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abiskoThe Abisko Scientific Research Station introduces a PhD training course on multidisciplinary issues related snow and climate change effects on it. "Snowtalks" will be held on the of March til the 23rd of 2012.

It is held in a co-operation with University of Arctic Thematic Networks on Global Change and Arctic Medicine.

There are four topics for this course:
Topic 1: Long-term environmental changes (climate, permafrost, feed-back mechanisms, ecology).
Topic 2: Changes in snow, what snow and ice means to Sámi and impacts of changes in snow.
Topic 3: People’s health and wellbeing, infections, injuries and security, genetics, adaptation to climate change.
Topic 4: Adaptation to climate change, sustainable land and resource use.

The course includes student presentations and assignments which will be informed in second circular. The course also includes outdoor activities. Students will be awarded 5-6 ECTS of completion of the whole course with the presentation (short presentation = 5 ECTS, long presentation with written abstract 6 ECTS).

The course is funded by Nordforsk Top-level Research Initiative “Effect studies and adaptation to climate change” as the fourth course organized by the Nordic Network “People and Ecosystems in a changing world”. The participation for the whole week will give PhD students certificates for gaining credits in their home organizations. Nordic PhD students are asked to apply for free participation including the travel grant, free admission and free accommodation when submitting the registration form.

Registration opens at course website in January 2nd, 2012, deadline February 17th 2012. Number of PhD students for the course is limited to 20.

The course is tought in English.

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