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ND Newsflash No. 1/2019 (March)

ND Newsflash No. 1/2019 (March)

ND Newsflash 1/2019
In this issue, we introduce our three-year NDI Think Tank Action and bring you highlights from the Northern Dimension Future Forums. We are also glad to present the first Policy Briefs published by the NDI. Enjoy the reading!

You can read the individual articles below or download the ND Newsflash here: ND Newsflash No. 1/2019 (March 2019).

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Policy Briefs based on the ND Future Forums available

The Northern Dimension Institute has published four policy briefs based on the Future Forums. All the policy briefs are available on our website (link)

The policy brief: 'Designing innovative public services' is based on the Northern Dimension Future Forum on Culture held on 15 Nov 2018 in St Petersburg which focused on the potential of creative and cultural cross-overs in producing public services that tackle societal challenges more effectively.

The policy brief: 'The curbing of black carbon emissions offers many benefits for the Arctic' is based on the Northern Dimension Future Forum on Environment: Black carbon and climate change in the European Arctic held on 19 Nov 2018 in Brussels.

The policy brief: 'Ensuring the Sustainability of Euro-Asian Transport Connections' is based on the Northern Dimension Future Forum on Transport: Emerging trade routes between Europe and Asia – Impacts of China’s Belt and Road Initiative on Northern Europe held on 20 Nov 2018 in Brussels.

The policy brief: 'Healthy Ageing Calls for a Holistic Approach' is based on the Northern Dimension Future Forum on Health: Healthy Ageing held on 28 November 2018 in Vantaa, Finland.

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NDI Think Tank Action Launched

The NDI Think Tank Action was launched in a kick-off meeting at Aalto University on 27 February 2019. This 3-year Action, funded by the EU, serves the information needs of the four Northern Dimension partnerships between the EU, Norway, Iceland and Russia. The themes for these partnerships are environment, cultural cooperation, transport and logistics, and health and social wellbeing. The Action is carried out by NDI (Northern Dimension Institute) which is an international network of universities and research institutes.

In the Action, five Finnish, Russian and Austrian universities and research institutes produce research knowledge on diverse societal challenges of the North. The research topics identified together with the NDI partnerships are how to combat climate change and curb black carbon emissions, how to benefit from creative industries in solving societal challenges, how to facilitate healthy aging, and how to ensure the sustainability of emerging trade routes between Europe and Asia.

The NDI Think Thank Action’s lead partner is CEMAT research center, hosted by the Aalto University. The project partners are Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after M.V. Lomonosov (NArFU), St. Petersburg State University of Economics (UNECON), International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and University of Oulu.

The Action creates a culture of resource-informed policy making in the Northern Dimension area, promoting producers and end-users of research to co-create common understanding. This is achieved by active dialogue throughout the research project, which improves the accuracy of research topics and empirical material, and tailors the publication formats and dissemination platforms to be most applicable to the end users.

During 2019, the Action will produce several policy briefs and research reports for the use of ND environmental, culture, health, and transport and logistics partnerships. On the occasion of Finland's EU Presidency the year will culminate in the ND Future Forum in November. The Forum will be organized by the Action at Aalto University back to back with the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ high-level conference on Northern Dimension. The Forum will serve as a platform to collect young people’s visions on the Northern Dimension, and to channel them to the EU decision-makers.

 NDI Think Tank kickoff
Participants (from left to right) Anni Reissel, Minna Hanhijärvi, Päivi Karhunen, Arja Rautio, Marina Kalinina, Riitta Kosonen, Lassi Heininen, Ludmila Siluanova, Sofia Rekord, Svetlana Popkova, Dmitry Vasilenko and Hanna-Elina Koivisto

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Summaries and video from the Northern Dimension Future Forums available

The Northern Dimension Institute (NDI) organized four Northern Dimension Future Forums in November 2018.

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The first was the Northern Dimension Future Forum on Culture: Creating a better world through cultural and creative crossovers organized on 15 November in St. Petersburg, Russia. The event gathered over 50 participants from 11 countries to discuss and share inspiring experiences and lessons learnt on design thinking approach in public service and cultural and creative crossovers addressing societal challenges. The participants represented universities, cultural institutions, NGOs and governmental organizations.

The second and the third Northern Dimension Future Forums were back-to-back in Brussels. The Northern Dimension Future Forum on Environment: Black carbon and climate change in the European Arctic was held on 19 November. The event gathered researchers, top experts, decision-makers and NGOs to discuss the future challenges as well as solutions available to avert the black carbon impacts of future climate change.

The Northern Dimension Future Forum on Transport: Emerging trade routes between Europe and Asia – Impacts of China’s Belt and Road Initiative on Northern Europe was held on 20 November. The event gathered over 60 participants, researchers, decision-makers and leading transport companies to discuss the future developments in land and Arctic maritime connections between Europe and Asia.

The last Future Forum in 2018 was held in Vantaa, Finland on 28 November. The Northern Dimension Future Forum on Health: Healthy Ageing gathered researchers, professionals, civil servants and decision-makers to discuss the future challenges and opportunities in providing support, services and environments enhancing health and wellbeing among senior citizens. The event featured three knowledge arenas focusing on the topical themes of loneliness and mental health, managing healthy life-styles and preventing ageing related diseases, and creating environments supporting healthy aging.

The events were organized by the Northern Dimension Institute together with the Northern Dimension Partnerships and financed by the European Commission/DG NEAR and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

You can find all the summaries below:
Northern Dimension Future Forum on Culture: Creating a better world through cultural and creative crossovers
Design Thinking Approach as a strategic tool for ensuring creativity and innovations in public sector
Northern Dimension Future Forum on Environment: Black carbon and climate change in the European Arctic
Cutting black carbon emissions is an acute challenge for all in the European Arctic
Northern Dimension Future Forum on Transport: Emerging trade routes between Europe and Asia – Impacts of China’s Belt and Road Initiative
Emerging Euro-Asian land and Arctic maritime trade routes open new business opportunities
Northern Dimension Future Forum on Health: Healthy Ageing
Bridging the gap between the evidence-based knowledge and implementation in promoting Healthy Ageing

Watch the video from ND Future Forums on Environment & Transport in Brussels: 

Nothern from Yellow Screen Production on Vimeo.

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