Arctic Frontiers 2020 – Next generation Arctic field courses: sharing best practices from the UK, Norway and Russia

20th January 2020


When: 29 January 2020, 16:15-17:45

Where: Mellomstort møterom (Quality Hotel Saga), Tromsø

Organisers: UK Science and Innovation Network and NERC Arctic Office

Arctic research is making a significant contribution to international efforts directed at better understanding the global challenges we are facing in the 21st century. Known for its remoteness and harsh climate, the Arctic is far from being an easy place to conduct fieldwork in, and it comes with many risks. As the need to understand the rapidly changing Arctic becomes more pressing, we ask ourselves what capabilities and tools future Arctic researchers may require and how best to cater to their needs.

The UK, Norway and Russia have accumulated substantial experience in designing and delivering Arctic field courses for young scientists. Over the past few years we have seen innovative new approaches to Arctic field courses whereby they were developed by early career researchers for early career researchers and involved international cooperation, taking into account specificities of a given Arctic region and efficiently addressing knowledge and skills gaps.

This session, following the PechaKucha method, will feature a line-up of the next generation of Arctic researchers and organisations involved in organising field courses in the Arctic. Speakers will share best practices in planning and running Arctic field courses, followed by discussion on what future Arctic field courses might need to look like to empower new generations of Arctic researchers and how international cooperation in this area could aid knowledge transfer.

– Henry Burgess, Head of the NERC Arctic Office
– Saule Akhmetkaliyeva, PhD student, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK Polar Network
– Ingrid Medby, Senior Lecturer in Political Geography, Oxford Brookes University
– Marina Kalinina, UArctic Vice-President for Interregional Cooperation/Rector’s Adviser for International Cooperation at Northern (Arctic) Federal University
– Yulia Zaika, APECS Russia Past-President 2017-2019
– Josefine Lenz, Project Officer, APECS
– Kate Hendry, biogeochemist and chemical oceanographer, the University of Bristol
– Margareta Johansson, research coordinator, Lund University/Coordinator for EU programme, INTERACT
– Phil Steinberg, Professor of Political Geography, Durham University
– Andrea Schneider, Project Officer, University of Tromsø/APECS Norway

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