Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


APECS Early Career Researcher Workshop at the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program 2011 Workshop - 
‘The Arctic as a Messenger for  Global Processes’
Copenhagen Denmark, 2-6 May 2011

Thirty-seven early career scientists kicked off the AMAP 2011 Workshop by meeting at Copenhagen’s Ice Bar on May 2, 2011. The faces of future Arctic science channeled their field programs while donning parkas, staving off mild hypothermia, and drinking fancy beverages out of ice tumblers!! We met bright and early the next morning to start an action-packed day of meeting and learning at the University of Copenhagen. Our mentors represented hundreds of years of combined experience and wisdom, and together they led us through the history, structure, and current status of the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme. In discipline-specific groups, we then discussed priorities for future Arctic research, existing gaps in data and research capacity, and ideas for filling these gaps. We also practiced delivering our research projects in concise 3-minute talks, and learned how becoming part of AMAP can benefit our career trajectory and success in Arctic research. Integrating research into Arctic policy is a complicated multi-jurisdictional issue, and we heard several great talks on this topic before discussing important challenges that are faced by current early career researchers.  The APECS Early Career Researcher Workshop wrapped up with tips on networking and then hands-on networking practice! This was achieved while simultaneously sampling millenially- aged ice from Greenland (in a suitable matrix, of course).

One workshop participant commented: "I wanted to let you know that Copenhagen was an excellent experience, and really got me believing in science again :) It was extremely inspiring to meet so many people who love the science they are conducting, and how much energy and enthusiasm there was in the young scientists, as well as in the seniors. A great burst of motivation before starting my sampling season :) "

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