From June 1st, I am officially becoming the new APECS Director. Joining APECS in 2008 was one of the best decisions I have ever made and it has changed my life for the better. And now I feel very excited to be a part of the team for the next years!
Recent IPY Montreal conference has given us extra confidence that APECS is on successful track, and I intend to keep it that way. The role of the APECS Director is important, but what more crucial is an existing strong leadership team and amazing APECS network of members, mentors and partners.
The IPY conference has also showed us that APECS is stepping into a new phase of recognition that gives APECS leadership, members and partners an opportunity for bigger action and greater challenges. It has been an encouraging challenge to prioritize among numerous great ideas and initiatives, and we have a big number of them coming up!
My vision as APECS Director is focused on consolidating past successes, renewing a focus on the research of APECS members in cooperation with leading international organizations, developing strong regional networks of APECS National Committees by benefitting from an awareness of regional and cultural differences, increasing APECS’ social media presence, and continuing to develop APECS’ Education and Outreach activities. These ideas will be elaborated upon in the APECS strategic plan for 2012-2017, to be released this summer.
The Polar Regions have always been original places on Earth where mutual support, respect, friendship and cooperation are key to success in discovery, exploration, living, research and understanding of the environment. I pledge to do my personal best to keep the same values in the future - this is important and what makes polar community unique!