All Things Norway

Hi APECS members,

The first snow has fallen here in Tromsø, so winter is definitely slowly but surely on its way in beautiful Northern Norway where our APECS Directorate is located. The last few months have been very busy in the APECS office and for our leadership and many volunteers. Some of the highlights I want to point out in my message this time are:

One of the highlights this summer was the 2014 SCAR Open Science Conference in Auckland, New Zealand in late August. APECS organised three very successful events together with partners: a Science Communications Workshop together with Polar Educators International (PEI), a networking cruise with the SCAR AntClim21 (Antarctic Climate Change in the 21st Century) as well as the Antarctic Environments Portal & APECS workshop. It was great to see so many of you there!

APECS has been busy working with some of our partners to create to more opportunities for early career researchers. I would like to point out the ongoing calls you find in the Feature News section to have early career co-coveners for the IACS Symposia during the 26th IUGG General Assembly as well as the opportunity for one early career researcher to join the Steering Committee of one of SCAR’s Scientific Research Programmes, the Astronomy and Astrophysics from Antarctica (AAA). APECS will continue to work with our partners on many more opportunities for our members over the next year, so keep an eye on our website and emails!

The APECS website is one of our most important platforms to provide information and resources to our members. We are currently working with our partner, the Arctic Portal in Iceland on creating a completely new website to display the content even better and help you find what APECS has to offer more easily. The new website will be launched in fall / winter 2014.

Last but not least: APECS is celebrating International Polar Week September 2014 at the moment and we want to encourage all of you to join us doing so! Some of our National Committees are very actively organising events around the world and any of you can do the same! Find our more information on Polar Week September 2014 here



apecsIt has been a while since our last newsletter as the APECS leadership recently decided to switch to a quarterly newsletter to be published in March, June, September and December. We hope that you enjoy this new format with updates from a lot of APECS activities that have happened in recent months, and announcements of new events being planned right now.

I especially want to highlight the APECS Nordic workshop "Connecting Early Career Researchers and Community-Driven Research in the North" that is organised next week (7 / 8 April) in Helsinki, Finland ( This workshop is part of a larger APECS project funded in-part by the Nordic Council of Ministers on "Bridging Early Career Researchers and Indigenous Peoples in Nordic Countries" and will bring together 50 participants and 6 mentors from 12 countries. The workshop will focus on the following themes: "Guidelines / policies for working with indigenous groups", "Effective communication skills", "Successful collaboration efforts with indigenous groups" and "Broader Impacts - Communicating results and outreach". A special thank you goes to the additional support received from the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the United States, and the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat for providing additional travel funds that made is possible for so many early career researchers to attend the workshop.

For my Norwegian piece for this newsletter, I thought I'll highlight the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry (ICR) in Kautokeino (Norway). It was established in 2005 by the Norwegian Government "as a contribution to the unique international cooperation of circumpolar reindeer herding peoples." The centre "is to be a knowledge base for providing, exchanging and developing information and knowledge between different reindeer people, national authorities and research - and academic communities at the national and international levels". It aims to "contribute in maintaining and developing a sustainable reindeer husbandry in the north; strengthen the cooperation between reindeer herding peoples; document and take care of the traditional knowledge of reindeer herders and contribute to knowledge development; communicate knowledge about circumpolar reindeer husbandry" to their target groups which include "reindeer herders, national authorities, research, education and knowledge institutions, organisations and industrial interests." The ICR is also a member of the University of the Arctic. The Secretariat of the Association of World Reindeer Herders (WRH) is also hosted at the ICR. More information can be found on their website

APECS is excited for another great year of 2014 with lots of events, activities, resources and opportunities for all of you! As you can see, we are starting the new year with a great new newsletter design! I want to thank our two newsletter editors Anton Van De Putte and Adam Naito for their great work on it and for preparing the APECS newsletter every month!

Clic logoFor my January update, I thought I'll highlight one of our partners and sponsors located also here in Tromsø at the Fram Centre: the Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) project.

APECS and CliC have been working closely together over the last few years in providing opportunities for early career researchers to attend CliC meetings and of course for our joint FrostBytes project. We are also working on some exciting fellowship opportunities for our members through the CliC project, so keep an eye out for more information in the coming months!

CliC aims to improve understanding of the cryosphere and its interactions with the global climate system, and to enhance the ability to use parts of the cryosphere for detection of climate change. The "Climate and Cryosphere" project, a core project of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), encourages and promotes research into the cryosphere and its interactions as part of the global climate system. It seeks to focus attention on the most important issues, encourage communication between researchers with common interests in cryospheric and climate science, promote international co-operation, and highlight the importance of this field of science to policy makers, funding agencies, and the general public. CliC also publishes significant findings regarding the role of the cryosphere in climate, and recommends directions for future study. The International Project Office is hosted by the Norwegian Polar Institute and provides support for people interested in hosting workshops, planning international activities, and more. Learn about CliC's new targeted activities including the Arctic Freshwater Synthesis and more at

AntarcticaDayLogoOn 1 December, APECS helped Our Spaces - Foundation for the Good Governance of International Spaces, Polar Educators International, PolarTREC, the International Polar Foundation, Gateway Antarctica, the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators, eBIRD and the British Antarctic Survey to celebrate Antarctica Day 2013! There were lots of activities and events organised by our APECS Education and Outreach Committee, several APECS National Committees, and members from around the world! Watch out for their reports in the next few weeks on the news pages of the APECS website on how they celebrated Antarctica Day. If you want to find out more about how APECS contributed, go to our Antarctica Day page.

