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AGU 2013: Getting out in the Field as a Skill Workshop-Summary

AGU 2013: Getting out in the Field as a Skill Workshop
December 11, 2013 from 3-5pm
Marriott Marquis Golden Gate A, San Francisco, CA, USA

Fieldwork is an essential component for many in the geosciences, and it provides opportunity for gaining skills in everything from temporal and spatial reasoning to organization, planning and preparation. There are many challenges associated with fieldwork, including physical, economical, managerial, and legal concerns.

This workshop provided a panel discussion on the challenges, benefits, and strategies to being successful at planning, leading, and completing fieldwork in a variety of settings. Panelists were Dr. Bob Hawley (Dartmouth College), Dr. Fiamma Straneo (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution), Dr. Julie Brigham-Grette (University of Massachusetts Amherst), Allen O'Bannon (CH2MHILL Polar Services). The panelists began the workshop by providing background information on how they became involved in field campaigns and key tips for successful field campaigns (listed below). The panelists then answered questions from the audience: the questions and answers are summarized below.

This workshop was made possible through a partnership of the Earth Science Women's Network (ESWN) and AGU Education and was co-organized by the ESWN and Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS). We extend our thanks to the partner organizations and panelists: this event would not have been successful without your participation and support!

Key Tips
Dr. Bob Hawley:
1) Experience will lead you to even more field opportunities so take the opportunities you can get without over-selling yourself/exaggerating your current experience level.
2) Even if you initially take a secondary role, you will likely end-up leading a field campaign at some point because you will know what to do through past observational experiences.
3) Prepare in advance for a variety of scenarios and know what you are bringing, what you are trying to accomplish, and assign duties.
4) Be persistent. Keep applying or volunteering for opportunities and when they are given to you, don't be afraid to take them! Persistence, Preparation, and Planning are key!

Dr. Fiamma Straneo:
1) You'll make a lot of mistakes, and they may be costly, but you'll learn a lot from them and you'll get better at executing field research because of those mistakes.
2) Don't be afraid to try something new or different. You may not start as an expert but you'll develop the right skills and knowledge.
3) Have back-ups: redundancy in observations is key!
4) Talk to experts. Don't be afraid to ask for help.

Dr. Julie Brigham-Grette:
1) Doors of opportunity will open and you have to decide whether or not you should take the available opportunities.
2) You learn that sometimes you have to take risks in remote places but always have plans B, C, D... so that you don't have to take costly risks and endanger yourself.
3) Sometimes you need mental or physical help. Don't be afraid to ask for it.
4) Get advice, listen carefully, and don't be afraid to admit when you're wrong.

Allen O'Bannon:
1) Some skills can be self-taught but sometimes that may not be enough. Formal training can be incredibly valuable. Field safety courses will teach you a variety of skills but even participating in outdoor club adventures on a college campus can provide you with additional knowledge and skills.
2) Experience/practice can teach you a lot so get out there.


Questions & Answers (summarized from all panelists)
Q: How do you transition to leading field campaigns?
A: Ideally your advisor/supervisor should gradually increase your responsibilities so it's a natural transition. Sometimes you need to ask to take-on more responsibilities and step-up to fulfill them because your supervisor had past experiences where someone was not capable of leading fieldwork and they are unsure whether to give you more responsibilities.

Q: How do you convince funding agencies to give you money for fieldwork when remote sensing techniques are much more efficient and cheaper?
A: All remote sensing techniques need to be validated with field observations, so weave validation into the proposed project. Tiered mentoring, where you teach a graduate student then they teach an undergraduate student, can also serve as a broader impact in a proposal.

Q: How do you obtain more experience while you're in a break between undergraduate and graduate degree programs?
A: Networking is key! Researchers may need to hire a technician that has basic science skills or is looking for an intern to complete work on a project. Everyone values initiative so it doesn't hurt to ask about opportunities.

Q: How do you deal with a lack of confidence in someone on your field team?
A: Work on getting a sense for your teammates knowledge and skills before going in the field then incrementally build trust. Ultimately, you need to listen to your instincts and not let ego get in the way because 'no data point is worth your life'.

