Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


Swedish Polar Research Secretariat

The Swedish Polar Research Secretariat, in cooperation with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), are seeking three early career researchers (ECR) from Nordic countries to participate in the upcoming Way Forward: Knowledge Gaps in Nordic Arctic Research Workshop from 30 - 31 May 2018 in at Hanaholmen in Espoo, Finland.

apecs logo webThe workshop is sponsored by the Swedish Ministry of Higher Education and Research and NordForsk and will be organised by the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat with the support of Hanaholmen – The Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre as a part of the Swedish Presidency programme of the Nordic Council of Ministers 2018.

The workshop aims to identify urgent research areas and present Nordic Arctic research collaborations. A group of renowned Nordic and international scientists will identify knowledge gaps and research challenges that the Nordic countries, in international collaboration, are particularly apt to develop into world leading Arctic research. The results aim to contribute to sustainable development for the people in the Arctic, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and give an enhanced understanding of the global implications of a changing Arctic. Furthermore the workshop aims to provide input to the Arctic Science Ministerial in Berlin, October 2018.

The workshop is expected to produce a report consisting of white papers on three preset research themes. The report will support NordForsk and other Nordic funding providers in prioritising in Arctic Research and will be thoroughly disseminated to relevant authorities in the Nordic countries, EU, and international partners.

The three scientific themes are:

  • Arctic data and global modelling: What data gaps are the most crucial to get a better disciplinary and interdisciplinary understanding of Arctic past, current and future in the Arctic? What global consequences do these data gaps create?
  • Arctic strategies and social innovation: How do Arctic societies respond to climate change and pollution? What are the challenges and opportunities for adaptation strategies and social innovation at the local level? How can traditional indigenous knowledge contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of Arctic and northern environment and communities?
  • Sustainable use of Arctic resources: How to foster sustainable use of national and common Arctic resources for e.g. energy, shipping, fishing, and tourism? What are the crucial questions in regional and in international contexts to implement Sustainable Development Goals?

We will select three early career researchers to attend, one for each of these three themes.

Applicants should:

  • be from an institution / organisation in a Nordic country (Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Åland and Greenland)
  • have an Arctic research background fitting into one of the three themes of the workshop
  • be a PhD candidate or Postdoc / early faculty member within five years of completing their PhD (with deductions for periods of parental leave)

The selected ECRs will be provided funding for travel, hotel and food expenses.

If you are interested in applying, please send the following by no later than 28 March 2018 (extended deadline!) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • CV
  • Statement of Interest (maximum length one page) addressing
    • your research background
    • how your research interests fit into one of the three themes
    • why you would like to attend the workshop
    • what you would like to contribute to the discussion
    • why attending the workshop would help your career

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