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'A sustainable Arctic – innovative approaches' in Oulu, Finland

The European Commission, together with European External Action Service and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, will co-host the high-level event "A sustainable Arctic – innovative approaches", to take place in Oulu (Finland) on 15-16 June 2017 (starting on 15 June afternoon and finishing on 16 June afternoon). Following the publication of the Joint Communication on an integrated European Union policy for the Arctic. Commissioner Karmenu Vella and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini will have an open debate with governments, industry, research, indigenous and local community representatives on the climate and environmental challenges facing the Arctic and on how international and local cooperation can boost sustainable and innovative development.

The event will also include a high-level session of the Arctic Stakeholder Forum and the annual Indigenous Peoples Arctic Dialogue. A more detailed programme will be published in the coming weeks.

Please, follow this link and register to the event: https://scic.ec.europa.eu/fmi/ezreg/MARE-ARCTIC2017

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"Arctic Variety" published by Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs

Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini will publish the book "Arctic Variety" on October 27th, 2016. The book was commissioned by the Europe Information of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Finland will chair the Arctic Council in 2017 – 2019. The book gives a voice to everyday actors and daily life of the Arctic in various professions and parts of Finland. Finland will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of its independence next year as a happy, proud and understanding Arctic country. The book also tells about the Arctic Council, Finland's role in it, and linkages to the European Union and to other international politics. The themes include climate change, new shipping routes and interest in the north in the world's leading countries.

"Arctic Variety" is published in four languages – Finnish, Swedish, North Saami and English – and it can be ordered free of charge via the website of the Europe Information at eurooppatiedotus.fi. The five videos telling about everyday life in the Arctic can be viewed at youtube.com/eurooppatiedotus.

Read more about the book on Finnish Foreign Ministry website.

A link between Europe and the Arctic - Railway development in Finland

Helsinki remains committed to build a connection through the Gulf of Finland and all the way to the Norwegian Arctic coast. Construction could start in few years, a member of the country’s Parliament says.

In a comment to the Barents Observer, Oddgeir Danielsen, leader of the Northern Dimension Partnership for Transport and Logistics, says the projects address a “missing link between Europe and the Arctic”.  «The Helsinki-Tallin tunnel and the Arctic Railroad will unlock the huge Arctic potential and give impetus to a sustainable economic development both in the region and as well for a number of countries both in Europe, Russia and Asia».

Read the full article on Barents Observer webpage.

A strategic partnership created to develop smart ships

Rolls-Royce and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd have announced a strategic partnership to design, test and validate the first generation of remote and autonomous ships.

VTT has deep knowledge of ship simulation and extensive expertise in the development and management of safety-critical and complex systems in demanding environments such as nuclear safety. They combine physical tests such as model and tank testing, with digital technologies, such as data analytics and computer visualisation. They will also use field research to incorporate human factors into safe ship design. As a result of working with the Finnish telecommunications sector, VTT has extensive experience of working with 5G mobile phone technology and wi-fi mesh networks. VTT has the first 5G test network in Finland.

Read more about the partnership on VTT website.

Arctic Business Forum in Kemi, Finland

The 8th Arctic Business Forum will be organized 17. – 18.5.2017 at Kemi Finland, the capital of Arctic Industry. The theme for this year’s forum is Industry, Innovations & Investments in the Arctic region.

While embracing the economic cooperation between the Arctic countries, the forum offers also valuable information about the possibilities and future investment potential of the Arctic region both for the local business representatives and international investors. Aim is to scrutinize the future and build network and relationships among region’s various representatives.

The Arctic Europe holds investment potential worth of at least 197 billion euro. In the forum will be presented the latest news in business development in this region. Emphasizing this year’s theme, focus will be especially on the Arctic mining, steel and forest industry both with ever developing infrastructure thanks to the export and tourism both in land, sea and air.

The speakers in the Arctic Business Forum are the key representatives and stakeholders on various branch of Arctic industry. The global and local trends at stake are addressed at the Arctic Business Forum. Moreover, the companies and organizations have a chance to present their own business at the trade show in touch with the forum.

The Arctic Business Forum is organized for the first time at the city of Kemi, which is, together with the city of Tornio, one of the biggest industrial centers in the Arctic region. The region’s future development in forest industry at Kemi and steel industry at Tornio offer various possibilities to SMEs in subcontracting and maintenance.

Welcome to the Arctic Business Forum 2017 to bond with other Arctic business representatives and stakeholders working for the Arctic prosperity.

For more information, please see the Arctic Business Forum's website.

Arctic Expertise in Nordic Cooperation -seminar

Arctic Expertise in Nordic Cooperation -seminar was organised by the Finnish Prime Minister's Office on September 5th, 2016. The seminar's main purpose was to deepen cooperation between and among actors in the arctic region. Former Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen and Risto E. J. Penttilä, CEO, Finland Chamber of Commerce talked in the second part of the seminar. Please see the webcast on Finnish Government website.

