The APECS Norden Workshop in Helsinki, Finland was a success. From 7-8 April 2014, over 50 early career scientists, mentors and indigenous researchers gathered at the University of Helsinki and Finnish Meteorological Institute to be a part of the APECS Nordic Workshop, “Connecting Early Career Researchers and Community Driven Research in the North”.Read more ...
APECS Nordic Workshop
Culminating the APECS Nordic Project, “Bridging Early Career Researchers and Indigenous Peoples in Nordic Countries” was a 2-day in person workshop entitled “Connecting Early Career Researchers and Community Driven Research in the North” that was held at the Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) , and Arctic Observing Summit (AOS) in Helsinki, Finland, 7-8 April, 2014.
The APECS Nordic Workshop brought together approximately 60 key stakeholders including mentors and experts and 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 worked 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 was available through various sponsors.
The 2-day workshop included plenary sessions, breakout sessions, panel discussions, and group work. The goal of the workshop was to discuss and develop materials that educate and inform about the interactions between ECRs and Indigenous peoples in Nordic regions.
The Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) took place in Helsinki from the 5-11th of April 2014. As part of that conference, APECS organized a workshop on 7 - 8 April on the interaction between scientist and indigenous people in the Arctic.
The APECS Finland National Committee organized a social event for workshop participants, mentors and other interested ASSW participants in the evening of the 7 April. And being in Finland...what else could it be than something related to Sauna. After the official ASSW welcome and reception in the City Hall of Helsinki, about 40 people went cross town to experience this nice side of Finland's culture.Read more ...
APECS is grateful for the generous support of several sponsor that provided a limited amout of workshop participants with Travel Awards to attend the "Connecting Early Career Researchers and Community-Driven Research in the North". Here is a bit more about our Travel Award sponsors:
Travel funding and other workshop costs were in part sponsored through the Nordic Council of Ministers' Arctic Co-Operation Programme funding that APECS received for this project.
The Nordic Council of Ministers' Arctic Cooperation Programme has the objective "to support processes, projects and initiatives that will help promote sustainable development and benefit the people of the Arctic under the conditions generated by globalisation and climate change. The programme is administered by Nordregio. More information http://www.nordregio.se/en/Metameny/About-Nordregio/NCM-Arctic-Co-operation-Program-Arktiskt-Samarbetsprogram/
About the Nordic Council of Ministers: It "is the forum for Nordic governmental co-operation. The Prime Ministers have the overall responsibility for Nordic Co-operation. In practice, responsibility is delegated to the Ministers for Nordic Co-operation and to the Nordic Committee for Co-operation, which co-ordinates the day-to-day work of the official political Nordic co-operation." More information http://www.norden.org/en
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.
IASC provided travel support for eight early career researchers to attend the workshop.
To find out more about IASC, go to www.iasc.info
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.
The Swedish Polar Research Secretariat provided travel support for two Swedish participants.
To find out more about the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat go to www.polar.se
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.
Through funding from the NSF, twelve early career researchers from the US received (partial) travel support to attend the workshop.
To find out more about the NSF go to www.nsf.gov