Wednesday 29. January 2014

Student awarded for poster at Arctic Frontiers

[mynd 1 h]The Arctic Frontiers conference took place from January 19 to 24, 2014 in Tromsø, and was attended by over 1000 people from all over the world. The program director of the CMM program, Dagny Arnarsdóttir, attended on behalf of the University Centre of the Westfjords. Two Icelanders were among speakers, the foreign minister and a representative from the Coast Guard.

An emphasis was put on emerging scholars in the field of Arctic research, and APECS, association of emerging scientists in Arctic research, gave awards for the best posters in three categories. Caroline Coch, a former exchange student at the University Centre, won awards for a poster titled Effects of Cruise Ship Tourism on the remote town of Isafjordur, Iceland. Caroline came here as an Erasmus-exchange student from the University of Jena, Germany. She is now a master's student at the University of Stockholm.

It is worth noting that William Davies , a graduate student from 2012, also attended the conference. He is now doing a PhD at the University of Leeds.

[mynd 2 h]Finally, one of the main invited speakers at the conference was Dr. Pernilla Carlsson from the University Centre in Svalbard, Norway. Pernilla will co-teach the course Pollution in the Coastal and Marine Environments along with Morgane P. Maheo from the University of Iceland.

The University wishes to thank Caroline for the poster she chose to give to us after the conference, and congratulates her on the APECS Outstanding Poster awards.

For those interested, Caroline's poster is now on display by the University Centre's front desk.