Q: What do you have to consider when planning fieldwork if you are bringing an inexperienced teammate?
A: Define responsibilities, expectations, and a work schedule for each teammate before going into the field so that you can be proactive and make sure everyone does their part. At each step, make sure you identify any potential problems and look for a way out because you don't want to get trapped in a situation for which you are not well prepared. Similarly, make sure your teammates know the risks and are comfortable telling you when they feel unsafe or unprepared. Also try to slowly build confidence in your teammates and let them know it's alright to take a break to add layers, get a drink of water, tend to a blister, etc. because otherwise these small problems can lead to much bigger issues. A good leader may sometimes need to lead by example, such as asking to stop and take a drink or eat a snack to show others that breaks are totally acceptable when necessary.

Q: How do you find good field assistants and how to you build their confidence?
A: If you can conduct interviews, present them with some worst-case scenarios in order to gauge their ability to handle difficult situations. Know what you need before trying to make any decisions on team members because you never want to be in the situation where you are the only person that can perform a specific task but you cannot complete it for some reason. Also, be sure that you pick people that are interested in the science, not just being outdoors because that will really help with motivation.

Q: Do you recommend survival training courses?
A: Yes! CH2MHILL Polar Services (CPS for short) offers survival courses that are really worth the initial financial investment. If you're going to Antarctica, you will be expected to complete the 'Happy Camper' course, which will provide you with some basic skills.

Q: How do you deal with gender inequality issues?
A: It doesn't hurt to ask to get the same opportunities as other teammates because sometimes bias is unconscious. If you still encounter problems or don't want to say anything while in the field, try your best to cope with the problems while in the field and present the issues after the field campaign. Be persistent and 'pleasantly' assertive and people will often realize your ideas are important and will eventually be more supportive. However, don't be afraid to admit your limits: you can get yourself into a dangerous situation if you are not physically capable but refuse to admit you need help.

Q: What do you do if you keep getting looked-over and you need some initial experience to get your foot in the door?
A: As the leader of a field campaign, you can include an inexperienced team member and give them some small/easy duties initially until they build the correct set of knowledge and skillscd needed for a more difficult role on the team. If the fieldwork will not be dangerous or life threatening, you can always find a simple task for someone that will give them the initial experience they need. Undergraduate students can also participate in a research experience for undergraduates (REU) program that will help develop basic field skills.

AGU 2013: Cryosphere Career Development Mentor Panel & Pub Networking Event- Summary

APECS cryo mentor panel picAGU 2013: Cryosphere Career Development Mentor Panel & Pub Networking Event
December 12, 2013 from 6-7pm
Moscone South Mezzanine room 270-274, San Francisco, CA

There are many challenges faced by early-career polar scientists as they transition from their graduate studies to private-sector, government, or academic jobs. This panel discussion addressed the exciting career opportunities and challenges faced by scientists who study various aspects of the Cryosphere through a question and answer session with four panelists at various stages of their careers both within and outside of academia.

The panelists included (from left to right in the photo) Dr. Jennifer Kay (National Center for Atmospheric Research), Lynn Yarmey (National Snow and Ice Data Center), Dr. Gwenn Flowers (Simon Fraser University), and Dr. Ryan Neely (National Center for Atmospheric Research).

This event was made possible through a partnership between the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and the AGU Cryosphere Focus Group. We extend our thanks to the partner organizations and panelists: this event would not have been successful without your participation and support!

After the panel, the evening of discussion and networking was continued at the nearby John Colins pub. We thank the AGU Cryosphere Focus Group for providing pizza for the panel attendees during the pub networking event, which helped prolong the post-panel networking and provided the early-career panel attendees with an opportunity to interact with the panelists in a casual setting.

Key Tips/General Advice
1) Don't judge what you do and do not want to do for your career at the end of your PhD because you'll be exhausted and worn-out and you may need to take some time to recover. If you take time off, you can simply list years rather than months and years in your CV in order to fill the gap time.
2) At the end of your PhD and/or while appointed as a post doctoral researcher, apply for all the jobs that you would actually want, even if they may seem like a bit of a stretch because the employee may think of you for a job in the future.
3) Have something to say to each person that you meet with during an interview. It's totally acceptable to keep a 'cheat sheet' with talking points.

Questions & Answers (summarized)
Q: Did you consider working in the private sector/industry? Do you know of opportunities outside of academia?
A: The National Science Foundation hires consultants for polar field services that are engaged in the Arctic but are not necessarily carrying-out science. In general, IT and consulting companies will recruit people with transferrable skills (like remote sensing, programming, etc.) but may not otherwise have a background in the specific services that the company provides. If you have a background in instrument design, you can either start your own company or look for work at instrumentation corporations that value the scientific approach to problem solving.

