Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

aoa webDuring the AMAP’s International Arctic Ocean Acidification Conference in Bergen, Norway on May 7th 2013, APECS teamed up with AMAP to deliver a panel discussion for early career scientists. We talked about “Ocean Acidification in the future Arctic: From science to policy”, aiming to get tips for early career scientists from experienced scientists and policy makers.

On the stage that day we had Prof. Dr. Ulf Riebesell from GEOMAR, Germany; Dr. Elizabeth Jewett from NOAA, US; Dr. Nadja Steiner from Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis, Canada; Prof. Dr. Leif G Anderson from University of Gothenburg, Sweden and Lars-Otto Reiersen, who is an Executive Secretary of AMAP, Norway.

We asked panelists to share their experiences of being involved with the policy making process, and to provide their ideas on how early career researchers can get involved in such a process.

Some pieces of advice were:

  1. Discuss with your supervisor that you are interested in getting involved
  2. Find a good mentor
  3. Do the best science you can, and publish your science
  4. Make your work popular (through social media and outreach activities)
  5. Share your science with the general public to learn who to explain it in an easy way; go to schools to educate kids. This will make you experienced in using simple language to communicate your science. 
  6. Be active and use opportunities: there are many of them and they are open: get involved with AMAP, just let them know what science you do and that you are interested in contributing to the assessment writing process.
  7. Most important is “do whatever you think is fun to do”!
  8. Be amazing!

Link to the webcast, where you can watch the discussion is here: and processed video is now available on APECS Vimeo Channel at .

* Test by Anna Silyakova, Helen Findlay and Alexey Pavlov

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