The first University of the Arctic (UArctic) Congress will be held in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, in September 12th-16th, 2016. The Congress is hosted by Saint-Petersburg State University, and it will feature Science and Meeting sections. Key UArctic meetings include the Council of UArctic, UArctic Rectors' Forum, Student Forum, and Thematic Network leaders.
Registration to the Congress ends in August 21st, 2016.
Find more details about the Congress and registration here.
The Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme has just released information about the extension of its Fourth Call deadline until 30 November 2016 due to Brexit. In September, the Monitoring Committee of the Programme will decide if there is a need to further extend the Fourth Call deadline, and whether more detailed instructions need to be given for the involvement of UK partners. Already approved projects continue running as planned.
For more information, visit the NPA Programme website: http://www.interreg-npa.eu/.
The Council discussed the future integrated EU policy for the Arctic with a view to set out a coherent response to the environmental, economic and social challenges of the region, on the basis of the joint communication by the High Representative and the Commission issued in April 2016. An important objective of the EU is to contribute to enhancing socio-economic resilience in the Arctic region, which is home to 4 million inhabitants, while also enhancing environmental resilience.
The press release can be downloaded from the Council website.
The Pan-European Institute publishes a discussion forum, Baltic Rim Economies (BRE), which deals with the development of the Baltic Sea Region. In the BRE review, high-level public and corporate decision makers, representatives of Academia as well as several other experts contribute to the discussion.
Read the latest Special Issue on the Future of the Arctic: BRE 3/2016
In this issue we have an Arctic twist. The ND Newsflash brings you highlights from the 7th Northern Dimension Forum and presents you contributions from two keynote speakers of the Forum. We are also glad to present the first High North Hero. In addition, we feature recent achievements from the Northern Dimension partnerships. You can read the individual articles below.
The seventh Northern Dimension Forum focused on discussing the challenges and business opportunities in the Arctic region. The need for international cooperation and sustainable development in the Arctic was highlighted throughout the discussions. The ND Forum – organized by the Northern Dimension Business Council (NDBC) and the Association of European Businesses (AEB) – was held on 7 April 2016 in St. Petersburg with over 200 delegates attending the event.
“LEND-LEASE AND ARCTIC CONVOYS: FROM REGIONAL COOPERATION TOWARDS GLOBAL COALITION”
August 30, 2016
Northern Arctic Federal University
Northern Arctic Federal University located in Arkhangelsk, North-West Russia, is happy to announce the forthcoming celebrations dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Allied Arctic Convoy DERVISH. The celebrations will be held on 29 August - 1 September 2016 in Arkhangelsk and offer a diverse programme of ceremonial, public and cultural events.
We are pleased to invite you to participate in the International Conference “Lend-Lease and Arctic Convoys: From Regional Cooperation Towards Global Coalition” to be hosted by the Northern Arctic Federal University on August 30, 2016 alongside the extended programme on the regional level that you are also welcome to enjoy.
The Conference will be attended by officials, diplomatic missions, federal and regional authorities, veterans, researchers, students, general public, and media.
Conference Concept and Relevance
The joint economic potential of the Allied coalition became one of the most important sources for the victory in the World War II. The mechanism of Lend-Lease allowed the Allies to make efficient and prompt use of this potential, and continued to influence the world affairs even after the War’s conclusion, laying foundations for the concept of collaboration pool as well as several key international economic, political and cultural organizations. The Lend-Lease concept thus became one of the main global consolidating factors during and after the War. Today we can learn a lot from this joint experience in order to apply it for the development of effective solutions to combat international terrorism, global disasters, epidemics and other modern challenges calling for consolidation of efforts on the part of the international community.
One could hardly overestimate the role of the Northern Convoys as the shortest and most important route for strategic cargo supply to the USSR. The collaboration experience of the navy of 40 nations in the Arctic remains unparalleled and calls for further investigation.
