Assembly Program News

Arctic Leadership: Gender and Diversity in Politics, Science and Industry

Organized by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network; the Icelandic Centre for Gender Equality; the University of Akureyri; the Centre for Arctic Policy Studies (27. August 2018)

Iceland's Ministry for Foreign Affairs, together with other partners, is organizing a session with the aim of promoting an extensive, policy-relevant dialogue on gender and diversity in Arctic leadership positions, in politics, in science and in industry.

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Arctic Tipping Points

Organized by the Technical University of Denmark, Section for Oceans and Arctic (27. August 2018)

A tipping point is the point at which the Earth system passes a critical threshold, a point of no return. A session organised by the Technical University of Denmark will examine physical tipping points such as melting permafrost and inland ice sheets, and ecological tipping points such as species extinctions and changes in food web structure. 

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The Future of the Arctic Council

Organized by: Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security, together with The Arctic Yearbook (27. August 2018)

UArctic’s Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security and Arctic Yearbook will gather leading experts on the Arctic Council and regional governance to discuss the form and function of the Arctic Council and make suggestions for the Council’s strategic plan. Audience participation and ideas will be encouraged.

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Biotic indicators of Arctic environmental changes

Organized by: Polish Polar Consortium, Institute of Geography and Regional Development at University of Wroclaw, Institute of Geography and Spatial Management at Jagiellonian University (24. August 2018)

The Polish Polar Consortium and various Polish universities are organizing a session on how Arctic terrestrial ecosystems respond to changes in temperature, water and nutrient availability. They will present the latest research on landscape-level vegetation dynamics, Arctic dendrochronology, shrubification and rapid plant colonization in the forefields of retreating glaciers.

Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management

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Urbanization in the Arctic

Organized by: Municipality of Sermersooq, Greenland (13. August 2018)

By mid-century, urban dwellers will account for more than 70% of the population of the Arctic. The Municipality of Sermersooq in Greenland will gather mayors from across the Arctic in a session on rural-to-urban migration in the Arctic and its consequent economic and social changes, analyzing case studies of appropriate policy actions for growing Arctic communities.

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From Polar Bears to People: Getting the Arctic Climate Change Story Right

(13. August 2018)

How can media coverage of the Arctic best serve the region's indigenous peoples and threatened communities? Shifting focus from doom and gloom towards stories of solutions-based adaptation and mitigation, the Harvard Kennedy School of Government's Arctic Initiative and Arctic Today are co-organizing a session on expanding and improving public communication about the human impacts of Arctic climate change. 

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Trends in Arctic Security

(13. August 2018)

What are the current security and insecurity trends in the Arctic? The University of Southern Denmark and the University of Loughborough are co-organizing a session focusing on security dimensions of Asia's emerging Arctic actors, Arctic shipping choke points, migration, militarization and terrorism.

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Search and Rescue Operations in the Emerging Arctic

Finnish Border Guard (13. August 2018)

The Finnish Border Guard is gathering Coast Guard representatives and affiliates from Finland, Norway, Iceland and the United States in a session on international and cross-organizational cooperation in Arctic maritime safety.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Grant DeVuyst.

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Arts, culture and creative industries in sustainable Arctic societies

(13. August 2018)

What is the role of arts and culture in Arctic development? Should the Arctic begin to develop a coordinated circumpolar cultural policy? Troms County Council and Norway's Arctic Arts Summit will hold a session on bringing together the people of the Arctic through arts, culture and creative industries.

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Where is the Polar Silk Road heading?

WWF Arctic Programme (13. August 2018)

This session will discuss China’s economic and policy interests in the Arctic, exploring questions such as: what are the potential risks and impacts of China’s “Belt and Road Initiative”? Where does the emerging Blue Economy fit in relation to China’s interest in the Arctic? What kind of accountabilities do we want for the Arctic? 

Photo by Algkalv [CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons

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Arctic Renewable Energy Atlas

Organized by: Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore The Institute of the North (13. August 2018)

The National University of Singapore Energy Studies Institute will present recent developments in the Arctic Council Sustainable Development Working Group's (SDWG) Arctic Renewable Energy Atlas (AREA) Project, including renewable energy resource maps, plus a discussion of Singapore’s role in promoting the sustainable development of the Arctic.

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Polar Law: The Rights of Indigenous Peoples

(13. August 2018)

Persisting colonial attitudes, often emanating from the south, create continuing problems for Arctic indigenous peoples’ attempts to defend their land and resource rights. Speakers in a session organised by the University of Akureyri will examine a human-rights approach to the transition from hydrocarbons to renewable energy, legal questions surrounding the recognition of indigenous land rights, and other issues affecting indigenous rights in the Arctic.

Photo by Mats Andersson (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0], via Flickr

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Moving stakeholder engagement beyond benevolent rhetoric

(13. August 2018)

Stakeholder engagement has become a buzzword and a necessity in polar research. The FRAM Centre (High North Research Centre for Climate and the Environment) is organising a session to help scientists, local and indigenous peoples, business representatives, policymakers and others move from best intentions to best practices.

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Infrastructure in the West Nordic Countries

(13. August 2018)

Air Greenland, Atlantic Airways and Icelandair Group will present case studies from Greenland, the Faroe Islands and Iceland on the economic effects of increased passenger volumes and infrastructure development. How do infrastructure changes affect mobility in small island nations and how are communities best able to steer and direct development?

Photo by Wilco737 (Flickr) [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0], via Flickr

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Quality of Life of Young People in the Arctic

(13. August 2018)

The future of the Arctic will be determined to a great extent by today’s Arctic youth. Where will they study? Where will they live and what occupations and lifestyles will they pursue? The Stefansson Arctic Institute is organising a session that will examine how climate change, new technologies and economic and cultural globalization will affect these choices.

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Engaging Youth in Arctic Biodiversity

(13. August 2018)

The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Working Group of the Arctic Council is facilitating a youth exchange between Iceland, Russia, Norway and Alaska to culminate just before the 2018 Arctic Circle Assembly. Come hear a panel of Arctic Youth Ambassadors deliver and discuss the Arctic Youth Summit's declaration on Arctic biodiversity.

Photo by Arctic Youth Ambassadors

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Using science and innovation to fight marine pollution

(13. August 2018)

Each litre of sea ice can contain 12,000 particles of plastic, which are being ingested by animals. The UK Science and Innovation Network and the NERC Arctic Office are bringing together leading speakers from research and business to examine the challenges of plastic pollution in the Arctic and to showcase innovative solutions for change.

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Port Cities Connected by the North Atlantic

(13. August 2018)

Join a networking workshop to identify joint business opportunities in the North Atlantic Rim: Tromsø, Tórshavn, Reykjavík, Nuuk, St. John’s/Argentia, Halifax and Portland. Examine the economic similarities among these port cities within the industries of shipping logistics, bioeconomy and tourism.

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Making Arctic data accessible and reusable

(13. August 2018)

Come learn about information management best practices and policies for international open data standards and hear examples of data sharing tools and services in a session organized by Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI); the National Land Survey of Iceland; and the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Working Group of the Arctic Council.

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Business in the Arctic: the High North Series

(25. September 2017)

Together with the Arctic Institute and the Institute of the North, the High North Center of Nord University Business School will undertake an ambitious examination of multi-industry Arctic business opportunities, with a specific look at political and social preconditions and the changing roles of governments and private enterprise.

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