Q: What about non-profit organizations? Do you know of anyone who works for one or of any organizations that are interested in polar scientists?
A: Although Arctic research needs to engage local communities, there are few non-profit organizations that fill that niche, leaving the door open for people interested in developing their own non-profit polar community outreach organization. Polar Bears International ( works toward educating people about polar bears and climate change.

Q: How do you learn/develop data management and grant writing skills?
A: Seek mentorship from either your advisor or other successful scientists and ask to participate in writing a proposal (or part thereof). You want to gain proposal writing experience when it is low-stakes, meaning your job doesn't depend on the proposal getting funded. Reviewing other proposals can also be helpful so ask to review proposals written by your peers or volunteer to serve on a panel review for a funding agency. Data management skills can also be developed through training courses on data curation offered by university libraries or online tutorials.

Q: What is the current outlook on government funding?
A: There is a continued, growing interested in climate change and polar regions so funding opportunities will not totally disappear but you need to make the most out of the limited opportunities that are available. You can also apply to receive funding from private organizations that are invested in the environment and the impacts of climate change.

Q: How do you decide when to apply for a faculty position?
A: You should be confident that you will be able to conduct your own research, but if you really want a job, it doesn't hurt to apply for it even if you do not feel totally prepared because a forward-thinking place will give you extra time to develop (e.g., delay start time to complete a post doc appointment). It's important to keep in mind that the timing of job applications is different in the US (fall to winter) and Europe (spring) so make sure you are looking for opportunities at the right time.

Q: What goes into a job application in academia?
A: Put together research and teaching statements and your CV. Compile some publications that highlight your work. Ask if people that can serve as good referees can write you letters of recommendation and fill them in on the details of each job so they can tailor the letters accordingly. Write a cover letter for each job that is specifically tailored to that job (i.e., how you meet their qualifications and needs). If you have to submit publications, include why you think they are important to the scientific community. If applying to a job in Europe, you may be asked to write a personal statement asking you to evaluate yourself (tip: initially write it in the third-person then go back and change all references to yourself to 'I's).

Q: Can you give some insight on the tenure process?
A: If you have been working hard, get funding, mentor students, teach, etc., you have already been preparing yourself for success. In this case, a large amount of stress is self-imposed and you really shouldn't worry too much in advance.

Q: How do you balance your responsibilities at a current position while looking for another job?
A: Be sure to clarify expectations with your current supervisor because each supervisor will have a different opinion regarding whether you can work on application materials at work. If you ask your boss for a letter of recommendation, they will know you are applying, so it is best to define expectations in advance.

Q: How do you handle reference letters? How much information should you tell your referees about the job? How many referees should you have lined-up?
A: Ask for letters from potential referees well in advance of deadlines. Once a referee has an initial letter prepared for you, it doesn't take them much work to modify the letter for each job. When you ask for them to write a letter for a specific job, include a draft of your CV (at the least) and other application materials as you feel fit. Ask for letters from numerous referees that will all write you strong letters. If you start a new job, you don't necessarily have to get a letter from your current supervisor because they may not know you and your work well enough to write a strong letter. Try to get letters from referees at multiple institutes, however, the strength of the letter is paramount so don't select someone just to add diversity.

APECS Canada Networking Event at ArcticNet

APECS Canada had a very successful networking event at ArcticNet Annual Science Meeting in 2013. The event was held at the Economy Sho Shop in Halifax, just down the road from the conference centre. Mentors and mentees played polar bingo, and all finished cards were entered into a draw to win a prize. David Scott from the Canadian Polar Comission was called upon to help organisers JS Moore, Ann Balasubramaniam and Jennifer Provencher pull the winning cards.

Dave Scott helps out

Each winning card was given a prize! A chocoloate animal from the north pole!

prize winner

These prizes also showed how much work we still have to do in educating people about polar animals! A bear, a walrus and a penguin?

north pole animals

As a special treat the group was treated to some throat singing by Beckie Mearns and Kerri. Throat singing Inuit style was new to many in the crowd. The spontaneous performance ended with a group song that had everyone in the venue helping out. What a treat!

throat singing

A great night was had by all, and we hope to see again next year in Ottawa.

2nd APECS BeNeLux symposium: Belgian impression

2nd BeNeLux 1After the first edition in Ghent, Belgium last year, the APECS BeNeLux (Belgium-Netherlands-Luxembourg) symposium is becoming a tradition. On October 31st, the 2nd edition took place in the Hague, Netherlands and was organized by our colleagues Frigga Krusse and Libby Jones.

