Speakers

Prof. Antje Boetius

Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI)

Professor Antje Boetius is a polar and deep-sea researcher and director of the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research. As professor of geomicrobiology and head of the Joint Research Group for deep-sea ecology and technology at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, she is involved in the MARUM cluster of excellence at the University of Bremen. Boetius has participated in almost 50 expeditions on international research vessels. Her research focuses on the effects of climate change on the Arctic Ocean and the biodiversity of the deep sea. She is the recipient of the DFG's Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz and Communicator Prizes, the German Environmental Award 2018 and was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit in 2019. As member of the "Leopoldina National Academy", she is heavily involved in science communication and dialogue with society. Photo credit: AWI-Kerstin Rolfes.

Dr Julie Brigham-Grette

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Dr. Julie Brigham-Grette served 6 years as Department Head of Geosciences (2013-2019) and is the former Chair of the Polar Research Board of the US National Academy of Sciences (2014-2020).  She is currently President of the American Geophysical Union Global Environmental Change section; and Past-President of the Quaternary Division of the Geological Society of America.  Julie is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the Geological Society of America.  She has been conducting research in the Arctic for 40+ years, including eight field seasons in remote parts of northeast Russia since 1991. She has been a professor at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 1987.   She is now Graduate Program Director of Geosciences.  Her research expertise is in Arctic marine and terrestrial sediment records of climate change over the last few million years, especially the history of Arctic sea ice, sea level, and western Arctic landscape change. She is also engaged with indigenous people of Alaska via the NSF Navigating the New Arctic Program.

Prof. Jérôme Chappellaz

French National Centre of Scientific Research (CNRS), French Polar Institute Paul-Émile Victor

Professor Jérôme Chappellaz is a Director of Research at the French National Centre of Scientific Research (CNRS) and the director of the French Polar Institute Paul-Émile Victor (IPEV). His research focus on the evolution of the atmospheric composition of greenhouse gases using the interstitial firn air and ice cores has played an essential role in the scientific conclusions of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports. Jérôme has participated in eleven expeditions to Antarctica and five to the Arctic. He has held numerous managerial responsibilities in scientific research at national and international level and his work has been recognised though numerous honours including prestigious funding from the European Research Council, the CNRS silver medal and the Niels Bohr medal of honor from Denmark. As director of IPEV, he is responsible for coordinating and organizing logistical support for French science in the Arctic, Antarctica, and the sub-Antarctic islands. He is a member of the French delegation to the Consultative Meetings of the Antarctic Treaty as well as of the European Polar Council (EPB) and of European projects centered on the polar regions. He is also France's representative to COMNAP (Council of National Antarctic Program Managers).

Prof. Rob DeConto

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Rob DeConto is a Professor of Geosciences and co-Director of the School of Earth & Sustainability at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Rob’s background spans Earth Science, climate physics, and glaciology. He is a leader in the study of polar climate change, the role of ice sheets in future sea level rise, and the impacts of sea level rise on coastlines and people. Rob’s research on ice sheets has been highlighted on the cover of Nature and the front page of the New York Times. He has served as a selected lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and he is a recipient of the Tinker-Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica. Rob serves on a number of national and international science boards and advisory panels.

Prof. Klaus Dodds

Royal Holloway University of London

Professor Klaus Dodds is a political geographer and Professor of Geopolitics at Royal Holloway University of London and a Director of Research for the School of Life Sciences and Environment. His research focusses on critical and popular geopolitics, and includes topics such as border conflict, information wars, and the role of culture in shaping the geopolitical imaginaries of citizens. He is editor in chief of the journal Territory, Politics Governance, and has published many authored and edited books. His next book will be a co-edited volume with Sverker Sorlin entitlled ‘Ice Humanities’ (Manchester University Press 2022) and another very short introduction on the Arctic with Jamie Woodward (Oxford University Press 2021). His work has earned him numerous honours including a Major Research Fellowship by the Leverhulme Trust (2017-2020) for a project examining 'A new North? The making and remaking of the global Arctic'. In academic year 2020-21, he was a visiting fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies at Loughborough University. Klaus is a Trustee of the Royal Geographical Society and Regional Studies Association as well as Honorary Fellow of British Antarctic Survey. He has worked for the UK Parliament as specialist adviser to a House of Lords Select Committee on the Arctic and the House of Commons Environment Audit Committee.

