Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


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

Email: Josefine.Lenz(at)
Phone (office): +49-331-288 2219

Bio: Josefine has been working in the permafrost regions of the Canadian and Alaskan Arctic for 8 years. 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 was its Chair in 2018/2019. Her previous involvement included active leadership in the international and national executive bodies of PYRN, an IASC Fellowship 2015 and the position as Young National Correspondent in GTN-P.

Her journey as a researcher has started with a 7-weeks marine expedition into the Indian Ocean with RV Sonne which led her to the Alfred Wegner Institute (AWI) and a diploma thesis on paleoenvironmental dynamics derived from Arctic thaw lakes. Once her eyes were opened for the drastic environmental changes in the Polar Regions, she pursued a PhD in geology at AWI and the University of Potsdam, Germany, and continued with a postdoc at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and AWI to reseach the role lakes of Alaskan lakes in the Arctic System.

A part-time position as APECS project officer in the EU Horizon 2020 project ARICE brought her back to the sea. As part of the education program in ARICE she organized and led the MOSAiC School 2019, an excpetional 6-week training for early career researchers in the Central Arctic Ocean. In May 2019, the Dahrendorf Award for the EU project PETA-CARB project allowed Josefine to pursue her desire for science communication and outreach by leading the outreach project "Permafrost im Wandel".

As of 1 Nov, Dr. Josefine Lenz is APECS’ new Executive Director. She will continue to work on supporting the young polar community wherever possible and continue its efforts to bring the beauty of the poles closer to the people.

Photo by Kerstin Rolfes/AWI

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