The general impression of our Belgian delegation: what a success! The extremely varied programme was received well by the 40 participants. This symposium had it all: a diverse group of speakers, as not only scientists were represented but also a conservator of a museum, policy makers, a high school teacher and even a high school student. Presentations by (keynote) speakers were followed by pitch poster presentations, Frostbytes and workshops on outreach and polar policy. Sufficient time for networking was available during breaks, lunch with milk, as Dutch tradition prescribes and the reception after the symposium.

Several people who were present at this symposium also attended the Dutch National Polar Symposium on the next day in The Hague, as this was all perfectly timed.

After this successful second edition, we look forward to the third edition, in 2014 in Luxembourg.

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APECS Portugal IV Career Development Workshop in the University of Algarve, Portugal (2)

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APECS Portugal organized its fourth annual workshop last week in the University of Algarve in Faro, Portugal. Dedicated to “How to be a Polar Scientist”, we had with us 13 Portuguese earlier career scientists, 3 APECS Portugal mentors and 4 international guests. During the day we discussed science, communication and opportunities to do research in the Arctic and in the Antarctic regions.  We counted with the presence and communications of Alexandre Nieuwendam, president of PYRN, Iglika Trifonova vice president of APECS and APECS Bulgaria, Ylva Sjöberg from APECS Sweden, Dr. Mark Mallory Canada Research Chair in Coastal Wetland Ecosystems of Acadia University, and Dr. Hans-Otto Pörtner researcher in the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Germany (AWI).   

With main focus of the workshop being dedicated to how to communicate polar science to the society we had two brilliant talks about how to make our message pass through visually with Bruno Cruz that is a graphic designer and taught us how to do good poster. And another talk presented by José Xavier that presented the Educational projects that are being conducted by the scientists of Portuguese Polar program and APECS Portugal.  

The APECS Portugal workshop was a very successful. During a full day program, the young scientists present in the room have the change to know about the work of each other, discuss, create networking bonds, learned ways of improve their communication skills and plane future research future steps. Once again the APECS Portugal workshop was a success.

APECS Portugal Workshop 2013

First Workshop in Career Development from APECS Brazil

The X International Polar Week and the I Workshop on Career Development occurred between 17 and 20 September 2013 at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro, and RJ, BRAZIL. There were two round tables, 5 lectures, 6 oral presentations and 14 short courses with an average of 12 participants per course.

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We rely on presence by over 100 people in the four-day event all together with 80 teachers and 6000 students that could virtually participated via live streaming. We also found that more than 7300 people have been reached by APECS-Brazil website ( and fan-page on Facebook ( where we posted pictures of the activities performed during the event. It means that an average of 1,800 people per event day followed the information published by the website and Facebook, which was used as a mean support for dissemination the activities. We had over 20 schools throughout Brazil (from the Amazon to the Rio Grande do Sul) involved in these activities. The recorded lectures during the X SPI and I WDC will be edited and distributed to participating schools and for schools that did not access the virtual activities due to technical problems. The abstract book is available on

On the last day of the event the Association of Ocean and Pole Early Career Researchers and Educators (APECS-Brazil) was made official with the presentation of the Foundation Act and the Statute of the Association.

As additional products a lecture on the Graduate Program in Education, management and science divulgation was made by Ma Ines Tavernier from Belgium, two additional virtual lectures by prof. Dr Jose Xavier to schools in Rio Grande do Sul, five lectures in schools in São Paulo (Dr Jose Xavier, Dr Sandra Freiberger, Ma Francyne Piera) and a lecture attendance in school in Rio de Janeiro (Dr Jose Xavier, Dr. Schneider Erli Costa, Ma Elaine Alves). Dr Jose Xavier also presented two lectures during the Brazilian Symposium on Antarctic Research in São Paulo, Dr Fernanda Quaglio presented APECS-Brazil during this event. The work during the Polar Week activities in the Amazon has been presented by Ma Francyne Elias Piera. Because of all those information’s, all the objectives and proposals set out by the event were fully achieved.

APECS Outreach Panel at the International Workshop on Antarctic Ice Rises

Another fruitful discussion took place during two discussion panels hosted by APECS on August 26th, during the International Workshop on Antarctic Ice Rises ( in Tromsø, Norway.

