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APECS is an international and interdisciplinary organization for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, early faculty members, educators and others with interests in Polar Regions and the wider cryosphere. Our aims are to stimulate interdisciplinary and international research collaborations, and develop effective future leaders in polar research, education and outreach. We seek to achieve these aims by:
  • Facilitating international and interdisciplinary networking to share ideas and experiences and to develop new research directions and collaborations;
  • Providing opportunities for professional career development; and
  • Promoting education and outreach as an integral component of polar research and to stimulate future generations of polar researchers.


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inga_mayExecutive Director, International Permafrost Association

As I was born with snow-and ice sickness, I was always interested in polar regions and during my studies in physical geography at the university of Munich my research got more and more focused on arctic sciences.

Since 2008 I have been working on my PhD thesis which is embedded in the Canadian ArcticNet program and deals with the possibility to detect permafrsot changes by means of satellite images. My test site is located in Northern Quebec, Nunvik around the small Inuit village of Umiujaq and twice a year I spend some time in this area in order to do some field work. I will finish my PhD in November 2011.

For the first time I participated in an APECS event in 2009 during a workshop in Victoria. Since then, I am an active member and have already been involved in the organization of workshops, working groups and other activities. In 2010/2011 I also became a Council member and the Co-Chair of the APECS’s RAC.

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