Prof. Bruce Forbes

Arctic Centre University of Lapland, CHARTER

Professor Bruce Forbes (PhD, McGill University) is a Research Professor in Global Change at the Arctic Centre. He has a background in applied ecology and geography in northern high latitudes, with special emphasis on permafrost regions. His experience is circumpolar, encompassing studies of rapid land use and climate change in Alaska, the Canadian High Arctic, various regions of northern Russia, and northernmost Fennoscandia. His approach is strongly interdisciplinary and participatory, aiming for the co-production of knowledge, particularly concerning local/indigenous and regional stakeholder-driven research questions. He has conducted fieldwork in the Arctic for 37 years and lived in Lapland for 28 years. Prof. Forbes is currently coordinating a large EU Horizon2020 project, CHARTER (Drivers and Feedbacks of Changes in Arctic Terrestrial Ecosystems). The CHARTER consortium encompasses 21 funded participating institutions in 9 European countries, with affiliate partners in Russia and China. He is also a key partner in the US NSF-funded Arctic Rain on Snow Study (AROSS).

Prof. Jane Francis

British Antartic Survey

Prof. Jane Francis is a geologist by training, with research interests in understanding past climate change. She has undertaken research projects at the universities of Southampton, London, Leeds and Adelaide, using fossil plants to determine the change from greenhouse to icehouse climates in the polar regions over the past 100 million years. She has undertaken over 15 scientific expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctica in search of fossil forests. Jane is Director of the British Antarctic Survey, a research centre of the Natural Environment Research Council (UKRI-NERC). She is involved with international polar organisations, such as the Antarctic Treaty and European Polar Board, and on several advisory boards of national polar programmes. Jane was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (DCMG) in recognition of services to UK polar science and diplomacy. She was also awarded the Polar Medal by H.M The Queen, and in 2018 became Chancellor of the University of Leeds. 

Jillian Galloway

Jillian Galloway is a 2021-2022 Fulbright Research Fellow in Iceland. She is working in the field of sustainable aquaculture, and is specifically helping to develop kelp farming in the Westfjords region. Jillian is based in Ísafjörður, where she is also partially enrolled in the University Center of the Westfjords, taking courses in science communication, marine ecology, and the social
impacts of climate change on Arctic communities. Jillian has prior experience studying and working in the marine ecology and sustainable aquaculture sector at home on the coast of Maine. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Bowdoin College, Class of 2021. While studying at Bowdoin, she was involved in several research projects at Bowdoin’s Schiller Coastal Studies Center studying the impact of warming and acidification on organisms local to the rapidly changing Gulf of Maine. She also worked as a 2021 Innovate for Maine Fellow with the Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center and Darling Marine Laboratories designing and conducting experiments to determine kelp growth efficacy on different artificial substrates used by local farmers.

Dr Anna Gebruk

University of Edinburgh, Lomonosov Moscow State University

Dr Anna Gebruk is a marine ecologist specialising in biodiversity conservation and environmental monitoring in the Arctic region. Anna has recently defended a PhD thesis in the University of Edinburgh, School of Geosciences, developing monitoring recommendations for benthic ecosystems in the area of heightened ecological significance in the Arctic Ocean, the Pechora Sea. Anna is also a head of international collaboration at the Lomonosov Moscow State University Marine Research Center, a vice-president of the UK Polar Network and a council member of the Association of Early Career Polar Scientists (APECS). 

Dr Susie Grant

British Antarctic Survey

Dr Susie Grant is a marine biogeographer at the British Antarctic Survey, with an interest in developing scientific advice for policymakers in the polar regions. Her research is focused on supporting the conservation of marine ecosystems and the sustainable use of marine resources, including development of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and spatial planning, and the adaptation of management strategies in a changing climate. She was a scientific advisor as part of the UK delegation to the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) since 2005, also serving as Vice-Chair of the CCAMLR Scientific Committee in 2015. Susie is currently the Chief Officer of the SCAR Standing Committee on the Antarctic Treaty System (SC-ATS).

Dr Cristina Genovese

Université Libre de Bruxelles

Dr Cristina Genovese postdoctoral researcher in sea-ice biogeochemistry, based at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. She is studying gases dynamics in Antarctic sea ice, to retrieve information on net community production, and performing sea-ice growth experiments under temperature-controlled conditions. These experiments aim to understand how the incorporation of exopolymeric substances can influence sea-ice growth and the desalination process in forming sea ice. Cristina is interested in the cycling of organic matter and the evolution of microbial biofilms in sea ice, focusing in particular on the thermal and mechanical consequences of freezing with respect to organic matter composition and interactions with adsorbed nutrients. Cristina will co-chair the next Gordon Research Seminar, opening the polar marine Gordon Research Conference, in March 2023.

