Thursday, October 12th

Energy in The Arctic: A Firsthand Perspective; World Council of Churches Conference: Just Peace with Earth; Munich Security Conference: Arctic Security Roundtable; The Nordic Universities’ Role in the New Arctic;

10:00 – 16:30 Energy in The Arctic: A Firsthand Perspective

Location: Reykjavík University

Organized by the Iceland School of Energy at Reykjavík University
Open to all Assembly participants: Pre-registration required via arcticenergy@ru.is

Session 1

Ari Kristinn Jónsson, Rector, Reykjavík University
Robert Sauvé, President, Société du Plan Nord
Oli Gretar Sveinsson, Executive Vice President, Landsvirkjun
Juliet Newson, Director, Iceland School of Energy

Session 2

Hakim Nesreddine, Hydro-Québec: Integrated Energy Systems for Off-Grid Arctic Regions.
Árni Snorrason, Director General, Iceland Met Office: Climate and energy resources – opportunities and risks.
Jasmin Raymond, Professor, INRS: Developing geothermal technologies in Nunavik.
Adamie Delisle Alaku, Makivik Corporation: Developing Nunavik the Inuit way, Innovative approaches to sustainability


Session 3

Taha Ouarda, Professor, INRS: Analysis of renewably-powered desalination and water treatment in remote areas.
René Therrien, Professor, Université Laval: Groundwater flow modeling in the Arctic.
Louis Fortier, Scientific Director, Institut Nordique du Québec: Institut Nordique du Québec and its role in Nordic development.
Maxime Claprood, INRS: Stochastic reservoir modeling with limited wells and surface geophysical data

Session 4

Peter Betlem, Iceland School of Energy: 3D thermo-baric modelling of central Spitsbergen: Implications for gas hydrate occurrence and geothermal potential.
Laurentiu Lucian Anton, Iceland School of Energy: Developing an algorithm for the optimization of transmission branches with Snæfellsnes as a case study.
Enzo Adrianus Johannes Diependaal, Iceland School of Energy: Modeling for Isolated (Arctic) Mining and Utility Grids


09:00 – 12:00 World Council of Churches Conference: Just Peace with Earth

Location: Digranes Church, Kópavogur

Organized by the World Council of Churches
Open to all Assembly participants

Lectures

Archbishop Emeritus Anders Wejryd, European President of WCC
Anders Wejryd, Dr, European President of WCC
Sólveig Anna Bóasdóttir, Professor of ethics, Theological Deptartment of the University of Iceland
Risten Turi Alexandersen, General Secretary of the Christian Sami Council Norway
Peter Notebom, Deputy General Secretary of the Canadian Council of Churches
Halldór Björnsson, the Group leader of Weather and Climate Research, Icelandic Meteorological Office

Panel: The Role of Faith Communities in Meeting Climate Challenges

Rev. Dr. Peter Pavlovic Conference of European Churches
Archpriest Dr. Michael J. Oleksa, Alaska
Clarisse Kehler Siebert, Stockholm Environment Institute
Rev. Dr Rodney Petersen, former Director of the Boston Theological Institute
Frances Namoumo, Coordinator of Pacific Conference of Churches Stewardship Programme

12:00 – 20:00 Munich Security Conference: Arctic Security Roundtable

Locations: Harpa, Höfði House (location of the Reagan-Gorbachev Summit), MSV Nordica Icebreaking Vessel
By invitation only

13:00 – 17:30 The Nordic Universities’ Role in the New Arctic

Location: University of Iceland
Organized by: Nordic University Rectors Conferences (NUS)
By invitation only

15:00 – 18:00 Arctic Circle Advisory Board Meeting

Friday, October 13: Plenary Sessions, 08:30 - 12:10

Opening session; The Way Forward in Global Climate Cooperation; A Dialogue With Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland; The Clean Energy and Climate Vision of the United Arab Emirates; Arctic Climate Science and Policy; Observing and Responding to Changing Arctic

Location: Silfurberg, Harpa Second Level

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07:30 – 17:00 Registration

08:30 - 09:45 Opening Session 

Welcome Address:

  •  H.E. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, Chairman Arctic Circle, former President of Iceland

Speeches

  • Bjarni Benediktsson, Prime Minister of Iceland
  • Bob McLeod, Premier of the Northwest Territories
  • Ségolène Royal, Ambassador for the Arctic and Antarctic Poles, former Minister of Climate and Environment, France
  • H.E. Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, President of Iceland
  • Lin Shanqing, Deputy Administrator, State Oceanic Administration, People’s Republic of China
  • Vladimir Barbin, Ambassador for Arctic Affairs, Russian Federation
  • Keiji Ide, Ambassador in charge of Arctic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
  • Kim Young-jun, Ambassador for Arctic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea
  • Gao Feng, Special Representative for Arctic Affairs, Foreign Ministry of the People’s Republic of China

