Association of Polar Early Career Scientists



Polar Outreach Catalogue

IPY International and Interdisciplinary Field School
  • Students (undergraduates in college or university)
  • Students (graduate and post-docs)
The main objective of the IPY Field School was to provide an opportunity for students to become engaged in the 2007-2009 IPY, while learning new skills and fostering relationships with other young scientists. During the three week course held at the University Centre in Svalbard, students were exposed to a wide range of subjects - with particular emphasis to the polar environments - including Glaciology, Marine Biology, Terrestrial Biology, Permafrost, Oceanography, Climate Change and the Human Dimension. The IPY Field School was composed with a series of lectures, field excursions, and group projects that were either based on samples collected from field excursions or from newly available IPY data. The interdisciplinary nature of the IPY Field School provided the platform for a diverse group of students to discover how their discipline fits into the broader picture through experiential learning. The field school was a collaboration between the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), the University of the Arctic (UArctic), IPY Norway and the hosting institution The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS). From 2010 - the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs also supported the Field School economically.
  • Media interview
  • Online blog (written, audio or video)
  • Online social networking (e.g. Facebook, Twitter)
  • Curriculum materials - university / college
  • Educational expedition - students
  • Field Course
  • Report / newsletter from your institution / organisation
  • Film - feature or documentary
  • Other
Elise Strømseng
The University Centre in Svalbard/ IPY Norway
The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), The University of the Arctic (UArctic), IPY Norway, The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), and from 2010: The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Norway, UK
September 2007 to July 2011
Both Poles
Yes, all of it
Polar Science and Global Climate: An international resource for education and outreach, Online survey

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