currently funded projects and (2) all new applicants and renewal applications. The former also includes projects that have been recommended for funding, and are expected to be successful, in the current application round (2020/2021).

This years' coordination workshop is held virtually again on a SharePoint website: We will open the workshop on Monday 6th September 2021 with a live presentation (tentatively via Zoom) by the coordinator Ulf Karsten in which the SPP is introduced and general information for the application process is given. During this talk, it will be possible for everyone to ask questions via the chat function. After the talk these questions will be answered and discussed. The presentation itself will be recorded and uploaded to the SharePoint website, where all information will be available to view for registered users until the submission deadline beginning of November 2021.

All currently funded projects and successful current proposals (1) are required to show their first research data, concept and/or ideas as a poster (in DIN A3 as .pdf). Prospective new applicants (2) are obliged to provide a pre-recorded 2-5 min video presentation ("Projektskizze"; maximum of 5 min length, maximum of 50 MB size, file format .mp4; IMPORTANT: longer or larger files or other formats will NOT be accepted!), which includes the project idea, assignment to one or more of the overarching topics of the SPP, rough budget information, indication for collaboration within the SPP as well as collaboration obligation for non-university applicants.

For the virtual meeting itself, participants have to register a) online for the SharePoint website, following theinstructions on the pdf, and b) by submitting the filled-out registration form to the coordination office. IMPORTANT: The deadline for registrationis the 20th of August 2021- any registrations arriving after this date will be declined. Posters (as pdf in DIN A3) can be sent as email attachments to the coordination office (email: SPP-Antarktisforschung(at), while the pre-recorded project videos (in .mp4 format) have to be uploaded to a file share website (Rostock Unibox; see link & password in the newsletter) - please remember to include your surname in any names of files you send or upload!

From 6th of September until the submission deadline beginning of November, registered users have the opportunity to view the uploaded files and videos to familiarize themselves with current projects and intended proposals, and to contact potential collaborators well in advance of the proposal deadline. We expect all members of the community to treat new project ideas confidentially.

Apart from the video by the coordinator, information on logistics, networks and Pangaea will also be uploaded and available for viewing. Additionally, from 6th of September onwards, the coordinator and the coordination office will be available to answer questions about the application process etc. via telephone or email.

The DFG call for proposals to the SPP 1158 (via the "Aufforderungsschreiben") is expected to be published mid of July 2021. Please be aware that an application is only possible if a project video("Projektskizze")has been submitted within the deadline (20th August 2021) prior to this years' virtual coordination workshop.

Project proposals have to be submitted in the first week of November, tentatively until the 4th of November 2021. Potential changes to this deadline will be announced via email to the SPP mailing list and on the website.

Please be aware that the structure of the proposal instructions in DFG form 54.01 was revised in May 2020, which has to be used when preparing the proposal. For more information, please refer to the Information for Research.

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