Mathieu Casado

Alfred Wegener Institute



I am a member of APECS and APECS France. During the last terms, I have organised within APECS a group review of the next IPCC Special Report on Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC). This project has been very successful and for the first order draft of the SROCC, we produced more than 2000 comments that were transferred to the authors of the report.

Map of the participants of the first group review done with APECS

This project led to a correspondence in Nature, and a peer-reviewed publication with results on the benefits of including Early Career Scientists into the peer-review process. The activities of APECS, and the group review in particular, were presented by Jilda Caccavo (APECS president 2018/2019) and myself at the COP 24 in Katowice. The project is still on-going as we prepare the review for the second order draft of the SROCC and for the Assessment Report AR6.

I have also been involved in APECS Excom during 2018, taken part as a mentor during the Polar 2018 conference in Davos.

Introduction to science in schools

I have been organising an introduction to science in the highschool Jacques Decour by animating a technology workshop to build a 3D-scanner designed to evaluate the mass balance of the snowflakes in Antarctica during sublimation/condensation cycles. This workshop included a presentation about the stakes of estimating the mass budget during sublimation /condensation in Antarctica, different activities on how to make images in 3 dimensions, and a lecture on the formation of the snow in remote Polar Regions.

This project is supported by APECS France and the highschool Jacques Decour and has been awarded of a Cryosphere Flash Freeze price at the 2015 AGU Fall Meeting.

During my PhD, I participated for two years in the program Les Savanturiers (des glaces, and then du Climat). During this program, I went to schools with children from age 9 to 12 to explain to them what was Climate Research in Antarctica, and to help them realize how this can relate to their everyday life. I try to often communicate with schools about Antarctic Research in general. For instance, while in Antarctica in December 2020, I did a skype conference with a school in New York during which more than 50 pupils attended.

Thank you cards from the 9 and 10-year old students from the class in NY I made a presentation to about Antarctica. A significant number of children declared learning academic research was possible as a career as a result of the call.

ParisScience Festival

Participation to the scientific debate after the movie Polar adventure - Jean-Baptiste Charcot was shown (

Photography exhibition

Photography exhibition about the Antarctic Stations of Dumont d’Urville and Dome C (Pictures can be found here).