Topics To Be Addressed
Within the framework of the Conference the following topics are offered for discussion:
- The strategy of the Allied coalition during World War II;
- The role of the Lend-Lease policy;
- The political and historical context of the Northern Convoys history;
- The convoy operation management;
- The contribution of different nations in the convoy operations;
- The importance of the northern route for the victory.
For further information, please contact Svetlana Pirogova, Head of NArFU International Communications Unit, at s.pirogova(at)narfu.ru.
The Arctic Economic Council (AEC) is an independent business forum established to facilitate Arctic business-to-business activities, promote and support sustainable business and provide a circumpolar business perspective to the work of the Arctic Council. The AEC currently has members from all eight Arctic countries. In addition, companies from all parts of the world are welcome to participate in its work.
Paavo Lipponen, former Prime Minister of Finland, received the first International High North Hero award during the High North Dialogue Conference in Bodø at the end of May.
The world we are living in is facing simultaneously several huge challenges.
Finnish Meterological Institute, together with three university partners in Finland, has completed the MERMAID (Identifying Risks and Opportunities for Marine Transport and Tourism in the Arctic) project during 2014-2016. The project supports the implementation of the Arctic Strategy of Finland and preparations for the Finland's chairmanship of the Arctic Council 2016.
The recommendations of the project include e.g. establishing a multidisciplinary education program for offshore and subsea expertise, joint marketing efforts for Arctic tourism and application of environmental regulation follow-up system. Open co-operation and knowledge sharing with Russia on multiple levels is recommended, for example by recognizing correct regional co-operation actors and broadening the co-operation to new areas. More about the project results and recommendations can be found from Policy Brief 3/2016.
In a new book "Environmental Impact Assessment in the Arctic, A Guide to Best Practice" Timo Koivurova and Pamela Lesser succinctly synthesise primary data gathered from interviews with local communities, indigenous peoples, NGOs, government officials and businesses in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Greenland, Iceland, Canada, Russia and the USA. Considering all stakeholder perspectives, they present the regulatory processes of all eight Arctic countries and also provide helpful flowcharts that depict the process graphically for each country. Measuring these practices against the 1997 Guidelines for Environmental Impact Assessment in the Arctic, the only Arctic environmental impact assessment guidance document that has been officially approved by the ministers of all eight Arctic countries, this book identifies key areas where adherence to best practice is high, such as stakeholder outreach and development, as well as those areas that fall short.
The University of Oulu invites applications for a full professorship position in Arctic research combined with the post of Vice President of Research of the University of the Arctic.
Applications, including attachments, should be submitted using the electronic application form by September 2, 2016.
For further information, please visit the University of the Arctic website.
The European Commission has published the Joint Communication to the European Parliament and the Council: An integrated European Union policy for the Arctic.
In the publication, the European Commission underscores the importance of a safe, stable, sustainable and prosperous Arctic not just for the region itself, but for the European Union (EU) and for the world, and proposes actions to further develop an integrated policy towards the Arctic.
The latest Barents Saga newsletter is now available! Read updates from the BEAC chairmanship, reports on cross-border tourism and stories from a Russian beer brewery. The newsletter is available on the International Barents Secretariat webpage.
The Commission of Senior Officials of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council (BEAC) met in Arkhangelsk, Russia, on 22 March 2016 with the participation of representatives of the European Union and ministries of foreign affairs of the Russian Federation, Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Iceland. The meeting was held within the frames of the Russian Federation chairmanship in the Barents Euro-Arctic Council.
The 7th Northern Dimension Forum will take place on 7th April 2016 in St Petersburg. This year’s Forum focuses on discussing business opportunities and challenges in the Arctic. The keynote speeches address Arctic economic growth, sustainable development in the Arctic and investment incentives for foreign and Russian companies in North-West Russia. The speakers include representatives of ND member states and top-level Russian and European businesses, including the Arctic Economic Council. The event is organized by the Northern Dimension Business Council in cooperation with the Association of European Businesses. The Forum is expected to attract more than 250 participants representing Russian and European key actors in the Northern Dimension area.
