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MILUTARENA-Formidlings- og koordineringstiltak knyttet for miljø- og utviklingsforskning

Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) International Directorate Office - Shaping the Future of Polar Research

Awarded: NOK 1.8 mill.


Norway, as a leading polar research nation with strong development plans for the northern regions, needs to recruit and develop talents and capacity in natural, physical and social sciences. Following the success of the IPY 2007-08 in recruiting the next generation of polar researchers, special efforts need to be made to retain them and to nurture new young scientists. APECS is working to do both. Being the preeminent organization for polar ECRs, APECS enhances opportunities of its members to continue th eir careers in the polar realm by providing them with career development tools, enhancing their skills, knowledge, experiences, and connecting them with colleagues internationally and nationally. Concurrently, together with its partners APECS is focused o n education and outreach by engaging school children, students, and teachers in polar sciences. Communication is one of the most important steps for increasing the understanding of polar regions in the future. With a constantly expanding APECS network, the International Directorate with a full-time Director will be critical in APECS continued success in the coming years. The Director will oversee and manage APECS activities, ensure the continuation of fundraising and successful strategic initiatives, an d create new ways for APECS to maintain and improve its leadership role in training of polar ECRs. Due to its otherwise annually changing leadership, the Directorate will provide APECS with institutional continuity. The key activities of the APECS Direc torate will be to: - Further develop APECS network of members & partners - Ensure APECS financial sustainability - Undertake assessment of current needs of polar ECRs & evaluation of APECS activities - Contribute to major international & national conferen ces - Further advance the APECS website, web-based activities, & social media presence - Produce APECS scholarly & popular publications Please see a Project Description for more details.

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MILUTARENA-Formidlings- og koordineringstiltak knyttet for miljø- og utviklingsforskning