Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

APECS Seminar: Future of Polar Research in Finland

APECS seminar FinlandIt's always a great pleasure to work in person with amazing people who share the same interest to the Polar Regions. At the end of November APECS Finland held a multidisciplinary seminar with scientific talks and a career development workshop in Helsinki, Finland.

The beginning of the day with talks on strategies of polar research in Finland and in different institutes together with funding possibilities from Academy of Finland was full of new information for most participants and gave the day a great start. Talks by different groups doing Arctic and Antarctic science were interesting and inspirational, and opened up new research collaborations. The scientific seminar was a great success with the auditorium full of young scientists as well as interested senior researchers. Fortunately so much polar research is presently conducted in Finland that many groups were introduced among the very interesting poster session in the afternoon. Thank you for all the speakers and poster makers.

Early career scientists were particularly happy with the afternoon workshop on communication and the mentor panel. The major topics covered during the workshop and mentor panel were: How to communicate with Media both from researchers and media's perspective? How to make successful scientific presentation? How to communicate within research group? And How valuable communication with the research community is to a PhD students? APECS has actively worked on career development internationally throughout its history, and it was great to see that also early career scientists in Finland found these matters valuable. Many thanks go to the fantastic mentors who shared their experience and wisdom with us: Johanna Ikävalko, Jari Haapala, Noora Partamies and Janne-Markus Rintala.

Thanks you also to the organizing committee, Finnish Environment Institute and Finnish Meteorological Institute for their great support. The day was a big success! We look forward in working with you again in future.

APECS Panel at AGU Fall Meeting 2012

APECS AGU Panel2012APECS held a career development mentor panel and pub night at the 2012 AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco in collaboration with the AGU Cryosphere Focus Group. Discussion with the audience of 35-40 people ranged from the benefits and drawbacks of PhDs and postdocs in the USA as opposed to Europe and the importance of publication record in postdoc applications to the importance of flexibility and coherence in how you sell yourself and the need to find the right challenge that you are passionate about. Panelists spoke about  the importance of recognizing and cultivating the skills that a masters or PhD gives you besides research (for non-academic jobs) as well as advocating  how helpful it can be to develop a career plan, with achievable goals along the way, to set up your career in the direction you would like to see it go. The audience was both amused and encouraged to hear that many of these very successful panelists had made professional choices for personal reasons – and the glaciology-heavy crowd was relieved to hear that glaciology funding and research in the US doesn’t appear to be a bubble market.

Organizers Christine Dow and Allen Pope would like to thanks the panelists for their insights and their time during such a busy conference. The panelists were:

Plans are already in the works for an APECS / AGU Cryosphere mentor panel for next year. See you in San Francisco in 2013!

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