APECS Norden Workshop

apecsnordenCulminating the APECS Nordic Project, “Bridging Early Career Researchers and Indigenous Peoples in Nordic Countries” will be a 2-day in person workshop entitled “Connecting Early Career Researchers and Community Driven Research in the North” that will be held at the Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) , and Arctic Observing Summit (AOS) in Helsinki, Finland, 7-8 April, 2014.

The APECS Nordic Workshop will bring together approximately 75 key stakeholders including 15 mentors and experts and 60 Early Career Researchers and Indigenous peoples, youth and local expert representatives among indigenous peoples, senior scientists, key representatives of international organizations and other media. APECS will work closely with existing partners such as IASC, Arctic Council Indigenous Peoples’ Secretariat and the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat to identify and invite workshop participants and mentors.Travel funding to attend the Workshop is available through various sponsors. To apply for funding please fill out the workshop registration. 

The 2-day workshop will include plenary sessions, breakout sessions, panel discussions, and group work. The goal of the workshop is to discuss and develop materials that educate and inform about the interactions between ECRs and Indigenous peoples in Nordic regions.  

Please check this page for updates about the APECS Nordic Workshop schedule, speakers and highlights.  Once the results from the workshop have been compiled and published, they will also be made available here.

For more information about the ASSW 2014, click here. For more information about the Arctic Observing Summit (AOS), click here. 

Important logistical information

Bus passes: For all those registered for ASSW, a 5-day bus pass is included in your registration. You will get it at the registration table when you pick up your name tag and conference package.

Meals: Only coffee breaks are included in the registration for ASSW and our workshop will have them together with the other ASSW participants. Please note that other meals (lunch and dinner) are not included in the workshop or the ASSW. There are however lunch options nearby and dinner options downtown.

Accommodations: Even for those who are receiving support, accommodation have not been arranged on your behalf. Rooms are booked up quickly, so please make your arrangements as soon as possible if you haven't done so yet. There are several hotel and hostel options in the area, visit the ASSW 2014 accommodation page for more information: http://www.assw2014.fi/?page=information_about_registration. Great hostel options that are cheap but with a very good standard you can find here http://www.hihostels.com/dba/Hostels-Helsinki-list.php?lang=E&city=FI%7C0028

Venue: The workshop will take place in more than one room, but the plenary AM session will be held in the Brainstorm Auditorium in the DYNAMICUM FACILITIES area (http://www.assw2014.fi/?page=venue). Participants should head there on the first day of the workshop to begin. The conference has uploaded an updated meeting room plan so refer to that for more information http://www.assw2014.fi/facilities_V06.pdf

Program: We will be providing a Workshop program that you will receive when you check in at registration. This will include all the information about the Workshop and information about the participants and mentors.

ASSW Icebreaker and APECS Social

The ASSW is hosting an evening reception on Monday 7 April, 2014 and all Workshop participants registered for ASSW are invited to attend. Information on the reception is here http://www.assw2014.fi/?page=program_social.

We are also fortunate that the APECS Finland National Committee has organized a social event for Monday evening for all workshop participants. This will start after the ASSW reception. This will be a great opportunity for all of us to get out in the city and get to know each other informally.  This event is open to all ASSW and APECS Workshop participants. More information is avialble here: APECS Finland Sauna

Resource & Information Table

The workshop committee have organised a 'resource area or table' where you can post or display your own project / organisation / institutional posters / pamphlets / information about the various organisations / schools / projects that you are coming from. Each of the Workshop participants are involved in projects or relevant organisations and this will provide a good opportunity to informal networking outside of the workshop itself. We want to invite workshop participants to bring these materials (if you choose as it is voluntary!) and we encourage you to learn more about each other, and promote networking, during the coffee breaks for example. Please bring only one poster each, and to clarify we are not asking participants to prepare a presentation – this is entirely informal and not required.

Workshop and travel funding update

All accepted workshop applicants have been contacted at this point and all available travel funds by our current travel sponsors have been allocated. Please see the list funders that provided generous support for participants to attend the workshop here.

Important for all workshop participants: Registration for ASSW

The APECS workshop is part of the Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) and we are asking all of our workshop participants that have not registered yet for the ASSW to do so as soon as possible. Registration fee after 16 February is 50 Euros for APECS members / early career researchers and includes admission to all open business meetings, conference materials, coffee and refreshment during the conference, 5 days ticket to public transportation, City reception, Information desk services on site. Please visit the ASSW website for more information on registration http://www.assw2014.fi/?page=information_about_registration .

