Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

The Arctic Frontiers conference on Geopolitics and Marine Production in a Changing Arctic for 2013 was concluded last week. It was an exciting event with a number of outstanding presentations during both the Policy and Science sections (available online now). It also brought many opportunities for Arctic early career researchers. The Emergent Leaders program and Young Scientist Forum were run in conjunction with the conference and brought together young people working in various realms of Arctic science and industry. A great addition to the conference was the Podcast series organized by Tom Fries (The Arctic Institute). This was coordinated in cooperation with Arctic Frontiers, the Arctic Institute and the GeoNorth program.

It was a fantastic week for APECS as well. We organized three events – the joint Fram Centre – APECS reception entitled “Arctic Games”, APECS Discussion Panel, and Outstanding Poster Awards for early career researchers.

Arctic Games reception at the Fram Centre

arctic games 2013The Arctic Games reception was organized as a joint effort between the High North Research Centre for Climate and the Environment (The Fram Centre) and APECS, and with the help of the Climate and Cryosphere project (CliC) on January 22nd . This event brought more than 200 conference participants together for a lively mingling and networking with the overall goal to foster communication between experts, scientists, politicians, industry representatives and early career scientists working in the Arctic.


Meet Arctic Frontiers Poster Award Winners

APECS is pleased to announce winners of the Arctic Frontiers Outstanding Poster Awards coordinated by APECS and supported by the organizing committee of Arctic Frontiers. Winners were officially announced during the conference dinner on January 24th. We thank judges for their reviews.

Moritz Schmid & Jordan Grigor
Takuvik Joint International Laboratory, University Laval (Canada) & CNRS (France)
Poster Title: In situ imaging of mezozooplankton in order to assess scale spatiotemporal variability


Malte Humpert & Andreas Raspotnik
The Arctic Institute & University of Cologne (Germany)
Poster Title: From “Great Wall” to “Great White North”: Explaining China’s Politics in the Arctic  


Gen Nakamura
Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (Japan)
Poster Title: Needs of oesteological comparison between North Atlantic minke whales with North Pacific minke whales to clarify for their taxonomic statu


APECS Discussion Panel on Traditional Knowledge during Arctic Frontiers

aft panel tk 2013APECS hosted a Discussion Panel entitled “Local knowledge and research and policy: bridging the past and present with preparations for the future” in the afternoon on January 25th, which was the final event of the Arctic Frontiers conference 2013.

In keeping with the conference theme, “Geopolitics and Marine Production in a Changing Arctic”, the subject of the discussion panel was the collaboration of local knowledge with science and policy, and touched several important questions, such as: How to integrate local ecological knowledge into research practices, as well as what are the ways to validate this knowledge; ethical questions of working with local communities; insights on future synergies between northern communities and researchers. Panelists included Grete K. Hovelsrud (CICERO), Mario Acquarone (NAMMCO/UiT), Camilla Brattland (NIKU), Einar Eythórsson (NIKU), and Ole Mathis V. Hætta.


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