Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) will be organizing a career development workshop at the Arctic Science Summit Week 2017.

Location: Prague, Czech Republic 

Date: 2 April 2017

The workshop is free of charge for workshop participants (registration for the business meetings of ASSW is not required to attend the APECS workshop). Please note that registration is now closed.

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Please note that there may be small changes to this agenda prior to the workshop.

Sunday 2 April 2017
Location: Clarion Congress Hotel, Virgo room

08:30 - 09:00


09:00 - 10:30

Panel Discussion "Turning science into policy: working with international organisations"

Discover how international polar science organisations translate scientific research into effective policy at local, national and international levels, and how we as scientists can contribute to this process.

Confirmed guests:
Joseph Nolan (European Polar Board - EPB)
Bob Rich (Arctic Research Council of the US - ARCUS)
Kristina Baer (EU-PolarNet)

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:30

Panel Discussion "Building successful collaborations with indigenous organisations and communities"

While a significant amount of field research is conducted at or near indigenous communities, there exists a lack of interaction and communication between scientists and the local population at multiple scales. Similarly, there is still a lack of indigenous participation in polar research, both at the individual and organisational level. Here, the panel aims to touch on ways and initiatives to effectively engage local communities in research and knowledge transfer.

Confirmed guests:
Joachim Otto Habeck (University of Hamburg)
Lara Horstmann (University of Alaska Fairbanks)
Nicole Misarti (University of Alaska Fairbanks)
Nikita Kaplan (Union of Indigenous Communities of the Evenki Municipal District)
Arnajaaq Lynge (Greenland Research Council)

12:30 - 13:45

Lunch Break

13:45 - 15:15

Breakout Sessions - Part 1

Topic 1: Getting into the field

Do you want to do Arctic fieldwork but don’t have funds? This session will introduce you to international funding programs targeted at helping you to get to the Arctic and give you hands on experience reviewing real applications.

Confirmed guests:
Hannele Savela and Kirsi Latola (INTERACT / University of Oulu)
Karolina Bælum (Svalbard Science Forum / The Research Council of Norway)
Phil Wookey (Heriot-Watt University)

Topic 2: Writing a funding application

In this session, experienced reviewers and senior scientists provide tips for writing a successful application.

Confirmed guests:
Peter Schweitzer (University of Vienna)
Nicole Biebow (Alfred Wegener Institute)

15:15 - 15:35 Coffee Break

15:35 - 17:05

Breakout Sessions  - Part 2

Topic 3: Perspectives on Education & Outreach

Effective science communication is important for all researchers. This session provides hands-on tasks on translating the complexities of your research and ways to disseminate your research within an increasingly virtual world.

Confirmed guests:
TJ Young (University of Cambridge)
Alex Thornton (University of Alaska Fairbanks)

17:05 - 17:15


17:15 - 17:45

Wrap Up Discussion 

Workshop Organizing Team

Contact APECS

APECS International Directorate
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research
Telegrafenberg A45
14473 Potsdam
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