Socialising and refuelling for a science-filled afternoon to come
It seems like only yesterday that the first cohort of 12 ArcTrain students, fresh-faced and ready to go, were officially welcomed into the program in 2014 at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven. On Monday 23rd January 2017, during the Kick-Off Meeting for the second ArcTrain cohort, I was reminded of […]

ArcTrain Kick-Off Meeting – Round 2


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February 21st, 2015. Longyearbyen, Svalbard. 1300 km north of the polar circle. I leave the plane knowing that for the next six weeks, I will be closer to the north pole than to the next McDonalds. Polar bears (3000) outnumber humans (2600). You’re only allowed to leave “town” with a […]

Of polar bears and northern lights – living at the ...


Einige ArcTrain Studenten und Betreuer auf der EGU 2016 in Wien.
Thought a PhD was all about sitting at you desk? Working in the lab? Think again. Part of your job, as a scientist, is to branch out into the big wide world and present your work to other people. Other scientists. Scary huh? In the beginning…yes, probably. I had very […]

The Scientific Conference



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On August 26th 2014 I was standing on the geographical North Pole – how the hell did I end up there? Even if I tend to choose rather unusual holiday destinations, not always sunny and warm, the North Pole wasn’t on my travel-to-do-list – totally out of reach, who is […]

To the North Pole and back


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To welcome you on this blog and introduce you to our work and experiences, here is a video on our ArcTrain field courses in 2015. Have fun!

The Labrador Experience