Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


Josefine Lenz 2018Affiliation and Location: Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Potsdam, Germany

Email: Josefine.Lenz(at)
Phone (office): +49-331-58174-5466

Bio: Josefine is a permafrost researcher by training and has been working with APECS since 2016. Recently, she was Executive Director of APECS until the Directorate moved to its current host institutions in Tromsø, Norway. Now she continues supporting the APECS Project Office at the Alfred Wegener Institute AWI) in Potsdam, Germany, by coordinating remaining EU projects with APECS involvement.


Josefine has pursued a PhD in geology at AWI and the University of Potsdam, Germany, and continued with a postdoc at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and AWI to research thaw lakes dynamics in Arctic Alaska. During her scientific career, she has been involved in international & national executive bodies such as PYRN, IASC and GTN-P. Josefine was founding member of APECS Germany (chair 2018/19) and a member of the APECS Executive Committee 2016/2017. As APECS project officer in the EU Horizon 2020 project ARICE, she organized and led the MOSAiC School 2019, an exceptional 6-week training for early career researchers in the Central Arctic sea ice, and supported the MOSAiC Ambassador projects as a great outcome. In parallel, Josefine engaged in science communication and outreach herself, e.g. with the Dahrendorf Award to develop permafrost outreach in the national project "Permafrost im Wandel" which received the science communication award WIS PoP, as well as in permafrost citizen science in the frame of the BMBF project "UndercoverEisAgenten" (2021-2024).

Photo by Kerstin Rolfes/AWI

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