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About APECS

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APECS is an international and interdisciplinary organization for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, early faculty members, educators and others with interests in Polar Regions and the wider cryosphere. Our aims are to stimulate interdisciplinary and international research collaborations, and develop effective future leaders in polar research, education and outreach. We seek to achieve these aims by:
  • Facilitating international and interdisciplinary networking to share ideas and experiences and to develop new research directions and collaborations;
  • Providing opportunities for professional career development; and
  • Promoting education and outreach as an integral component of polar research and to stimulate future generations of polar researchers.

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The main costs associated with running APECS comes in supporting our International Directorate Office currently located in Tromsø, Norway. We are very grateful to the Research Council of Norway, the University of Tromsø, and the Norwegian Polar Institute for providing the majority of the finances needed to keep all our activities centrally coordinated and running efficiently. Below is some information to help you learn more about these great organizations and the opportunities they have for early career researchers.

Research Council of Norway

research council of norwayThe Research Council is Norway's official body for the development and implementation of national research strategy. The Council is responsible for enhancing Norway's knowledge base and for promoting basic and applied research and innovation in order to help meet research needs within society. The Research Council 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.

Fore more information please visit the Research Council of Norway website

Norwegian Polar Institute

Norwegian Polar InstituteThe Norwegian Polar Institute is Norway's central institution for 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 Polar Institute is central when it comes to protecting national interests in matters of research and the environment. Approximately 110 persons are employed at the Institute in Tromsø, Svalbard and Dronning Maud Land.

For more information please visit the Norwegian Polar Institute website

University of Tromsø

University of TromsoThe University of Tromsø is the northernmost university of the world. Research and studies offered at our university focus on Arctic and northern issues: marine science, biomedicine, telemedicine, physics, linguistics, multiculturalism, and research related to the Saami and indigenous people. Our university shall contribute to the national Norwegian diversity of basic scientific research and for some research areas we shall be among the best international actors.

Fore more information please visit the website of the University of Tromsø

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Featured Member

DirkNotzMax-Planck Institute, Germany

APECS Council/Research Activities Committee Ex-Officio

I am leader of the research group "Sea ice in the Earth System" at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, Germany. We are working on the development of a next-generation sea-ice model for climate studies by developing new parameterizations from laboratory and field experiments and through theoretical studies.

Before coming to Max-Planck, I studied Meteorology and spent one year on Svalbard in the high Arctic during that time. There, I fell in love with this amazing landscape and have been back to the Arctic every year since that time for field work. I have been on a number of expeditions both in the North and in Antarctica and just got fascinated by the work on sea ice more and more.

I did my PhD in England, trying to figure out how salt gets out of sea ice. In 2007, together with Karolina Widell from the University of Bergen, I was the main initiator and organizer of the IPY International Sea-Ice Summer School that was held on Svalbard for two weeks in July, with more than 90 participants from 16 countries.

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