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Meet the Team of Polar.lu

Tania Giberyen

President, PhD candidate

Tania is a co-founder and the current president of polar.lu. She also founded APECS Luxembourg in 2008, and initiated APECS BeNeLux during the IPY2012 in Montreal. She has lived in Nunavik for 3 years for her PhD fieldwork. Her research is a holistic approach to Inuit land-use planning on permafrost in times of change and her supervisors are Prof. Michel Allard and Prof. Caroline Desbiens. She had been in complete immersion, taking on roles like Nunavik’s land-use planner, within the Kativik Regional Government. At Université Laval, her northern experiences are strongly valued and she has been given the opportunity to represent the University towards HE Michael Jean, Governor General of Canada, to be a representative on the executive board of the Center for Northern Studies, as well as being involved in the coordination of the Northern Sustainable Development Research Chair held by Prof. Thierry Rodon. Tania has also acted as external cultural advisor to ARCTIConnexion. 

Prof. Frank Wagner

Vice President

Luxembourg-born Professor Dr. Jean-Frank Wagner is a founding- and committee member of polar.lu. At Universtiät Trier he leads a scientific team with apl. Prof. Dr. Rolf Kilianon the following glacial and periglacial topics: 

2003-2006: Interdisziplinäres Projekt: „Massenverlagerungen in Orogenen: Quantifizierung der Einflüsse durch Vegetation, Eisbedeckung, Klima und Topographie am Beispiel einer Fjord-Traverse der Südanden" (Zusammen mit G. Wendt, H. Biester). 

2006-2009: „Stalagmite und Seesedimente der Südanden (47-53°S) als hochauflösende Archive für Westwindvariabilität und interhemisphärisch vernetzte Klimavariationen" (zusammen mit Dr. H. Arz, GFZ-Potsdam, Dr. A. Kronz und Prof. Dr. A. Mangini). 

2009-2011: „Surface processes and land-to-sea mass transfer, Patagonian Andes" (zusammen mit Prof. Dr. H. Arz, IOW, Warnemünde, Dr. Frank Lamy, AWI, Bremerhaven und Dr. Jan Behrmann, GEOMAR, Kiel). 

Charel Wohl

PhD Candidate, Boardmember

Charel is from the Minette in the south of Luxembourg. He participated at the contest for Young Scientists (Jonk Fuerscher) twice and won a second price at the International Science Project Olympiad in Utrecht with the science project submitted at the contest for Young Scientists. For his PhD, he focuses on the polar oceans and gases they emit as well as on the effects of these gases on the climate. In 2017, Charel was part of the scientific team of the CCGS Amundsen and took first time measurements, in the Canadian Arctic, of very soluble gases in the water phase. These gases play a role in the self cleaning capacity and possibly particle formation in the atmosphere as well as its cooling.  Charel's measurements will help to clarifiy if the polar oceans absorb or emit these gases. In his free time, Earnest Shakelton style, Charel plays the banjo.

Prof. Antoine Kies

Honorary President

As co-founder and now honorary president of polar.lu, Prof. Antoine Kies, who recently retired from uni.lu (Laboratoire Physique des Radiations, LPR), has had 12 scientific trips to Spitzbergen to the polish research station. He also went for scientific collaborations to the Antarctic Peninsula. He mainly studied radioactive isotopes from glacial meltwaters. 

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Jill Diederich

Secretary

Jill spent her whole life in Luxembourg until she started studying and exploring the North. From an early age on she was interested in the North, which is why she was focusing on the Arctic as her regional focus area during her Anthropology studies. She is particularly interested in social-ecological topics, which is why, during her Bachelor's degree in Frankfurt, Germany and Edmonton, Canada, she focused on the Canadian North and wrote her thesis about caribou management and Inuit identity in Nunavut, Canada. During her masters in Uppsala, Sweden and Arkhangelsk, Russia, she researched how the local population in Arkhangelsk deals with the current recycling problem. She has lived in Canada, Sweden and Russia.

Carlo Krieger

PhD, Boardmember

Carlo has had an interest in the Arctic since studying social anthropology at Vienna, Miami (OH) and the University of Chicago.

He specialized on the indigenous peoples inhabiting North America, including the Arctic and Subarctic, and he visited some of them.

Next to his professional work, he tries to keeps his academic interest alive by publishing sporadically and attending conferences on indigenous peoples as well as on the Arctic areas. Carlo loves to travel to remote locations like Spitsbergen i.e. 

Arlette Schroeder

Boardmember

Arlette and her husband are passionate travellers with a strong penchant for the northern countries. After having visited Scandinavia, and especially Norway, they decided to push further North, to discover the arctic regions. They began with a cruise along the west coast of Greenland and despite of a lot of bad weather, they fell in love with the light, the icebergs and the people of the region. Later they further ‘explored’ a big part of the northern Arctic and crossed the southern Polar Circle too. 

 

Back home, as a teacher in elementary school, Arlette shared her enthusiasm with her pupils and kick started a series of educational polar-related projects during the last International Polar Year. Now, as she has retired, she still loves to read books about the adventures, joys and failures of the past great explorers who risked, and much too often, lost their lives in the pursuit of their passion. 

 

As a team-member of the polar.lu Arlette's aim is to help to awaken the consciousness of people, especially young people, as to the importance of preserving the Arctic for the future generations. Even here in our regions far away from the Arctic/Antarctica, everyone is able to contribute through small everyday actions.

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