Saule Akhmetkaliyeva


  • Member-At-Large, 2023-2024
  • Vice-President, 2022-2023
  • President, 2021-2022
  • Head of UK-Russia collaborations & APECS council, 2020 – 2021
  • Head of UK-Russia collaborations, 2018 – 2020



I am a researcher in environmental science with experience in pan-Arctic fieldwork and lab work in geochemistry, environmental microbiology, glaciology and paleosedimentology. I am currently conducting a PhD research on the 21st century global glacier recession across the (sub)-Arctic region at Manchester Metropolitan University. My PhD project aims to quantify and characterise organic carbon in newly-developed soils following glacier retreat in northern latitudes (Oræfajökull ice cap in Iceland, Tarfala in Sweden and Zackenberg in Greenland). I have been working with UKPN for over three years, first as a UK-Russia representative and now as a president.