Learning from the Past: Towards an Inclusive International Network of Arctic Science Research

Organized by the UK Science & Innovation Network – Nordics and the Arctic Institute 16. August 2016

Saturday, October 8, 15:30-17:00

Location: Stemma, Harpa First Level

Learning from the Past seeks to break down the national borders and academic disciplines that often silo Arctic research into compartmentalized working groups, projects, and databases through lessons from past UK scientific expeditions and current successful multidisciplinary, multinational circumpolar endeavours.

The event aims to foster a dialogue between Arctic and non-Arctic states, indigenous peoples of the North, social scientists, natural scientists, and humanities scholars by bringing together an international group of researchers from the North, Europe, and Asia. The first half of the session will be a roundtable discussion on the historical and current day examples of cross-disciplinary, cross-border Arctic research projects, illuminating why these were successful and what lessons could be learned from their success. The second half of the session will be a full-group discussion formatted as a ‘brain trust’ that will create a concrete list of take-aways for how to create multidisciplinary, multinational Arctic research projects.


  • Victoria Herrmann, President and Managing Director, The Arctic Institute
  • Michael Bravo, University Senior Lecturer and Fellow of Downing College, Scott Polar Research Institute
  • Klaus Dodds, Professor of Geopolitics, Royal Holloway University of London
  • Duncan Depledge, Director, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Polar Regions, United Kingdom
  • Cécile Pelaudeix, Associate Professor, Aarhus University and Research Associate, Sciences Po Grenoble: Political Science and Law in Interdisciplinary Research: Historical Steps and Current Trends
  • Lill Rastad Bjørst, Associate Professor, Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University
  • Pelle Tejsner, Assistant Professor, Aarhus University


  • Louise Heathwaite, Chief Scientific Adviser for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment, Scottish Government