Meet the Team of

Tania Gibéryen


Tania is a co-founder and the current president of 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 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). 

Sophie Steinmetz

Boardmember, Assistant-Treasurer

Sophie studied ecology and biodiversity at the University of Innsbruck and University of Helsinki. During her master thesis she researched the role of ice algae in context of bioalbedo in the Alps, as part of the Black.Ice Project, which focuses on the quantification and qualification of organic and inorganic particles on alpine glacier.


Currently she is a science teacher in Luxembourg as well as a local leader in the Scouts Movement and a member of their national sustainable development team.


She loves to travel North and has visited many cold places including Greenland, Iceland, Norway (Lofoten), Sweden, Finland, Russia and is always looking forward to new adventures!

Prof. Antoine Kies

Honorary President

As co-founder and now honorary president of, Prof. Antoine Kies, who recently retired from (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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Romain Meyer

PhD, Treasurer

After completing at KU Leuven his PhD on the Norwegian continental slope, the Luxembourgish geoscientist Dr. Romain Meyer has been a researcher at the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and at the Geo-Forschungs-Zentrum-Potsdam. 


After a professorship at the Washington and Lee University (Virginia, USA), he refocused his scientific interest on the Arctic. While working as scientist at the Norwegian Center of Excellence for Geobiology and as a lecturer at the University of Bergen, he led, as co-chief, several geological-geochemical expeditions in Arctic waters.


Today he works in the Service géologique du Luxembourg and deals with interactions between rocks and fluids.

Jill Diederich


Jill lived in Luxembourg until she started studying and exploring the North. From an early age on she was fascinated by the North, which is why she was specializing on the Arctic 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.


Jill is the head of APECS Luxembourg, and has lead our Ant-Arctica Project for the last two years.

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. 

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Meet the extened team of

Charel Wohl

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 focused 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. In 2018 he crossed the deadly Drake Passage a couple of times on an Icebreaker belonging to the British Antarctic Survey for similar measurements of soluble gases. Charel's measurements will help to clarifiy if the polar oceans absorb or emit these gases.

Charel has initiated the successful Dustbuster Project while is was a board-member of


In his free time, Earnest Shakelton style, Charel plays the banjo.

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Arlette Schroeder

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 funding member of the, Arlette has been a valuable board-member fo over 6 years before she retired in 2020. She initiated many outreach projects and helped 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.

She is currently working on a children's book about the Arctic.

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