Arctic Field Projects



Project Title: Early Career Polar Research Conference: Building Collaborative Networks and Providing Professional Training Opportunities to Facilitate Success (Award# 1840963)

PI: Heidelberg, Karla B (KHeidelb@usc.edu)
Phone: (310) 510.4038 
Institute/Department: U of Southern California, Department of Biological Sciences 
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Funding Agency: US\Federal\NSF\GEO\OPP\ARC\PSI
Program Manager: Ms. Elizabeth Rom (elrom@nsf.gov )
Discipline(s): | Education and Outreach |

Project Web Site(s):
Project: https://dornsife.usc.edu/conferences/2019-nsf-ngpr...
NSF_Award_Info: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1...

Science Summary:
The newest generation of polar-focused researchers will need a strong understanding of interdisciplinary approaches to understand the rapid changes in polar regions. The Next Generation Polar Research Conference (NGPR-3) is designed to train and help network early career polar researchers to position them for interdisciplinary research careers. This week-long symposium, to be held at the University of Southern California's Wrigley Marine Science Center, will provide an important opportunity for newer polar scientists to understand the benefits of interdisciplinary research approaches that can better inform society and stakeholders and to learn more about safe and effective logistics for research in polar regions. Thirty four early career scientists (i.e., within 5 years of Ph.D.) from the fields of atmospheric science, marine ecosystems, limnology, ice science, terrestrial ecosystems, geospace, and policy and economics will be competitively selected to attend the conference. The symposium will be designed to foster communication, team-building and leadership skills with a focus on the development of interdisciplinary research. Participants will gain important networking opportunities while attending plenary talks, special sessions, poster sessions and professional development training led by senior mentors from the research subfields of social sciences, natural sciences and physical sciences. The workshop contributes to NSF's strategic objectives to foster the growth of a more capable and diverse research workforce and advance the scientific and innovation skills of the Nation.

Logistics Summary:
In early May 2019, this project will conduct a week-long symposium to provide professional training and networking for early career polar researchers. The overarching goal is to increase early career awareness of interdisciplinary science and help train researchers to be able to lead in the development of innovative science in polar zones. Future polar-focused researchers will need a strong foundation of interdisciplinary approaches to understand the rapid changes in polar regions. The Next Generation Polar Research Conference (NGPR-3) is designed to train and network early career polar researchers for interdisciplinary research careers. This week-long symposium will be held at the University of Southern California's Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island, CA. and will provide an important opportunity for training to foster communication, team-building, and leadership skills with a focus on the development of interdisciplinary research. Participants from disciplines spanning the physical, biological and social sciences will be competitively selected to participate in dynamic networking opportunity with plenary talks, special sessions, poster sessions, and professional development training. No fieldwork is conducted.




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