Exploring the Northern Dimension

AIDS Denialism: Fear and Uncertainty

December 1 marked World AIDS Day, the purpose of which is to increase global awareness of the disease. Researchers from HSE’s campus in St. Petersburg have spent the last two years studying a movement of individuals called ‘AIDS dissidents,’ or people who deny the existence of AIDS. Peter Meylakhs, Senior Research Fellow with the International Centre for Health Economics, Management, and Policy at HSE St. Petersburg, Russia discusses the phenomenon in detail 

Read the full article on HSE website.

Analysis: The Arctic conflict – truth, fantasy or a little bit of both?

"Why do the media tell us more about the incoming potential for Arctic war than about the increasing cooperation in the region?"

Research Professor and Director of the Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland Timo Koivurova published an article about the Arctic cooperation and conflict.

Read the full article on High North News

Arctic Altmetrics: Alternative Perspectives on the Impact of Arctic Research. A Working Paper

There exist a significant number of information sources, apart from the scientific literature, with which to assess the social impact of the findings produced by Arctic researchers and institutions. Various policy documents, online news and media publications, white papers, tweets, and Facebook posts provide additional data points to help assess the reach and potential impact of publicly funded research, including Arctic research. 

In this working paper, the writers provide some alternative perspectives of the way one could view the impact being made by Arctic-related science.

Download the paper on this link.

Arctic Research and the Role of Science Diplomacy

An article published in the December 2016 edition of the Journal of Environmental Science and Studies focuses on the key role science diplomacy can play in a changing Arctic, in light of the current geopolitical situation. The article mentions that climate change, the post Cold-War politics between the West and Russia, and the globalisation/power transition that is taking place as a result of the rise of China are key drivers in a current transformation the Arctic is undergoing. Science diplomacy - using scientific research to foster ties between different countries and other Arctic stakeholders - should play a key role in this transformative period the Arctic is facing, the paper argues.

Read the recap of the article on Arctic Portal website. Arctic Portal Director Halldór Jóhannsson is a contributing author to the journal article.

Arctic Research Publications: Scholarly Output Trends Using the Russian Index of Scientific Citations. A Working Paper

UArctic recently collaborated with ÜberResearch to produce a report entitled “International Arctic Research: Analyzing Global Funding Trends - A Pilot Report”.The nature of the Dimensions database means that that analysis was based upon project funding data. 

This working paper undertakes a preliminary analysis of how a similar approach could be used with a publications database, utilising the Russian Index of Scientific Citations (RISC) data.

Download the paper on this link.

Arctic Yearbook 2016 published

The Arctic Yearbook is the outcome of the Northern Research Forum and the University of the Arctic Thematic Network (TN) on Geopolitics and Security. The TN also organizes the annual Calotte Academy.

The Arctic Yearbook seeks to be the preeminent repository of critical analysis on the Arctic region, with a mandate to inform observers about the state of Arctic politics, governance and security. It is an international and interdisciplinary double-blind peer-reviewed publication, published online to ensure wide distribution and accessibility to a variety of stakeholders and observers.

Read the 2016 edition of Arctic Yearbook via this link.

Call for papers Arctic Frontiers Science 2018

Arctic Frontiers Science 2018 takes place Tuesday 23 January until Thursday 25 January 2018 and will address the following topics:

  • Aquaculture in the High North in times of change
  • The New Arctic in the Global Context
  • Resilient Arctic Societies and Industrial Development
  • Circumpolar Safety, Search and Rescue Collaboration

You can read more about each topic below.On behalf of the Arctic Frontiers Science Committees, we have great pleasure in inviting you to submit one or more abstracts to any of the four topics.

Abstract submission terms and conditions

Abstract submission closes on Tuesday 19 September 2017, 23:59, European time.

By submitting an abstract to Arctic Frontiers, you agree to the following:

  • The author is responsible for the accuracy of the abstract.
  • The acceptance of an abstract for Arctic Frontiers does not imply provision of travel, accommodation or registration fee for the Arctic Frontiers conference, nor any other costs associated with preparation or presentation of the abstract will be covered by the conference.
  • At least one author will be available to present the abstract (oral or poster format) if selected for the program. The authors will immediately notify the Arctic Frontiers conference secretariat if they are unable to present an abstract or if the presenting author is changed.
  • All presenting authors at the Arctic Frontiers conference must register and pay to attend.
  • You give us permission to publish your abstract submission on the Arctic Frontiers conference website and in the book of abstracts, also published online.
  • You confirm that the submission has been approved by all co-authors.
  • All abstracts must be submitted in English and via the online submission site. Other forms of submission e.g. by post, email or fax will not be accepted.

The abstract will be reviewed by members of the Scientific Committees and the Committee’s decision is final.

For more information, please see Arctic Frontiers' website.

Call for proposals: The Nordic Green Growth Research and Innovation Programme

The Nordic countries have committed themselves to ambitious climate goals towards 2050 in terms of developing energy efficient and low-carbon societies. To achieve these goals, extensive green transitions are needed in all areas of the Nordic societies and economies, facilitated by promoting green economic growth, sustainability and competitiveness in both the public and the private sectors.

The main research and innovation funders in the Nordic countries are now launching the joint Nordic Green Growth Research and Innovation Programme (hereafter “the programme”) in cooperation with NordForsk, Nordic Innovation and Nordic Energy Research.

The programme will cover innovation, research and energy, as well as science and technology. The programme will generate Nordic added value and create synergies with relevant initiatives nationally and at the Nordic level.

Application period ends in 16.08.2016 - 10:00 CET

The total budget amounts to NOK 73 million.

Funding decision: mid-November 2016. Project start-up: Q1 2017.

Find more information about the Programme from the NordForsk website.

Different cultures and their experiences of pain

Swedes have a higher threshold and longer tolerance to pain, research carried out on three cultures by Malmö University’s Faculty of Odontology has discovered.

The findings are published in the thesis, ‘Cross-cultural differences in patients with temporomandibular disorders-pain’, written by Mohammad H Al-Harthy. It is hoped that the thesis will aid the treatment of patients in an ever-globalised world.

The main idea behind the research was to gain a better understanding of the cultural differences in some issues relating to pain, particularly orofacial pain, which is felt in the jaw, mouth and face - prevalence varies from country to country

Read more on Malmö University website.

First Call for Abstracts - The Arctic Broadband Forum 2017

The University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of the Arctic are pleased to announce The Arctic Broadband Forum 2017 to be held in Fairbanks, Alaska, USA, May 8-9, 2017. Proposal deadline: November 15, 2016 - Final program will be ready in February 2017.

Read more on the UArctic website.

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