Co-Chairs: 

  • Peter Seligmann, Chairman of the Board, Conservation International
  • Alice Rogoff, Publisher, Arctic Now

09:45 - 10:10 The way Forward in Global Climate Cooperation 

Keynotes

  • Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
  • Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Chair

  • Össur Skarphéðinsson, former Icelandic Minister of Foreign Affairs, Energy and Environment

10:10 - 10:25 Coffee Break

10:25 - 10:50 A Dialogue With Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland 

  • Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland

Chair

  • Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, Chairman Arctic Circle

10:50 - 11:10 The Clean Energy and Climate Vision of the United  Arab Emirates 

Keynote

  • H.E. Dr. Thani Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, United Arab Emirates

Video Presentation

Chair

  • Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, Chairman Arctic Circle

11:10 - 11:25 Arctic Climate Science and Policy: Regional and Global Dimensions 

Speech 

  • John Holdren, former Science Advisor to the President of the United States; Chairman of the White House Executive Steering Committee on the Arctic: Arctic Climate Science and Policy: Regional and Global Dimensions

Chair

  • Jan-Gunnar Winther, Director, Norwegian Polar Institute

11:25 - 12:10 Observing and Responding to a Changing Arctic 

Video Message: HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco

Panel 

  • Petteri Taalas, Secretary General World Meteorological Organization
  • Kelly Falkner, Director, Office of Polar Programs, National Science
    Foundation (NSF)
  • Larry Hinzman, Vice-President International Arctic Science Committee (IASC)
  • Marianne Kroglund, Chair of the Arctic Council’s Arctic Monitoring and
    Assessment Programme (AMAP)
  • Andrea Tilchbe, Head of the Climate action and Earth observation Unit

Chair

  • David Eades, BBC

Networking Lunch 12:10 - 13:00

Hosted by Bjarni Benediktsson, Prime Minister of Iceland

Breakout Sessions 13:00 - 14:00

Friday, October 13: Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions are organized by the respective partners of the Arctic Circle, organizations, institutions, companies, think tanks, universities, or other bodies.

Friday, October 13: Plenary Sessions, 14:00 - 16:00

Dialogue with Senator Lisa Murkowski; Just Peace with Earth; Roadmap to Democratizing Climate Action; From the Arctic to the Universe;

Location: Silfurberg, Harpa Second Level

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14:00 - 14:25 - Dialogue with Senator Lisa Murkowski

Introduction

  • Alice Rogoff, Publisher, Arctic Now

Speech 

  • Lisa Murkowski, United States Senator from Alaska; Chair of the Energy and Natural Resources of the United States Senate

Chair

  • Jane Harman, President and CEO, Wilson Center

14:25 - 15:15 Just Peace with Earth

Keynote

  • His All Holiness, Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I

Panel 

  • Darren McCartney, Suffragan Bishop of the Diocese of the Arctic in Canada
  • Peter Loy Chong, PhD., Catholic Archbishop of Suva, Fiji, Roman Catholic Church
  • Clarisse Kehler Siebert, International Lawyer and Research Fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute
  • Reverend Tore Johnson, former General Secretary, Sami Church Council Norway

Chair

  • Anders Weyjryd, PhD., Archbishop Emeritus of the Church of Sweden, World Council of Churches European President

15:15 - 16:00 Roadmap to Democratizing Climate Action

Introduction

  • Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, Chairman Arctic Circle

Speakers

  • Laurene Powell Jobs, Founder & President, Emerson Collective
  • Peter Seligmann, Chairman of the Board, Conservation International
  • Christoph Wolff, Managing Director, European Climate Foundation
  • H.E. Prime Minister Henry Puna of the Cook Islands

Chair

  • Andy Karsner, Managing Partner, Emerson Collective; Senior Strategist & Space Cowboy, X; former United States Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

From the Arctic to the Universe 

  • Huigen Yang, Director General, Polar Research Institute of China (PRIC)

Chair

  • Barbara Ryan, Secretariat Director, Group on Earth Observations

16:10 - 16:25 Coffee Break 

Breakout Sessions are organized by the respective partners of the Arctic Circle, organizations, institutions, companies, think tanks, universities, or other bodies.

