The main costs associated with running APECS comes in supporting our International Directorate Office with the Executive Director and Administrative Assistant, funded since February 2022 by the generous support of the The University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway (UiT), the Norwegian Polar Institute and the Fram Centre. The office is housed at UiT in Tromsø, Norway.
An additional APECS International Project Office is located at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research in Germany. Here, the APECS staff is funded by the activities within the EU Horizon 2020-funded projects ARICE and Arctic PASSION.
Before the APECS International Directorate moved to it´s current location in Tromsø, the Directorate was placed and funded by the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research in Potsdam, Germany from February 2017 until January 2022. Already from 2009 until January 2017, the APECS International Directorate was located in Tromsø, Norway and funded by the Research Council of Norway, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway and the Norwegian Polar Institute. From July 2016 to February 2017, the Murmansk Arctic State University funded an additional part-time APECS Officer for the APECS International Directorate located in Murmansk, Russia.
The APECS International Directorate Office is the essential coordinator without which the organization and running of the various APECS activities and programmes would hardly be possible. APECS is very grateful for the support provided by its current and past Directorate sponsors!
Below is some information to help you learn more about these great organizations and the opportunities they have for early career researchers.
The University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of NorwayAPECS International Directorate Host and Sponsor February 2022 until January 2027
UiT The Arctic University of Norway is the northernmost university of the world. Its location on the edge of the Arctic implies a mission. The Arctic is of increasing global importance. Climate change, the exploitation of Arctic resources and environmental threats are topics of great public concern, and which the University of Tromsø takes special interest in. At UiT The Arctic University of Norway one can explore global issues from a close-up perspective. For more information please visit: https://en.uit.no/startsida.
Norwegian Polar InstituteAPECS International Directorate Host and Sponsor February 2022 until January 2027
The Norwegian Polar Institute runs management-oriented scientific research, mapping and monitoring in the Arctic and Antarctica. Climate, environmental pollutants, biodiversity and geological mapping are important fields of work for the institute. Additionally, it acts as an advisory agency in respect of the environmental management and administration of the polar regions. For more information please visit: https://www.npolar.no/en/.
Fram CentreAPECS International Directorate Host and Sponsor February 2022 until January 2027
The High North Research Centre for Climate and the Environment (The Fram Centre) does interdisciplinary research and outreach in the fields of natural science, technology, and social sciences. It contributes to Norway’s sound management of the environment and natural resources in the north. With scientific research as our foundation, we communicate knowledge to management authorities, the business communities, and the general public. For more information please visit: https://framsenteret.no/english/.
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine ResearchAPECS International Project Office Host February 2022 until June 2025
As the Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, the Alfred Wegener Institute is primarily active in the cold and temperate regions of the world. Working together with numerous national and international partners, we are actively involved in unravelling the complex processes at work in the “Earth System”. Our planet is undergoing fundamental climate change; the polar regions and the oceans, which play central roles in the global climate system, are in flux. How will planet Earth evolve? Do the phenomena we’re observing represent short-term fluctuations or long-term trends? Polar and marine research has always been a fascinating scientific challenge; today it is also research into the future. For more information please visit: https://www.awi.de/en/.
EU Horizon 2020-funded project Arctic PASSIONAPECS International Directorate Sponsor August 2021 until June 2025
Arctic PASSION is an EU-funded Horizon 2020 project that aims to co-create and implement an Arctic observing system that is tuned to address the urgent needs of people living in the Arctic and that has relevance to the global society. To achieve this, the holistic approach of the project brings together researchers, stakeholders, local and indigenous communities, economy and governments. Learning from each other and integrating all knowledge will let us take the next step towards a sustainable development in the Arctic and globally. For more information please visit: https://arcticpassion.eu/.
EU Horizon 2020-funded project ARICEAPECS International Directorate Sponsor January 2018 until December 2022
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). For more information please visit: https://arice-h2020.eu.
