APECS held a mentor panel at the University of Greenland (Ilisimatusarfik) on April 16, 2010, organized by APECS Director, Jenny Baeseman, and President Gerlis Fugmann as a side event during the Arctic Science Summit Week in Nuuk. The event was made possible through the local coordination of Ole Marquardt, professor at Ilisimatusarfik. We were very fortunate to have two wonderful and helpful mentors: Magnus Tannerfeldt (Swedish Polar Research Secretariat) and Bernard Coakley (University of Alaska) and we wish to thank all three for their support!
After a tour of the university with Ole Marquardt, we started the panel which attracted a small group of graduate students, postdocs and administrators. First, Jenny introduced APECS and how the Greenlandic students can get more involved in our organization and in polar science. Then, all the participants introduced themselves and we all learned more about the programs offered at the University of Greenland, some of the challenges of studying in a remote northern location and their future career plans. The mentors then shared experience and advice on how they got started in polar science and some tips and tricks for career choices.
We are also happy to report that we now have 3 new Greenlandic members - Welcome to Steven Arnfjord, Aviaq Jørgensen, and Dorte Haubjergs Søgaard.
We want to thank the University of Greenland for providing lunch for us! This was a great opportunity for some more discussions with some of the participants as well as the mentors! We would also like to thank Air Greeland for giving us a few extra days to enjoy Nuuk and gain some wondeful mentoring from our fellow ASSW participants that were stuck with us because of the Icelandic Volcano.
Thank you to Magnas Tannerfeldt (SPRS) for contributing the photos for this article.