Korea and the Arctic

Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries of the Republic of Korea, Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI), Korea Maritime Institute (KMI), and the National Institute of Ecology (NIE) 24. August 2016

Saturday, October 8, 14:30-15:30

Location: Skarðsheiði, Harpa Third Level

This breakout session will consist of presentations on various aspects – international cooperation, scientific research, business opportunities and more – of the Republic of Korea’s activities in the Arctic.

In addition to examining Korea’s Arctic policy through a range of activities in different fields, this session aims to diversify the perspectives represented at the Arctic Circle Assembly by including non-Arctic regions in Arctic dialogue.


  • Kim Chan-Woo, Ambassador for Arctic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Korea’s Contribution to a Sustainable Arctic Future.
  • Hyunkyo Seo, Director, KOPRI-NPI (Norwegian Polar Institute) Cooperative Polar Research Centre: Korea's Scientific Research Activities in the Arctic and Future Plans in the Arctic.
  • Kim Jong Deog, Director General, Korea Maritime Institute (KMI): Korea's Partnership Enhancement with Working Groups and TFs of the Arctic Council.
  • Kang Sung-Ryong, Senior Researcher, National Institute of Ecology (NIE): Korea’s Contribution to the Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI) of the Arctic Council.