An expedition to the Nordic Seas after almost three years of changing plans Once I had started my PhD back in October 2019, I was told that I will get the chance to go on a research vessel and participate on an expedition soon. As I have never been on […]

A long-awaited journey


The International Glaciological Society (IGS) organizes symposia (or conferences) on different aspects of cryospheric sciences all around the world. In June 2022, the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau hosted the “International Symposium on Maritime Glaciers”. As I am working on numerically modeling marine-terminating/tidewater glaciers, this was a nice fit […]

Glacial conference including glacial experiences


We are Yuqing and Linda, two PhD students from Bremerhaven and Bremen. Here we give some insights into our experience abroad. We spent three months (February – May) at the McGill University in Montreal, Canada. We joined the sea ice group of Bruno Tremblay. We are very thankful for his […]

Our research stay at the McGill University in Montreal



From the 23rd to the 27th May, after two years of fully virtual conference experiences only, the EGU general assembly finally took place on-site in Vienna again. EGU stands for “European Geosciences Union” and the general assembly is the yearly international conference where the scientific community meets to discuss their […]

Arctic science in the middle of Europe


Group picture of 33 participants of the ArcTrain Annual Meeting, standing in front of the main building at Jouvence.
After almost three years of online meetings, we finally got to see our ArcTrain cohort in person. Our Annual Meeting was hosted in beautiful Orford, Quebec, with almost 40 in person participants from Germany and Canada. The conference took place over five days and involved pico talks and poster sessions […]

ArcTrain Annual Meeting 2022 – in Person!


My research stay in Montréal The heart of ArcTrain is the transatlantic collaboration between scientists in Germany and Canada. Thus, since I have started by PhD in October 2019 in Bremen, Germany, I knew that I would get the chance to go to Canada for some time and do some […]

From rainy 5°C to snowy -20°C



Doing a PhD in the midst of a global pandemic is, as we have experienced over the past year and a half, fraught with various difficulties and inconveniences. Even though we are now very experienced with virtual seminars and conferences, they cannot permanently replace face-to-face meetings. Since the beginning of […]

Getting Together Again – The ArcTrain Annual Meeting 2021


In this blog post, I (Damien Ringeisen) reshape a Twitter thread that I published on November 3rd, 2021. Today, as the COP26 started a few days ago, I would like to help you visualize the reduction of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean. For simplicity, we will compare two years: […]

Huge Melting Ice Cubes


It is almost summertime in the northern hemisphere! In both Canada and Germany this means longer days and more time spent outdoors. Here at ArcTrain, we have put together a reading list for those interested in understanding our global climate, research, and  science in general. Hopefully you will pick up […]

ArcTrains Summer Reading List