Dr Gwenaëlle Gremion

Université du Québec à Rimouski-Institut des Sciences de la mer, Association for Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS)

Dr Gwenaëlle Gremion is a PostDoctoral researcher in Oceanography based in Canada, where she is affiliated with the Institut des Sciences de la Mer in the University of Quebec at Rimouski. Gwen’s research interests are multidisciplinary, combining physical and biological oceanography to understand how organic marine matter settles in the water column in the specific environment of the North Water Polynya in Northern Baffin Bay and how modifications of ecological and physical features due to climate change affect the downward flux of organic carbon. Gwen has participated in field missions in the Arctic and the Antarctic and aimed to develop numerical tools to assess change in both regions. Gwen has been heavily involved as President in numerous Early Career Associations (e.g. ArcticNet Student Association (ASA), the Association for Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), the National committee APECS-France). She has led three group reviews of the IPCC 6th Assessment report organized by APECS, MRI, PAGES ECN, PYRN and YESS, and swince 2019 co-organised since two Polar Weeks with APECS-France as science communication is of high interest for her. She also took part in the redaction of two books in the INTERACT-APECS book projects

Dr. Susana Hancock

Association of Polar Early Career Scienitists (APECS)

Dr Susana Hancock is a newly-minted PhD who works as a multidisciplinary Arctic climate researcher. She has been an invited speaker at international TED events, UN climate symposia and other global fora where she has shared the dais with world leaders. Susana is an expert reviewer for the IPCC, a Climate Reality leader, co-chaired a team with the UN's Decade of Ocean Science, and is now working with a new international team addressing the socio-geopolitical impacts of the climate crisis in the polar regions . Susana is Vice President of APECS, project group leader for the Arctic Science Summit Week, representative to ECR-NoN and part of an IASC cross-cutting project between PEI and the IASC WGs. Trained in both natural and social sciences, and with extensive non-profit and political experience throughout the world, Susana works to have a global impact on environmental policy and the climate crisis through multi-sector collaboration. She is currently training for a self-supported 600km climate research trek in the Arctic as part of the 2022 Jubilee Expedition.

Dr. Gustaf Hugelius

Bolin Centre for Climate Research at Stockholm University

Dr Gustaf Hugelius is an Associate Professor at the Department of Physical Geography and vice-director of the Bolin Centre for Climate Research at Stockholm University, Sweden​. His research interests include the role of soils in the global carbon cycle — quantifying and characterizing stocks of organic carbon stored in permafrost and peatlands of Arctic and Boreal ecosystems. He was the lead principal investigator of the EU JPI-Climate COUP consortium and is a one of the work package-leads within the EU H2020 consortium Nunataryuk. He has organized more than ten expeditions to different Arctic regions and has extensive experience of synthesis science and leadership in International networks, including as Steering Group member of the Permafrost Carbon Network, co-chair of the International Soil Carbon Network and founding-leader of a Permafrost Carbon group in the International Permafrost Association. Gustaf leads the work for the Permafrost region in the Global Carbon Project synthesis RECCAP2.

Neo Gim Huay

World Economic Forum

Ms Neo Gim Huay is Managing Director and Head of the Center for Nature and Climate at the World Economic Forum. Prior to joining the Forum, Gim Huay held various Managing Director roles at Temasek International, namely Climate Change Strategy, Sustainability as well as Enterprise Development. Gim Huay was formerly a Management Consultant with McKinsey in the US and Africa, advising clients on strategy and operations in the banking, energy and technology sectors.  She co-led the set up of McKinsey’s first office in Sub Saharan Africa in Lagos, Nigeria. Before McKinsey, Gim Huay was in the Administrative Service of the Singapore Government, and had worked in the Scenario Planning Office of the Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore Embassy in Washington DC, Ministry of Trade and Ministry of Finance. She was a senior negotiator in the US-Singapore Free Trade Agreement. Gim Huay is a Member of the Creating Shared Value Council, Nestle SA; Member of the Singapore Eco-Fund Advisory Committee under the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment. She is a Board Trustee of the Singapore Institute of Technology and a Board Member of the Singapore Science Center Global. Gim Huay holds an MBA from Stanford University, graduating in the top 10% of the class as an Arjay Miller Scholar. She has a Masters in Engineering (Distinction) and Bachelor of Arts (First Class) from Cambridge University.

