The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and the EU Project Arctic PASSION are excited to announce the call for applications for the APECS & Arctic PASSION Sharing Circle for early career professionals and Arctic youth. The Sharing Circle will take place in Sevettijärvi and Inari, Northern Finland.
Applications must be submitted by 10 April 2023 23:59 GMT.
Having grown up in a world of global challenges, Arctic youth and early career professionals have agency in creating positive change for the future. The Arctic will benefit from a close dialogue between Arctic youth and young professionals working in the Arctic arena. The APECS & Arctic PASSION Sharing Circle will foster this dialogue through a week-long program in Northern Finland.
Participants of the Sharing Circle will gain valuable insights into different cultures and the heritage of the Arctic. They will discuss how intercultural and transdisciplinary cooperation can function better, and what types of environmental data and maps are needed for a better understanding of Arctic environmental change. Participants will discuss how the Arctic environment and societies are intertwined, and have the opportunity to present the challenges of their own local Arctic communities. With the Sharing Circle we provide a platform for exchange between Indigenous and local rights holders, Arctic youth, Arctic research experts and early career professionals working with Arctic topics, leading to a better understanding across the region. The connections that will be made among participants, who have diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives, will form the basis for equitable and genuine collaborations in the future. Of special interest will be field visits to Indigenous-led ecological restoration sites, such as rivers and lake restoration.
After the Sharing Circle, participants will serve as Arctic PASSION Ambassadors for one year and will develop their own outreach project to pass on their learnings to their communities, institutes or other chosen audiences.