Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


APECS PYRN EGU2015The Permafrost Young Research Network (PYRN) and the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) organized a short course entitled "The future of permafrost in a climatechanging world" on the 15th April in Vienna (Austria) during the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2015. The course was hosted by the Soil System Sciences (SSS) division of the EGU and was open for Bachelor, Master, PhD students and postdocs. The purpose was to revise recent research that concerns permafrost in a changing climate: a) Equipping young researchers with a multidisciplinary understanding of the role of permafrost in the climate system; b) Strengthening international collaboration of early career researchers, and c) Enabling the participants to put their research into a larger context.

APECS PYRN EGU2015 2Approximately 100 young researchers attended the short course, showing an increase of attendance compared to the previous year, when 60 - 70 participants joined the event. It should be mentioned that the organizers Marc Oliva and Alexandre Trindade were awarded as the best organizers of a workshop organized within the SSS division in 2014. These goals were fulfilled through a series of presentations and discussions, interactions with peers and top level permafrost researchers, and reference materials prepared for the workshop.

10h30 Workshop introduction PYRN presentation (Elin Högström, Vienna University of Technology / PYRN / APECS Austria / PAGE21 Young Researcher)

10h37 APECS presentation (Elena Kuznetsova, Norwegian University of Science and Technology / PYRN / APECS)

10h45 Elements of polar climate and changes in the cryosphere (Neven Fuckar, Institut Català de Ciències del Clima, Barcelona, Senior Scientist)

11h00 Permafrost modelling during future scenarios (Sarah Chadburn, University of Exeter / PAGE21 Young Researcher)

11h15 Landscape dynamics in paraglacial environments (Marc Oliva, University of Lisbon / PYRN)

11h22 Postglacial landscape changes and cryogenic processes (Alexander Nieuwendam, University of Lisbon / PYRN)

11h30 Hazards and infrastructure (Ingo Hartmeyer, University of Innsbruck / PYRN)



To celebrate the 10th anniversary of PYRN and the 1st year anniversary of APECS Austria, a Social Event was held in the evening in a traditional Austrian tavern, next to
the vineyards in the outskirts of Vienna. All workshop participants were invited for a traditional buffet.

The financial support was kindly provided by the International Permafrost Association (IPA) and the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS).

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