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2024 Arctic Circle Business Forum: Call for Proposals

The Arctic Circle Secretariat is accepting Session proposals for the 2024 Arctic Circle Business Forum, to be held on 17-19 October 2024 in Reykjavík, Iceland. The submission deadline is on July 15th, 2024.

Proposal Guidelines

Sessions at the Business Forum run for 55 minutes and are held at the Reykjavik EDITION Hotel.

Types of Sessions at the 2024 Business Forum:

  1. Day Sessions are held throughout the morning and afternoon on all Business Forum days. Sessions in this category are aimed at in-depth presentations, discussions, roundtables, workshops and mini masterclasses.
  2. Evening Sessions are more flexible in duration, intended for gatherings with a more relaxed atmosphere, such as networking events, small receptions and game nights. Please note that the Reykjavík EDITION Hotel can arrange drinks and light refreshments at the organizers' expense.

How to submit a proposal:

Proposals may ONLY be submitted via our online submission form. Please note that you must register as a user in the submission system to submit proposals. Please note that all messages regarding the proposal will be sent to the email address you provide when logging into the system.

Proposals must include the following:

  • The Session's proposed name (80 characters maximum)
  • Organizing body/bodies
  • Contact person(s)
  • Room setup (auditorium seating / round tables - please only select round tables if you intend to use them to facilitate discussions or other activities)
  • Promotional description of the Session (this text will be used to promote your Session
  • Description of the Session for the review process
  • List of speakers and speaker topics
  • Any special requirements
  • Affiliated websites

Important information

Please read the following information carefully:

  • At least half of the proposed speakers must be confirmed as willing and able to speak at the Business Forum by the submission deadline.
  • As an open, democratic forum, Arctic Circle requires Sessions to include ample time for Q&A or other forms of audience involvement.
  • Organizers of accepted Sessions are required to have their speakers fill out the online speaker information sheet. The speaker information sheet includes providing a short bio (max 200 words) and a headshot (240x240 px). Speaker information sheets must be completed before August 1st. This information will be used to create speaker profiles in the Assembly App and does NOT equal registration for the Assembly.
  • All speakers and organizers MUST BE REGISTERED for the Business Forum before September 18th.
  • While there is no fee for organizing Sessions at the Arctic Circle Business Forum, organizers and speakers are responsible for their travel and accommodation, as well as the applicable registration fee for participation.


Companies, corporations, innovators, entrepreneurs, governments, financial institutions, organizations, and others can submit proposals. Individuals may not submit proposals without organizational affiliation/support.

Proposals must describe the Session's relevance to the Arctic, including its contribution to increased knowledge or awareness of Arctic economic issues.

Diversity among speakers' demographic backgrounds, affiliations, and nationalities is strongly encouraged.

Any questions may be directed to

Frequently Asked Questions

What topics should the Sessions cover?

The Business Forum will, for example, concentrate on the following areas: Energy, Mining, Shipping, Tourism, Finance, Infrastructure, Innovation and Technology, Blue Economy and Ocean Products, Transportation, and Fisheries.

Sessions can cover any topic that has relevance to the Arctic. Programs from past Assemblies and Forums include all Sessions that have been organized in the past.

What if another applicant is presenting on a similar topic?

The Arctic Circle Secretariat will make every effort to ensure that Sessions on similar topics will not be scheduled simultaneously. When appropriate, the Secretariat may also encourage applicants to collaboratively organize a Session.

When will I know if my Session has been accepted?

Responses can be expected by the end of July 2024. A small number of Sessions will be accepted later, subject to availability.

What formats can Sessions take?

Sessions can take various forms, such as:

  • Announcements and presentations
  • Press conferences
  • Open or moderated dialogues
  • Forum debates
  • Masterclasses
  • Workshops and interactive sessions
  • Townhall meetings
  • Panel discussions
  • Small group forums
  • Networking events
  • Small receptions
  • Game nights
  • Fire-side chats

Please note that as an open, democratic forum, Arctic Circle requires Sessions to include time for Q&A or other forms of audience involvement.

How can I promote my Session?

Sessions submitted by the deadline will be promoted on the Arctic Circle social media platforms in the months leading up to the Business Forum. You are encouraged to tag Arctic Circle in your posts and use #ArcticCircle or #Assembly2024 when promoting your Session on social media.

Is there a fee for organizing a Session at the Arctic Circle Business Forum?

There is no fee for organizing Sessions at the Arctic Circle Business Forum. Organizers and speakers are responsible for the applicable registration fee for participation, as well as for their travel and accommodation.

Organizers interested in having their Sessions recorded, catered or have other special requests are responsible for all associated costs.

Can my Session be scheduled for a specific day?

Due to the complexity of scheduling several dozen Sessions and the number of scheduling requests received, Session speakers should prepare to attend all days of the Business Forum. The Secretariat takes all requests into account but cannot guarantee that they will be met.

Can I attend the Arctic Circle Assembly if I'm registered for the Business Forum?

All those that register for the Business Forum have full access to the Assembly.

Can I support the Business Forum / Can my company become a partner of Arctic Circle?

All partnership inquiries can be directed to

Can my company have a booth at the Business Forum?

Very limited space is available for specialized booths at the Reykjavík EDITION Hotel. All booth inquiries should be sent to

How can I contact and arrange meetings with other participants of the Business Forum?

A special app will be made available for Business Forum participants where they can connect with each other, arrange meetings and book meeting rooms.

I have a special idea for the Business Forum. How can I present that?

We are happy to receive any special and innovative ideas for the Forum. Please be in contact with to present your idea.

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