Recruit Forum News for and from the young researchers in the Nansen Legacy

The group is growing!

The Nansen Legacy has funding for more than 50 recruitment positions (PhD and PD), of which 43 are now employed. In addition, the project funds young researchers at non-educational institutions like MET, and is lucky enough to have a growing number of affiliated PhD students and postdoctoral fellows. All in all, the Nansen Legacy Recruit Forum now embraces 54 young scientists, with many more to come in the months ahead!

Nansen Legacy early career scientists (December 2019)

Great work! Let's get even better!

Many of the early career scientists have reported from their work out in the field through blog texts on Forskning.no and ScienceNorway. Both blogs have in periods been very vissible on the front pages of Forskning.no and ScienceNorway, and the editors of both platforms are very happy with both blogs.

But why do some texts get more attention than others? And who is reading the blog? What could we write about between cruises? In a webinar, the editors from Forskning.no and ScienceNorway will give feedback on both Nansen Legacy blogs and explain how we can become even better bloggers.

Nansen Legacy intensive courses

In 2020, the Nansen Legacy organizes two intensive courses for its early career scientists. The first course will give an interdisciplinary introduction to the Arctic Ocean, and will take place at UiT's field station in Skibotn in February. The course i fully signed and registration colsed.

The second intensive course will take place during a cruise on RV Helmer Hanssen, organized by the research network ARCTOS together with the Nansen Legacy. The key idea behind the cruise is to compliment the Nansen Legacy programme by carrying out a detailed characterization of the polar front using a combination of remote sensing, traditional and autonomous sampling platforms and techniques.

The aim of the study will be to describe how physical processes, at different scales, influence ecosystem traits across the polar front. This include characterization of the spring bloom at both sides of the front anticipated to occur in the region during the cruise, in addition to standing stocks of phytoplankton, zooplankton, fish and benthos. A main target outcome of the course will be a scientific publication (co-authored by all participating students and scientists) on the importance of the polar front for our understanding of the living Barents Sea.

Communicating science via @nansenlegacyresearch

The Nansen Legacy recruits have launched the Instagram account @nansenlegacyresearch, where they convey their experience as young researchers to a broader audience in English. Would you like to contribute, please contact the leader of the initiative Elizabeth Jones.

Instagram @nansenlegacyresearch

Elevator pitches

During the Recruit Forum 2019, fourteen Nansen Legacy early career scientists were filmed for the production of short video clips, in which the candidates convey their science to a wider audience. The video material is now edited, and the clips will be released by the end of January.

Recruit Forum 2020

The Recruit Forum 2020 will be held at Sletvik field station, Nov 8-10.

Sletvik field station belongs to the Department of Biology at NTNU
[Title photo: Håvard N. Liholt (UiO) and Robynne Nowicki (UNIS) clean a hole in the sea ice from slush during the seasonal Nansen Legacy cruise in August 2019. (c) Christian Morel / www.christianmorel.net]