Welcome back after hopefully good field season.
In the name of APECS Polska I would like to share with some facts regarding our development.
Straight after amazing IPY OSC our group met in Poland and organised the first APECS Polska discussion panel which took place on 19.06.2010 during the XXXIII International Polar Symposium in Łódź. The discussion, which gathered not only the APECS Polska members and mentors, but also many other researchers attending the Symposium, was moderated by Małgorzata Korczak Abshire, the President of APECS Polska. Firstly, Matt Strzelecki introduced the international and Polish APECS. After the presentation the mentors - Piotr Głowacki Ph. D., Prof. Jacek Jania, Prof. Maria Olech and Prof. Jacek Siciński - were invited to give a talk on what kind of young researchers are needed in the Polish polar science. They agreed that the most desirable abilities of young scientists are: creative, independent and critical thinking, persistence in the work and personal involvement. They also raised the problem of environmental pollution caused by research activities in the fragile polar regions. APECS Polska members where asked to help in the organization of the Arctic Science Summit Week in 2013, which most probably will be held in Cracow, Poland.
In coming months we are planning to organise another panels during geopolitical conference on the state of Arctic in Lublin (end of October) and 2nd APECS Polska National Meeting in Warsaw in coming December, where we hope to meet with all 52 of our members.
We also create a new promotional poster (below), which we use during conferences and meetings describing what we do and what are our main goals.
We would like to wish You all wonderful academic year and a lot of grit in shaping the future of polar research.