APECS/YESS/YOPP Workshop at ASSW2021: “The 4 Essential Cs - Coordination, Communication, Community, and Collaboration”
Anja Sommerfeld, MOSAIC, Alfred Wegener Institute
Marylou Athanase, MOSAIC Ambassador
Katia Kontar, International Global Change Science Lead, U.S. Global Change Research Program
Kirstin Werner, Director YOPP International Coordination Office, Alfred Wegener Institute
Participants learned about the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), The Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) and The Young Earth System Scientists community (YESS). International collaboration is crucial these days to carry out polar research. In order to bring researchers together from all over the globe, the above-mentioned communities coordinated and fostered international and interdisciplinary studies in terms of related project groups, awareness-raising workshops, and many more collaborative activities on both Polar and Alpine regions, and the wider cryosphere via communication with early career researchers. After a presentation on communication with the public, the session touched upon some of the challenges of bringing the scientific community together. A panel discussion expanded on two short talks on Science and Diplomacy in the Arctic and insights about Indigenous collaboration. The session concluded by bringing these ideas together by showing what was done across the collaboration and communication spectrum by YOPP’s International Coordination Office.