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 A43
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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Dr. Fiona Tummon - Project Officer

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

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Bio: Fiona grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, where she completed her undergraduate education in Oceanography and Zoology. In 2007 she started a joint PhD between the University of Cape Town and the Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse-III focused on the regional climatic effects of aerosols, which she completed in 2011. Thereafter she shifted focus (and countries!), moving to Zurich, Switzerland, to work for the World Climate Research Programme’s Stratosphere-troposphere Processes And their Role in Climate (SPARC) project. There, she spent half her time doing research focused on atmospheric chemistry and the other half of her time doing work for the SPARC project office. She has extensive experience with science communication, organising scientific workshops and meetings, and coordinating international scientific research.

Fiona first joined the APECS community in 2016, inspired by a visit to the high-altitude Swiss research station at the Jungfraujoch organised by APECS Switzerland. She also has been very involved with the YESS (Young Earth System Scientists) community and hopes to provide a nice link between the two active networks.

As a participant in the recent Antarctic Circumpolar expedition, Fiona fulfilled part of a dream of going to the Antarctic (although she’s yet to make it on to the continent itself!). She’s very excited to join the APECS team and learn more about the polar regions and their importance for the global Earth system.

Heike Midleja - Administrative Assistant

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

Contact:
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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.

She has managed the offices for both the IASC secretariat in Potsdam and the EU-Project office “Changing Permafrost in the Arctic and its Global Effects in the 21st Century” (PAGE21, 2011-2015). Heike started her career at the administrative department of the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research.

Ready for new challenges, Heike is excited to join the APECS team. Starting February 2017, she will hold the position of the Administrative Assistant at the APECS International Directorate. In addition, she supports the German Arctic Office as the Administrative Officer. Both offices are hosted by the AWI in Potsdam, Germany.

Heike is happy to assist the APECS International Directorate regarding all administrative and organizational processes within the next years and is looking forward to make new collaborations with researchers working in the Polar Regions.

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 A43
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