Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

APECS teamed up with Arctic Frontiers and the Nordnorsk Vitensenter (Science Centre of Northern Norway) during Arctic Frontiers 2014 to organise a "Arctic Frontiers Science for Schools" event. The goal of the event was to tell high school students from several schools in Tromsø about Arctic research and get them interested in a science career later on.

Two sessions were organised on 22 and 23 January 2014 in which early career researchers attending the Arctic Frontiers 2014 conference as well as early career researchers from University of Tromsø presented about their research. Thank you to: Karolina Paquin (University of Tromsø, Norway), Jean-Sébastien Moore (Université Laval, Canada), Frigga Kruse (University of Groningen, Netherlands), Yulia Zaika (M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia), Christie Logvinova (Clark University, United States), Pernilla Carlsson (AMAP, Norway), Jennifer Provencher (Carleton University, Canada) and Ida Helene (University of Tromsø, Norway) for some great presentations!

Besides the presentations, the Nordnorsk Vitensenter had also organised more activities regarding Arctic research for the students. A poster session was also organised by the high school students presenting about class projects. The posters were judged by three of the early career researchers attending the event (Jean-Sébastien Moore, Ida Helene and Gerlis Fugmann) and the winners received a prize and will be attending part of the science sessions during the Arctic Frontiers 2015 conference.

The event was a great success this year and plans are ongoing for a similar event for Arctic Frontiers 2015. A special thank you also to the organisers of the event Tove Marienborg (Nordnorsk Vitensenter) and her staff, Vibeke Tannvik (Arctic Frontiers) and Gerlis Fugmann (APECS).

Also check out the nice article published about the event by Irene Quaile (Deutsche Welle) Science for Schools Arctic Frontiers 2014

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