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Mieke Sterken
Outreach & Education Coordinator
International Polar Foundation
  • Atmosphere and Climate
  • Marine
  • Education and Outreach
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Career Development
Education & Outreach
Climate Change, paleo-ecology, Education, Outreach, Citizen Science, Polar Research, Aquatic Ecology
  • Both Polar Regions
Mieke works at the International Polar Foundation as an Education & Outreach Coordinator and is a mentor to APECS-Belgium. She's happy to share her experience with other APECS members too.

Mieke studied Geography (2002) and Marine Sciences (2003) at Ghent University, and completed her PhD in paleoclimatology of the Southern Hemisphere (Chile & Antarctic Peninsula) in 2009. She worked at several environmental and science outreach institutes - such as Flanders Marine Institute, the Flemish Knowledge Center on Citizen Science Scivil, Flanders Environmental Institute and the University of Leuven - promoting citizen science, data literacy and environmental awareness. She worked for IPF between 2010 and 2013, and has returned to the institute in October 2021.

Mieke has a special heart for APECS, as she founded the Belgian Youth Steering Committee, the predecessor of APECS-Belgium, in the framework of the International Polar Year (2007-2008). She resided in the international APECS Council from 2007 till 2009, and happily saw her idea of creating an APECS Polar Resources Book becoming reality in 2010 thanks to the tremendous efforts done by editor Bettina Kaiser (Germany) and a great team under leadership of a.o. Melianie Raymond (New Zealand) and Jenny Baeseman (USA & long-time APECS director).
  • 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.

  • Reviewing papers and posters

  • Helping to improve presentation and communication skills

  • Online seminars
  • Email Exchange
  • SCAR Open Science Conferences
  • Arctic Science Summit Week
  • Arctic Frontiers
  • Other
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