APECS-CliC-Where are they now? - 2014-2015
The project “Where are they now?” will investigate the subsequent career paths of early career researchers (ECRs) that received support and funding from the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) since the start of the most recent IPY (2007-2008) and beyond.
The goal of this project is to assess how IASC support impacted careers and to find ways to further enhance the support and training of ECRs provided by the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), the WCRP Climate and Cryosphere Project and the IASC. The project will also highlight examples of successful careers of ECRs and thus providing a legacy and making an interconnection between the generations. Practical steps of the project will include:
Following up with the ECRs who received funding during and after the most recent IPY (2007-2008) using the IASC database and yearly reports. Finding out whether they stayed in Arctic disciplines, either in academia, policy, education and outreach or management (questionnaire). If they have, what positions are they currently in? If they left the Arctic disciplines, what were the reasons? Did attending international conferences, especially the ones sponsored by IASC, help in their career? Did attending meetings of international organizations like IASC and working together with senior scientists help them to further their research careers?
A 4-day data analysis and writing camp in Tromsø, Norway in May/June 2014 to compile the results of the previously mentioned research and to do a preliminary evaluation of whether IASC support has encouraged ECRs to stay in Arctic disciplines and whether it has advanced their careers. Ways to further enhance the support of ECRs will also be discussed.
This project is one of several contributions to the Third International Conference on Arctic Research Planning (ICARP III). ICARP III seeks to establish priorities for Arctic science for the coming decade. Essential to any long term research goal, is the preparation and retention of ECRs to ensure that ICARP III research will be continued well into the future. The project “Where are they now?” will contribute to this goal by providing suggestions on how funding can best be used to support and enhance the careers of ECRs in the interdisciplinary field of Arctic science. In particular, these suggestions will focus on the best ways to prepare ECRs for (1) international and interdisciplinary Arctic research and (2) communicating this research to policy makers, people living in the Arctic and the broader global community.
This project will provide analysis of the impacts of prior funding for ECRs and suggestions for polar and cryosphere international organizations on how funds could be best used in the future. This work will be presented in the form of a short peer-review article and a chapter in the ICARP III summary.
Points of Contact
For more information please visit the project webpage at http://www.climate-cryosphere.org/activities/targeted/wherenow
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