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Dear All,

The 11th International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences in
Edinburgh, UK, 10th ? 15th July 2011, is shaping up to be a fantastic
event in the 2011 Polar Science calendar and the abstract submission
deadline is fast approaching.

*Thursday 31st March at 5pm GMT*

is the deadline for submitting your abstracts for oral and poster
presentations. This is also the deadline for Early Bird (cheap!)
registration. This gives you two weeks from today, so log on to
www.isaes2011.org.uk and submit your abstracts and register before the
31st March!

There is funding support available for early career researchers from
ISAES, supported by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research
(SCAR). Make sure you submit a funding support application form at the
time of abstract submission in order to be eligible for this funding ?
go to http://www.isaes2011.org.uk/earlycareer.html for more
information and to download the form.

As well as a world-class science conference, there will be an Early
Career Scientists evening featuring a panel discussion with expert
mentors on the subject of ?Succeeding in Polar Science? with
refreshments provided, followed by continued informal networking in
the conference bar. We are also planning some exciting science
outreach and public engagement events, in which APECS and UKPN members
will play a key role!

This really is going to be a great event for UKPN, APECS and Polar
Science as a whole!

Best of luck with your abstracts and funding support applications. We
look forward to welcoming you to Edinburgh in the summer!

Sian Henley
On behalf of the Organising Committee, ISAES 2011
PhD Student
Edinburgh University
Diatom Ecology and Biogeochemistry of the Antarctic sea ice zone
Supervisor: Dr Raja Ganeshram

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in
Scotland, with registration number SC005336.

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juliaschmaleInstitute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V., Potsdam
Atmospheric Sciences and Climate Change Discipline Representative

I am an environmental engineer specialized in contaminated soil remediation and waste management. I studied at the University of Leoben, Austria, and spent approximately two years in Concepción, Chile, during this time doing some practical work in organic waste management. So, how did I end up with atmospheric science in Polar regions? After having learned a lot about anthropogenic emissions to soil, water and air and how they can be mitigated, I thought exploring the effects of atmospheric emissions would very much complete the picture. So, I started a PhD performing aircraft-based aerosol mass spectrometric measurements. My first campaign was on long-range transport pollution over Greenland during the International Polar Year in 2008. This experience got me hooked on studying Polar aerosol and was the motivation to join APECS. I also had the chance to measure a 3 months old volcanic aerosol plume from the Okmok and Kasatochi eruptions in the tropopause region over Central and Western Europe in fall 2008.

After having explored a very little bit of Arctic aerosol, I had the chance to measure particles in Sub-Antarctica for three months on Bird Island, South Georgia, a research station operated by the British Antarctic Survey. As a visiting scientist at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Edinburgh, Scotland, my task was to find out about the contribution of sea bird emissions to the local submicron aerosol by studying particle chemical composition with specific focus on biogenic compounds and ammonia.

Since May 2012 I am leading a project on short-lived climate-forcing pollutants (SLCPs) at the interface between science, policy, society and the private business sector. Using transdisciplinary research methods my team is working on identifying research needs and pathways to policy implementation for the reduciton of SLCPs.

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