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Metsa? Tissue sponsors IPY Project and Young Scientists

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This week, a Nordic tissue paper company called Metsa? Tissue, launched it’s campaign announcing a one million kronor donation to IPY. The majority of these funds were directed to the IPY project, KINNVIKA , but about one third was used to support the first meeting of the International Youth Steering Committee and Association of Polar Early Career Scientists.  The meeting was essential for bringing together key volunteers who have been working hard over the last two years to establish an international network of polar researchers, and aspiring polar researchers, between the undergraduate and early-career stages of their careers. At the meeting, the two groups agreed to merge under the common title: APECS, Association of Polar Early Career Scientists.

The Metsa? Tissue campaign includes
- promotional materials in shops in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland
- a TV-campaign during weeks 45-48
- A campaign website including KINNVIKA webdiary, environmental tips, environmental competition, and information about the donation.

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The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists aims to bring together young researchers and early career scientists with an interest in Polar Regions from around the world. Polar research is inherently interdisciplinary and international.  Many early career scientists, although sometimes well connected within their own specialization, often do not have strong contacts with other polar experts. This network will provide a forum for polar scientists to begin international and interdisciplinary collaborations early in their careers, fostering international science which is naturally important to polar research to improve our understanding of these systems on a global level. Please email for more information.
For more information about the meeting, please read this APECS Information Bulletin (September 2007) describing recent organizational changes.  To learn more about APECS, or join this ever-growing community, please visit the APECS website, where there is also a short video that was recorded at the meeting.

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The Serla Press Release follows.

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