The Access Abisko research program is now up and running and the theme of the first period is global change and sustainability. The initiative means that researchers from all over the world can apply to come to Abisko Scientific Research Station to conduct research within a theme for three years. The purpose is to promote collaboration between research groups.
– It feels great that Access Abisko has started. The idea is to create arenas for dialogue and collaboration, much like what happens on a ship expedition. We hope the program will attract researchers early in their career, for example, the program length is set to three years, which should suit doctoral students, says Magnus Augner, Head of Department for Land-Based Research Support at the Polar Research Secretariat.
Recently, an introductory workshop was held in Abisko for the researchers admitted to Access Abisko. The goal was to create a process that feels constructive for the participating researchers.
– The first round of Access Abisko is something of a pilot, where both the researchers and those working at the research station learn during the work. During the workshop we had a good dialogue where the researchers in the three different projects quickly found areas to collaborate with. Everything feels very exciting and we know that the individual projects will come up with results, but what we do not yet know is what we can come up with together.
– In 2021, we will announce possible themes for the next round that will start in 2023. Already, I would like to encourage those interested in the program to consider what theme they would like to see for the next round of Access Abisko, says Magnus Augner.
Multidisciplinarity is to be expected when researchers from different disciplines collaborate both within and between groups in the research program Access Abisko.