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Anne-Claire Bihan-Poudec

Anne-Claire Bihan-Poudec

Oceanographer, Ice specialist

BACKGROUND / Academic and professional background

Anne-Claire is a specialist in polar oceanography. She is passionate about studying ice floes: starting from their formation, as the freezing of sea water, to their interaction with oceans, currents and waves. Originally from Brest, in Brittany, Anne-Claire has always been close to the ocean and nature and she knew very fast that she would turn it into her job.

When her dream of going to North Pole came true, she fell in love with ice and oceans. As an ice mechanics engineer for a research institute in Rimouski, Québec, Anne-Claire also discovered knowledge transmission by popularizing her researches. This passion for knowledge transmission kept growing, leading her to join associations about polar climate such as APECS-France, the association of young researchers and educators of Polar Regions.

Happy to transmit all she had been able to learn and see in the Polar Regions, she is fond of sharing her enthusiasm and make her audience travel with her.

ACHIEVEMENT/ What is your project, initiative, start-up, company all about?

Through APECS-France, I participate to the organization of events or encounters with the public, schools, and young french polar researchers. The idea is to share this passion and the young scientifics’ polar experiences with everyone. The actions of APECS are often freely offered to schools and outdoor centers because the children world is wonderful, full of spontaneity and natural instinct.

LOCATION/ In which city, country, part of the world do you conduct your activities?

Nowadays, in all parts of France. Having lived during several years abroad, I keep a strong link with my former colleagues and stay connected to international projects of popularization in polar oceanography.

IMPACT/ What is the positive economic, social, political, environmental…of your activity, project, initiative, start-up, company?

I often tell myself that by speaking around us about the beauty of nature and the environmental issues we are all facing, members of APECS-France are somehow like “messengers of the Poles”. In associations, there is a lot of volunteering and offered time for the sake of sharing. Those messengers for the climate possess knowledge that they wish to share. In that sense, these actions help everyone build a more enlightened opinion about nature conservation questions.

QUOTE/ A saying, quote or reference phrase that tells something about you

« The sea is a place of thoroughness and freedom » Victor Hugo