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On Wednesday evening during the Arctic Science Summit Week in Vienna, APRI was invited to the residence of the Canadian Ambassador to Austria. APRI members Klemens Weisleitner and Jorrit van der Schot report from this special event.

A notable highlight of the Arctic Science Summit Week 2023 was the invitation to the residence of Troy Lulashnyk, the Canadian Ambassador to Austria. Together with Dr. David Hik (Chief Scientist and Executive Director of Programs, Polar Knowledge Canada) and APRI director, Dr. Wolfgang Schöner, the future of Arctic research was discussed.
Overall, it was a pleasant experience that offered a valuable networking opportunity to foster future collaborations between Austrian and Canadian scientists.

Discussing the future of Arctic research.
Photo credits: Embassy of Canada to Austria

Early career scientists benefitting from Austrian and Canadian research collaborations

The discussions of the evening had a special focus on early career polar scientists from both Austria and Canada. As an early career polar scientist, Klemens Weisleitner has already benefited from a Canadian PhD school about Arctic microbiomes:

Besides learning new techniques, it also provided an excellent possibility to link-up new collaborations. I am certain that an expansion of joint Austrian-Canadian research and training programmes will benefit the next generation of Arctic scientists in particular.

APRI member Klemens Weisleitner

Entering the beautiful residence of the Canadian ambassador.
Photo credits: Klemens Weisleitner

A networking opportunity also within APRI

APRI member, PhD student Jorrit van der Schot, also very much appreciated the opportunity to connect with fellow Arctic researchers from Canada:

This evening gathering at such a special venue succeeded in its goal of bringing Canadian and Austrian polar researchers together. Additionally, it also appeared to be an appreciated (and unfortunately somewhat rare) opportunity to bring the APRI early career scientists in the same room to discuss a variety of topics. Conversation topics included but were not limited to: fieldwork in Greenland, Spain’s connection to the Arctic, natural spas in Antarctica and organizing a future activity for APRI early career scientists.

APRI member Jorrit van der Schot

This led to the creation of a Slack group to make it easier to organize future activities for the early career scientists of APRI.

APRI early career Arctic enthusiasts are very welcome to contact Jorrit van der Schot to get access to the Slack group. Use our contact form.

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Written by APRI members Kerstin Krøier Rasmussen, Klemens Weisleitner and Jorrit van der Schot
Contact: Use our contact form.
Cover photo: © Kerstin Krøier Rasmussen

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