New Publication: Innovative Ideas for the Arctic: Arctic Circle Assembly Conference Paper

By Lára Jóhannsdóttir and David Cook

The 4th Arctic Circle Assembly took place in Reykjavík, Iceland, in October 2016. The assembly o ered considerable opportunities for international dialogue, and cooperation, among stakeholders around the globe. Participants came from governments, indigenous communities, intergovernmental institutions, for-profit, and non-profit organizations, universities, media, etc. In this democratic platform, ideas were shared about the future of the Arctic, covering both the opportunities and risks of future development, which have not only local but also global consequences. The conference report summarizes the findings from a session titled “Arctic Innovation Lab: 12 Ideas for a Better Arctic”. Those 12 ideas were presented by young scientists and researchers expressing their views and ideas on how to secure the future of the Arctic, both in the short and long run. The importance of this session is to deliver the message that the creativity of young scientists can, and should be, used for the benefit of the Arctic region and the globe. However, their voices are not as loud in the Arctic Circle Assembly dialogue as those of politicians, businesses, scientists and other stakeholders, even though it is their future that is being discussed at this important international forum.

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