Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


Conference Presentations

Mentor Panel Discussions – An easy way to get people talking…
A. Jahn, P. Wagner, H. Borlase, J. Baeseman
Poster Presentation
IPY Oslo Science Conference 2010
Oslo, Norway
8 - 12 June 2010
As an international and interdisciplinary organization managed by and for early career researchers, one of APECS’ (Association of Early Career Polar Scientists) primary objectives is to help early career scientists and students to better interact with their colleagues and with senior scientists. The purpose of these panels is to “break the ice” and help generate conversation and collaborations among those who know the field best: experienced scientists and professionals, and those who could benefit most from their experience and perspectives: young researchers and students.

The panels generally consist of four representatives from various backgrounds who work within the realm of polar science, engineering, education and policy. The mentors share their experiences and insights of Polar research, policy and logistical milestones that changed the course of Polar science and engineering, as well as their views on current gaps and future opportunities to explore the evolution of Polar science overall. Most importantly, these mentors provide insights, advice and guidance to assist early career polar researchers. When possible, each panel is audio recorded and shared with the ~2000 members of the APECS community as a podcast. In the last three years, over 15 mentor panel discussions have been organized by APECS members, which were all very well received and benefited over 400 participants and many more thanks to podcasted sessions. APECS continues to plan more mentor panels and plans to have this activity be one of its major highlights for many years to come.

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