If you do not want to register for the ASSW, please contact info@apecs.is as soon as possible




Updated April 4, 2014


Monday, April 7, 2014


Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Welcome & Introductions

 Laura Fleming-Sharp

Gerlis Fugmann, APECS Director


Welcome & Recap

Laura Fleming-Sharp



University of Northern British Columbia



Barents Euro-Arctic Council Working Group of Indigenous People



Thule Institute



International Barents Secretariat



University of Southern California/NSF



Utsjoki Health Center






IASC Presentation: ICARP III

David Hik, ICARP Chair

Break out Groups: Stakeholders & policies for working with Indigenous groups


Research Ethics Considerations

 Sandra Juutilainen & Julie Bull

Break out Groups: Successful collaboration models, building a community & broader impacts

Break Out Group 1

Room: Tellus, Dynamicum


Break Out Group 1

Room: Tellus, Dynamicum

Break Out Group 2

Room: Brainstorm, Dynamicum


Break Out Group 2

Room: Brainstorm, Dynamicum






Break Out Group 3

Room: Tellus, Dynamicum


Break Out Group 3

Room: Tellus, Dynamicum


Break Out Group 4

Room: Brainstorm, Dynamicum


Break Out Group 4

Room: Brainstorm, Dynamicum






Canadian Polar Commission

Dave Scott

Report out session: Sharing results from breakout sessions


Svalbard Science Forum (SSF) Presentation

Report out session: Sharing results from breakout sessions


Survey results

Ylva Sjöberg, Sarah Nuernberger & Mathilde Mansoz

Goals for Day 2

Laura Lukes


Workshop exit survey

Sandra Juutilainen


End for day


End Workshop


ASSW Reception

Helsinki City Hall

APECS Finland Social Event

Kattosauna Sivistys (Sauna)





Brainstorm Room, Dynamicum Building

Tellus Room, Dynamicum Building

Off Site


Mare Room, Dynamicum Building (only if needed)




Meet the APECS Nordic Workshop Mentors!

Lars-Anders Baer, Nordic Saami Council, Sweden

450613 310 200As a member of the Saami Council, Mr. Baer was involved in the pan-Saami movement in the early the 1970’s and was the chairman of the council when the Saami population in Russia was integrated into the pan-Saami movement during the glasnost period at the end of the 1980s. As a key figure in the Saami Council, he was also involved in setting up the development aid programme, which is an indigenous to indigenous programme in Latin America, Asia and Africa. Has been involved in the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations from 1983 onwards.

Arja Rautio, MD, PhD, ERT, Center for Arctic Medicine, Thule Institute, Finland 

Arja RautioArja Rautio, research professor, MD, PhD, ERT, has been working in the field of circumpolar health since 2006. She is a director of the Center for Arctic Medicine (www.oulu.fi/arctichealth) at the Thule Institute (www.oulu.fi/thule) in the University of Oulu (Finland). She is leading a PhD graduate program in the Thule Institute, several research projects and the international Master’s program of Circumpolar Health and Wellbeing (http://www.oulu.fi/degree/hw). She is a chair of the University of the Arctic Thematic Network of Health and Wellbeing in the Arctic (www.uarctic.org). Her research focuses are in climate change and human health, social exclusion and indigenous health and wellbeing.   


Roberto Delgado Jr, PhD, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Southern California, USA

AAAS Photo Dr. Roberto Delgado is currently an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation (NSF). He is a biological anthropologist with expertise in animal behavior, communication, and evolutionary ecology. While at Duke University, he examined the function of adult male long calls on social organization and reproductive strategies among wild orangutan populations in Borneo and Sumatra. His subsequent research while at Hunter College CUNY and USC addressed the demographic and ecological sources of behavioral flexibility, geographic variation, and local adaptation by non-human primates in response to anthropogenic threats and climate change. In addition to extensive fieldwork throughout the Neotropics, Southeast Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa, Roberto is actively involved in wildlife conservation and management issues, and co-chairs the AAAS Biodiversity Affinity Group. He has worked closely with indigenous communities on land-use planning and population monitoring, and has policy interests in biodiversity, ecosystem services, environmental sustainability, international development, enhancing scientific literacy, and furthering minority representation in STEM fields.

At NSF, Roberto is working in the Division of Polar Programs, supporting the goals and activities of the Arctic Sciences Section. In this capacity, he is engaging with the US State Department in Joint Committee Meetings on Science & Technology Cooperation agreements with Arctic nations, working with the US Arctic Research Commission and Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC), serving as co-lead on the IARPC Arctic Communities Implementation Team, participating in the Arctic Policy Group, and contributing to international working groups on biodiversity and sustainable development for the Arctic Council.

