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The Frederik Paulsen Arctic Academic Action Award

Action-oriented scientific initiatives that serve to promote and raise awareness of promising projects which address climate change through concrete actions and plans.

2022 Frederik Paulsen Arctic Academic Action Award

The call for nomination closed on May 17th.

This year, two prizes will be awarded to outstanding ideas; one open to anyone (individual or small group) and another specifically catalyzing institutional collaboration in support of innovative action with UArctic members.

The goal is to acknowledge and support work that contributes materially to preventing, reversing or mitigating the effects of climate change in the Arctic in one or more of the following categories:

  • Technological developments that can be accomplished through effective planning and practical implementation
  • Initiatives that empower resident Arctic communities to take greater control in managing their own environments
  • Reforms to policy, regulatory, and/or legislative arrangements.
Nomination Guidelines

100,000 EUR Prizes

The Award Ceremony will take place at the 2022 Arctic Circle Assembly.

The winning initiatives of the two prizes will be chosen by the UArctic Award Council. Both winning initiatives will receive EUR 100,000, and the opportunity to implement the project through the UArctic network.

A reception and a dinner will be held in their honour following the presentation of the winning projects at the Award Ceremony.

2021 Award Winner: Dr. Trevor Bell

Dr. Trevor Bell, University Research Professor at Memorial University in Newfoundland was the winner of the 2021 Frederik Paulsen Arctic Academic Action Award. Dr. Bell was nominated for his project SmartICE. SmartICE combines remote monitoring and traditional Indigenous knowledge to help Inuit communities to make sea-ice travel faster and more secure in increasingly unpredictable ice conditions.

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Background of the Award:

Two leading organizations have come together to address the greatest challenge facing the Arctic region: Global Warming.

Arctic Circle is the largest network of international dialogue and cooperation on the future of the Arctic.

University of the Arctic (UArctic) is a network of more than 200 universities, colleges, research institutes and other organizations concerned with education and research in and about the Arctic.

Through this unique collaboration, a new forum and incentive for scientific action program has been created.

Solutions for tackling climatic change will not come from hope alone. They will also not be found solely in future technological or current regulatory innovations. We must work together to solve the underlying causes of the ongoing transformation of our Arctic systems. We must harness all resources at our disposal.

So far, many actions relating to the changing climate have centered on measurement, information gathering and analysis. Today, however, there is a strong interest in moving towards action-based scientific programs to mitigate and/or reverse the dramatic effects of climate change in a concrete way.

Frederik Paulsen

The Award is linked to the name of Frederik Paulsen who for decades has been a strong promoter of Arctic and Antarctic research and cooperation. He is a patron and crucial supporter of many Arctic endeavours which have facilitated the cooperation between experts and scientists from multiple nations. Frederik Paulsen has also demonstrated strong respect for the culture and the livelihood of Indigenous peoples. His support for Arctic Circle and the UArctic is also a contribution to our success.

The Frederik Paulsen Arctic Academic Action Award will serve to promote and raise awareness of promising projects which address climate change through concrete actions and plans.

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