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Top of the World Arctic Broadband Summit 2017, Oulu Finland

2nd Top of the World Arctic Broadband Summit 2017 14th and 15th June 2017 Oulu, Finland

The 2nd Arctic Economic Council (AEC) Top of the World Arctic Broadband Summit will convene representatives of business, technology, science and decision-makers to discuss the role of connectivity in developing a safe, competent and interconnected Arctic. This year’s Summit follows the inaugural Top of the World Arctic Broadband Summit last year in Barrow, Alaska attended by over 100 participants. The two-day Summit will include panel sessions and discussions with experts from across the Arctic region, networking opportunities and site visits to innovative and exciting Oulu companies working in the field of connectivity solutions.

For more information about the 2nd Top of the World Arctic Broadband Summit please see the information letteror contact the Arctic Economic Council Secretariat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Registration link.

'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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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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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 Yearbook 2017 - Call for Abstracts

Arctic Yearbook 2017

Call for Abstracts (deadline): 1 March 2017 (250-400 words)

Draft papers (deadline): 15 June 2017 (4000-6000 words)

The Arctic Yearbook (www.arcticyearbook.com) is calling for abstracts for the 2017 edition.

The Arctic Yearbook is an international and peer-reviewed volume, which focuses on issues of regional governance, circumpolar relations, geopolitics and security, all broadly defined. It is an open access, online publication. The Arctic Yearbook is an initiative of the Northern Research Forum’s (NRF) and University of the Arctic’s joint Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security.

This year’s theme is “Change and Innovation in the Arctic: Policy, Society and Environment”. This theme is understood broadly and aims to define and describe innovation as a response to, and as a means for, change in an Arctic context. What changes are precipitating different and new ways of doing things? What innovations are needed to improve the well-being of northern societies and environments? How do we transform knowledge into action?

Topics may include, but are not limited to: knowledge dissemination and transfer in/for the Circumpolar North including tacit knowledges and oral traditions; the interface between research, policy and markets/business in the Arctic; technological and other innovations for the entire North, e.g. in housing, transportation, infrastructure, energy, health and/or education; entrepreneurship, commercialization, and SMEs (Small & Medium Sized Enterprises) in the Arctic; STEM education for the North; the role of governments in promoting innovation; connectivity, broadly defined; local innovations and scalability; creative capital in rural, remote and northern communities; as well as innovations and changes in governance and institutions; and resilience as a response to change.

Other topics of contemporary significance to regional development, northern peoples, circumpolar relations, Arctic geopolitics and security will also be welcome.

Abstracts should be 250-400 words and include author name(s), institutional affiliation and article title, to be submitted to heather.exner(a)usask.ca. The deadline for abstracts is March 1, 2017. Notice of acceptance will be provided on March 15, 2017. Articles must be submitted by June 15, 2017. Publication is planned for October 2017.

We also welcome proposals for commentaries (1-3 page opinion pieces) and briefing notes (4-7 page analyses) from experts and policymakers on current issues and events.

Read more information on Call for Abstracts here.

 

Calotte academy 2017 - first call

The Calotte Academy 2017 'Perceptions of the Arctic: Rich or Scarce, Mass-scale or Traditional, Conflict or Cooperation?' will be organized between June 1 and 11, 2017 in the European Arctic, starting in May 31 in Rovaniemi, Finland and finishing in June 11 Umeå, Sweden.

Abstract submission and PhD candidate funding application deadline: February 28, 2017.

The theme of the 2017 Academy is ‘Perceptions of the Arctic: Rich or Scarce, Mass-scale or Traditional, Conflict or Cooperation?’. The focus is inspired by the fact that there is a growing global interest, even a hype, from many actors, also from outside, towards the Arctic region and its resources, as well as Arctic issues.

The planned schedule and route is the following: June 1 in Inari (Finland), June 2-3 in Kirkenes (Norway), June 4 travelling via Murmansk, June 5-6 in Apatity (Russia), June 7 travelling via Salla (Finland), June 8 in Tornio (Finland), and Haparanda and June 9-11 in Umeå (Sweden).

This is the first call for established researchers and early-career scientists, particularly PhD candidates and post-docs, with different academic backgrounds to participate and present their work in the 2016 Calotte Academy.

For more information see the attached file.

