One of the highlights of our trip to Nuuk is the opportunity to practice communicating our science to the general public. Lone Moller of the Self Government’s Agency of Culture, Education, Research and the Church organized a two evening lecture series to provide an occasion for us to share our research. The lectures are to be held at the town center, Katuaq, which is a thriving gathering area for the people of Nuuk that houses a café, movie theatre and meeting spaces. This past Thursday we had a session with posters from each of us that explained why we are working in Greenland, and what sort of studies we are doing while here. Four of us (Julia, Lauren, Laura, and I) were also given an opportunity to give talks about our work. The audience included professors and students from the University of Greenland, representatives from the Self Government and the Inuit Circumpolar Council, researchers from the Institute of Natural Resources, and Greenlandic chef and author Anne Sofia Hardenberg. Our talks were well-received and sparked discussions about contemporary mythology regarding aquatic insects, plant uses, and changing carbon levels in the permafrost. Many thanks to Lone for organizing a successful event.
Kaitlin, Chris, and Gifford will be presenting next Thursday at 7:00.