Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


During the Young Scientists Forum at the Arctic Frontiers meeting in Tromso, Norway, APECS held another successful young researcher - mentor "speed dating" event.  As mentors and early career researchers came in the doors each was given an animal sticker with the task to find their animal sticker match.  As the pigs, horses, dogs, cats, hedgehogs and penguins went forth and networked in order to find their match, conversations happened, networks blossomed and friendships were forged.   After a while, in the spirit of true "speed dating" a bell was rung and since everyone at one point in time or another has dated a 'dog' everyone was then asked to go and find a dog to chat with.  Since APECS works in both poles the last challenge was for everyone to go and find a penguin.  The night was so successful that 10 minutes after we were supposed to move on to dinner conversations were still going strong and the organisers had to start kicking people out and ushering them on to dinner.  Several mentors had so much fun, they decided to join the Young Scientist Dinner instead of the Conference Banquet. At the dinner mentors and students shared fun stories about their research work. Thanks to everyone who helped out and attended, and here's to more speed dating events for polar science.

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