Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


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Project Duration: 2018 - 2022

The recent changes of the Arctic and the resulting increased economic activity in the region have triggered a societal demand for accuratesea-ice and weather predictions, information on the status of the Arctic Ocean and its marine life, and complex predictions of future scenarios. To address these issues and to develop policy recommendations for a sustainable usage of the Arctic Ocean and its resources, the international Arctic science community must have access to world-class research icebreakers to access the ice-covered Arctic Ocean.

Currently, the lack of available research icebreakers from Europe and beyond that can operate yearlong in the ice covered Arctic Ocean, and a weakly coordinated polar research fleet impedes Europe’s capacity to investigate the changing Arctic. There is thus an urgent need for providing polar scientists with better research icebreaker capacities for the Arctic, to address the knowledge gaps and to develop policy recommendations for a sustainable usage of the Arctic Ocean and its resources.

This need has now been taken up by the EU funded Arctic Research Icebreaker Consortium (ARICE). 

Find out more about ARICE on the project website:   

euflagARICE has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 730965.

APECS involvement in ARICE

APECS is leading Work Package 3 "Educating a new generation of polar researchers and professionals" within the ARICE project. By creating educational material and perform training activities, we are supporting early career polar scientists and professionals in planning and conducting ship-based research in ice-covered waters. Activities include:

  • MOSAiC School 2019
  • ARICE Webinars
  • Technician Training 2021

More events and activities are planned for 2020 / 2021 so keep watching for further announcements.

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APECS International Directorate
UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Huginbakken 14
9019 Tromsø
Email: info(at)

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