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
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.
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).
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.
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)
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.
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
BSR Policy Briefing: The EU-Russia relations and their reflections in the Baltic Sea region - Some recommendations for policy-makers
By Stanislav L. Tkachenko
Since the early spring 2014 the European Union-Russia relations are in a deep crisis. Re-evaluation of principles and aims of the EU relations with Russia has been done at the level of communitarian structures in Brussels as well as by all EU member states. Multiple Russia’s attempts to destroy unity of the EU countries regarding rejection to recognize integration of Crimea into Russian Federation have failed. EU member states and the Union’s structures see Russia as fighting actor in the bloody conflict in Eastern Ukraine, but Russia ignores these claims. Current stalemate situation requires innovative steps for restoration of dialogue between the two entities. First of all, it is crucially important for the Baltic Sea Region as the only area where the EU and Russia have common land border. Future dialogue should be grounded at principles of mutual rejection of economic and visa sanctions, as well as on confidence-building measures, especially in hard-security issues. New Foreign Policy Concept of Russian Federation, which was adopted on November 30 2016, provides solid political and legal ground for these initiatives.
Read more on the Centrum Balticum's website.
From 2013 onwards Centrum Balticum has published BSR Policy Briefing series. Articles of Baltic Sea Region experts dealing with topical and significant issues of the region are published in the series.
Various EU-Russia cooperation formats and platforms were discussed at the workshop organized by HA Neighbours during the EUSBSR Strategy Forum in Stockholm. In particular, the Northern Dimension and the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) were raised up as successful cooperation platforms. HA Neighbours is one of the Horizontal Actions (HA) in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). Its aim is to promote cooperation with Russia, Ukraine, Norway and Iceland in order to tackle the challenges and tap the opportunities identified in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.
The fifth meeting of the Senior Officials of the renewed Northern Dimension (ND) took place in Reykjavík on 14 December 2016. The meeting was hosted by Iceland and attended by the Senior Officials of the four Northern Dimension Partners - the European Union, Iceland, Norway and the Russian Federation.
The Northern Dimension Partnerships, the ND Institute as well as representatives of the Regional Councils, the International Financial Institutions as well as other delegates from EU states and observers also participated the meeting.
The Barents Cooperation Forum was organized in Helsinki on December 8th by University of Applied Sciences of Kajaani, Regional Council of Kainuu and the Barents Euro-Arctic Region secretariat.
Representatives of several programmes and ministries brought a multitude of funding news to the audience. After the presentations it was possible to participate in workshops and bilateral meetings with 150 participants interested in the Barents region as a cooperation platform.
Following presentations can now be downloaded on forum website:
- Opening words Pentti Malinen, Regional Mayor, Regional Council of Kainuu
- Summary and highlights from Barents region cooperation survey Mikko Keränen, R&D Director, Kajaani University of Applied Sciences
- Collaboration between Arctic ETC (European Territorial Cooperation) programmes Ole Damsgaard, Head of Secretariat, Northern Periphery Programme Secretariat
- Enhancing Financing Cooperation in the Barents and Arctic Regions Birgit Autere, Team Leader Regional Cooperation, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
- How can Barents cooperation projects be financed? The role of the International Barents Secretariat as a facilitator of financing Laura Quist, Executive Officer, The International Barents Secretariat
- Opportunities and challenges for the Barents Cooperation. Viewpoints and experiences of the Russian BEAC Chairmanship 2015-2017 Sergey Petrovitch, Deputy Director of the Second European Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
- EU external cross-border cooperation. Lessons learned and opportunities for the Barents region. Norwegian viewpoints and experiences. Elizaveta Vassilieva, Adviser, The Norwegian Barents Secretariat
- Case example: The New Horizons. What is a successful International project made of? Tomas Lind, Project manager
- NEFCO financing for environmental projects with a focus on the Barents Region (Presented at Project clinic Q&A) Henrik G Forsström, Senior Adviser, Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO)
- Programme for Environment and Climate Co-operation. Northwest Russia - Nordic countries (Presented at Project clinic Q&A) Nordic Council of Ministers
The article examines the coordination of policy priorities among the Arctic Council, the Barents Euro-Arctic Council, the Council of Baltic Sea States, and the Nordic Council of Ministers. The member states of these groups established these institutions to coordinate their regional cooperation. However, the member states ended up having to coordinate the parallel work of these institutions. This coordination effort influenced their cooperation, creating an institutional coordination dilemma. The article analyzes how interests, leadership, and identity politics influence this dilemma and how negative, problem-solving, and positive forms of coordination can amend its effects regarding the temporal consistency of policy priorities and their sectoral overlap.
