The Arctic Research Icebreaker Consortium (ARICE, and Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS, invited for a science webinar on 28 May 2020, 4-5 pm GMT.


In November 2019, the US icebreaker RV Sikuliaq headed to the north side of Alaska for a combined oceanographic and biological expedition. The biological work was performed within the ARICE-funded project GO-WEST. GO-WEST aimed to investigate the association of young polar cod (or Arctic cod, Boreogadus saida) with the newly forming sea ice, its prey field and carbon sources. Polar cod is a keystone species of the Arctic food web. The young (0-2 year-old) fish use the under-ice habitat as a foraging ground and shelter from predators. It has been hypothesized that juveniles get entrained with the new sea ice in autumn and use it as a transportation vector over large distances. The changing icescape of the Arctic Ocean will affect this close relationship between fish and sea ice. GO-WEST aimed to sample for the first time young polar cod at the underside of new sea ice between autumn and winter, and to investigate their survival conditions. To this end, we used a Surface and Under-Ice Trawl capable to skim the underside of sea ice. The first results of this expedition show that young polar cod were present in the under-ice habitat throughout the investigation area, along with their main prey species. During this webinar we will briefly explain how the expedition was planned and which logistical obstacles needed to be overcome. We will focus on how the field work was conducted in collaboration with the chief scientist and the crew of RV Sikuliaq, and how first raw data were generated. Finally we will give an outlook on sample elaboration, data processing and publications. 

Speakers were : Hauke Flores (AWI Bremerhaven) and Mai Apasiri Klasmeier (Ruhr University Bochum). Moderation: Josefine Lenz (AWI & APECS)

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The Arctic Research Icebreaker Consortium (ARICE) and Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS, invited for a webinar on opportunities for educators and scientists on May 5th, 14-15:30 GMT. 

In September 2019, the German icebreaker Polarstern and the Russian research vessel Akademik Fedorov set sail into the Central Arctic sea ice. With the aim to collect data around the coupled Arctic climate system Polarstern will drift through the Arctic for an entire year as part of the MOSAiC project. MOSAiC education and outreach activities aim to create visibility of field research and awareness for globally important topics of Arctic change. Training of early career researchers was facilitated with a field camp for graduate students - the MOSAiC School. Further, educator and teachers collected materials and data which is now shared in classrooms and in online learning tools. During this webinar you will learn about the wealth of learning resources created through participation in the MOSAiC Expedition. Ask questions of young researchers, educators and teachers on how to use or implement experiments, exercises and personal experiences in classrooms and what you can take away from an massive open online course.

Speakers were Mauro Hermann (MOSAiC Ambassador, ETH Zurich), Anne Gold (CIRES, CU Boulder), Rainer Lehmann (Polar Educators Germany), Falk Ebert (Herder Gymnasium) and Friederike Krueger (Integrierte Gesamtschule Bothfeld). Moderation: Josefine Lenz (AWI & APECS)

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The Arctic Research Icebreaker Consortium (ARICE) and Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS, invited for a webinar on Data Management, on 17 Dec 9-10:30 am GMT.

The aim of this webinar was to provide an overview of current statues in data management, planning and best practices as well as advances in data presentation, integration and interpretation.

APECS ( ARICE ( invited for a webinar on Proposal Writing, on 25 April at 9:00 am GMT. The webinar was organized in two parts:

In the first part, Research Support Officer Imke Fries (Alfred Wegener Institute) gave a general introduction to successful proposal writing. Imke has been supporting the drafting of numerous national and EU project proposals and provided tips and tricks on successful proposal writing.

ARICE invited for a webinar dedicated to pre-cruise planning and preparing for ship-based research activities organized by APECS and IOPAN on 19 February 2019.

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