Research expedition to the Arctic sets sail

31 July sees the start of the Swedish-American research expedition Arctic Ocean 2018. Forty researchers from all over the world will be based and work on board the Swedish icebreaker Oden whilst moored to a moving ice floe. The overall theme of the expedition is the formation of clouds. Clouds play a very important role in the Arctic climate but how are they affected by the microbiological life in and beneath the ice?

Map of the Arctic

The exchange program is directed towards early career scientists with an interest in science and technology projects that align with at least one of Polar Knowledge Canada’s science and technology priorities and/or one of Abisko Scientific Research Station’ focus areas.

Early Career Scientist Exchange Programme

To encourage a circumpolar research perspective and to foster future Canadian-Swedish Arctic research cooperation, Polar Knowledge Canada and the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat will offer early career scientists  the opportunity to take part in an exchange program between the two organisations’ Arctic research stations.

New director Katarina Gårdfeldt

From the left: Jonas Björck, Ministry of Education and Research, Katarina Gårdfeldt, Björn Dahlbäck, and Karin Röding, Ministry of Education and Research. Photo: Ida Kinner

Katarina Gårdfeldt appointed as new Director-General

The Swedish government has appointed Katarina Gårdfeldt as new Director-General of the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat. Katarina is Associate Professor of environmental inorganic chemistry and is currently the Director of Centre for Environment and Sustainability, GMV.