Project management and community management to bridge polar research, policy and stakeholders across scales

Theme 5. Other
Session Name 5.12 Connecting polar research, policy and stakeholders across scales - examples from Europe and beyond
Presentation Type Poster
Author(s) Yulia Zaika (Faculty of Geography, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russian Federation), Kirstin Werner (Year of Polar Prediction, Germany), Luisa Cristini (Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Germany), Sven Lidström (Norwegian Polar Institute, Norway), Renuka Badhe (European Polar Board, Netherlands)
Abstract text

With ongoing environmental changes in polar regions during the last couple of decades, the Arctic, Antarctic, and High Mountains (the “third pole”) have become a focus for sustained research. Planning and implementation of research projects in the polar regions often involve many uncertainties, including large budgets, complicated logistics, unique risk management, and international collaboration. While these issues need to be considered by operating personnel, there is an increasing demand to employ professional project managers and community managers able to support their colleagues’ operations in the polar regions. In order to address these critical issues, the survey “Project Management and Community Management in Polar Sciences: Challenges and Opportunities” was developed and launched in February 2018. A general aim of the survey was to understand the knowledge-base of existing project management and community management professionals as well as the most common challenges they face when implementing their projects. In total we received n=260 answers from experts in community and project management implementing their activities in the Arctic (64% of respondents), Antarctic (63%), and High Mountain (12.4%). Survey answers have revealed different angles of lessons learnt throughout many years of expertise which should be extensively discussed within the polar community and will be highlighted in this presentation.