Association of Polar Early Career Scientists
 

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.

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