Lars Kullerud

UArctic

Lars Kullerud has had the pleasure to take part in the journey of developing the Universty of the Arctic (UArctic) since May 2002. UArctic – a “university without walls” – was announced in the 1998 Arctic Council Iqaluit Declaration, and has grown to a membership origination with more than 200 Higher Education Institutions from the circumpolar north and beyond. The members of UArctic carry out concrete cooperation in Education and Research in and for the Arctic through UArctic’s more than 60 Thematic Networks and Institutes as well as other forms of cooperation. Before joining the UArctic team, Lars Kullerud was the Polar Programme Manager for GRID-Arendal, the UN-Environment (UNEP) Key Polar Centre. His academic background is in Precambrian Geology and Isotope Geochemistry, geostatistics, petroleum resource assessments, as well as assessments of the Arctic environment. Lars has authored or co-authored several academic publications on Arctic issues, in environmental sciences and geosciences. Lars Kullerud is Honorary Professor at North Eastern Federal University (Yakutsk) and Honorary Doctor at Northern Arctic Federal University (Arkhangelsk). 

Yousra Makanse

Wageningen University , ProAct

Yousra Makanse is a PhD candidate at Wageningen University & Research within the Cultural Geography Research Group (GEO). She holds a European Master in Tourism Management (EMTM) joint master’s degree from the University of Southern Denmark, University of Ljubljana, and Universitat de Girona, and a bachelor's degree in Leisure and Tourism from the University of São Paulo. Yousra earned a tourism research fellowship at DOUROTUR, a project for Scientific Research and Technological Development funded by Portugal's Norte 2020, and she extended her experience in the tourism industry working as a Sustainability Project Manager in the Norwegian hospitality industry. She also gained experience in the environmental field by working with environmental restoration in the Pacific Northwestern United States. Yousra’s current research aims to explore and map tourism diversification in the Antarctic, particularly considering the magnitude of integration of less tangible concepts of the ATS fundamental principles and values in the development of new, novel, or particularly concerning activities, as part of an NWO project funded by the Netherlands Polar Programme. The ultimate objective is to provide knowledge for the CEP process towards the development of a framework for conducting pre-assessments relating to new tourism activities in the Antarctic.

Dr Thorsten Markus

NASA

Dr Thorsten Markus is the Program Manager for Cryospheric Science at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. In that role he oversees NASA’s polar science research portfolio and is actively engaged in coordination and collaboration with other US agencies and international partners on cryospheric science.  Before his position at HQ, he was the Head of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Cryospheric Sciences Laboratory and the Principal Scientist for the Ice Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) mission. He received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Bremen, Germany. He has published over a hundred papers and participated in several expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctica on research ships, planes, and on the ground.  He has also briefed US senators, members of Congress, and various stakeholders on polar climate change and its impact on the global system.

Elizabeth McLanahan

NOAA

Elizabeth McLanahan is the Director of NOAA’s Office of International Affairs and Senior Advisor to the NOAA Administrator. Her career, spanning over 20 years, has focused primarily on biodiversity and marine conservation in polar waters and deep-sea ecosystems. She serves on the negotiating team or as the U.S. Head of Delegation to a number of international fora such as the Convention on Biological Diversity, Arctic Council, and United Nations Environment Programme, while also chairing bilateral engagements with Korea, India, and other strategic partners. Ms. McLanahan also provides leadership and policy guidance to the NOAA Administrator on all international matters and engagements ranging from marine litter to relations with China. She directly oversees any agency engagement with Cuba and Russia. Ms. McLanahan holds a B.A. in Biology from Dartmouth College, as well as a Masters in Forestry and a Masters in Environmental Management with a concentration in Resource Economics and Policy from Duke University

Prof. Michael Meredith

British Antarctic Survey

Professor Michael Meredith is an oceanographer and Science Leader at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) in Cambridge, UK. He is head of the Polar Oceans team at BAS, which has research foci on determining the role of the polar oceans on global climate, the ice sheets, and the interdisciplinary ocean system. He is an Honorary Professor at the University of Bristol, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and a NERC Individual Merit Promotion (Band 2) scientist. He has published more than 200 papers in international journals, and was the inaugural chair of the Southern Ocean Observing System. He led the design and delivery of the multi-institute, £10M ORCHESTRA programme, which is unravelling the role of the Southern Ocean in controlling global climate. He was recently Coordinating Lead Author for the IPCC Special Report on Oceans and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate. In 2018, Mike was awarded the Tinker-Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica, in recognition of his contributions to the study of the Southern Ocean and its global impacts, and the Challenger Medal, for exceptional contributions to Marine Science. In 2020, he was awarded the Polar Medal. In 2021, Mike was elected to serve as President of the Challenger Society for Marine Science, the UK’s pre-eminent learned body for research of the ocean.

