IASC 25 years - Page 109

proactive at the national level in stimulating your Arctic and Antarctic Research committee, promoting the outcome at IASC Coun- Both Polar Regions have some common research cil meetings, and reporting back to your national interests. Some research groups that were active in body and pointing to opportunities you may have both Polar Regions have cooperated. However, for- observed at the Council meeting. Member countries malizing and increasing this cooperation, i.e., a part- that have done that job properly will succeed. Re- nership between IASC and its southern hemisphere grettably, some Council members have served only counterpart SCAR, actually occurred during the last as ‘seat warmers.’ IPY. Cooperation with SCAR resulted in various bipolar science activities and led to the formation of a joint Engaging Young Scientists Action Group. Another joint conference, 10 years Well-established scientists tend to be nominated after the SCAR/IASC Open Science Conference for all sorts of tasks both at national and inter- 2008 in St. Petersburg, is being discussed. As a national levels. Their experience and wisdom is science organization, IASC should stimulate and respected and highly valued. However, the dilemma finance scientific cooperation on the level of the is that they are over-committed and hence short working groups of both organizations. on time. It was for this reason that IASC, from the very beginning, included and actively recruited young scientists to participate in its activities. This approach is proving to be very effective, as young scientists took the burden of reporting and adding new ideas, whereas older scientists served as councilors or mentors. Young brains can also bring new views and knowledge to a group, and thereby challenge ‘old truths.’ Where possible, Council membe