Hello APECS Members,
This is a big year for APECS. As you may know, the IPY International Programme Office officially closed the day before the 2010-2011 APECS Executive Committee and Council began their terms. It is now officially up to us – young polar researchers – to continue on the legacy of the IPY in all we do.
We’ve got a terrific group of volunteers to lead APECS and continue the momentum that we as an organization have built over the past few years.
In that vein, I’m excited to introduce the 2010-2011 ExCom to you: Angelika Renner (Norway / UK / Germany), Gerlis Fugman (Germany), Mariette Wheeler (South Africa), Suhas Shetye (India), and myself (UK / USA). All of our bios (and those of the new Council) are available on www.apecs.is/leadership. In an organization which prides itself on collaboration and cooperation, it is great to be able to have ExCom members from such a diverse range of backgrounds. I’m also happy to say that (despite being in a male-dominated field) this is the first time that the APECS president is a guy!
I would be remiss if I didn't take this opportunity to recognize and thank the past Council for all their work and achievements - the past year has been a big one, with new working groups, many big workshops, and the Oslo conference and they did a great job. Equally, there are many ExOfficio members of the Council who continue to provide their expertise to APECS - many thanks, we would be often lost without you!
Yours in all things Polar,
APECS President 2010-2011