Authors: Aalto Pami, Espiritu Aileen A, Kilpeläinen Sarah, Lanko Dmitry A.
The article was published in Journal of Baltic Studies.
This book analyses the revised European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) which entered into force in May 2011, thereby replacing its predecessor of 2003/2004.
Editors: Bouris, Dimitris, Schumacher, Tobias (Eds.)
Read more on the publisher website
Interreg Europe's third call for proposals will open on 1 March 2017. Applications will be accepted until 30 June 2017.
The detailed terms of reference will be available on the website in January 2017.
Please visit Interreg website for further information.
"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.
"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.
A new tool for searching funding for projects in the Baltic Sea Region has been developed by INTERACT and Swedish Institute. Baltic Funding Portal is an inventory of more than 300 funding instruments making cooperation possible in the Baltic Sea Region.
Read more about the portal on EU Strategy for Baltic Sea Reagion website.
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.
Baltic Science Network (BSN) is an Interreg Baltic Sea Region funded project. Its aim is to provide science and research ministries of the Baltic Sea region states with an overall coordination framework to develop and implement science policy in a macro-regional dimension and to ensure a better representation of macro-regional interests on the EU level.
The BSN project also aims to develop and implement transnational strategies, incentives and programmes to support higher education, research and innovation and to develop R&I excellence.
The project has published a report "International Mobility of Researchers in the Baltic Sea Region". Please download the report on the project website.
The Baltic Development Forum has published its Political State of the Region 2016 report "Facing a New Reality in the Baltic Sea Region". The authors are young researchers around the region.
Download the report on BDF website.
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
Why is it so important to cooperate with other Baltic Sea States? How does it all fit together, and what in fact are the differences between the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, Europe 2020 and the Baltic Sea Region Programme? The new brochure answers these questions and many more.
Download the brochure on EUSBSR Strategy Forum website.
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.
The European Union Strategy for Baltic Sea Region has published a foresight report about the future of the Baltic Sea towards 2030.
Download the full report or the summary on EUSBSR website.
Barents Cooperation Forum takes place in Helsinki, Finland on December 8th. The Forum offers the latest information on the development activities and funding opportunities within the region. The Forum will also serve as a platform for creating strategic partnerships for new projects and other collaborative initiatives.
The forum targets a wide spectrum of companies, municipalities, universities and researchers from Barents region interested keeping up to date with the developments in the region, participating in workshop discussions, sharing new project ideas and finding collaboration partners.
Read more and register on the Forum website.
The Barents region comprises the northernmost parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. It was established in 1993 as a result of the disintegration of the Soviet Union, and it is also the first macroregion to move beyond the Cold War's Iron Curtain. Six million people live in the Barents Region.
The encyclopedia represents the ultimate guide to the region bridging the gap between Russia and the Nordic countries in terms of geography, history, ethnicity, religion, cultural content, political systems and economies. It fullfills the project about the Barents Region which started with The Barents Region. A Transnational History of Subarctic Northern Europe.
Editor-in-Chief: Mats-Olov Olsson
Read more via this link.
Karelia Cross-Border Cooperation has announced its first Calls for Proposals. They will be opened on January 16th and on March 2nd 2017.
In January a Call for Proposal for regular projects in the priority Attractive cultural environmentand calls for proposals for micro projects in the priorities Growing cross-border business cooperationand Clean and comfortable region to livewill be opened. The micro calls will be open until March 23rd and the regular call until March 31st.
In March Calls for Proposals for regular projects in the priorities Growing cross-border business cooperationand Clean and comfortable region to livewill be opened. The calls will be closed on May 11th.
Read more on the Karelia CBC website.
Presentations for Arctic Boost, the NPA Annual Event 2016, are now online. The event aimed to contribute to the discussion on how cooperation programmes can contribute to economic development in the Arctic. It took into account the ongoing developments and opportunities in the Arctic and neighbouring regions, and the perspective of the people living there. Projects illustrated concrete examples of Arctic development.
Read more and see the material on NPA website.