Two sessions covered topics of education and outreach at schools, as well as science communication and interaction with media and policy makers. Six panelists had a broad range of expertise and represented different career stages – from postdocs to senior researchers, which stimulated a great discussion.

While as usual there were many general suggestions and tips for early career researchers, several pieces of advice can be particularly highlighted:

Communication with media/journalists
- Keep the message simple while be true to science
- In most cases, don’t worry about what you said during the interview as general public will mostly remember the fact that you were on TV/radio/newspaper etc.
- Try to talk to journalists before the actual interview. This helps to understand what to expect from the upcoming meeting
- Watch out for opportunities to join media training courses

Working with schools
- Contact relevant organizations: PolarTREC, PEI and APECS
- Bring tangible things and artifacts to classrooms – kids like that
- Show your passion and let kids know that polar researchers are real and normal people
- Use different approaches when talk to different age groups 
- Promote polar (earth) sciences as a field where kids could apply their math and physics skills

Science communication to general public
- Use opportunities to join science weeks
- Organize events on your own and together with partners such as APECS (E.g. Science Fairs) 
- Cooperation between Art and Science might be very fruitful!
- Try to use press offices at your institution to highlight recently published results

Communication with policy makers
- Normally, politicians are short-term goal driven, so it is difficult to send a message across regarding any long term measures or investments. Try your best if you are in a position to do that. As in other cases, keep message simple, be true to science and bring artifacts!

Also, check out 19April 2013 Special Issue in Science on Grand Challenges in Science Education at A number of good articles can be found there!

Both sessions had positive feedback from workshop participants. Even more positively was met a BBQ that followed the panels and primarily supported by APECS with a contribution from SCAR, the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research!  Many thanks to Justin Beckers and Anna Silyakova for helping with BBQ organization!

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 BBQ outside Fram Centre. Photo: Alexey Pavlov

APECS Panel at the Arctic Ocean Acidification conference

aoa webDuring the AMAP’s International Arctic Ocean Acidification Conference in Bergen, Norway on May 7th 2013, APECS teamed up with AMAP to deliver a panel discussion for early career scientists. We talked about “Ocean Acidification in the future Arctic: From science to policy”, aiming to get tips for early career scientists from experienced scientists and policy makers.

On the stage that day we had Prof. Dr. Ulf Riebesell from GEOMAR, Germany; Dr. Elizabeth Jewett from NOAA, US; Dr. Nadja Steiner from Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis, Canada; Prof. Dr. Leif G Anderson from University of Gothenburg, Sweden and Lars-Otto Reiersen, who is an Executive Secretary of AMAP, Norway.

We asked panelists to share their experiences of being involved with the policy making process, and to provide their ideas on how early career researchers can get involved in such a process.

Some pieces of advice were:

  1. Discuss with your supervisor that you are interested in getting involved
  2. Find a good mentor
  3. Do the best science you can, and publish your science
  4. Make your work popular (through social media and outreach activities)
  5. Share your science with the general public to learn who to explain it in an easy way; go to schools to educate kids. This will make you experienced in using simple language to communicate your science. 
  6. Be active and use opportunities: there are many of them and they are open: get involved with AMAP, just let them know what science you do and that you are interested in contributing to the assessment writing process.
  7. Most important is “do whatever you think is fun to do”!
  8. Be amazing!

Link to the webcast, where you can watch the discussion is here: and processed video is now available on APECS Vimeo Channel at .

* Test by Anna Silyakova, Helen Findlay and Alexey Pavlov

APECS at Arctic Frontiers 2013

The Arctic Frontiers conference on Geopolitics and Marine Production in a Changing Arctic for 2013 was concluded last week. It was an exciting event with a number of outstanding presentations during both the Policy and Science sections (available online now). It also brought many opportunities for Arctic early career researchers. The Emergent Leaders program and Young Scientist Forum were run in conjunction with the conference and brought together young people working in various realms of Arctic science and industry. A great addition to the conference was the Podcast series organized by Tom Fries (The Arctic Institute). This was coordinated in cooperation with Arctic Frontiers, the Arctic Institute and the GeoNorth program.

It was a fantastic week for APECS as well. We organized three events – the joint Fram Centre – APECS reception entitled “Arctic Games”, APECS Discussion Panel, and Outstanding Poster Awards for early career researchers.

