What is my PhD project about? I want to give you an introduction to this. To make this introduction easily understandable for everyone, no matter what scientific or non-scientific background you have, I did it in a special form: I only used the 1000 most commonly used English words. Valentin […]

Marrying in the water


Note: This blog post was written by Brian Crow and Johanna Hingst Five months after the official start for the third ArcTrain Germany cohort, it was time for our first group retreat. The 12 ArcTrain students of the third cohort, one associated student, two ArcTrain students from Canada currently on […]

ArcTrain visits the Harz Mountains – First retreat of the ...




Note: This blog post was written by Marie-Michèle Ouellet-Bernier and Jade Falardeau Aklavik is located in the Mackenzie Delta, 2° North of the Arctic Circle. This community, of about 600 people, is part of the Inuvialuit Settlement Region. To get there, we need to reach the town of Inuvik, a […]

Nordic adventure in Aklavik


The Ocean Sciences Meeting (OSM) is known to be the flagship for the ocean sciences that takes place every two years in the United States. In 2020 the conference was held in San Diego, California, between February 16th and 21st. With more than 6300 participating scientists it is the largest conference within the ocean […]

ArcTrain at the Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020


It is often good to remember the reasons for doing something. It might be helpful during the process of doing it and in times of doubts. So, an important question for all of us ArcTrainees – and for all other PhD students out there – should be: Why am I […]

Why am I doing a PhD?



After all this information and advice followed a nice presentation with an Arctic vibe to it about the MOSAiC expedition by Christiaan Haas. The meeting ended with an informal poster session with drinks and bites to get to know each other. With the posters, that some of us introduced by […]

ArcTrain Kick-Off Meeting – Round 3


Hello out there! Of course, you carefully and repeatedly read all our blog posts to get a grasp on what it means when young Arctic scientists go for a road trip. To enrich your impressions with some video footage, we gladly provide you with a video of our trip compiled […]

ArcTrain Summer School – The Summary


We are in the middle of the St. Lawrence estuary as we are writing these lines, crossing from the northern to the southern shore, on board the Saaremaa ferry.  This morning, we woke up and had one last breakfast at the Uapishka station, in the depth of Côte-Nord du Québec, […]

ArcTrain Summer School – Day 9: Ferry tales