Blaine Mirasty

University of Saskatchewan, Arctic University of Norway (UiT)

Blaine Mirasty is a member of the Nehiyaw (Cree) tribe called Flying Dust First Nation in northern Saskatchewan, Canada. He is currently completing his thesis in Governance and Entrepreneurship in Northern and Indigenous Areas (G.E.N.I). This program is co-managed by the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) and the Arctic University of Norway (UiT). Blaine works with the Government of Saskatchewan in the Ministry of Trade and Export with the Indigenous Economic Development Branch. Blaine also operates a family-owned Indigenous tourism business located on the Flying Dust First Nation called Cree North Adventures which allows for land-based experiences and “tipi” glamping.

Dr Casimir de Lavergne

French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), LOCEAN Sorbonne University

Dr Casimir de Lavergne is based at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) working at the LOCEAN laboratory hosted by Sorbonne University in Paris. His research focuses on the role of the deep and polar oceans in climate. Among his contributions feature studies of dense water formation in the Southern Ocean, Antarctic sea-ice trends and overturning circulation in the abyssal ocean. His most recent works explore the impacts of oceanic turbulence energized by tides, combining theory, observations and numerical models of the global ocean. Casimir also participated to field campaigns in the high latitudes of the North Atlantic and the Southern Ocean.

Frederik Paulsen OBE

Frederik Paulsen OBE is a businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist and explorer. Since 1988, he has been chairman of Ferring Pharmaceuticals Group. During this period he established the company as an international operation and today, Ferring has operations in over 50 countries and sells its products in more than 100 countries around the globe. Frederick is also an avid polar explorer. He has descended 3000m in a Russian MIR submersible to take samples at the bottom of the Arctic ocean, he was part of a team that completed the first crossing of Bering Strait from America to Russia with an Ultralight and he is the first human to tour all eight of the Earth's poles.

Pam Pearson

International Cryosphere Climate Initiative (ICCI)

Pam Pearson is the Director and Founder of the International Cryosphere Climate Initiative (ICCI).  She served for 20 years as a U.S. diplomat with the Department of State, with postings that included Ecuador, Sweden and Norway.  She worked also on global issues such as climate change, international health including HIV/AIDS, and nuclear non-proliferation; founding ICCI in 2010 to bring a science-policy focus to the rapid changes occurring in the Arctic, as well as all cryosphere (snow and ice) regions throughout the globe, working with multilateral organizations such as the UNFCCC, UNEP, WMO and academic institutions. 

Ambassador Thomas Reilly

Covington

Ambassador Thomas Reilly is  Head of UK Public Policy at Covington and a member of the firm’s Global Problem Solving Group and Brexit Task Force. Ambassador Reilly was most recently British Ambassador to Morocco between 2017 and 2020, and prior to this, the Senior Advisor on International Government Relations & Regulatory Affairs and Head of Government Relations at Royal Dutch Shell between 2012 and 2017. His former roles with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office included British Ambassador Morocco & Mauritania (2017-2018), Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Egypt (2010-2012), Deputy Head of the Climate Change & Energy Department (2007-2009), and Deputy Head of the Counter Terrorism Department (2005-2007). He has lived or worked in a number of countries including Jordan, Kuwait, Yemen, Libya, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Argentina.

Gunn-Britt Retter

Saami Council

Gunn-Britt Retter was born and raised in the coastal Saami community Unjárga-Nesseby by Varangerfjord in the north-eastern Norway. She is a teacher of training from Sámi University College (Guovdageaidnu - Kautokeino, Norway) and holds an MA in Bilingual studies from University of Wales. Since 2001, Retter has worked with Arctic Environmental issues, first at Arctic Council Indigenous Peoples’ Secretariat (IPS) (Copenhagen, Denmark) and since 2005 in the present position as Head of Arctic and Environmental Unit of the Saami Council. Gunn-Britt has served as a board member of the Sámi University of Applied Sciences (2011-2019) and has served as Member of Saami Parliament (Norway) for two terms (2005 – 2013). In her position as head of the Arctic and Environmental Unit in the Saami Council, Gunn-Britt has been involved in issues related to indigenous peoples and indigenous knowledge related to climate change, biodiversity, language, pollution and management of natural resources.