For more information and registration visit: http://www.aebrus.ru/en/aeb-events/detail.php?ELEMENT_ID=2682721.
The Fourth Call for the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme 2014-2020 will be open from 1st May to 30th September 2016.
The call is open for all 4 Priority Axes:
- Using Innovation to Maintain And Develop Robust And Competitive Communities
- Promoting Entrepreneurship to Realise the Potential of the Programme Area’s Competitive Advantage
- Fostering Energy-Secure Communities through Promotion of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
- Protecting, Promoting and Developing Cultural and Natural Heritage
For further information, please visit the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme website.
Meri M. Ruppel
Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Department of Environmental Sciences
University of Helsinki, Finland
The objective of this thesis is to collect new spatial and temporal data on BC deposition in the European Arctic from the preindustrial to the present (i.e., the last ca. 300 years), and assess BC sources and climatic implications, by analysing five lake sediment cores from Arctic Finland and an ice core from Svalbard.
The results suggest that black carbon may have exerted a significant impact on the radiative forcing and thereby past climatic warming of the Arctic, in the most recent three or four decades. However, the study indicates that local results cannot necessarily be extrapolated over wider areas, and therefore further studies are required to establish regional black carbon deposition trends within the Arctic.
To read the thesis, please visit University of Helsinki webpage.
The Arctic Council Secretariat in Tromsø, Norway has a position open for a Technical Officer. The deadline for receipt of applications is 26 February 2016. The expected date for commencement is 1 August 2016.
For further information, please visit the Arctic Council's website.
The publication "Sustainable Business Development in the Nordic Arctic" has been produced as part of the project Foresight Analysis for Sustainable Regional Development in the Nordic Arctic, commissioned by the Nordic Working Group for Sustainable Regional Development in the Arctic. The Working Paper contributes with insight into the key areas of private business activities in the Nordic Arctic of large-scale industries, the bioeconomy, tourism, and the field of creative industries in an Arctic context.
To read the publication, please visit the Nordic Council of Ministers' website.
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
Congress information, full session descriptions, abstract submission details, and an online submission form are available at www.uarctic.org/congress2016
In the report "For an ambitious EU Arctic and Northern policy" Finland's former Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen emphasizes a necessity to strengthen EU presence in the Arctic to benefit from Northern economic activity, to play a full role in combating climate change and to support positive political development in the region.
The Arctic Cooperation Programme of the Nordic Council of Ministers has opened up its call for project applications for financial support in 2016 to new project proposals as well as for the continuation of existing projects.
The deadline for applications is January 18th 2016.
The objective of the Arctic Cooperation Programme is to support processes, projects and initiatives that will help promote sustainable development and benefit the people of the Arctic under the conditions generated by globalisation and climate change.
The Arctic Cooperation Programme is designed to help collate and co-ordinate the work relating to the Arctic within the framework of the Nordic Council of Ministers and its institutions. Within the overall objectives and focus areas introduced below, the following will be prioritised in the period 2015-17:
- Activities that include Arctic and Nordic involvement and are within the framework of the objectives focus areas and criteria set by the Arctic Cooperation Program.
- Activities that follow up on and disseminate the results from Nordic initiatives concerning the Arctic, including results from the Arctic Cooperation Program.
- Activities that are in line with current political priorities, including those of the Nordic Council of Ministers, the Arctic Council and of the respective Arctic strategies of the Arctic states.
Further information here.
Maritime transport and economic activity is expected to increase in the Arctic. Arctic sea and water areas are environmentally extremely sensitive. To prevent environmental risks, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has issued a Polar Code, which is to enter in force on January 1, 2017. The code is an international binding norm addressed to vessels sailing in Northern Arctic waters and waters surrounding the Antarctica. The code presumes more rigorous safety and environmental regulations for vessels sailing in waters surrounding the two poles.