After the first edition in Ghent, Belgium last year, the APECS BeNeLux (Belgium-Netherlands-Luxembourg) symposium is becoming a tradition. On October 31st, the 2nd edition took place in the Hague, Netherlands and was organized by our colleagues Frigga Krusse and Libby Jones.
The general impression of our Belgian delegation: what a success! The extremely varied programme was received well by the 40 participants. This symposium had it all: a diverse group of speakers, as not only scientists were represented but also a conservator of a museum, policy makers, a high school teacher and even a high school student. Presentations by (keynote) speakers were followed by pitch poster presentations, Frostbytes and workshops on outreach and polar policy. Sufficient time for networking was available during breaks, lunch with milk, as Dutch tradition prescribes and the reception after the symposium.
Several people who were present at this symposium also attended the Dutch National Polar Symposium on the next day in The Hague, as this was all perfectly timed.
After this successful second edition, we look forward to the third edition, in 2014 in Luxembourg.