Over the past two decades, the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) has been organizing forward-looking conferences focused on international and interdisciplinary perspectives for advancing Arctic research cooperation and applications of Arctic knowledge. Indeed, the IASC Founding Articles call for IASC to host such a conference periodically in order to "review the status of Arctic science, provide scientific and technical advice, and promote cooperation and links with other national and international organizations." In 2015, it will have been 10 years since the 2nd International Conference on Arctic Research Planning (ICARP II in 2005) and it is time for ICARP III (together with IASC 25th anniversary celebration will be held during ASSW 2015 in Japan). The final product of ICARP III will be a consensus statement identifying the most important Arctic research needs for the next decade.
Sanna Majaneva is honored to have been nominated to represent APECS in the Interim Planning Group for ICARP III. She is now finishing her doctoral thesis project at the University of Helsinki in collaboration with the University Centre in Svalbard and the Finnish Environment Institute / Marine Research Centre. In her thesis, she is working on a better understanding of the role of gelatinous zooplankton populations in the Arctic Ocean and Baltic Sea and how different aspects of the changing climate could affect these communities. Furthermore; the overall goal of this project is to indicate that more emphasis should be placed into the gelatinous part of the plankton community to be able to adequately model the community interactions and changes.
Sanna has been an APECS member since its early stages 2007 and has served on the APECS Council since 2011 and is now one of the two APECS council co-chairs for 2012-2013. She is also co-founder of APECS Finland for which she currently acts as co-chair. Outside of her scientific pursuits, she is also active in enhancing communication of the Arctic issues. She is looking forward to the planning of the ICARP III and the opportunity to participate in defining an interdisciplinary vision for future Arctic research.