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:
Main Directorate location:
The APECS International Directorate is currently located at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) in Potsdam Germany and is generously funded by AWI with two positions (a full-time Executive Director and a part-time Administrative Assistant) as well as operational expenses for the APECS office. The current funding agreement is in place until January 2022.
As the APECS Administrative Assistant was on maternity leave from August 2018 until September 2019, the AWI funded a part-time Project Officer for APECS from November 2018 until November 2020 as a temporary replacement.
In addition, a part-time project officer position is funded through the EU Horizon 2020-funded project ARICE (Arctic Research Icebreaker Consortium) from October 2018 until December 2021 and coordinates the APECS activities in this project.
Additional Project Office:
The APECS International Directorate has an additional project office at the UiT The Arctic University of Norway, housed at their Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics in Tromsø, Norway with one full-time project officer. This position is funded through the two EU Horizon 2020 projects
- INTERACT II (Interational 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)
The duration of the position is until December 2020 and it is responsible for coordinating the UiT and APECS tasks as part of these two projects, and helping with other activities in the APECS International Directorate as needed. UiT also funds some travel support for the APECS Executive Director for managing and supervising the two projects.
Find out more about our APECS International Directorate Sponsors as well as the organizations that have supported our office in the past and further partners and sponsors.
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 (APECS) Deutschland e.V.", a registered non-profit organization based in Germany.
Main Contact Info:
APECS International Directorate Office
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research
Detailed information on the current staff members and their contact info:
On the MOSAiC Expedition until September 2020.
Affiliation and Location: Alfred-Wegener-Institute, Helmholtz-Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Potsdam, Germany
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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Affiliation and Location: Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Potsdam, Germany
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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Affiliation and Location: UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway
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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Affiliation and Location: Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research, Potsdam, Germany
Phone (office): +49-331-2882214
Bio: Heike Midleja is an experienced office manager and has a long history of working with the international Arctic science community.
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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.
- Dr. Gerlis Fugmann - Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Germany / UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Norway - October 2013 - July 2020
- Dr. Alexey Pavlov - UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Norway - June 2012 - June 2013
- Dr. Jenny Baeseman - UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Norway - APECS Founding Director until March 2012
Photo (from left to right): Gerlis Fugmann, Alexey Pavlov, Jenny Baeseman
- Dr. Fiona Tummon - UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Norway - October 2017 - September 2018
- Yulia Sultanbayeva - Murmansk Arctic State University, Russia - July 2016 - February 2017
- Dr. Pascaline Bourgaine - APECS France, France - June - December 2015
- Karolina Paquin - UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Norway - November 2014 - April 2015
Photo (from left to right): Fiona Tummon, Yulia Suntanbayeva, Pascaline Bourgaine, Karolina Paquin