Heidi Eriksen, MD, PhD, Utsjoki Health Centre, Finland 

heidi eriksenHeidi A. Eriksen, MD, PhD, is an indigenous Sámi, working as a general practitioner and chief medical officer in Utsjoki, her home and the northernmost municipality of Finland with indigenous Sámis as majority of population. She was raised in Utsjoki, having a river Sámi background. She has worked at the Utsjoki health care centre since 2005. After finishing her doctoral thesis in a biochemical topic in 2010, her research interest has focused on the health, disease and wellbeing of Sámi and other indigenous peoples. This interest has risen through her basic work with the Sámi population and noticing the lack of stewardship of Sámi people in the health systems, lack of systematically collected data of the health issues and wellbeing of the Sámis. Heidi A. Eriksen has been an elected member of Sámi Parlament 2008-2011 and a member in the social and health board of Sámi Parlament 2008-2011 and 2012-2015. She has been a member of advisory boards of several projects concerning Sámi health and social issues. 


Anna Afanasyeva, Indigenous Peoples Adviser, International Barents Secretariat, Norway

Anna AfanasyevaCurrently working as Indigenous Peoples Adviser at the International Barents Secretariat (IBS), in Kirkenes, Norway. In spring 2013 defended the Master of Philosophy in Indigenous Studies at the Arctic University of Tromsø on the topic of Forced relocations of the Kola Sámi people: background and consequences, in which discusses implementation of the Soviet policies of forced relocations as associated with the new society-building patterns, restructuring traditional economies and need for active cultural and language preservation for the Kola Sámi today. In the years 2006 – 2010 worked in the field of endangered languages documentation as a student assistant in the research project - Kola Saami Documentation project, based at Department of Northern European Studies, Humboldt University, in Berlin, mainly dealing with fieldwork activity, creating audio recordings of Sámi speakers, annotation and preparation of documented language materials for linguistic analyses. From summer 2014 will be working as P.h.D scholar supported by the Research Council of Norway at the Centre for Sámi Studies, at the Arctic University of Tromsø. The topic of the study will be devoted to analysis of the Assimilation policies in education imposed on the Kola Sámi in 1900’s – 2010’s. I am a Kola Sámi myself, that is why I found research in indigenous communities accounting on the needs and interests of its community members to be extremely important.

Gail Fondahl, PhD, University of Northern British Columbia, Canada

Fondahl photoGail Fondahl is a Professor of Geography at the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada’s northernmost research university.  She currently serves as the president of the International Arctic Social Sciences Association (2011-2014).  As well, she is Canada’s representative to, and Vice-Chair of, the International Arctic Science Committee’s Social & Human Sciences Working Group (2011-2015), and Chair of the Social, Economic and Cultural Expert Group of the Arctic Council’s Sustainable Development Working Group (2013-2015).  Gail’s research has focused the legal geographies of indigenous rights to land in the Russian North, the historical geography of reindeer husbandry in the Russian North, and co-management of resources and of research in northern British Columbia.


APECS is grateful for the generous support of several sponsor to provide a limited amout of workshop participants with Travel Awards to attend the "Connecting Early Career Researchers and Community-Driven Research in the North". More sponsors will be added as they become available. Here is a bit more about our Travel Award sponsors:

International Arctic Science Committee (IASC)

The International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) is a non-governmental, international scientific organization. The IASC mission is to encourage and facilitate cooperation in all aspects of Arctic research, in all countries engaged in Arctic research and in all areas of the Arctic region. Overall, IASC promotes and supports leading-edge multi-disciplinary research in order to foster a greater scientific understanding of the Arctic region and its role in the Earth system.

To find out more about IASC, go to www.iasc.info

Swedish Polar Research Secretariat

The Swedish Polar Research Secretariat is a government agency that promotes and co-ordinates Swedish polar research. This includes to follow and plan research and development, as well as to organise and lead research expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic regions.

To find out more about the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat go to www.polar.se

National Science Foundation (NSF)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by US Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare...".The Division of Polar Programs (POLAR) manages and initiates National Science Foundation funding for basic research and its operational support in the Arctic and the Antarctic. The funds are provided as NSF grants to institutions whose scientists perform the research at the institutions or in a polar region.

To find out more about the NSF go to www.nsf.gov


Sandra Juutilainen, Finland

SandraPicSandra is currently a PhD-candidate of the Thule Doctoral Program, University of Oulu, Finland. Working as part of an international research project entitled ‘Structural racism and its impact on Indigenous Health – a comparative study of Canada, Finland and Norway’. She formerly worked as a registered dietitian in First Nations communities throughout Ontario and Yukon Territory of Canada and also was involved in health related projects at the provincial and federal level. She is a member of Oneida Nation of the Thames, a Haudenosaunee community in southern Ontario, Canada.

