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Poster Awards at the ASSW 2013

ASSW2013 logoASSW2013 logo polar bearArctic Science Summit Week 2013 in Krakow, Poland, was a great success this year and many talented early career researchers used this conference to present their research projects. The three best posters by early career researchers attending the conference were awarded Poster Awards. The winners were announced in the closing ceremony of the conference. Congratulations on behalf of APECS to:

- Alexandra Bernardova (Centre for Polar Ecology, Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice, Czeck Republic): What is hidden in reindeer's droppings? A botantical and parasitological study

- Monika Kędra (University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, Solomons, Maryland, USA): Organic matter sources and sinks in high Arctic fjord

- Jennifer Ann McGetrick (School of Public Health, University of Alberta, Canada): Expert Assessment of Geographic Information Science (GIS) for Health Communication in Natural Resource Development of the Canadian Arctic

The Poster Awards were coordinated by APECS with the help of Yulia Zaika, Gerlis Fugmann, Maja Lisowska, Julia Schmale and Alexey Pavlov. A special thank you from all of us to the many poster judges for taking their time evaluating the posters! All award recipients received free registration for the Arctic Science Summit Week 2015 in Japan! Thank you to the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and the organizing committees for the Arctic Science Summit Weeks in Poland 2013 and in Japan 2015 for making these awards possible.


ASSW2013 logo polar bearThe Workshop

Prior to the science symposium at the Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) in Kraków, Poland, APECS held a one day career development and thematic workshop on 16 April.

28 early career researchers from more than 10 countries and a large variety of research disciplines used the opportunity to learn about new approaches in conducting science, how to communicate their science to stakeholders, and to discuss about the global relevance of the Arctic.

ASSW Workshop Group6 mentors, representing natural and social sciences, indigenous people and the science-policy interface, gave talks and led the breakout groups in the morning and afternoon. Some of the discussed topics were:

·         What skills do we need to be successful scientists?

·         Tips and tricks for science communication.

·         How can we better engage stakeholders and local communities in solution-oriented science through mutual learning?

·         New developments in Arctic research.

·         The Arctic’s relevance in the Earth System.

In addition, our executive director gave an introduction to APECS.

At the end of an intensive workshop day, a number ideas and recommendations were discussed. Main outcomes from this event are:

·         APECS will nominate a representative for the MOSAiC project.

·         The indigenous people secretariat encouraged APECS to jointly do a field school or similar event in a local Arctic community.

·         It was recommended that APECS reaches out further into the global research community and uses upcoming opportunities to highlight the importance of including early career researchers in science and governance processes as well as organizations.

·         APECS was encouraged to develop an internship program. First organizations assured their support during the workshop and following science symposium.

For details regarding the program, mentors and attendees please click here.

Further APECS activities during ASSW

I APECS members were engaged in a number of additional ways in this year's Arctic Science Summit Week.

  • More than 10 APECS members attended the working group meetings of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) prior to the conference
  • 9 APECS members served as early career co-conveners in all sessions during the science symposium
  • On 17 April, APECS invited early career researchers to learn about APECS activities
  • 3 APECS members received poster awards during the closing ceremony.


Early Career Conveners at the ASSW 2013

ASSW2013 logoDuring the Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) 2013 in Krakow, Poland, several early career researchers had the opportunity to be co-conveners for the sessions in the Science Symposium part of the conference. This provided a very valuable training experience for all of them over several months. The early career conveners worked with senior researchers in preparing the sessions and their content by helping with the advertising, the reviewing of abstracts and most importantly the chairing of the sessions during the conference.

Thank you to the Scientific Steering Committee of the ASSW 2013 for working with APECS to make this opportunity happen and for encouraging this very active participation of early career researchers at the conference. A special thank you also to the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) for generously providing funding for the early career conveners to attend the conference.

The early career conveners at the ASSW 2013 were:

- Sara Strey – Atmosphere Processes and Global Climate Connections

- Yulia Zaika - Cryospheric Changes: Drivers and Consequences)

- Monika Kedra - Marine Processes and Variability

- Sonal Choudhary - Terrestrial Ecosystem Responses to Environmental Stressors

- Gerlis Fugmann - Impact of Global Changes on Arctic Societies

- Julia Skupchenko – Arctic People and Resources: Opportunities, Challenges and Risks

- Sandra Juutilainen – Applying Traditional Knowledge to Better Understanding the Changing Arctic

- Michał Łuszczuk – Arctic System Science for Regional and Global Sustainability

- Adam Naito – Changing North: Predictions and Scenarios

For more information about all the early career conveners at ASSW 2013 click here

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