Prof. Markus Rex

Alfred Wegener Institute

Prof. Dr. Markus Rex leads the section „Atmospheric Physics“ of the Alfred-Wegener-Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research in Germany and is full professor for Atmospheric Physics at the University of Potsdam. He studied Physics, Meteorology and Geophysics at the Carolo-Wilhelmina-Universität Braunschweig and at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. He graduated in Physics in Göttingen in 1993, received a PhD from the Free University in Berlin in 1997 and habilitated at the University of Bremen in 2013. He has worked at NASA’S Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology in the US, at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and has teached at the Free University of Berlin and the University of Bremen. He published nearly 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers and received multiple awards for his research on the polar climate system. In 2019-2020 he has led MOSAiC, the largest Arctic expedition ever.

Prof. Eric Rignot

University of California Irvine, NASA. Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute of Technology

Professor Eric Rignot is a glaciologist recognized for his pioneering work on the mass balance of the Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets using satellite radar interferometry, radar-derived ice thickness and surface mass balance data from climate models, for detecting rapid changes in glaciers of Antarctica and Greenland, and for his in-situ and remote sensing studies of ice-ocean interaction beneath floating ice shelves and at calving margins. Eric graduated from Ecole Centrale Paris, has Master Degrees in Astrophysics and Astronomy from Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Aeronautical Engineering, and Electrical Engineering, and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles in 1991. He joined NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 1988 in the Radar Science and Engineering Section, where he has remained a Senior Research Scientist and Joint Faculty Appointee. He was appointed Professor of Earth System Science at the University of California Irvine in 2007 where he became Chancellor Professor and Donald Bren Professor. He was a contributing author to the Fourth Assessment Report (AR-4) of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The 2007 Nobel Peace Prize was attributed to the authors of IPCC AR-4. Rignot was a lead author of the Fifth Assessment Report in 2014. His work has earned him numerous honors, including Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 2013, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences in 2019, and election at the National Academy of Sciences in 2018.

Prof. Gabriela Schaepman-Strub

University of Zurich, Swiss Polar Institute

Professor Gabriela Schaepman-Strub focuses on the role of the changing biosphere in the Arctic system. With her team she investigates plant strategies, species diversity and Arctic ecosystem functions and feedbacks with the permafrost and atmosphere through energy, water, and carbon fluxes. Methods range from in situ observational and experimental studies to drone and satellite-based remote sensing and process-based modelling. Since 2009, Gabriela spends her summers in the Siberian tundra, but also leads pan-arctic data and synthesis efforts. Her interests extend to supporting biodiversity conservation, co-production of knowledge with indigenous and local communities, and collaboration with artists. She is the scientific director of the Swiss Polar Institute and represents Swiss polar research in several international science-policy frameworks. After research stays at Boston University, Wageningen University, and NASA JPL, she returned to the University of Zurich where she holds an associate professorship of Earth System Science.

Prof. Julienne Stroeve

University of Manitoba, University College London

Professor Julienne Stroeve is a Senior Canada-150 Research Chair in Climate Forcing of Sea Ice at the University of Manitoba, a professor of Polar Observation & Modelling at University College London and a senior research scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center. Her Arctic research interests are wide-ranging, and include atmosphere-sea ice interactions, synoptic climatology, sea ice predictability, remote sensing, climate change and impacts on native communities. She has conducted field work in Greenland, Canada, the Arctic Ocean, and over snow-covered regions within the United States. Her research efforts over the past decade have increasingly focused on trying to make sense of the rapid environmental changes being observed in the Arctic and what these changes will mean for the rest of the planet. Julienne’s work has been featured in numerous magazines and news reports, radio talk shows, and TV documentaries. She has given keynote addresses around the world on Arctic climate issues, briefed former Vice President Al Gore, US Congressional Staff, various international consulates and military staff. Together with other UK and US scientists, she has brought Arctic science to business and policy leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Julienne has a Google Scholar h-index of 51 and is listed as an Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) highly cited researcher.