A just-for-fun writing project on her list of things to do is a book about ice-swimming, which will profile research conducted in Finland on ice-swimming, and Finns who participate in this well-being activity. She regains energy from active pursuits: running, paddling, hiking, xc-skiing and ice-swimming.

Laura Lukes, United States

LauraLukesLaura Lukes is currently part of the Geoscience Learning Process Research Group at North Carolina State University (NCSU) where her research focuses on capturing the student experience in introductory geology courses with the aim of recruiting and retaining a more diverse STEM workforce.  She is a passionate and nationally recognized educator (2010 Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award from the National Association of Geoscience Teachers and Award for Excellence in Earth Science Teaching from the Geological Society of America).  She currently teaches an introductory Physical Geology lecture course at NCSU and several online geology courses for Rio Salado Community College.

As an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow (2010-2011), she organized and led the Joint Science Education Project (JSEP).   JSEP is an international science education field research experience for teachers and students from Greenland, Denmark, and the U.S. on the ice sheet in Greenland.  As part of this project, she recruited and coordinated 30+ scientist mentors from over 15 domestic and international institutions and government agencies (e.g., NASA, NOAA) to work with students in the field. Additionally, she built relationships and partnerships with indigenous people to develop research-based experiences for students that were inclusive of indigenous culture and traditional knowledge methods.


Julie Renee Bull, Canada


Julie Bull is of Inuit descent and is from NunatuKavut, Labrador, Canada. She currently holds the position of Qualitative Research Consultant with the NunatuKavut Community Council and Executive Director for the Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council.  Julie is also currently working towards completing an Interdisciplinary PhD in the area of “Aboriginal Research Ethics” at the University of New Brunswick. Julie’s Inuit heritage makes her keen on working with Aboriginal communities. Her study, in partnership with NunatuKavut, examines “Grassroots voices: Authenticity in relationships with academic researchers in the context of Aboriginal health research.” Julie has received numerous awards and recognition in acknowledgement of her scholarly abilities, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Aboriginal Peoples Health Scientific Director’s Award of Excellence, the Atlantic Aboriginal Health Research Program Doctoral Fellowship, the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation Scholarship, and the Jens Peder Hart Hansen Fellow Award. In 2010, Julie received Canada’s most prestigious doctoral award - the Vanier Graduate Scholarship.

Laura Fleming-Sharp, United States (ex-officio)

LauraFlemingSharp2Laura Fleming-Sharp, originally from Ontario, Canada is now living in Washington, DC where she is the Research Assistant at the Arctic Studies Center at the National Museum of Natural History. Laura completed a B.A in International Development Studies and Geography (2005) and later obtained her M.A. in Geography (2009) both at the University of Guelph. Her graduate research focused on human-environment interactions and climate change adaptation in Hopedale, Nunatsiavut, Labrador, Canada, exploring the role of formal and informal institutions in facilitating adaptation to climate and other change. Her field studies included spending two months in the community of Hopedale interviewing hunters, elders and institutional representatives at various levels of government. Her research contributed to the 2007-2009 International Polar YearCommunity Adaptation and Vulnerability in the Arctic Regions (CAVIAR)project, and for the Arctic Net Phase I Project 4.2, and Phase II Project 1.1.

Following her graduate studies, Laura assisted the IPY and ArcticNet research projects at the Global Environmental Change Group (GECG) in the Department of Geography, University of Guelph from 2009-2011. In 2012 Laura was the Coordinator for the 18th Inuit Studies Conference, hosted by the Arctic Studies Center at the Smithsonian in October 2012.

Gerlis Fugmann, Norway (ex-officio)

gerlis fugmann new2Gerlis Fugmann is the Director of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS). Gerlis has been actively involved in the APECS leadership for several years and is assuming the position of APECS Director beginning on 1 October 2013. She completed her PhD in Geography at the Justus Liebig University Giessen in Germany in 2011 and worked afterwards for two years as a post-doctoral researcher at the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development (ICNGD) at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. Her research focused on projects in the Canadian Arctic and Sub-Arctic as well as Northern Scandinavia, addressing questions of comparative economic deveopment, entrepreneurship, tourism, resource development and Northern engagement and participation in innovation and the knowledge economy.

Throughout her involvement in APECS, Gerlis has contributed significantly to the organization working with numerous APECS members and partners and helping to shape and manage many of the projects, events and resources made available through APECS. Between 2009 and 2011 she served as an Executive Committee member and afterwards continued to mentor and advise the Executive Committee in an ex-officio role. Gerlis also served as the elected APECS President during the 2009 – 2010 term. She has a great interest and appreciation for the polar regions and polar research and very much enjoys collaborating with researchers from around the world. Gerlis is a strong advocate of early career scientist participation, recognizing the importance of networking, professional development, and extra-curricular training in the polar and cryosphere communities.



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