SCAR congratulates Dr Josefine Lenz, the new APECS Interim Director. Dr Lenz worked as an APECS Project Officer and was involved in various APECS leadership roles in the past years. Her science background is in permafrost research.
The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) is an international and interdisciplinary organization for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, early faculty members, educators and others with interests in Polar and Alpine Regions and the wider Cryosphere. It was formally established in 2007, and is a legacy of the International Polar Year (IPY).
SCAR and APECS share common goals of working internationally and across disciplines to increase our understanding of Earth's polar regions and their connections to the global system. We look forward to continuing this partnership in the years to come.
The announcement on the APECS Website states:
“It is an honor and at the same time quite a challenge to follow in Gerlis` footsteps, that`s for sure. But with another great leadership team just starting its term, we will certainly steer APECS through another exciting and fun year filled with enthusiasm for polar research.
Despite these difficult times we are researching and living in, APECS will continue to work on supporting the young polar community wherever possible and continue its efforts to bring the beauty of the poles closer to the people. I would like to express my deep gratitude to the APECS leadership and the polar community as a whole for supporting us in this mission. And I would like to thank my office mate Heike Midleja who is the true hero behind the APECS Office.” Josefine will lead the APECS Office at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Potsdam/Germany until January 2022 when the office will move to a new host.
APECS also announced their new Leadership team 2020-2021, including President Gwenaëlle Gremion and the new Executive Committee and Council.