Saturday, 14 October, Plenary Session 09:00 - 10:35

The Arctic: a New Territory of Business; Effective Transportation Solutions for Large-Scale Oil and Gas Projects in The Arctic; New Opportunities. Arctic Science from Research to Practice: Kingdom of Denmark; Himalaya Third Pole Cooperation – Inspiration from the Arctic Model

09:00 – 09:40 The Arctic: A New Territory of Business

Keynote

  • Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade of Iceland

State of Maine, USA – the North Atlantic Arctic

  • Paul R. LePage, Governor of Maine
  • Gylfi Sigfússon, CEO Eimskip

Chair

  • Geir Haarde, Ambassador of Iceland to the United States; former Prime Minister of Iceland, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Finance

09:40 – 09:55 Effective Transportation Solutions For Large-Scale Oil And Gas Projects In The Arctic

  • Evgeny Ambrosov, Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of PAO "Sovcomflot"

Chair

  • Anton Vasiliev, Ambassador of Russia to Iceland


09:55 – 10:35 New Opportunities. Arctic Science From Research to Practice: Kingdom of Denmark

Panel

  • Karen Ellemann, Danish Minister for Fisheries and Equal Opportunities; Minister for Nordic Cooperation
  • Lone Nukaaraq Møller, Deputy Minister, Ministry for Education, Culture, Research and Church, Greenland
  • Minik Rosing, The Natural History Museum of Denmark/Chairman of the Board of Ilisimatusarfik (University of Greenland)
  • Maliina Abelsen, Chief Commercial Officer, Air Greenland
  • Fritz Köster, Professor, Technical University of Denmark
  • Jens Hesselbjerg Christensen, Professor, University of Copenhagen
  • Peter Bjerregaard, Professor, University of Southern Denmark
  • Anne Merrild Hansen, Head AAU Arctic, Aalborg University

Chair

  • Katherine Richardson, Professor, Natural History Museum of Denmark

10:35 – 10:45 Himalaya Third Pole Cooperation – Inspiration From The Arctic Model

  • Borjiginte Ailikun, Professor, Director, International Programme Office, Third Pole Environment, Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Chair

  • Dagfinnur Sveinbjörnsson, CEO, Arctic Circle

Saturday, 14 October, Plenary Session 13:05 - 15:45

Exploring Common Solutions; 21ST-Century Ocean and Fisheries Sustainability; Icebreakers/Research Vessels in The Arctic; Mission Councils: a New Arctic Circle Initiative

13:05 – 13:45 Exploring Common Solutions: Finland’s Role in Northern Challenges

Organized by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Keynote

  • Kai Mykkänen, Minister for Foreign Trade of Finland

Speakers

  • Risto E.J. Penttilä, CEO, Finland Chamber of Commerce; Doctor of Philosophy
  • Tero Vauraste, Chair, Arctic Economic Council; President and CEO, Arctia Ltd.
  • Paula Kankaanpää, Professor; Director of the Marine Research Centre, Finnish Environment Institute SYKE

Chair:

  • Harri Mäki-Reinikka, Ambassador for Northern Policies

13:45 – 14:00 Listening to Indigenous and Northern Voices: Collaborating Toward a Shared Arctic Future

  • Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, Government of Canada

Chair

  • Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, Chairman Arctic Circle

14:00 – 14:50 21ST-Century Ocean and Fisheries Sustainability: Leadership and Lessons from Island States

Organized in Cooperation with Conservation International

Introduction

  • Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, Chairman Arctic Circle

Keynotes

  • H.E. Prime Minister Henry Puna of the Cook Islands
  • H.E. Tetabo Nakara, Minister of Fisheries, Kiribati

Panel

  • James Movick, Director General, Pacific Island Forum Fisheries Agency
  • Cristelle Pratt, Deputy Director General, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat
  • Moses Amos, Director, Head of Fisheries, Secretariat of the Pacific Community
  • Ferral Lasi, Under-Secretary Technical of Fisheries, Solomon Islands
  • Jóhann Sigurjónsson, Special Envoy on on Oceans, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Iceland; former Head of the Marine Research Institute
  • Erla Ósk Pétursdottir, Quality and Development Manager, Vísir

Keynote speakers will take part in the panel

Chair 

  • Peter Seligmann, Chairman, Conservation International


14:50 – 15:30 Icebreakers/Research Vessels in The Arctic

  • Tero Vauraste, President and CEO, Arctia Ltd.
  • Bingrui Li, Deputy Head of Polar Oceanography Division, Polar Research Institute of China (PRIC)
  • Bjorn Dahlback, Director-General, Swedish Polar Research Secretariat
  • Admiral Charles Michel, Vice Commandant, United States Coast Guard

Chair:

