2020 has been an extraordinary year - extremely difficult and challenging on a global scale. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a great deal of uncertainty and heartbreak. As the workplaces closed, I was fortunate enough to be able to work from home, and turned the spare room into my ‘home’ office. Travel restrictions meant new ways of connecting at online conferences, coffee mornings, and Zoom calls to catch-up with authors and editors.
New and innovative book projects continue to be developed, POLAR NIGHT Marine Ecology presents ground-breaking new research into marine life at high latitudes during the dark Polar Night. I am excited to see the publication of Germans in the Antarctic. Translated from the original German text, the book presents the course of the three German Antarctic expeditions with their dramatic twists and turns, it provides insights into everyday life under extreme conditions. The Governance of Arctic Shipping which promotes safe navigation and environment protection, as well as assessing climate change impacts in the Arctic Region, was published as an Open Access volume.
I am looking forward to a new year and continuing to support our scientific communities – in what I hope will be a healthy and safer environment.