Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


uk polar network logoThe UKPN Atmospheric Sciences Workshop, held at the British Antarctic Survey from 29th April - 1st May 2009, was a huge success. Thirty five early career polar researchers from around the world came together to present their own research and listen to talks by senior scientists on their career and on science in the polar regions.

Group discussions on the future of polar research with senior scientists and members of the BAS board of directors gave those who will go on to shape the future of polar research a chance to ask questions of those who have been doing just that for the last few decades. Career development discussion groups with polar scientists at various stages of their career allowed for an informal discussion and an insight into an academic career in polar research.

Instrumentation lectures, practical sessions and informal discussions on measurement techniques above the poles provided a broad timetable for those interested in field measurements. A computer modelling practical session, combined with talks on climate, meteorology, extreme weather and the use of statistics, gave some hands-on experience of computer modelling and encouraged a greater understanding of models in use.

The posters presented by the participants were truly outstanding, with congratulations to Ingrid Cnossen (BAS), Roisin Commane (University of Leeds), Jonathan Barichivic (UEA) and Valerie Livina (UEA) for winning prizes.

We would like to thank all the speakers and panellists for helping to make the workshop such a success, and we look forward to seeing you at UKPN workshops, network days and educational events in the future, details of which can be found on the website:

We would also like to thank NERC, the British Antarctic Survey, The Royal Meteorological Society, The Royal Society of Chemistry and Grimm Aerosol for supporting the event.

Helen Atkinson and Tom Bracegirdle

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