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Science News News about the main scientific activities during the last weeks

Ready, steady, go!

Many Nansen Legacy members may have the feeling that they have be on the run for the last seven years already. But the official starting shot was given with the Nansen Legacy's long awaited kick-off. In total, 160 scientists, research leaders, representatives from the Research Council of Norway, stakeholders, managers and international collaborators joined the kick-off meeting 6-8 March in Tromsø.

The first day was celebrated with good music, speeches, and a popularized presentation of the Nansen Legacy planned work. The following days were filled with scientific discussions and hands-on planning activities within all RF- and RA-groups. Representatives from industry and management were invited to evaluate participation in the Nansen Legacy Reference group. The aim of this group is to identify and develop practical synergies between the Nansen Legacy research activities and the needs of stakeholders. Also the Nansen Legacy Board and Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) used the opportunity to meet, and a dialog meeting between the Board, the SAB and the Reference group provided valuable input to the project.

The kick-off meeting fulfilled all expectations with good discussions, great people, laughter, sun and a lot of energy and engagement to shape and realize our Nansen Legacy visions!

In total 160 persons joined the Nansen Legacy kick-off in Tromsø in early March. Picture: Magne Velle

The recruits are coming

The first Nansen Legacy PhD students and post doctoral fellows are now being recruited. In total, the Nansen Legacy has dedicated funding contributing to over 50 recruitment positions. In addition, Master students and undergraduates, as well as PhD students and post docs with other funding will be involved or associated with the project. This will enable a new generation of scientists to be trained in a multidisciplinary and multi-institutional way, giving the highly needed crossover competence to face and cope with the challenges of a rapidly changing Arctic.

Picture: Øystein Mikelborg

The new research vessel is delayed

The new icebreaker "Kronprins Haakon" is delayed, and efforts to prepare for potential implications for the planned cruises are taken.

The work must go on!

The delay of "Kronprins Haakon" does NOT affect the work with the sampling and method protocols, and the deadline for submission of complete and quality-checked protocols remains April 15. The collection of detailed sampling protocols is a crucial tool for the success of the Nansen Legacy, because they ensure a) methodological agreement between researchers, b) continuity and comparability of data, c) an easy overview over parameters sampled, and d) easier cruise planning.

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If you have Nansen Legacy information to be included in the next newsletter, contact lena.seuthe@uit.no

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