Exploring the Northern Dimension

Barents Studies 1/2014

The first issue of this journal is truly a mix of peoples, economies and politics about and from the region. The first article, by Professor Tuija Hautala-Hirvioja of the University of Lapland, introduces the early Sámi artists Johan Turi, Nils Nilsson Skum and John Savio and the representations of the North in their work.

Bonus Calls 2012-2014

BONUS launches calls that fund projects which address the strategic objectives of the research agenda.

The calls are targeting multi-partner and transnational projects, encouraging adequate participation of small and medium-sized enterprises and other end users.

The calls will include research, innovation, training and dissemination activities.

For more information, please see http://www.bonusportal.org/calls

Boosting Internationalization of Higher Education in Russia

Russian and European educational experts gathered in Arkhangelsk in April to share the best practices they have achieved in promoting the education sector and participating in the EU programs. The agenda of the international workshop “Internationalization as the Way towards University Excellence” hosted by M.V. Lomonosov Northern (Arctic) Federal University (NArFU) included also network cooperation between European North-based universities.

Call for Abstracts to UArctic Congress 2016 Science Section is open

The University of the Arctic welcomes scientific abstracts for the first ever UArctic Congress. The Call for Abstracts is open until March 31, 2016.
 

Hosted by Saint Petersburg State University, the Science Section of the UArctic Congress will take place in Saint Petersburg, Russia, in September 13-16.

Abstracts for sessions under the following themes are invited:

  • Vulnerability of Arctic Environments
  • Vulnerability of Arctic Societies
  • Local and Traditional Knowledge
  • Building Long-Term Human Capacity
  • New Markets for the Arctic, Including Trade, Tourism and Transportation

The first ever UArctic Congress will feature Science and Meeting Sections, including:

  • Acclaimed keynote speakers and scientific experts presenting their latest research
  • Parallel sessions on an array of Arctic science, policy and education topics
  • Formal meetings for representatives of the Board of UArctic, Council of UArctic, Rectors’ Forum, and UArctic Thematic Networks
  • Side-meetings to foster contacts and enhance networking
  • Opportunities for promoting and marketing your organization and activities
  • UArctic Student Forum with workshops
  • Cultural and Social program like no other

Abstract submission deadline: March 31, 2016

Acceptance of abstracts: End of April, 2016

Contact: research(at)uarctic.org

Congress information, full session descriptions, abstract submission details, and an online submission form are available at www.uarctic.org/congress2016

Chair’s conclusions from the ND Senior Officials meeting available

The fourth meeting of the Senior Officials of the renewed Northern Dimension (ND) took place in Oslo on the 8th of April, 2014. In the meeting, the Senior Officials asked the ND structures to engage in developing their potential for activities supporting the common priorities between the EU and Russia. Special emphasis should be put on coherence with the strategic priorities of the ND partners and activities of the regional councils in the North as well as other relevant organizations active in the ND region.

To read more on the meeting and the full text of the chairs conclusion, please visit NDPTL's website.

Co-operation between the Nordic Council of Ministers and North-West Russia resumes

The Nordic Council of Ministers took decision to resume co-operation with North-West Russia on 3 February. The new co-operation programme and structure will be evaluated in 2017.

The suspension in the co-operation was caused by the decision of Ministry of Justice in Moscow to categories the Nordic Council of Ministers’ offices in St. Petersburg and Kaliningrad as “foreign agents” in January 2015. However, in autumn 2015 the Council of Ministers organized a working party made up of experts in Russian affairs, on which it was concluded that there is still scope for co-operation, mainly in education and research, journalism and relations between parliamentarians.

For more information, please visit the Nordic Council of Ministers' website.

Conference "Biotechnologies in chemical and forest industry"

International scientific conference «Biotechnologies in chemical and forest industry», organized by NArFU.

The Conference will be held at the NArFU Institute of Theoretical and Applied Chemistry from 11 to 12 September 2014.

Young Scientist School «Modern trends for formation of high efficient enzymatic complexes for plant bioconversion» will be held as a part of the Conference.

The registration form of the conference participant should be sent by 12 May 2014.

The registration is open and may be done via the following e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

More information here.

Conference on petroleum resources, energy-political cooperation and social development in the Arctic region.

Norwegian-Russian cooperation – The path behind us and the path ahead

The Research Council of Norway arranges a Norwegian-Russian conference on petroleum resources, energy-political cooperation and social development in the Arctic region.

The conference will be held on 19.-20. Nov. 2014 in Oslo, Norway.

For more information and registration please see the Research Council of Norway website.

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