Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


Mentor Database

Björn, Dahlbäck
Director General
Swedish Polar Research Secretariat
  • Marine
  • Education and Outreach
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Career Development
  • Both Polar Regions
Björn Dahlbäck is Director-General of the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat. As a government agency, the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat is mandated to coordinate and promote Swedish polar research.
With a PhD in marine microbiology Björn Dahlbäck has had different manager positions in research-intensive industry such as petrochemical and pharmaceutical.
After a period as senior consultant in organization and leadership development, Dahlbäck returned to academia as a research leader at the University of Gothenburg before taking up his present position at the Secretariat.
  • Mentor Panels
    These panels are held at major international conferences and are coordinated by
    APECS members. Participation involves a 2-3 hour commitment on the day
    of the panel meeting.

  • Career Development Presentations
    Short presentations at conferences/workshops with a question/answer period.

  • Career Development Workshop Sessions
    Helping in the coordination and facilitation of sessions at major conferences

  • One-on-One Mentoring
    Email correspondence with APECS members regarding career advice (including
    alternative careers in polar/cryospheric issues), research skills, data
    management and occasional research-specific discussions/questions.

  • Participation in live online discussions
    This will be advertised to all APECS members and will be facilitated by an
    APECS Council or Executive Committee Member. Transcripts will be
    posted online for future reference.

  • Reviewing Resumes/CVs and Assisting with Cover Letter Development.

  • Assisting with proposal development

  • In-person meetings/conferences/seminars
  • SCAR Open Science Conferences
  • Arctic Science Summit Week
  • International Arctic Social Sciences Assn
  • Arctic Frontiers
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