Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


APECS Sweden new logo 2016Swedish Polar Secretariat mobile highres logoAPECS Sweden & SPRS Workshop: Exploring the frontiers of Antarctic Research in Sweden

Time: May 23, 2019 at 9-12.

Place: Alexandria, Geovetarcentrum, Göteborg

For who?: Early career scientists who are interested in Polar Research

The Antarctic and Southern Ocean are hotspots for climate, sea level rise, biodiversity, global ecosystem functioning and service as well as tourism, international regime development, conservation and questions of heritage. APECS-Sweden in cooperation with the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat (SPRS) brings together early-career polar researchers and Swedish Antarctic researchers to discuss where the research frontiers in their field lie, how to take them further and combine them with those in other disciplines – as well as what is the social relevance of these endeavors. The workshop begins with presentations by three senior researchers followed by a roundtable discussion. After the introduction the senior researchers act as “station managers” in a world café -format workshop. The early-career researchers form three small groups that rotate between three stations discussing their research and thoughts about Antarctic environment, conservation and governance and connecting their ideas and input to those of the previous groups.

After the workshop APECS members are invited to join the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat’s panning workshop on future Swedish Antarctic research in the ALC room at the Geovetarcentrum. The day ends with Polar Pingis where Lina Rasmussen and Julia Kukulies will discuss their research and light refreshments and possibility to play table tennis are offered beginning at 17 the entrance hall.


08.30-9.00 Coffee and introductions (Julia Kukulies, APECS-Sweden President)

9.00 – 9.20 Anna Wåhlin (Professor, Department of Marine Sciences, Gothenburg University): Addressing the global challenge of sea level rise in The International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration

9.20 – 9.40 Katarina Gårdfeldt (Director-General, Swedish Polar Research Secretariat): Emission, transport, transformation and deposition of global pollutants, mercury and micro plastics as examples

9.40 -10. 00 Aant Elzinga (Prof. emeritus, Department of Philosophy, Gothenburg University): The role of non-state actors relating to science in Antarctica

10.00 -10.30 Roundtable discussion: Where are the research frontiers in Antarctic research in Sweden and how can they be conquered?

10.30-10.45 Coffee

10.45 – 12.00 World café workshop: In search of research synergies in the Southern Ocean and continent (ALC-rummet)

12.00 - 13.00 Lunch

13-16 SPRS Planning Workshop for future Swedish Antarctic research -ALC Room (Optional, but all APECS members are welcome! )

17.00 - Polar pingis in the entrance hall for APECS members

Small travel grants are available for APECS members!

Sign up by May 15th at 24:00:

Questions about the workshop can be sent to Julia Kukulies, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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