Past APECS Directorate Sponsors
EU Horizon 2020-funded project INTERACT
APECS International Directorate Sponsor October 2017 until December 2021
INTERACT is an EU HORIZON 2020 EU infrastructure project under the auspices of SCANNET, a circumarctic network of currently 77 terrestrial field bases in northern Europe, Russia, US, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Scotland as well as stations in northern alpine areas. INTERACT specifically seeks to build capacity for research and monitoring in the European Arctic and beyond, and is offering access to numerous research stations through the Transnational Access program. For more information visit the INTERACT website http://www.eu-interact.org/.EU Horizon 2020-funded project APPLICATE
APECS International Directorate Sponsor October 2017 until December 2020
APPLICATE was an EU HORIZON 2020 Research and Innovation Programme-financed project involving 16 partners from nine countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom). The multinational and multidisciplinary consortium worked to enhance weather and climate prediction capabilities not only in the Arctic, but also in Europe, Asia, and North America, To develop adequate tools to predict when and how severe weather systems will affect Europe, Asia and North America is vital to inhabitants of these regions. For more information on APPLICATE visit http://applicate.eu/.Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) Project
APECS International Directorate Sponsor 2012 until September 2019
The "Climate and Cryosphere" (CliC) project, encourages and promotes research into the cryosphere and its interactions as part of the global climate system. It seeks to focus attention on the most important issues, encourage communication between researchers with common interests in cryospheric and climate science, promote international co-operation, and highlight the importance of this field of science to policy makers, funding agencies, and the general public. CliC also publishes significant findings regarding the role of the cryosphere in climate, and recommends directions for future study. CliC was established as a core project of the World Climate Research Programme and is co-sponsored by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the International Arctic Science Committee.
For more information, please visit the CliC website.Research Council of Norway
APECS International Directorate Sponsor 2009 until January 2017
The Research Council is Norway's official body for the development and implementation of national research strategy. The Council is responsible for enhancing Norway's knowledge base and for promoting basic and applied research and innovation in order to help meet research needs within society. The Research Council also works actively to encourage international research cooperation. Underlying all the Research Council's activities is the viewpoint that research expands the boundaries of what we know, understand and can achieve. Research adds cultural resonance to society and creates a viable framework for welfare, value creation and sustainable development. Through its efforts as an advisory body on research strategy issues, a research funding agency and initiator of meeting places and networks, the Research Council seeks to meet and constantly refine the objectives for Norwegian research policy.
Fore more information please visit the Research Council of Norway website.
UiT The Arctic University of Norway
APECS International Directorate Host and Sponsor 2009 until January 2017
UiT The Arctic University of Norway is the northernmost university of the world. Research and studies offered at our university focus on Arctic and northern issues: marine science, biomedicine, telemedicine, physics, linguistics, multiculturalism, and research related to the Saami and indigenous people. Our university shall contribute to the national Norwegian diversity of basic scientific research and for some research areas we shall be among the best international actors.
Fore more information please visit the website of the University of Tromsø.
Norwegian Polar Institute
APECS International Directorate Sponsor 2009 until January 2017
The Norwegian Polar Institute is Norway's central institution for research, environmental monitoring and mapping of the polar regions. The Institute is the Norwegian authorities' consultant and supplier of knowledge, and contributes to the best possible administration of Norwegian polar areas. Through active participation in national and international bodies, the Polar Institute is central when it comes to protecting national interests in matters of research and the environment. Approximately 110 persons are employed at the Institute in Tromsø, Svalbard and Dronning Maud Land.
For more information please visit the Norwegian Polar Institute website
Murmansk Arctic State University
Support of one part-time APECS Officer for the APECS International Directorate July 2016 until February 2017
Murmansk Arctic State University (MASU) is the northernmost university in Russia, the leading educational and scientific centre of the Russian North. MASU was founded in 1939 as a two-year part-time teacher institute. In 1956 it was reorganized into a classical higher educational institution - Murmansk State Pedagogical Institute, in 2003 - into Murmansk State Pedagogical University, in 2010 - into Murmansk State Humanities University and in 2015 - into Murmansk Arctic State University. Over the period of its existence the University has trained thousands of teaching staff for the Kola North.
Training is conducted within the following areas: Physics and Mathematics; Natural Sciences; Humanitarian Sciences; Social Sciences; Education and Pedagogy; Culture and Arts; Economics and Management. MASU has 3 Faculties and 2 Institutes. The University offers Bachelor, Master and PhD Degree programs.
MASU is one of the leading centers of research in the Murmansk region. For more information visit the MASU website.