  • Dame Jane Francis, Professor, Director, British Antarctic Survey

15:30 – 15:45 Mission Councils: a New Arctic Circle Initiative

Introduction

  • Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, Chairman Arctic Circle

Mission Council on Ports And Shipping

  • Mead Treadwell, President, Pt Capital, former Lieutenant Governor of Alaska

Sunday, 15 October, Plenary Session 09:00 - 12:05

Country Session – India; Country Session – Poland And the Arctic; North Meets South: Indigenous Arctic-Global Dialogue; Biodiversity – Oceans – Food; The Opening of The Arctic Ocean

07:30 – 12:00 Registration

09:00 – 09:30 Country Session – India

  • M. Ravichandran, Director, National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR), Goa
  • Vijay Kumar, Scientist 'G'/Adviser, Ministry of Earth Sciences of India

Chair

  • Dagfinnur Sveinbjörnsson, CEO, Arctic Circle

09:30– 10:15 Country Session – Poland And the Arctic

Speakers

  • Jacek Adam Jania, Professor – Chair, Committee of Polar Research, Polish Academy of Science: From Long Tradition to Modern Studies of the Arctic System. An Introduction
  • Łukasz Szumowski, Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Science and Higher Education: Strategy of Polish Research Development in the Arctic
  • Ambassador Andrzej Misztal, Director of the Legal and Treaty Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Polish Arctic Policy – an Arctic Council Observer State Perspective
  • Agnieszka Beszczyńska-Möller, Physical Oceanographer, Institute of Oceanology, Polish Academy of Sciences: Ocean and climate changes in the warming Arctic
  • J.M. Węsławski, Professor, Institute of Oceanology: Environmental Aspects of the Melting Arctic

Chair

  • Małgorzata Śmieszek, Researcher, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi

10:15 – 11:00 North Meets South: Indigenous Arctic-Global Dialogue
Traditional knowledge in climate change policies and action

Organized in collaboration with Conservation International

Opening

  • Minnie Degawan, Director of the Indigenous and Traditional Peoples Program of CI

Panel

  • Hindou Ibrahim, Coordinator, International Indigenous Peoples' Forum on Climate Change
  • Henry Puna, Prime Minister, Cook Islands

Chair

  • Dalee Sambo Dorough, PhD, Associate Professor of International Relations, University of Alaska Anchorage, former Chairperson of the UNPFII

11:00 – 11:35 Biodiversity – Oceans – Food

Speakers

  • Tom Barry, Executive Secretary, Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Working Group of the Arctic Council
  • Manuel Barange, Director, Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Resources Division, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)

11:35 – 12:05 The Opening of The Arctic Ocean

Panel

  • David Balton, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries, United States Department of State
  • Vyacheslav Zilanov, former Vice-Governor of Murmansk Oblast

Chair

  • Jóhann Sigurjónsson, Special Envoy for Oceans, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Iceland

Networking Lunch 12:05 – 12:45

Sunday, 15 October, Breakout session

Breakout Sessions are organized by the respective partners of the Arctic Circle, organizations, institutions, companies, think tanks, universities, or other bodies.

Sunday, 15 October, Plenary Session 14:00 - 15:35

Arctic Eruption: Polar Aviation And Volcanic Ash; Developing A Society Under Extreme Weather Conditions, The Icelandic examples; The Establishment and The Mission of The Arctic Office in Germany; Hunting the Northern Character

14:00 – 14:30 Arctic Eruption: Polar Aviation And Volcanic Ash

  •  Vilhjálmur Arnasson, Captain and Director of Safety, Icelandair  
  • Ásgeir Pálsson, Director of Air Navigation Services, Isavia
  • Ingvar Kristinsson, Managing Director, Icelandic Met Office

Chair

  • Árni Guðbrandsson, Senior ATM Expert, Isavia

14:30 – 15:10 Developing A Society Under Extreme Weather Conditions, The Icelandic examples

Organized by: Landsvirkjun Power, EFLA, Verkís & Mannvit

  • Guðni A Jóhanneson, Director General, Orkustofnun: A Hisotry of Icelandic Infrastructure Development
  • Guðmundur Pétursson, Senior Project Manager, Landsvirkjun: Building up Knowledge in a Small Society: The Hydropower Example
  • Helga Jóhannsdóttir, Managing Director of Operations, RARIK: Operating Energy Facilities/Utilities in Harsh Weather Conditions

Chair:

  • Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center; former Minister of Industry and Commerce of Iceland

15:10– 15:25 The Establishment and The Mission of The Arctic Office in Germany

  •  Volker Rachold, Head, German Arctic Office, Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research.

 Chair

  • Herbert Ludwig Beck, Ambassador of Germany to Iceland

15:25 – 15:35 Hunting the Northern Character

  •  Tony Penikett, former Governor of the Yukon (1985-1992)

 Chair:

  • Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, Chairman Arctic Circle