Mission accomplished

February is approaching to an end, at the same time marking the deadline of our second periodic reporting. Here at Transnational Access offices we already completed our share of the report yesterday (yay!), and only some final touches and check-ups are needed by our main coordination office before the report is submitted. In addition to the ongoing reporting, February has also seen our Annual Consortium Meeting that took place at the Oulanka Research Station in northeast Finland three weeks ago.

As INTERACT meetings tend to be, the consortium meeting was again a great and productive one, and I feel that we accomplished a lot also in terms for the future of INTERACT. Our meeting venue, Oulanka Research Station, is located in the Oulanka National Park; in the middle of the most beautiful, snowy forest nearby the famous Kiutaköngäs rapids. We had a possibility to enjoy this winter wonderland during small excursions that were arranged in the morning of the second meeting day. People interested in bird watching went to see dippers, while one group visited the national park visitor centre for a guided tour. My group went to snowshooing on a trekking route called Bear Path. I’ve only been snowshooing once before, but it was actually not difficult at all, and it’s something I’d definitely try again in the future!

Sign by the Bear Path, located right on the Arctic Circle!
Sign by the Bear Path, located right on the Arctic Circle!
Kiutaköngäs rapids nearby the Oulanka Research Station in northeast Finland.
Kiutaköngäs rapids nearby the Oulanka Research Station in northeast Finland.

Here at the Transnational Access offices, the next couple weeks will be devoted to website and user group information updates, and to other similar tasks that I had to pay less attention in order to complete the reporting. Once I’ve caught up with those, it’s time to start preparing to the Arctic Science Summit Week that will be held in Helsinki 5th-11th April. The ASSW will foresee many interesting events such as the ICARPIII meeting and the Arctic Observing Summit. Really looking forward to the week in Helsinki, and will present my impressions from the ASSW in my next posts.

Until the next time!

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