The Evolution of the China-Nordic Arctic Cooperation

Organized by: The China-Nordic Arctic Research Center (CNARC) 5. September 2017

The China-Nordic Research Center (CNARC) was established in Shanghai on 10th December 2013 by ten Member Institutes, four Chinese and six Nordic, which all have capacities to influence and coordinate Arctic research. 

Friday, October 13, 17:55 - 19:25
Location: Esja, Fifth Level

CNARC’s purpose is twofold: 1) to increase awareness, understanding and knowledge of the Arctic and its global impacts and 2) to promote cooperation for sustainable development of the Nordic Arctic and coherent development of China in a global context. Now the CNARC has fourteen member institutes and has hosted a range of activities, including five rounds of the annual China-Nordic Arctic Cooperation Symposium and CNARC Roundtable on an economic and cultural matter of strategic significance, four rounds of the CNARC Fellowship exchange of scholars between Chinese and Nordic institutes, as well as a joint China-Nordic Arctic book project is underway. This session will introduce the evolution of the China-Nordic Arctic Cooperation, and explore new frontiers for the CNARC cooperation.


  • Yang Huigen, Director-General, Polar Research Institute of China and Director, CNARC: The Evolution of the CNARC
  • Thorsteinn Gunnarsson, Senior Adviser, Icelandic Centre for Research: North meets East: Learning at the Crossroads
  • Yang Jian, Vice President, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies and Deputy Director, CNARC: Chinese perspectives on CNARC
  • Timo Koivurova, Director and Research Professor, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland: Finnish perspectives on CNARC
  • Jan-Gunnar Winther, Specialist / Director, Norwegian Polar Institute: Norwegian perspectives on CNARC
  • Egill Thor Nielsson, Executive Secretary, CNARC and Visiting Scholar, Polar Research Institute of China: CNARC perspectives on the evolution of the China-Nordic Arctic Cooperation


Hallgrimur Jonasson, Director-General, Icelandic Centre for Research