The past weeks, as the whole autumn, have gone by extremely fast. It’s hard to believe that we are already in November and the skiing season is around the corner (or at least I like to believe so…). As I mentioned in my previous posting, I was to Copenhagen to attend the INCREASE-INTERACT Symposium that was held at the premises of the beautiful Carlsberg Academy. The program of the symposium was very interesting, representing different aspects of climate and ecosystem change studies from below-ground processes to carbon cycling and modeling of ecosystem and community responses to climate change.
The remaining of October after the symposium was mostly occupied by handling of the TA applications by determining their eligibilities and budgets before they entered to the scientific evaluation. In addition, many of the TA user groups from summer 2013 field season were still returning their project reports, which have now been reviewed and placed on our project descriptions pages.
We are also happy to open grants to conduct research at two of the Canadian sites in the INTEARCT network, namely Whapmagoostui-Kuujjuarapik operated by CEN and Kluane Lake operated by AINA. The grants, each a maximum of 5000 EUR, include open access to the station facilities and should be used for travel, daily or weekly accommodation rates at the station, and meals. The research should be conducted in 2014, and both stations are open all year round. The call is open until 15th December. You can find more information about the grants and how to apply from the INTERACT website.
November looks as busy as ever, with a trip to Edinburgh to our TA Board meeting and a lot of work related to the ongoing selection of TA user groups for next year. However, the approaching Christmas season with its lights and decorations will bring a lot of energy and good mood when it’s all dark outside, and I’m already really looking forward to the winter to come. Until the next time!