31st October 2012
APECS Portugal organized its fourth annual workshop last week in the University of Algarve in Faro, Portugal. Dedicated to “How to be a Polar Scientist”, we had with us 13 Portuguese earlier career scientists, 3 APECS Portugal mentors and 4 international guests. During the day we discussed science, communication and opportunities to do research in the Arctic and in the Antarctic regions. We counted with the presence and communications of Alexandre Nieuwendam, president of PYRN, Iglika Trifonova vice president of APECS and APECS Bulgaria, Ylva Sjöberg from APECS Sweden, Dr. Mark Mallory Canada Research Chair in Coastal Wetland Ecosystems of Acadia University, and Dr. Hans-Otto Pörtner researcher in the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Germany (AWI).
With main focus of the workshop being dedicated to how to communicate polar science to the society we had two brilliant talks about how to make our message pass through visually with Bruno Cruz that is a graphic designer and taught us how to do good poster. And another talk presented by José Xavier that presented the Educational projects that are being conducted by the scientists of Portuguese Polar program and APECS Portugal.
The APECS Portugal workshop was a very successful. During a full day program, the young scientists present in the room have the change to know about the work of each other, discuss, create networking bonds, learned ways of improve their communication skills and plane future research future steps. Once again the APECS Portugal workshop was a success.