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Team Polarjournal

Dr. Michael Wenger

Michael Wenger, born in 1972, had caught the fever of discovery and travel from an early age. At the age of 17, he lived in Australia for a year, where he fell in love with the ocean and fish. During his biology studies on marine fish, however, the polar virus grabbed him on Svalbard. Despite years of “resistance”, including research and academic degrees, the virus did not let him go. So he switched and instead of creating polar knowledge, he imparts it on trips, lectures and in articles for Polar Journal AG. Since January 2023, he has also officially been CEO of the company and Editor-in-Chief.

Heiner Kubny

When Heiner Kubny traveled to the polar regions for the first time in 1997, he did not yet know how much this trip would change his life. Driven again and again by the beauty, tranquility and beautiful wildlife in the icy worlds, he visited his heart’s world again and again. In the meantime, he has become one of the established polar specialists. He visited the “refrigerators” of our earth numerous times on expeditions by air, on research and expedition cruises or simply on foot. His contributions cover diverse topics, just like his beloved polar regions.

Today, Heiner Kubny is the author and domain owner of the PolarJournal and Polar Cruises websites.

Julia Hager

Julia Hager’s fascination with the Polar Region and passion for seafaring were awakened early on: Already during her marine biology studies starting in 2005 she took part in scientific ship expeditions to Antarctica, the Bering Sea, the North Pacific and the North Atlantic. During a two-year stay in Oregon, she encountered the ubiquitous plastic pollution of the beaches and her love of marine life suffered a shock at the sight of the animals injured by plastic. She has pursued this global environmental problem for over ten years now and she passes on her experience, her knowledge of plastic pollution to all age groups, including polar travelers in her role as tour guide.

Camille Lin

Camille Lin developed his passion for the poles in 2017 while wintering at the French Science Station on the Kerguelen Archipelago. During this almost total immersion in partly lunar landscapes, with animals that could be easily approached, and in stormy weather, he had the time and the desire to write. The following year, he began working as a journalist out of a passion for science, the polar environment, and seafaring. To satisfy his curiosity about maritime horizons, he hired on fishing vessels, on a hospital ship, and on cruise ships in Antarctica. He also writes for the French maritime magazine Le Chasse-Marée and the magazine Ça m’intéresse.

Mirjana Binggeli

Mirjana Binggeli, who studied social sciences and lives in Switzerland, has always been fascinated by people, their different cultures and ways of life, with her main focus on current issues. Preferring cold climates to warm countries, she has traveled to Northern Europe and Finnish Lapland, where she contracted the polar virus. After a trip to Svalbard and Greenland, she became an expedition guide on ships in the Arctic and Antarctic.

Ole Ellekrog

Ole Ellekrog is a journalist from Denmark. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the Danish School of Media and Journalism and a joint Erasmus Mundus Master’s degree in Journalism, Globalization and Media from Aarhus University, Denmark, and Charles University, Czech Republic. His articles have appeared in a number of Danish and international magazines, including Pellicle Magazine, The New Arab and The Guardian. He has always been interested in what life is like beyond his own, and in 2022 and 2023 he got a taste of it when he spent a year in Greenland working with Greenlandic research as communications manager for the Arctic Hub wich is responsible to disseminate research findings. Now that he is back in Europe, he misses the beauty and wildness of the Arctic.

Beàta Szablics

Beàta Szablics has a broad background in tourism and hospitality management, working on all continents with a focus on strategic business planning, product and operations development and implementation. She shares a deep admiration for the diversity of cultures, the extraordinary natural wonders and the magnificent creatures on our planet. This motivates her to remain curious, learn and travel throughout her life. She can often be met outdoors, looking for ways to naturally connect with and explore any environment. After working in Antarctica, she fell in love with the beauty and complexity of the polar regions.

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