Harmony Wayner

University Centre of the Westfjords

Harmony Wayner is a tribal member of Naknek Native Village, a commercial fisher in the Bristol Bay salmon fleet, and a marine scientist focused on sustainable rural food systems to promote indigenous values and well-being in Alaskan villages. She received her B.S. in Biology from the University of Alaska Southeast with academic exchanges in Hilo, Hawai'i, and Turku, Finland. Harmony has worked at sea with NOAA on their Arctic Integrated Ecosystem Survey in 2017 and was an indigenous co-author to the AMAP report under publication on societal implications of climate change. She currently lives in Ísafjörður, Iceland, a graduate student in the Coastal and Marine Management program at the University Centre of the Westfjords. Upon graduation in Spring 2022, she plans to move back to Alaska and serve her home region at the intersection of indigenous and western fisheries sciences.

Prof. Gail Whiteman

University of Exeter, Arctic Basecamp

Professor Gail Whiteman is a professor of Sustainability at the University of Exeter Business School (UK). She is a social science expert how decision-makers make sense of systemic global risks from climate change and other environmental threats. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Frontier Risk, keynote speaker at Davos in 2020, “What’s at Stake: The Arctic,” alongside Sanna Marin (Prime Minister, Finland) and Al Gore.  In 2021, she organised and participated in a High Level Panel – “A Plan for the Planet – the Arctic and Beyond” -- with TIME Magazine as part of WEF's media programme for the online Davos Agenda, together with HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Robert Downey Jr., Baroness Bryony Worthington, Rainn Wilson, and Eric Rondolat. Professor Whiteman is also the Founder of Arctic Basecamp, a registered not-for-profit science outreach platform. Since 2012, she is the Professor-in-Residence at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and is actively involved in building science-based targets for collective business action. She is regularly quoted in the media and has had numerous research grants from the EU and other sources.

Dr Jan-Gunnar Winther

Arctic at the University of Tromsø The Arctic University of Norway

Dr Jan-Gunnar Winther is the director of the Centre for the Ocean and the Arctic at the University of Tromsø The Arctic University of Norway. He is currently the chair of the GRID-Arendal board and former director of the Norwegian Polar Institute. Most of his work has been in cold-regions field research and he has led and participated in several research expeditions to Antarctica and the Arctic, including leading the Norwegian-USA scientific traverse into a largely unexplored region of the East Antarctic ice sheet during the International Polar Year in 2007-2009. Dr Winther has a PhD (and MSc) from the Norwegian Institute of Technology and was Adjunct Professor at the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) from 2002-2007 and at École Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne (EPFL) in 2017, advising on establishing the Swiss Polar Institute. He also serves on a large number of national and international committees, boards, and delegations including deputy chair of the Norwegian Government’s Expert Committee on Northern Regions Policies, national expert to the Arctic Council and the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings, lead author on IPCC’s fifth assessment report, member of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences, the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on the Arctic and WEF Friends of Ocean Action, China Council for Cooperation on Environment and Development, United Nations Global Compact Action Platform for Sustainable Ocean Business, the High Level Panel on Sustainable Blue Economy, and the Explorers Club. Dr Winther has published more than 60 peer-reviewed scientific papers, a large number of conference papers and reports, more than 160 newspaper articles and written 3 books.

Dr Dmitry Yumashev

Small World Consulting, Consultant at United Nations

Dmitry has a background in applied mathematics and started his career as an aerospace scientist. He subsequently developed an interest in sustainability and has worked on a range of projects with partners from academia, the private sector and UK Government. His contributions include scenario and uncertainty analysis of Arctic climate feedbacks and of soil carbon sequestration potential in the UK, as well as estimates of UK’s electronic waste flows to aid recycling policies and campaigns. Dmitry currently works for Small World Consulting (UK) on assessing decarbonisation and carbon sequestration options for UK businesses, local authorities and protected landscapes in line with the 2050 Net Zero target. He also collaborates with the UN on quantifying e-waste flows and improving recycling rates in multiple countries.

Organising Committee

Dr. Gerlis Fugmann

International Arctic Science Committee (IASC)

Dr. Gerlis Fugmann is the Executive Secretary of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) based in Akureyri, Iceland, where the IASC Secretariat is hosted by Rannís The Icelandic Centre for Research. She held prior positions as Executive Director for the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) based at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and at the UiT The Arctic University of Norway. Throughout her career, she has worked with researchers, international organizations, and many other stakeholders in the Polar regions, helping to shape and manage large projects, events and meetings. She completed her PhD in Geography in 2011 at the Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany, and afterwards worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. Her research focused on projects in the Canadian North as well as Northern Scandinavia, addressing questions of economic development, entrepreneurship, tourism, resource development and Northern participation in innovation and the knowledge economy.