Arctic Games reception at the Fram Centre

arctic games 2013The Arctic Games reception was organized as a joint effort between the High North Research Centre for Climate and the Environment (The Fram Centre) and APECS, and with the help of the Climate and Cryosphere project (CliC) on January 22nd . This event brought more than 200 conference participants together for a lively mingling and networking with the overall goal to foster communication between experts, scientists, politicians, industry representatives and early career scientists working in the Arctic.


Meet Arctic Frontiers Poster Award Winners

APECS is pleased to announce winners of the Arctic Frontiers Outstanding Poster Awards coordinated by APECS and supported by the organizing committee of Arctic Frontiers. Winners were officially announced during the conference dinner on January 24th. We thank judges for their reviews.

Moritz Schmid & Jordan Grigor
Takuvik Joint International Laboratory, University Laval (Canada) & CNRS (France)
Poster Title: In situ imaging of mezozooplankton in order to assess scale spatiotemporal variability


Malte Humpert & Andreas Raspotnik
The Arctic Institute & University of Cologne (Germany)
Poster Title: From “Great Wall” to “Great White North”: Explaining China’s Politics in the Arctic  


Gen Nakamura
Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (Japan)
Poster Title: Needs of oesteological comparison between North Atlantic minke whales with North Pacific minke whales to clarify for their taxonomic statu


APECS Discussion Panel on Traditional Knowledge during Arctic Frontiers

aft panel tk 2013APECS hosted a Discussion Panel entitled “Local knowledge and research and policy: bridging the past and present with preparations for the future” in the afternoon on January 25th, which was the final event of the Arctic Frontiers conference 2013.

In keeping with the conference theme, “Geopolitics and Marine Production in a Changing Arctic”, the subject of the discussion panel was the collaboration of local knowledge with science and policy, and touched several important questions, such as: How to integrate local ecological knowledge into research practices, as well as what are the ways to validate this knowledge; ethical questions of working with local communities; insights on future synergies between northern communities and researchers. Panelists included Grete K. Hovelsrud (CICERO), Mario Acquarone (NAMMCO/UiT), Camilla Brattland (NIKU), Einar Eythórsson (NIKU), and Ole Mathis V. Hætta.


APECS at ISAR3 (Tokyo) and Hokkaido University (Sapporo) - a growing interest in APECS in Asia (2)

During the Third International Symposium of Arctic Research (ISAR3) in Tokyo, Japan (14-17 January 2013), an APECS career development panel was organized. Such a panel aims to break the ice between senior scientists with an extensive career and young students who can benefit from the experience and perspectives of mentors.

dscn5214 opt 1The panel was composed of five mentors (from left to rigth):

Dr. Hans-Wolfgang Hubberten, head of the AWI Research Unit Potsdam with the Section of Periglacial Research and professor for Isotope Geology at the Potsdam University

Dr. Larry Hinzman, director of the International Arctic Research Center (IARC) and professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks

Dr. Volker Rachold, Executive Secretary of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC)

Dr. Atsuko Sugimoto, professor at the Faculty of Environmental Earth Science at Hokkaido University

Dr. Kazuyuki Shiraishi, director-general of the National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR)

About 50 polar researchers, young and older, Japanese and international, attended the panel and asked several questions to these mentors. Questions such as: “How do you find a good mentor to guide you through your scientific career?” were answered, and accompanied by practical tips.

Dr. Volker Rachold: “I found it quite interesting that most experts had the same tips.”

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After moderating the panel with Neurasimuguli Alimasi, Ines Tavernier, APECS Vice President, gave an introduction about APECS at the University of Hokkaido (Sapporo) upon request of professor Atsuko Sugimoto. First, a student seminar was held, followed by the talk on APECS.  

Professor Ralf Greve, Glacier and Ice Sheet Research Group, Sapporo: “I know APECS from the beginning and thought of them as just another organization. But it is absolutely amazing to see how they have grown over the past years.”

8398016740 663c185ed1Ines gave a general introduction of APECS and the people running this organization on a day-to-day base. She told her personal story of how she was introduced to APECS, how APECS Belgium and APECS BeNeLux (Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg) were formed, what Frostbytes are and most importantly: what APECS does for young researchers and how they can be involved.

Rei Fujiyoshi, student at Hokkaido University: “I strongly wish that a similar organization would exist for students not active in the polar regions!”

Professor Atsuko Sugimoto definitely does not need to be convinced of the importance of APECS for her students and of the possibilities their involvement would create, so we do hope the number of members in Japan will increase in the future and that they will engage themselves to become an active group of enthusiastic young polar researchers. 

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