Two weeks ago we, ArcTrainees (ArcTrain PhD students), went on our yearly retreat (re-read about our 2018 and 2017 retreat). This time we went on a four-day trip to Sylt, one of the islands in the Wadden Sea. You might wonder, is this some sort of holiday? I can tell […]

Let’s talk about: Life after the PhD

I can’t recall if I choose to apply or if the decision came naturally. First thing I know, I was submitting my application to participate in the Emerging Leaders program. As part of the Arctic Frontiers Conference, about 30 young professionals, scientists, politicians and businessmen (and women) were selected to […]

The Story of How I Became an Emergency Leader

Hi dear folks! It seems that time goes on unnoticed, so several months after Valentin started, I think it is time to present myself. I was born in the east of France, in the (objectively) beautiful city of Lyon. Growing up in this city includes a love for good food, […]

Behind the blog : Damien

Hello out there! Two and a half weeks ago, I wrote a blog post about why it makes all the difference in the world if there is a pinch of salt in a glass of water or not. So, of course, the logical consequence is to write a blog post […]

Fun with Ice, Take 2/3: Colouring ice cubes from the ...

Hello out there! Last week, a group of school kids visited our institute and I had the honourable task of introducing them to the world of sea ice. To this end, I prepared some experiments with ice cubes. They are really low-level to understand, but still you can explain a […]

Fun with Ice, Take 1/3: The Battle between Salt and ...

You might remember Anouk telling you in her previous post that she and 12 other ArcTrain students are joining the RV Polarstern expedition PS 115.2 as part of the Floating University. Our fellow, normally eagerly writing Damien, is also part of this adventure which is why he hasn’t been writing […]

UPDATE: They are back! Full Story: Floating University – Where ...

Polar week, day 4! Today’s motto is ‘Macro-scale’. And what could be more macro-scale than a comparison between the two polar regions? So, here is our Arctic-vs. Antarctic list of #PolarNumbers: 91.5%/7.9% of the Earth’s frozen freshwater resources are stored in the Antarctic/Greenland ice sheet, amounting to 99.4% in total […]

Polar Week: Polar Number Challenge – Take Four

Polar week, day three. Today APECS challenged us to share our micro-scale Polar Numbers. And since we are an Arctic based research training group our knowledge about Antarctica is on a micro-scale range compared to our knowledge about the Arctic so we decided to change sides today and summarize some #PolarNumbers […]

Polar Week: Polar Number Challenge – Take Three

Welcome to part 2 of our humble quest to provide you with our #PolarNumbers! Today, I want to share some Arctic #PolarNumbers with you (and since today’s challenge is percentages, I of course hid some % in our Arctic numbers): 6*10⁶ km²: So much of the Arctic Ocean is covered by […]

Polar Week: Polar Number Challenge – Take Two