About the Calotte Academy

The international travelling symposium, Calotte Academy, organized since 1991, is an annual doctoral summer school for PhD candidates from the Arctic states, as well as from the observer countries of the Arctic Council (see Final Reports of the Calotte Academy). It is also one of the main annual gatherings of the UArctic-Northern Research Forum and Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security, as well as a sub-forum for the Northern Research Forum (NRF). Furthermore, the 2017 Academy will also act as an annual regional forum for a discussion on the GlobalArctic handbook (see www.globalarctic.org), and a training exercise for the Model Arctic Council 2017-2018, which will take place in October 2017 and 2018 in Finland. Finally, it is a pre-conference symposium for the ICASS IX People & Place in June 8-12, 2017 in Umeå. Sweden

More Information and Contact

For more information about the 2017 Calotte Academy please contact:

Prof. Lassi Heininen, University of Lapland. E-mail: lassi.heininen(at)ulapland.fi
Rector Liisa Holmberg, Sámi Education Institute, Inari. E-mail: lholmber(at)sogsakk.fi
Director Marianne Neerland Soleim, Barents Institute at UiT – Arctic University of Norway. E-mail: marianne.n.soleim(at)uit.no
Senior Researcher Ludmila Ivanova, Luzin Institute for Economic Studies of RAS. E-mail: ludmila_ivanova(at)mail.ru

Study: Quantifying global soil carbon losses in response to warming

The first global study of soil carbon loss due to warming, finds that an additional 55 trillion kilograms of soil carbon could be added to the atmosphere between now and 2050. This is equivalent to as much as 17 per cent of all greenhouse gas emissions during this same period. Most of it would come from Arctic and subarctic soils.

The study was published in Nature and presented in High North News.

Publication: Arctic Resilience Assessment

The Arctic Resilience Assessment (ARA) is an Arctic Council project led by the Stockholm Environment Institute and the Stockholm Resilience Centre. It builds on collaboration with Arctic countries and Indigenous Peoples in the region, as well as several Arctic scientific organizations. The ARA (previously Arctic Resilience Report) was approved as an Arctic Council project at the Senior Arctic Officials meeting in November 2011. The ARA was initiated by the Swedish Ministry of the Environment as a priority for the Swedish Chairmanship of the Arctic Council (May 2011 to May 2013) and is being delivered under the US Chairmanship of the Arctic Council.

Download the assessment on Arctic Council website.

Commentary: The European Parliament Has Not Forgotten the Arctic

"In comparison to the [European] Commission, the EEAS or the Council, the E[uropean].P[arliament]. still wants the European Union to take a much more activist Arctic role and position. Accordingly, some details of the final policy product may lead to intensified discussions between the E.P., its institutional counterparts and Arctic states and stakeholders."

This year, 2016, could very well go down in history as the European Union’s “Arctic Year,” with the various institutions launching several Arctic policy statements, writes Andreas Raspotnik in his commentary. Read the full article on Arctic Deeply.

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

Publication Settlements at the Edge: Remote Human Settlements in Developed Nations

The new book Settlements at the Edgeexamines the evolution, characteristics, functions and shifting economic basis of settlements in sparsely populated areas of developed nations. With a focus on demographic change, the book features theoretical and applied cases which explore the interface between demography, economy, well-being and the environment. This book offers a comprehensive and insightful knowledge base for understanding the role of population in shaping the development and histories of northern sparsely populated areas of developed nations including Alaska (USA), Australia, Canada, Greenland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Finland and other nations with territories within the Arctic Circle.

 

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.

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.

Arctic Design Week Open Call

Arctic Design Week is the world’s northernmost design week. Theme for the week is Arctic Transition - how we improve living and business, and how prepare for change in the Arctic. The intention of the week is to bring together creative Arctic know-how, help companies to understand the value of design in business and to enhance living in the Arctic sustainably using design. Arctic Design Week is a platform to tell stories, introduce Arctic know-how and create and try out new concepts.

Now you can apply for the programme through the open call. The open call for programme entries is open until Nov 11.
 

Nominations for the IASC Medal 2016

International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) Medals are awarded in recognition of exceptional and sustained contributions to the understanding of the Arctic. A maximum of one award is made each year, assuming that there is a nominee of appropriate quality. The award of medals is normally by the President of IASC during the Arctic Science Summit Week (or exceptionally at another major international meeting) following the ratification of the award.

Nominations for the IASC Medal 2016 can be submitted to the IASC Secretariat until 31 December 2015. The Medal Awards Committee, composed of Rajan Sivaramakrishnan, Yves Frenot and David Hik, will consider the nominations received and the Medal will be awarded at the Arctic Science Summit Week in Fairbanks (USA) on 12-18 March 2016.

Read more on the IASC website

NDEP Nuclear Window in Action on Andreeva Bay

The clean-up of Andreeva Bay is being financed through grants from the framework of Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership. Partner governments, like Norway, the European Commission and other donors have contributed with large amounts of money.

