Greenlandic PhD tv-show is looking for international participants | Polarjournal
The five Paasisavut finalists from 2023 all represented Nordic universities. Next year, researchers from other parts of the world can participate. Photo: Emil Nørgaard Stach, Arctic Hub
The five Paasisavut finalists from 2023 all represented Nordic universities. This year, researchers from other parts of the world can participate too. Photo: Emil Nørgaard Stach, Arctic Hub

Unlike last year, the Paasisavut competition is now open to applications from researchers from across the world. The only recruitment is a project focused on Greenland.

Five minutes to present four years of work.

It may sound like a thankless task, but it was nonetheless one that five Greenland-focused researchers took on in February of last year. And they did so with smiles and enthusiasm in front of hundreds of audience members and thousands of tv-viewers across Greenland.

In Paasisavut, a research competition broadcast live on Greenlandic TV, PhD-students from across all fields and disciplines were invited to present their research in the most clear and understandable way possible. The winner was Nick Duelund who won for his 5-minute presentation on research into vision problems in Greenlandic children.

“I am proud, and it ensures that I can get my message out to a wider audience,” Nick Duelund, who is Greenland’s only eye doctor, told KNR after the victory.

But that was last year. On November 12th, 2024, a new winner of ‘Paasisavut’, Greenlandic for ‘finding the knowledge together’, will be crowned. And this time, PhD-students from the entire world can participate.

Open to all countries

In last year’s competition, the finalists were already multinational.

Liz Cooper, who gave a presentation on sustainable tourism, was from the UK. Laura Helene Rasmussen, who presented on permafrost melt, was Danish. So, too, was Naja Carina Steenholdt, who researched the psychological benefits of being in nature, and also had roots in Greenland. And finally, Ulunnguaq Markussen, who researched the future development of Tasiilaq, and Nick Duelund, the winner, were both Greenlandic and represented Ilisimatusarfik, the University of Greenland. 

But common for all of them was that they represented universities within the Danish Realm. Last year, part of the requirement for applicants were ties to research institutions in the Nordic countries. This year, however, that requirement has been reconsidered, and applicants can now apply from across the world.

Even with last year’s limitations, the Greenlandic research secretariat Arctic Hub, who arranged the competition, received more applications than it had hoped for. So this year, with the application field widened, Jula Maegaard-Hoffmann, head of the Arctic Hub secretariat, was hopeful that the success would be repeated.

“We were overwhelmed by the number of qualified applications we received last time – despite it being the first time we arranged Paasisavut. So we are excited to see how many will apply this time,” Jula Maegaard-Hoffmann said in a press release.

Highlights from the 2023 edition of the PhD competion which was shown live on KNR, the Greenlandic public broadcaster. Video by Arctic Hub.

Greenland-focused PhD’s

Arctic Hub is funded jointly by the Danish and Greenlandic governments, and its goal is to advance scientific research in Greenland. So, while researchers from all countries can now apply, there is still a strict limit on the topic of the finalist’s research: they have to concern Greenland.

“Anyone currently pursuing a PhD directly related to Greenland or who has completed such a PhD within the last two years can apply to participate,” the requirements read.

Each of the five finalists will win a trip to Nuuk, Greenland ahead of the tv-show with board and lodging covered. Each of them will also win the right to participate in a science dissemination workshop with a professional science communicator as well as individual feedback on their presentations.

And whoever manages to convince the judges with their 5-minute presentation will win a prize, (which last year, included a cheque worth 25.000 DKK (3350 Euro)). Most importantly, though, will be the unique exposure their research will gain.

The deadline for applications is September 1st, 2024. More info and a registration form is available here.

Ole Ellekrog, Polar Journal AG

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