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A new host for the APECS Directorate has been found: The Arctic University of Norway (UiT) in Tromsø in partnership with the Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI) and the High North Research Centre for Climate and the Environment (FRAM) will be hosting the APECS Directorate for the coming 5 years, from the beginning of 2022 until the end of 2026!

In January 2022, the 5-year hosting agreement with the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research in Germany is coming to an end. It has been a fruitful collaboration with amazing support and new initiatives on national and global level. As a result, APECS’ increasing involvement in several EU projects allowed us to establish greater office capacity and training opportunities for early career researchers. In fact, funding from ongoing projects of ARICEINTERACT, and Arctic PASSION will allow APECS to keep an APECS International Office at AWI in Potsdam until June 2025 when the newest EU project, Arctic PASSION is ending.

The commitment of UiT to host the APECS Directorate is the result of the bidding and evaluation process of the last months. We were very happy to see great interest of many institutions in many countries and would like to thank all of you for the good discussions we had in this process. While UiT was selected as the main sponsor for the coming years, we are also very happy that APECS will start a strong collaboration with the University of Colorado Boulder, US. Further, we have received a generous sponsorship offer from the Netherlands Polar Program to support our activities over the coming years.

We would like to express our gratitude to AWI and our colleagues in Potsdam and Bremerhaven for their great support over the past 5 years while the APECS Directorate was hosted at AWI. Now, we are very much looking forward to an even brighter future for APECS with a Directorate hosted in Tromsø and continued collaboration and support of ongoing and new partnerships!

Attention: We are looking for a new APECS Executive Director - Watch out for the job announcement coming out soon!

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