The Council represents PEI members who step forward to volunteer their time and talents in a leadership role for a limited period of time. Council members are active leaders representing PEI in many ways, such as at international conferences and meetings, and are recognized as experts by senior leaders in many fields. Read More

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Do you want to make an impact in polar science education and communication? Get active in Polar Educators International and the PEI leadership.
Apply to be a part of the PEI Council. The one-year Council term begins 1 June 2020 and we encourage YOU to consider applying for it — help us shape our organization and the future of polar science education! Applications are due Sunday, 25 April 2020.

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2019-2020 Council


Svea Anderson


Inga Beck

Inga studied physical Geography at the University of Munich and did her PhD about permafrost in Northern Quebec, Canada. Read More


BouckomsSarah Bouckoms

I have a background in Physics working with the Ice Cube Neutrino Detector.  I also have a Post Graduate Degree in Antarctica Studies and have done field work in Antarctica, the Arctic, and Alaska. Read More


pia svalbardMaria Pia Casarini

Maria has two degrees from Milan Cattolica University (Modern Languages and Italian Letters); M.Phil. in Polar Studies, Cambridge University, UK. Read More



FullSizeRender.jpgJulia Dooley

Julia Dooley is a veteran teacher of gifted/talented elementary students in Newark, Delaware. Julia has her BFA in Photography and Masters in Education. Read More



Silvia-Dotta.jpgSilvia Dotta

Sílvia Dotta is a professor at Federal University of ABC, Santo André, SP, Brazil. With a Ph.D. in Education, she coordinates the research group INTERA (Inteligência em Tecnologia Ediucacional and Recursos Acessíveis – Intelligence in Educational Technology and  Accessible Resources) where she develops research on polar science popularization, information and communication technology, and distance education.


ellison imageSusy Ellison

Susy Ellison has been teaching about our planet, in one form or another, for over 30 years as both classroom teacher and environmental educator. Read More


hademenos-L.jpgGeorge Hademenos

My name is George Hademenos and I am a physics teacher at Richardson High School in Richardson, TX a suburb north of Dallas. Read More


Untitled1.pngLouise Huffman

Louise Huffman is currently the Director of Education and Public Outreach for the US Ice Drilling Program Office at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. Read More


Kolbrún Hjaltadóttir

Kolbrún Svala Hjaltadóttir is a teacher with a master’s degree in open education with an emphasis on computer and information technology. Read More

Photo.jpgShridhar Jawak

Shridhar D. Jawak is currently working as a “Project Scientist B” at the Polar Remote Sensing Division of Earth System Science Organization (ESSO) ─ National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR), India. Read More


Optimized-P1220296.JPGRainer Lehmann

During his studies at the Universities of Heidelberg (Germany) and Basel (Switzerland) Rainer investigated glacial and periglacial geomorphology in the Canadian High Arctic and Spitsbergen for several months. Read More


David Martinez

David recently completed his Masters in Biodiversity, Evolution, & Conservation and previously worked as the Community Outreach Supervisor for the Kansas City Zoo, in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, for 10 years. Read More


Giulia, Hornsund fjord Spitsbergen-min.JPGGiulia Realdon

Giulia Realdon earned a degree in Biology and master in Science Communication, both at University of Padua (Italy). Read More


APECS Ex-Com.jpgNeelu Singh

Ms. Neelu Singh has more than 7 years of working experience in the field of environmental chemistry. Read More


Prof. Alfredo SotoAlfredo Soto

I am the Deputy Director and Coordinator of connectedness to the Performance Agreement GAIA – Antarctic and Antarctic Advisory Outreach and Education Management and sub-Antarctic Antarctic Programs of the University of Magallanes – Punta Arenas – Chile. Read More

Anthony Speca

Anthony Speca is Managing Principal of Polar Aspect, a consultancy he founded in 2012. He has advised government particularly on issues of Arctic governance, fiscal policy and economic policy. Read More


Valeria.pngValeria Tacca

Valeria comes from Italy and is a math-science teacher in a Middle school. She loves polar regions and is interested in Climate Change. She likes traveling and taking photographs and learning about our wonderful planet.


Ramcharan Vijayaraghavan

Ram has been in the field of education for the last 16 years leading content development, teaching and training as well as creating/managing a portfolio of education programs and children’s websites.Read More


Sophie Weeks

Sophie Weeks is a science communicator based in Cambridge, UK. Having originally trained in both science and art she enjoyed a twenty year career in Museum and Gallery Education working for the British Library. Read More


WilkeningBBetsy Wilkening

I am an education coordinator for Arizona Project WET at the University of Arizona in Tucson. I work with teachers to build community resilience to our climate change threats of increased temperatures and extreme storms. Read More

John WoodJohn Wood

Formal education includes a B.S. in Biology and an M.A. in Education. My polar experience began in 1978, working with the United States Antarctic Program in Antarctica for nine austral summers. Read More