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Retreat 2020 from the 2.-4.3. at St. Andreasberg

Five months after most of us started their PhDs, this was the first retreat of the third ArcTrain cohort. All 12 ArcTrain students of the third cohort attend the retreat as well as one associated student, the three previous PhD representatives of the second cohort, and two PhD students from ArcTrain Canada. The retreat seminars included the topics Good Scientific Practice as well as Time, Life, and Career Management, and some general information about working as a scientist. Throughout the retreat we had the chance to get to know each other better personally and also in terms of our different PhD projects.

Retreat 2018 from the 12.-15.3. on Helgoland

The retreat started with the science communication workshop. The two lecturers, Dr. Julia Gantenberg and Isabel Harder, reviewed the history of science communication and outlined the main strategies for successful face-to-face and on-line outreach. The workshop ended with a practical exercise which gave the participants the opportunity to write a blog post or to perform a small "elevator" presentation about their projects. This session was particularly useful since the ArcTrain students are already writing on a blog.

Retreat 2017 from the 6.-8.2.2017 in St. Andreasberg

R. Love

After the Kick-off Meeting (2017/01/23), this retreat was the first official event for the second cohort of ArcTrain PhD students. It was a great opportunity for getting to know the fellow ArcTrain and ArcTrain associated PhD students. Additionally two PhD students from ArcTrain Canada, who are currently on their research stay in Bremen and Bremerhaven, joint our retreat. The retreat consisted of seminars for Good Scientific Practice and Project Management, as well as a few general organization issues and group bonding activities.

Climate primer 2017 May 29 in Bremen

ArcTrain comprises PhD students working on very diverse topics from different fields of climate research. The core idea of ArcTrain is that the cross-topic cooperation helps the PhD students to put their work in a greater context. To enable people to understand each other, it is imperative that they have at least a rough idea about what the others are doing. This is exactly the motivation for the climate primer course, a three-day spotlight on the various topics covered by ArcTrain. The program was a mixture between lectures and programming exercises. It is certainly ambitious to understand highly complex topics in such a short time. But I still think that this course can help us communicating our science to each other.

"The Art of Self-presentation" on the 27. and 28.10.2016 in Bremen

A. Vlug

Dr. Saskia Schottelius held a two-day a customized workshop in the "Haus der Wissenschaft" on the art of self-presention for the female ArcTrain students. The course was financed from the equal opportunity funds of the ArcTrain project.

Summer School 2015 from 20.8.-29.8. in Northern Canada

A. Aubry

ArcTrain Summer school - Labrador
The course aimed at developing multidisciplinary practical and theoretical expertise regarding the reality of the Arctic, from its biophysical dimensions (climate, geomorphology, pedology, fauna, flora) to its anthropological aspects. The course included two parts, one in the field and the second in Montreal. for information see "Conference on the Reality of the North" Insert Link

Part I
Field trip activities has taken place along the Labrador coast and in the Torngat mountains. The itinerary to the Torngat mountains national park ncluded transportation by airplane and ferry boat with stops in Goose Bay and Nain. The journey thus allowed the study of important bioclimatic transitions, from temperate to polar and from the northern forest realm to the herbaceous tundra. It also aimed at developing awareness for the environment and lifestyle of different native communities. In Torngat mountains national park, the group was accommodated in ‘base camp’, located in Saglek Bay. From base camp, sampling in the fjord was possible as well as visits of archaeological sites and periglacial sites, some of which bear significant marks of glacial dynamics from the Pleistocene ice sheets. The activities included petrological, sedimentological, geomorphological, archeological, botanical and if possible, faunal reports. Students were introduced to measurement and core sampling techniques and to the analysis of aerial photography and satellite imagery for cartography purposes.

Part II
The second part of the course focussed on socio-cultural aspects of human settlement in the Arctic. Researchers were invited to share their knowledge concerning neo-eskimos and paleo-eskimo migrations, Inuit culture, architecture, living habits in the north, social, economic, and political issues. A panel discussion followed the presentations. The plenary assembly was open to everyone. Students were asked to prepare brief articles on each discussed theme. For more details see "Conference on the Reality of the North"

Floating University 2015 from 29.6. - 18.7. Polarstern PS93.1

M. Bartels

About 20 Canadian and German PhD students of the ArcTrain program were introduced to the technical aspects of field work in marine sciences as well as to the concepts of teamwork, interdisciplinary and international collaboration and project leadership.

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Retreat 2015 19.5.-22.5. in St. Andreasberg, Harz

V. Kirillova

The group went to St. Andreasberg in the Harz mountains to indulge themselves in an series of talks and workshops on science communication and self-management. Next to these work-related events we had also time to spend on activities such as visiting a high rope garden, hiking and garden chess.

Equal opportunities workshop 2.3.2015 in Bremen

R. Scarlat

This one day workshop focussed on Reconciling Family and Career in Science. It was arranged by Maren Walter who is in charge of ArcTrain equal opportunity measures. We were very pleased to welcome Vera Schlindwein, the Head of the Emmy Noether Junior Research Group "Mid-Ocean Volcanoes and Earthquakes", Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven, Jillian Petersen, Max Planck Institute, Bremen and Solveig Bühring, Head of Emmy Noether Junior Research Group "Hydrothermal Geomicrobiology", Marum, Bremen. The three scientists presented their career paths. The talks were followed by lively discussions centring on aspects such as work schedules, flexibility and part-time work, funding policies, leadership issues, female role models and decisions in career paths. Female and male PhD students were thankful for this valuable exchange of experience in science career.

Primer course 2014 7.5-14.5. in Bremen

V. Diekamp

All annual meetings are followed by training workshopw, intended to provide ArcTrain PhD students with expert and soft skills commensurate to their level of progress. Offered in the first year of every PhD cohort, the one-week Climate Processes and Methods Primer is aimed at providing ArcTrain PhD students with an understanding of the fundamental principles of the involved disciplines. Highlight of this first primer course was a visit to the RV Polarstern in the shipyard in Bremerhaven.

Retreat 2014 25.3-27.3. in Hude

V. Kirillova

For the first ArcTrain Retreat the PhD students and several PIs met for three days at Hude, a small city close to Bremen. The group stayed at the Hotel-Restaurant "Klosterschänke", located at the edge of the city next to the historical ruins of the former monastery. The programm included discussions on good scientific practice, with our guests Prof. Peter Richter who has been Ombudsperson at the University of Bremen for many years and the perils of scientific publishing. The scientific program was broken up by a collective outdoor activity in form of geocaching. On the last day Frank Fischer from consulting agency k.brio conducted a workshop on project management that was well received by all participants.