Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


The International Symposium on Arctic Research is the flagship Arctic science meeting in Japan organized by the Japanese National Institute of Polar Research, the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska - Fairbanks. The second symposium took place 7-9 December in Tokyo, while the first one took place two years ago. The third symposium is expected to take place late 2012. About 240 scientists and students participated with slightly more Japanese than foreigners. The symposium is thus on its way to become a major international Arctic meeting.

The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists were present at the symposium with a panel and an oral presentation. Because of the underrepresentation of Japan in APECS, the association emphasized participating in the symposium. On 7 December, APECS hosted an international career development panel with Professor Dorte Dahl-Jensen (University of Copenhagen), Dr. Kim Holmen (Norwegian Polar Institute), Dr. Konrad Steffen (University of Colorado), Professor David Hik (University of Alberta), Professor Hiroshi Tanaka (University of Tsukuba) and Professor Hiroyuki Enomoto (Kitami Institute of Technology) and chaired by APECS member Dr. Rasmus G. Bertelsen (United Nations University/Tokyo Institute of Technology). 11 young scientists from Asia, Europe and North America participated. The panelists reflected on their own early career experiences. Here they emphasized the importance of intellectual and international mobility. From a gender perspective, Professor Dahl-Jensen pointed out the flexibility of research work, but also the need to accept a series of temporary appointments in the beginning. The panelists discussed quantity versus innovativeness of research production.

On 9 December, Rasmus G. Bertelsen gave an oral presentation (prepared with Jenny Baeseman) in the plenary on 'The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) as an International Polar Year Legacy' in the panel on international Cooperation of Arctic Research and IPY. This presentation (re-) introduced APECS to a broad range of senior and junior Japanese and international Arctic scientists.

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