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Microplastics in fish, making paper from seaweed and The 1st Degree Murder of the Arctic — these are some of the topics from the posters produced in the Science for Schools program.


At the end of January high school students from Kongsbakken, Sommerlyst, Grønnåsen and Tromsø International School presented the research projects they have been working on through the winter.

Science for Schools is a project coordinated by Arctic Frontiers and Nordnorsk Vitensenter, developed annually in close contact with the participating high schools in Tromsø. This project kicked off in autumn with Inspiration Days, where the students met scientists with a wide range of specialities. The students then developed a research topic and prepared scientific posters within a central theme: The Arctic Circle.



In addition to presenting their posters, the students attended talks by a diverse group of scientists from The Arctic University of Norway, the Norwegian Polar Institute and the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program.

The posters were impressive in scope and scientific precision, with a varied range of research topics covering the retreat of sea ice in the Arctic, indigenous rights in a changing Arctic, the effect of ocean acidification and acid rain in different organisms and the production of paper from seaweed, among others.

Winners were chosen in three categories: best poster overall, most creative research idea and best visualisation. Fanny Hägg, representative of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientist, and Jenny Turton, Science Advisor at Arctic Frontiers, had a tough time selecting the best posters.


These are the awardees of Science for Schools 2022

Kongsbakken Videregående winners:
Most creative: Seaweed saves the society by Erik Arnesen, Ask Fuhr, Sigurd Brattli and Alice Cano
Best visualisation: The rise of glacial basification by Håvard Solberg, Oskar Sørslett and Solveig Stenberg
Best poster: Microplastics in fish by Iver Strand, Johan Sebastian Jøgensen Hansen and Kathryn Ann Emblow

Ungdomsskoler (Sommerlyst, Grønnåsen and Tromsø International School) winners:
Most creative: A bygone issue: Indigenous peoples of the Arctic by Sam Hansson, Lea Lindner and Øyan Stensen (Sommerlyst Ungdomskoler)
Best visualisation: The 1st degree murder of the Arctic by Olaf, David, Ravn and Joakim (Grønnåsen Ungdomskoler)
Best poster: To bloom or not to bloom by Achille Sarti, Eetu Vierinen and Emil Vierinen (Tromsø International School)



The winners of the best poster overall and the most creative research idea will get to visit the research facilities of the Norwegian Polar Institute and Akvaplan-niva, respectively.

All the winners are invited to the poster session of Arctic Frontiers 2022 Pathways, where they will be able to mingle with other scientists and showcase their research. We congratulate the winning teams and are looking forward to see all the participants succeed in their science careers!

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