Research database

Project information
Project title
AMINOR - Advanced Environmental Studies in the North: A research school for the integration of monitoring, science & management
Year
2019
Project leader
The nine members of the steering committee are the following: M.A. Blanchet, N.G. Yoccoz, E. Soininen (UiT) H. Routti (NP) A. Tarroux, A. Frainer (NINA) B. Planque, Martin Biuw (HI) S. Hamel, previous leader of AMINOR is now at Laval University, Canada, but remains an honorary member of the steering committee.
Geographical localization of the research project in decimal degrees (max 5 per project, ex. 70,662°N and 23,707°E)
69.68°N 18.94°E
Participants

AMINOR is an interdisciplinary research school and network connecting members across all flagships represented at the Fram Centre.  Some of the participants with a tight involvement (i.e. participation in organizing activities, teaching or occasional presentations) in AMINOR include:

NP: H. Routti, G.W. Gabrielsen, K. Holmen, C. von Quillfeldt, Hallvard Strøm.

UiT: N.G. Yoccoz, E. Soininen, M.A. Blanchet, J. P. Mellard, D. Ehrich, M. Reigstad, C. Armstrong, P.-A. Amundsen, R. Ims, K.A. Brathen, G. Sander.

NINA: A. Tarroux, A. Frainer, J. Jepsen.

NORUT-IT: B. Johansen.

HI: A. Bjørge, T. Haug, B. Planque, M. Espinasse, M. Biuw

MET: O.E. Tveito

Miljødirektorat: E. Lund

Flagship
Hazardous Substances
Summary of Results

The activity plan for AMINOR for 2019 consisted of four main goals:

·        Implement an online platform/forum where all members of the Fram Centre’s institution can follow our activities and actively start or participate in discussions through dedicated channels.

·        Organize weekly seminars and lunch group discussions.

·        Organize afternoon discussions to address specific topics in more details.

·        Organize workshops where students, researchers, and managers can interact and develop their expertise in particular areas and methodologies.

 

Online Platform & ForumWe have created an account and started using actively the online communication platform Slack: https://aminor-fram.slack.com/. This tool is now used both internally within the steering committee, and externally to allow communication among members of the AMINOR community.  Sixty-eight persons are currently registered in AMINOR Slack. Most students and employees from the Fram Centre’s institutions are automatically provided access to the channels of our forum. External members can be provided access on demand. The subscription costs for a Slack account are relatively low and some extra plugins (for additional apps: doodle, whereby, eventbot) have been purchased.

 

Lunch seminars and paper discussions During 2019 AMINOR  has organized 14 seminars and 9 paper discussions. Both visiting scientists and Fram Centre scientists have given the seminars. The lunch seminars and paper discussions have been presented simultaneously at UiT and the FRAM Center, using video-conferencing streaming between institutions.

Between 5-30 scientists from the various Fram Centre institutions have participated at each of these weekly lunch meetings.

 

WorkshopsWorkshop 1, Food web modelling (8-11 October). The workshop was organized by Marie-Anne Blanchet (UiT) and Andre Frainer (NINA). Lectures were given both by Fram Centre scientists Marie-Anne Blanchet (UiT), Benjamin Planque (IMR), Nigel Yoccoz (UiT), Raul Primicerio (UiT), Gary Griffith (NPI), Mikko Vihtakari (IMR) and the externally invited scientist Dick Van Oevelen (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research). The workshop gathered 30 participants from nine institutes. Workshop 2, Citizen Science: Data integration from multiple sources and modeling challenges (will take place on 28.-29./11). Organized by Sandra Hamel (UiT) and Nigel Yoccoz (UiT), with help from Arnaud Tarroux (NINA). Includes both seminars, open discussions, as well as lectures and a hands-on section on integrated population modeling. Participants are coming from abroad as well as from Trondheim, Oslo and Tromsø. At the time of writing this report, 21 participants were already registered for the workshop.

 

 

Afternoon discussions Challenges in transferability of ecological models (21 February). The discussion was prepared and animated by Eeva Soininen (UiT) and Benjamin Planque (IMR). The discussion was attended by 25 participants from UiT, IMR, NP, APN. Integral projection models and their relevance for evaluating the impacts of pollutants (14 March): The discussion was prepared by Heli Routti (NPI), Sandra Hamel (UiT) and Nigel Yoccoz (UiT). A guest lecturer Jean-Pierre Desforges, Univ. of Aarhus was invited. The discussion gathered 20 scientists from NPI, NINA, NILU, UiT and Nammco. Science and Ethics – Barriers and solutions for fighting fake science (7 May). The discussion was organized by Sandra Hamel (UiT), Heli Routti (NPI) and Nigel Yoccoz (UiT). It was attended by 14 participants from UiT, IMR, NPI.

 

 

Master and PhD-students involved in the project

Numerous MSc- and PhD students have participated to AMINOR activities.

For the Management

AMINOR has increased the knowledge and abilities of Fram Centre students and scientists to better monitor and manage northern environments. AMINOR has also been instrumental in fostering regular contacts between members of the Fram Centre institutions including Master and PhD students.

Published Results/Planned Publications

Not applicable

Communicated Results

See summary of the results.

Interdisciplinary Cooperation

AMINOR’s activities have strengthened the connection among institutions and Flagships in the Fram Centre, and across education, research, and management. AMINOR’s activities have encouraged students and researchers of the Fram Centre to develop their knowledge and competences on study designs, analytical methods, and theoretical development. The activities have been highly interdisciplinary including terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecology, ecotoxicology, ethics, statistics, oceanography, meteorology, economics and political/social science. Interactions between scientists and students from different fields of the Fram center have led to fruitful discussions which have increased participants’ competence and broaden their perspectives.

Budget in accordance to results

The funding has covered the costs for running workshops and afternoon discussions (travel, food).

·        Afternoon discussions: NOK 6 440

·        Slack plugins and online tools : NOK 2 394

·        Workshop 1 (food webs): NOK 30 000

·        Workshop 2 (citizen science): NOK 62 000

In-kind contribution has covered so far a total of 467 working hours (NOK 535 000) needed to administrate AMINOR as well as coordinate and organize activities.

Funding from the Fram Centre was essential to the completion of all the activities listed above. In addition to the funding received from 2019 (90 000 NOK), we also spent an extra 11 000 NOK that was covered from previous funding AMINOR had received prior to 2019. It is important to note that most part of the project’s costs are working hours, which represented ca. 84 % of costs and were covered by the internal funding from coordinating institutions. This covered the time use of all project coordinators for administrating AMINOR and organizing activities. Therefore, while the funding from the Fram Centre has allowed to increase the frequency of our activities, AMINOR will not be sustainable on the long-term without a more stable and substantial funding from the Fram Centre to cover the working hours of researchers from the institute sectors.

Could results from the project be subject for any commercial utilization
No
Conclusions

AMINOR activities have contributed to tighten communication between students and researchers from different institutes and across disciplines. However, it remains challenging to increase the level of involvement of students in our activities, and this is therefore an aspect that will require more focus and effort. The future perspective is to continue organizing workshops, afternoon discussions and lunch seminars and paper discussions, with higher focus on student participation to AMINOR activities.