Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


- Contributed by Chao Tang

APECS hosted two great events at the SCAR Biology Symposium, Sapporo, Japan. On July 28th, we had a social with senior scientists in a nice restaurant. Lots of senior scientists came including Dr. Chuck Kennicutt, Dr.Peter Convey and many others. Each table we had young scientists and senior scientists sitting together also with our very friendly Japanese young hosts sharing some knowledge of Japanese cuisine and drinks. We had about 70 people coming. It was so lively and fun!! Afterwards, some of us flowed to the Karaoke place next door and continued the fun. 

On July 29th, we had the Polar Research Career Panel Discussion. Our four wonderful panelists Dr. Chuck Kennicutt, Dr.Peter Convey, Dr. Kathleen Conlan and Dr. Takeshi Naganuma shared their career path onto polar research and how they continued on with science. It was very interesting that each of them had their distinct way into our beloved polar biology field, some are totally out of serendipity!! Questions from audience were followed on career choices and how to establish ourselves either in career or be involved in pressing issues in science right now. The panelists gave great suggestions and encouraged us to keep our mind open and be flexible. It was a very inspiring discussion.

These activities truly encouraged the communication among us young scientists and with senior scientists. Some senior scientists are particularly encouraging and supportive. It's a fantastic conference and it filled me with more confidence about polar research and a great polar research community!

I really would like to thank our Japanese APECS community especially Takahiro Iida and Daiki Nomura  for wonderful hosting and help making these events happen.

For more information on this panel visit the website.

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