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



You probably know the Climate Stripes. Yes, you know, the blue and red stripes representing the earth’s warming from human emissions. This powerful representation, invented by @EdHawkins, shows the average earth surface temperature change over the years. From blue to red, it demonstrates how the human greenhouse gas emissions increased […]

The Arctic Stripes


Few weeks ago, I celebrated the first anniversary of my home laboratory! Actually, when everything shut down the first time in March 2020, I was just back from a workshop I gave in the North. Luckily, for this workshop, I had to carry around a stereoscope (a kind of microscope; […]

A school workshop about paleontology and the evolution of life ...


This is post 3/3 in a series on our experiences and tasks as ArcTrain PhD students during the research cruise M164 (GPF 19-1-105) in summer 2020 in the subpolar North Atlantic. Click here to see part 1/3 and here to see part 2/3. It’s just after midnight. Around the ship, […]

The ocean currents of the North Atlantic in a nutshell



This is post 2/3 in a series on our experiences and tasks as ArcTrain PhD students during the research cruise M164 (GPF 19-1-105) in summer 2020 in the subpolar North Atlantic. Click here to see part 1/3 and here to see part 3/3. A research cruise offers the great opportunity […]

PIES – Not just a piece of cake!


This is post 1/3 in a series on our experiences and tasks as ArcTrain PhD students during the research cruise M164 (GPF 19-1-105) in summer 2020 in the subpolar North Atlantic. Click here to see part 2/3 and here to see part 3/3. The lines are loosened. The gangway is […]

There and back again – A research cruise during a ...


As an Early Career Scientist (ECS), conferences are essential to get to know new people, gain experience in presenting your research, and learn a lot about the current science in your research field and beyond. Here is the personal experience of Linda with online conferences. As ECS, we share the […]

Experiences with online conferences – from an Early Career Scientist ...