Arctic Maritime Security SARC Project launched

The Finnish Border Guard has launched the SARC Project to enhance and develop cooperation and competence of the maritime security authorities in the Artic countries with a practical approach. Increasing activity in the Artic demands also the authorities to evaluate and develop their competence and ways of cooperation in the challenging conditions. The SARC project invites the authorities to act together but the project also aims to work closely with the stakeholders within representing Arctic industry and research. The project promotes actively Finnish Arctic knowhow and best practices.

Read more about the project on Finnish Border Guard website.

CfP: Political Arctic/Arctic Political

NORTHERN POLITICAL ECONOMY SYMPOSIUM 2017

Loma-Vietonen, Ylitornio, 26-27 September, 2017

First call for papers11.4.2017

Political Arctic/Arctic Political

The 7th symposium will address this year political aspects of life in the Arctic as well as the Arctic life as an object of politics, even in the academia. Life in the Arctic has become politicized in many ways due to the effects and challenges posed by climate change, industrialization, urbanization and globalization to local communities and inhabitants. Across the region, conflicts over land use and natural resources accompanied by insecurity and uncertainty about the future are part of everyday life in the Arctic. Such conflicts are political, and occur without respect to the borders of states or boundaries of politically constructed regions. In contrast to much publicized and debated threats of an open, international, direct and even military conflict over Arctic resources, these often small-scale, local conflicts relate to unequal social arrangements, benefit sharing and risk distribution in connection to megaprojects and infrastructural development around the region, and they could also be called “structural violence”.  Living in the Arctic, for both humans and non-humans, is nowadays a political question of coping with, adapting to and transforming changing conditions and circumstances, but also a starting point and object of political interventions of different scales, institutional arrangements and by a broad range of political actors. Papers and presentations covering different aspects of Arctic life as a political phenomenon are welcome.

Keynote speakers
Will be confirmed in the connection of the second call for papers. The second call will be published in early June, 2017.

Deadline for proposals
Please send your abstract (max. 250-words) with your name, title, affiliation and contact information before July 31, 2017 by email to Monica Tennberg (monica.tennberg(at)ulapland.fi).

Programme
The programme will include keynote talks, presentations by the participants and discussions on the basis of presentations. A symposium dinner will be organized.
The accepted papers and programme will be announced by August 15, 2017.

Deadline for registration
If you prefer to participate to the symposium without presenting a paper, please register your participation before September 15, 2017 by email to Susanna Pirnes (susanna.pirnes(at)ulapland.fi).

Travel and accommodation
The event will be held in Loma-Vietonen, 65 kilometres northwest from Rovaniemi. The organizers will arrange transportation for participants from Rovaniemi to Loma-Vietonen and back. There is no fee for participation, but participants (except presenters) will cover their own travel and accommodation costs. Information about travel and accommodation arrangements will be sent to the participants. Let us know if you have any wishes about the diet.

More information
Symposium organizer, research professor Monica Tennberg, research professor, Northern political economy/Sustainable development research group, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland (monica.tennberg(at)ulapland.fi) and the symposium organizing team Tanja Joona (tanja.joona(at)ulapland.fi), Susanna Pirnes (susanna.pirnes(at)ulapland.fi), and Hanna Lempinen (hanna.lempinen(at)ulapland.fi)

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Creative Economy Spearhead Themes in the Triangle City Cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region – A Feasibility Study

Creative Economy Spearhead Themes in the Triangle City Cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region – A Feasibility Study

The feasibility study project  “Collaboration between the Triangle Cities Tallinn-Helsinki-St. Petersburg in the field of creative industries” mapped out the common interests to cooperate between the creative industry actors in Tallinn, St. Petersburg and Helsinki. The project arranged roundtable meetings in each city during the spring and summer. During the roundtable meetings common themes could be found quite easily. Ideas were also already in the early stages intertwined with other than the creative industries. This shows that the application of creative competence in other sectors, so-called “creative economy” is well understood by the actors in the Triangle City region. The rountable sessions also showed that there is a consensus among the actors that co-operation in the field of creative industries and creating joint offerings would increase critical mass and visibility.

Dissertation: Black carbon deposition in the European Arctic from the preindustrial to the present

Meri M. Ruppel
Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Department of Environmental Sciences
University of Helsinki, Finland

The objective of this thesis is to collect new spatial and temporal data on BC deposition in the European Arctic from the preindustrial to the present (i.e., the last ca. 300 years), and assess BC sources and climatic implications, by analysing five lake sediment cores from Arctic Finland and an ice core from Svalbard. 

The results suggest that black carbon may have exerted a significant impact on the radiative forcing and thereby past climatic warming of the Arctic, in the most recent three or four decades. However, the study indicates that local results cannot necessarily be extrapolated over wider areas, and therefore further studies are required to establish regional black carbon deposition trends within the Arctic.

To read the thesis, please visit University of Helsinki webpage.

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