Four BE-POLES travel scholarships awarded to young polar researchers

Four BE-POLES fellowships have been awarded to young researchers from a Belgian Research Group performing polar science. The awards allow young researchers to undertake short term visits to major international laboratories, field facilities or educational authorities on polar subjects.

  1. Delphine Lannuzel, PhD student at the Unversité Libre de Bruxelles (Laboratoire d'Océanographie Chimique et Géochimie des Eaux), will use the grant for spending a training course at the University of Tasmania (Dr Andrew Bowie, Hobart, Australia) in order to learn analytical techniques of trace metals at the end of 2006. These will be investigated in the frame of the BELCANTO project along the course of SAZ-SENSE Antarctic cruise in 2007 in the Southern Ocean.
  2. Ann Huyghe, PhD student at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel will participate in the Urbino Summer School in Paleoclimatology of the USSP consortium in 2006. This summer school will focus on major climate changes of the Cenozoic Era. Experts will provide the knowledge on how the paleoclimate data is collected, how to interpret and integrate it in models. The subjects of the courses are closely linked with the theme of her PhD thesis on modeling the Antarctic ice sheet and its interaction with the climate system.
  3. Florence Piette, PhD student at the University de Liège will collaborate during 3 to 4 weeks with the Laboratory of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry (Prof. Gennaro Marino, University "Frederico II, Napoli, Italy). This laboratory is specialized on bacterial expression systems at low temperature and generation of knock-out mutants of Pseudoalteromonas haloplanctis TAC125. These techniques will help Florence to over-express genes involved in cold adaptation and to create deficient mutants.
  4. Finally, also Denis Samyn, who has recently defended his PhD at the Université Libre de Bruxelles will take the advantages of the BePoles Travel Scholarship. The fellowhsip would allow Denis to follow an intensive training in automated crystallographic techniques at the Niels Bohr Geophysical Institute in Copenhagen, as well as to do analyses of marine ice. The collaborative effort will be of prior importance for the advancement of his research project on Antarctic Subglacial Processes and Interactions.