Since it was Antarctica Day this month, I thought I'll highlight a great resource that was developed by a long-term partner and sponsor of APECS, the Norwegian Polar Institute here in Tromsø, Norway:

NorwegianPolarInstitutequantarctica-logoQuantarctica: A free GIS package for Antarctica

Quantarctica is a collection of Antarctic geographical datasets which works with the free, open-source software Quantum GIS. It currently includes geography, glaciology and geophysics data, and will expand with contributions from the research community. It is free for non-commercial use, such as research, education, and operation in Antarctica. Development on a public version started in 2012, and the first version was released in 2013.

So go check it out at!

web apecsarctic frontiersThis month I would like to highlight the upcoming Arctic Frontiers 2014 conference here in Tromsø, Norway, from 19 - 24 January 2014 with the theme "Humans in the Arctic". APECS is again a partner of the conference this year and one of the main contributor to its Young Scientist Forum activities. We are planning several activities in cooperation with Arctic Frontiers during the week of the conference so those of you who are planning to attend Arctic Frontiers 2014 keep watching our Arctic Frontiers page or go directly to the Young Scientist Forum. Here is what is planned so far:

  • a Science Communication and Media Training Workshop on 19 January
  • a fun Networking Reception "Arctic Games" organised together with the Fram Centre in Tromsø.
  • a "Finding Funding and Proposal Writing" Workshop on 24 January

Registration for the Science Communication and Media Training Workshop will start this week and space is limited. So make sure to sign up quickly if you want to attend. To register for the workshop please go to the APECS Arctic Frontiers page. All other events are open to anyone interested!

APECS is also organising the poster awards for the conference! So keep in mind when you are presenting a poster, that all posters of early career researchers are eligible to win an award!

For those of you needing financial support to attend the conference, Arctic Frontiers is offering a limited amount of funding to support the participation and accommodation for young researchers attending the conference. To apply for funding you need to have an abstract (oral or poster presentation) accepted at the conference. Applications should include you name, affiliation and a short CV and sent to

I'm looking forward to seeing some of you here in January!

gerlis fugmann new2Hello from beautiful and snowy Tromsø! As you know, October brought not only a change in the APECS Executive Committee and Council, but this year as well in the APECS International Directorate. Since 1 October, I have officially taken over the position of APECS Director and have been getting settled here at the Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economic at the University of Tromsø. I'm very excited to work with all of you in the coming years and hope to get to know many of you at various conferences and meetings. And if you come to Tromsø, make sure to visit our office! You can get a hold of me at any time at if you have any questions or want to know how to get involved in APECS.

This month, I've decided to highlight once again the generous sponsors that make the APECS International Directorate Office and my new position possible:

  • The Research Council of Norway promotes basic and applied research and innovation in order to help meet research needs within society. It also works actively to encourage international research cooperation. Underlying all the Research Council's activities is the viewpoint that research expands the boundaries of what we know, understand and can achieve. Research adds cultural resonance to society and creates a viable framework for welfare, value creation and sustainable development, Through its efforts as an advisory body on research strategy issues, a research funding agency and initiator of meeting places and networks, the Research Council seeks to meet and constantly refine the objectives for Norwegian research policy. -
  • The University of Tromsø (UiT The Arctic University of Norway) is the northernmost university of the world. Research and studies offered at the university focus on Arctic and northern issues: marine science, biomedicine, telemedicine, physics, linguistics, multiculturalism and research related to the Saami and indigenous people. The university contributes to the national Norwegian diversity of basic scientific research and for some research areas it shall be among the best international actors. -
  • The Norwegian Polar Institute is Norway's central institution for scientific research, environmental monitoring and mapping of the polar regions. The Institute is the Norwegian authorities' consultant and supplier of knowledge, and contributes to the best possible administration of Norwegian polar areas. Through active participation in national and international bodies, the Norwegian Polar Institute is central when it comes to protecting national interests in matters of research and the environment. -

pope mugHi APECS, and welcome to August! As you may be aware, APECS is currently in the process of hiring a new Director for the APECS International Directorate office in Tromsø, Norway, and there should be exciting news forthcoming on that front next month. Right now, though, I want to draw your attention to something else that makes APECS such a special organization: the leadership and training opportunities available to early career researchers through the APECS leadership.

It’s that time of year again, when you can put your name forward to help “shape the future of polar research.” Yes, that’s the APECS slogan, but it’s also really what happens as part of APECS. We are encouraging any and all interested APECS members to step up and play a role in determining, executing, and sustaining the APECS resources, events, and programs for the coming year as part of the Executive Committee (ExCom) and the Council. Don’t be fooled by the stodgy names – these are dynamic groups looking for enthusiastic people ready to really get involved, learn and work with peers, and make things happen. If you’re not sure where to begin – just ask us and we’ll help you to figure it out!

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the current ExCom. Until then, I’m looking forward to seeing your applications flowing in!

Allen Pope
Elections Coordinator, 2013-4
ExCom Ex-Officio, 2012-2013
Past President, 2010-2011

As many of you know, we have recently received funding for the APECS Directorate in Tromsø for the next 3,5 years. The University of Tromsø will continue to host the APECS International Directorate Office. However, starting from this summer it will become officially attached to the Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics (BFE Faculty). Before, APECS Directorate was formally a part of the University's administration.

BFE is one of the six faculties of the University of Tromsø, and is one of the most active with regards to Arctic and polar research.  With more than 300 employees, and more than 1000 students, the main focus areas of the Faculty are aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, climate, life in the Arctic, marine bio prospecting, fish health, business and macro economics, resources and environment, markets and management of marine resources industry. It has a unique mix of business and enterpreneurship environment, fundamental and applied research. And we expect that with this new place at the BFE Faculty APECS Directorate will be able to integrate to and cooperate more with a local polar and research community!

Read more about the BFE Faculty here.

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