Sylvie Goyet

Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation

Sylvie Goyet is Advisor to the Vice President, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. Prior to that, she was Director, Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability programme at the Pacific Community (SPC), based in New Caledonia from 2015 to 2020, and Director General of Fondation Internationale du Banc d’Arguin from 2008 to 2014, working in West Africa on coastal and marine issues. Her past assignments included Regional Coordinator of the GEF MedWetCoast project and Programme Manager positions at WWF International, UNDP Black Sea, UNEP Caspian Sea, and UNDP Fiji. She serves on the boards of Wild Touch Association, Conservation Finance Alliance (CFA), BioGuine Foundation and Global Fund for Coral Reef.

Dr Eoghan Griffin

Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR)

Dr Eoghan Griffin is the Executive Officer of The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR). He has a PhD in Atmospheric Physics and an MSc in Experimental Physics from University College London where he studied the polar upper atmosphere, first as a PhD student and then as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow until 2009.  He has a teaching qualification from Imperial College INSPIRE teacher training programme and has previously held the position of Project Officer with SCAR. In his roles at SCAR he has helped manage aspects of the Open Science Conferences, develop Climate Change communications, manage the Capacity Building activities of the organisation and support specific policy activities such as within UNFCCC. 

Prof. Larry Hinzman

International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), University of Alaska Fairbanks

Professor Larry Hinzman is the President of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC),  and a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Larry previously served as the UAF vice chancellor for research and was the director of UAF’s International Arctic Research Center from 2007 to 2015.  His primary research interests involve permafrost hydrology. He has conducted hydrological and meteorological field studies in the Alaskan Arctic continuously for over 35 years while frequently collaborating on complementary research in the Russian and Canadian Arctic. His research efforts have involved characterizing and quantifying hydrological processes and their inter-dependence with climate and ecosystem dynamics and he has over 260 scientific publications.

Prof. Mahlon "Chuck" Kennicutt

Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) , Texas A&M University

Professor Mahlon “Chuck” Kennicutt II is a founding member and former Director (1998-2004) of the Geochemical and Environmental Research Group (GERG) and is Professor Emeritus of Oceanography at Texas A&M University (TAMU). He received his B.S. degree in chemistry from Union College and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from TAMU. At GERG he was involved in more than $100 million of research funding; spent more than 575 days at sea; mentored 21 graduate students; published over 130 scientific articles and nine chapters in books; and participated in several submersible cruises. In 2004, Dr. Kennicutt was named Director of Sustainable Development in the Office of the Vice President for Research at TAMU. His research interests include environmental chemistry, organic geochemistry, the fate and effects of pollutants, environmental monitoring, ecosystem health, Antarctic environmental issues, and sustainability science. He is currently a Trustee and Chair of the International Science Panel of the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute. Dr. Kennicutt has been named a National Associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences for life and was awarded the U.S. Antarctic Service Medal. An Antarctic geographic feature was officially named Kennicutt Point in 2006. 

Prof. Jefferson Cardia Simões

Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR)

Professor Jefferson Cardia Simões earned his Ph.D. in Glaciology from the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, England, in 1990 and has spent time as a pos-doc at the Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Géophysique de l'Environnement/Grenoble, France. He is Professor of Glaciology and Polar Geography at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS, Porto Alegre, Brazil), where he is currently Deputy Provost for Research. Full member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, he is the leading scientist of the Brazilian Antarctic Programme. He coordinates the Brazilian National Institute of Science and Technology of the Cryosphere. Simões has participated in 25 scientific expeditions to the two polar regions. He led the first Brazilian expedition to the interior of the Antarctic ice sheet. In the summer of 2011/2012, he led the national expedition that installed the most southern Latin American scientific laboratory on the planet, the Criosfera module 1 in the interior of Antarctica  (84°S, 79.5°W). He is currently Vice-President of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research and adjunct professor at the Climate Change Institute, University of Maine, Orono, USA. He has published extensively on the impact of climate change on Antarctica and the South Atlantic. He also coordinates the Brazilian participation in the investigations of Antarctic and Andean ice cores.