Leading into the Arctic Circle Assembly, the University of Iceland will host an open seminar bringing prominent academics and experts together for a constructive dialogue on Arctic challenges. Increased research collaboration in the Arctic is crucial to finding effective solutions to Arctic security and addressing the need for green transition in the Arctic.
The event will take place on October 18 in the Ceremonial Hall at the University of Iceland.
The events will take place in English and is open to everyone!
Arctic Challenges: The Importance of Trans Arctic Collaboration
Location: Ceremonial hall at the University of Iceland, October 18 2023
13:00 Welcoming remarks: Pia Hansson, Director of the Institute of International Affairs, University of Iceland
13:05 Opening remarks: Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, Chairman of Arctic Circle, President of Iceland 1996-2016
13:30 How can we safeguard Arctic stability, peace, and development?
Panel Discussion: David Auerswald, Professor of Security Studies at the U.S. National War College, Elana Wilson Rowe, Research Professor, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen, Nansen Professor of Arctic Studies, University of Akureyri, Samu Paukkunen, Acting Director, Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Sóley Kaldal, Lead Negotiator for Fisheries Agreement, Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries
Moderator: Pia Hansson, Director of the Institute of International Affairs, University of Iceland
14:15 Arctic research collaboration – Stronger together
Keynote: Gunnar Stefánsson, Professor, University of Iceland and Vice President Research UArctic
14:25 Across borders and disciplines – The Importance of Research Collaboration in the Arctic
Panel discussion: Dag Rune Olsen, Rector, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Elín Díanna Gunnarsdóttir, Acting Rector, University of Akureyri , Gitte Adler Reimer, Rector, University of Greenland, Gunnar Stefánsson, Professor, University of Iceland and Vice President Research UArctic,and Kirsi Latola, Arctic Research Coordinator, University of Oulu and the Vice-President Networks UArctic
Moderator: Kristinn Schram, Associate Professor, University of Iceland
15:10 Coffee break
15:30 European engagement for a stronger and prosperous Arctic. Keynote: Clara Ganslandt, EU Special Envoy for Arctic matters
15:45 The Green Transition in the Arctic – Maintaining equilibrium
Panel Discussion: Berit Kristoffersen, Associate Professor, Arctic Center for Sustainable Energy, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Clara Ganslandt, EU Special Envoy for Arctic matters, Darri Eyþórsson, Lecturer, University of Iceland, Jennifer Spence, Senior Fellow, Arctic Initiative at the Harvard's Belfer Center and Roman Sidortsov, Senior fellow in Energy Justice and transitions, University of Sussex
Moderator: Elva Rakel Jónsdóttir, CEO of Festa, Center for Sustainability
16:30 Final words: Claudia Cheng, ARCADE fellow and PhD candidate, UiT The Arctic University of Norway