Association of Polar Early Career Scientists
 

The APECS International Directorate is the essential coordinating body without which the organiszation and running of the various APECS activities and programmes would hardly be possible. APECS is grateful for the continued support provided by its Directorate sponsors. Our current locations and sponsors are: 

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Main Directorate location: 

The main APECS International Directorate with the Executive Director and Administrative Assistant are currently funded from February 2017 until January 2022 by the generous support of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research. The office is housed at the AWI location in Potsdam, Germany.

Other location:

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The Project Officer is currently hosted in Tromsø, Norway by the UiT The Arctic University of Norway at its Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics and funded through the two EU Horizon 2020 projects  INTERACT and APPLICATE from October 2017 until June 2019. This position is responsible for UiT and APECS tasks as part of these two projects, and helping with other activities in the APECS International Directorate.

Find out more about our current APECS International Directorate Sponsors as well as the organizations that have supported our office in the past

APECS is not a legal entity in its own right but an international network. Finances of the network - other than those of the APECS International Directorate - are handled through the "Association of Polar Early Career Scientists Norge (APECS Norge)", a registered non-profit organization (#995238586) based in Norway.

Main Contact Info:

APECS International Directorate Office
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research
Telegrafenberg A45
14473 Potsdam
Germany

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Detailed information on the current staff members and their contact info:

Dr. Gerlis Fugmann - Executive Director

Gerlis FugmannAffiliation and Location: Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research, Potsdam, Germany

Contact:
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Phone (office): +49-331-2882219
Phone (mobile): +49-151-65830885

Bio: Gerlis has been actively involved in the APECS leadership for several years and assumed the position of APECS Executive Director first at UiT The Arctic University of Norway (Norway) from October 2013 until January 2017, and then at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research (Germany) from February 2017. She completed her PhD in Geography at the Justus Liebig University Giessen in Germany in 2011 and worked afterwards for two years as a post-doctoral researcher at the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development (ICNGD) at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. Her research focused on projects in the Canadian Arctic and Sub-Arctic as well as Northern Scandinavia, addressing questions of comparative economic deveopment, entrepreneurship, tourism, resource development and Northern engagement and participation in innovation and the knowledge economy.

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Lisa Grosfeld - Project Officer

Lisa GrosfeldAffiliation and Location: Alfred-Wegener-Institute, Helmholtz-Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Potsdam, Germany
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Phone: +49 331-2882213
Fax: +49 331-2882215

Bio: Since November 2018 Lisa is project officer in the APECS International Directorate.

Her field of study is marine geoscience. She graduated from the University of Bremen with a bachelor’s degree in marine geology and micropaleontology. She went on to the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, to gain her master’s degree in marine geology. Her thesis was part of a collaboration with the Alfred-Wegener-Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), sending her on an expedition to the Arctic Ocean. She studied the so called “Brown Layers”, investigated the age model and paleoenvironmental significance, and reconstructed the climate history from Mid-Pleistocene to Holocene at the core location in the Chukchi Sea. During a stay at the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), she learned about the changing infrastructural challenges in the Arctic Regions.

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Dr. Josefine Lenz - Project Officer

Josefine Lenz 2018Affiliation and Location: Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Potsdam, Germany

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Bio: Josefine has been working in the permafrost regions of the Canadian and Alaskan Arctic since 8 years and during that time her engagement in young researchers’ networks and science communication has continuously increased. She was part of the APECS Executive Committee 2016/2017, co-founded APECS Germany in 2016 and is currently its Chair. Her previous involvement included active leadership in the international and national executive bodies of the Permafrost Young Researchers Network, an IASC Fellowship 2015 in the Terrestrial Working Group and the position as Young National Correspondent for Germany in the Global Terrestrial Network for Permafrost (GTN-P).

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Dr. Andrea Schneider - Project Officer

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Affiliation and Location: UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway

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Bio: Andrea grew up near Berlin, Germany, with the limestone quarry in her backyard where the Swedish glaciologist Otto Torell solved a mystery in Quaternary geology by finding proof for continental-scale glaciations.

Andrea pursued her undergraduate education in Geography and Biology at Humboldt University in Berlin and specialised in Quaternary Environment and Climate Development in a masters program at Stockholm University, Sweden, and the University Centre in Svalbard (Norway). She worked in close collaboration with the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) in Potsdam, Germany, during both her BSc and MSc thesis research where she developed a background in interpreting biological indicators that are preserved in frozen ground, and joined two AWI expeditions to north-east Siberia to study seasonal Arctic freshwater ecology.

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Heike Midleja - Administrative Assistant

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On maternity leave until fall 2019

Affiliation and Location: Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research, Potsdam, Germany

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Phone (office): +49-331-2882214
Fax: +49-331-2882215

Bio: Heike Midleja is an experienced office manager and has a long history of working with the international Arctic science community.

As the former administrative assistant for the International Arctic Science Committee (2009-2016), she has cooperated with APECS on several occasions to promote and enhance opportunities for early career development.

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Current APECS International Directorate Sponsors

AWI WortBildmarke Farbe RGBThe main costs associated with running APECS comes in supporting our International Directorate Office. APECS is very grateful for the support provided by its current and past Directorate sponsors. Below is some information to help you learn more about these great organizations and the opportunities they have for early career researchers:

Main APECS Directorate Location

From February 2017 until January 2022, the APECS International Directorate Office with the APECS Executive Director and APECS Administrative Assistant are funded and hosted by the generous support of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research. The office is housed at the AWI location in Potsdam, Germany.

 

Other Locations

European Commission LogoUiT logoINTERACT LogoApplicate logoFrom October 2017 until June 2019, an APECS Project Officer will be hosted by UiT The Arctic University of Norway at its Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics in Tromsø, Norway and funded through the two EU Horizon 2020 projects INTERACT (International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic) and APPLICATE (Advanced Prediction in Polar regions and beyond: modelling, observing system design and LInkages associated with a Changing Arctic climaTE). This position is responsible for UiT and APECS tasks as part of these two projects, and helping with other activities in the APECS International Directorate.

Past APECS International Directorate Sponsors

We also want to highlight the organizations that have in the past funded our APECS International Directorate. Their contributions were essential for allowing our organizsation to grow and we very much appreciated their support! 

Main APECS Directorate Location

From 2009 until January 2017, the main APECS International Directorate was located in Tromsø, Norway hosted at UiT The Arctic University of Norway and funded by the Research Council of Norway, UiT The Arctic University of Norway and the Norwegian Polar Institute

 

Other Locations

From July 2016 to February 2017, the Murmansk Arctic State University funded an additional part-time APECS Officer for the APECS International Directorate located in Murmansk, Russia.

Past Staff Members

Contact APECS

APECS International Directorate
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research
Telegrafenberg A45
14473 Potsdam
Germany
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Our Sponsors

APECS Directorate Sponsor
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Further Sponsors and Partners for APECS projects, activities and events