About 22,000 spent nuclear fuel elements from the operation of Soviet submarines are stored in three dilapidated concrete tanks a few hundred meters from shore on Russia's Barents Sea coast. That is equal to around 100 reactor cores. No other place in the world has such a large amount of highly radioactive uranium fuel stored under such poor conditions. Removing the waste-elements is considered to be the riskiest nuclear-safety operation ever undertaken in the Russian north.

Read the whole story on Arctic Now website

Marpart conference on board

Researchers and representatives from relevant authorities boarded the MS Polarlys to participate in the fifth conference organized by the research network Marpart (Maritime Preparedness and International Partnership in the High North). The network, which is led by the High North Center for Business and Governance at Nord University, is a central initiative under Norway’s Arctic Policy.

Northern Dimension Institute co-coordinator NaRFU is also a partner in Marpart project.

Read more about the MARPART seminar on High North News website.

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.

"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.

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.

RIAC Report "Asian Players in the Arctic: Interests, Opportunities, Prospects"

Russian International Affair Council's report examines non-regional actors’ interests in the Arctic, their policy frameworks in the region and principal areas of Arctic studies. Authors also explore the Asian states’ positions on the international status of the Arctic. Specific attention is given to the prospects of cooperation between Russia and India, China, Republic of Korea, Japan, Singapore in developing the region.

Download the report on RIAC website

Invitation to nominate candidates for High North Hero 2017

High North Dialogue is pleased to invite you to nominate candidates that have contributed to highlighting the importance of the High North.

In connection with the 2017 High North Dialogue conference, a prize of 50 000 NOK (equivalent to approximately USD 6 000) is awarded to honour a person, organization or company who has contributed to highlighting or developing the High North during the past year.

Read more on High North Dialogue website.

The High North Hero 2016 was Paavo Lipponen, the former Prime Minister of Finland and an active promotor of the Northern Dimension and Arctic opportunities. Read the news of his award on this link.

Call for papers: 4th International Indigenous Voices In Social Work Conference

The Program Committee of the 4th International Indigenous Voices In Social Work Conference, June 12th–15th, 2017 Alta, Norway, invites researchers, social workers and other authors to submit abstracts for oral presentation for parallel sessions during the Conference.

The symposia/workshops are based on assumed Abstracts on the following topics:

a. Healing and social work practice with individuals and families

b. Restorative practice

c. Community work and empowerment

d. Indigenism and transition in social work education

e. Indigenous based knowledge and research

f. Decolonization and anti-marginalization

Read more on the UArctic website.

Call for Papers: Media in the Circumpolar Region – A Comparative Perspective

Call for Papers. Media in the Circumpolar Region – A Comparative Perspective. Abstracts need to be submitted before January 15 2017. Final papers are expected for early June 2017. 

The media is a significant player in shaping popular understandings of the Arctic region. With new stakeholders involved in circumpolar affairs, a “global Arctic” scene also translates into a growing interest from the media in many languages, whether from Arctic states (English, French, Norwegian, Finnish, Swedish, Danish, Icelandic, Russian) or non-Arctic states (Chinese, Korean, Japanese to name only a few). Few studies, however, seek to empirically demonstrate when and how media influences understandings of the Arctic region and, by extension, political decision-making.

To address this research and analytical gap, we hope to initiate comparative discussion and enhance collaboration across different national communities of scholars about how the Arctic is represented in the media. Our call for paper solicits theoretical as well as empirical contributions, and we will welcome both quantitative and qualitative studies.

Read more on the UArctic website.

Safer, Smarter and Greener Arctic Road Transport: NDPTL seminar

 

A High Level Seminar will take place on the 10-15 January, 2017, in Ivalo, Finland. The event is arranged by NDPTL and a group of Arctic companies.

Road transport is facing its most profound change since the introduction of cars in the 19th century.

Driven by technological advancements and the necessities of climate change, the established transport systems, vehicles, tyres and fuels are being reinvented. The innovations currently under development will reshape cities and daily life in the Arctic countries as well as the rest of the world. Following global trends, all Arctic region countries are speeding towards making transport smarter, safer and greener. At the same time, the European Union is forming its own vision on how to reduce emissions and pollution in Europe. For Arctic businesses the change offers a possibility to sell new products and services worldwide. Yet it is the responsibility of national governments to ensure road safety for their citizens and enable the greatest possible mobility for businesses. This is why the Northern Dimension Partnership for Transport and Logistics (NDPTL) and a group of Arctic companies working in the transport sector are organizing a high-level seminar: Safer, Smarter and Greener Arctic Road Transport.

http://www.ndptl.org/activities-and-news/-/view/1226

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