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05 October 2017

The Greenland Perspective guide to the Arctic Circle Assembly Galaxy...

the Arctic assembled

Once a year, thousands of politicians, researchers and organisation-representatives from both Arctic and Arctic-interested countries, meet in Reykjavik in Iceland. For four days they listen, discuss and gain new perspectives on all aspects of the development in the Arctic. Some call it "the Arctic Circus" due to the large number of people and the number of events going on at the same time. Choosing the right sessions can be challenge - but we are here to help...

The Arctic Circle Assembly is full of plenary and breakout sessions on all things Arctic. Photo: www.arcticcircle.org

When going to the annual Arctic Circle Assembly, it is best to be prepared beforehand to make the most of the sessions.

Here are some of Greenland Perspective’s suggestions of what to see and where to go during the Arctic Circle Assembly.

And of course: The coffeebreaks, the lunch breaks and the joyful evenings organized by some of the many stakeholdes from Japan to Greenland!

When 

What

Who

Why

Friday, October 13th

13:00-14:00

Breakout session:

IN THE CENTRE OF GREENLAND CLIMATE RESEARCH

Greenland Institue of Natural Resources/Greenland Climate Research Centre:

Malene Simon, Lorenz Meire, Diana Krawczyk,

Caroline Bouchard

Malene Simon and her team represents the core of climate research anchored in Greenland. If you are interested in what is going on regarding climate change studies in Greenland, this is the session to go to.

16:15-17:45

Breakout session:

THE NORDIC UNIVERSITIES’ ROLE IN THE NEW ARCTIC

Per Michael, Aalborg University

Anne Merrild Hansen, Ilisimatusarfik

Anne Husebekk, Tromsø University

Timo Koivurova, University of Lapland

Lill Rastad Bjørst, AAU Arctic

Research and education is key to shaping of a sustainable future for Greenland. In this session you can meet some of the people doing it. Anne Merrild Hansen is both a researcher and head of the PhD-school at Ilisimatusarfik - go listen to her important views on this topic.

16:15-17:45

Breakout session:

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN THE ARCTIC

Nauja Bianco, Nordic Council of Ministers

Jakob Wichmann, Voluntas Advisory

Mikhail Pogodaev, Association of World Reindeer Herders

A more diversified industry is key to growth in Greenland. This session will be centered around a recent report on the present state of entrepreneurship in the Arctic - and how to support its development. Super interesting and very important topic!

17:45-19:15

Breakout session:

PEOPLE, PLANET AND PROFIT: PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE STUDENT ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN THE ARCTIC

Sune Nordentoft, DTU

Pål Fernvall, DTU

Anne Lise Kappel, Ilisimatusarfik

Kristoffer Buch, DTU

Lau Øfjord Blaxekjær, University of the Faroe Islands

Young people - and especially young, talented students - are the key to a sustainable development of Greenlandic. A new collaboration is setting out to create new courses for entrepreneurial students in reenland and the Faroese. Come join!

21:00-22:00

Breakout session:

EQUITABLE ARCTIC DEVELOPMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

Anne Merrild Hansen, Ilisimatusarfik

Rachael Lorna Johnstone, Ilisimatusarfik

Indra Overland, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs

Eduardo Periera, Universidad Externado de Colombia

The University of Greenland has established a center for oil and gas resources. Come listen to their insights on hoe to develop natural resources in the Arctic.

Saturday, October 14th

08:00-09:00

Breakout session:

MIND AND BODY – POPULATION HEALTH AND WELLBEING IN GREENLAND

Tenna Jensen, University of Copenhagen

Peter Bjerregaard, University of Southern Denmark

Christina VL Larsen, University of Southern

Denmark

Lotte Frank Kirkegaard, CSR Greenland

Tenna Jensen from the AgeArc project will be in this session and present some of their findings.

Check out the project here.

09:40-10:25

Plenary session:

NEW OPPORTUNITIES. ARCTIC SCIENCE FROM RESEARCH TO PRACTICE: KINGDOM OF DENMARK

Minik Rosing,

Karen Ellemann

Lone Nukaaraq Møller

Rigmor Dam

Maliina Abelsen

Fritz Köster

Jens Hesselbjerg Christensen

Peter Bjerregaard

Anne Merrild Hansen

What do we want -and what do we want to do together?

 

Country session of the Kingdom of Denmark - come and listen til ministers, researchers and industry representatives from Denmark and Greenland.

16:00-17:30

Breakout session:

FOOD AND AGRICULTURE OPPORTUNITIES IN SOUTH GREENLAND –

UNDER A CHANGING CLIMATE

C. K. Madsen, Greenland National Museum

Kenneth Høgh, Kujalleq kommune

Jørgen E. Olesen, Aarhus University

Mogens H. Greve, Aarhus University

Martin Marko Hansen, Mayers Madhus

Development of agriculture in South Greenland might be a step towards a self-sustaining Greenland.

 

Come and listen to the insights of researchers and South Greenlanders!

16:00-17:30

Breakout session:

ARCTIC SEALING: THREAT OR BLUE PROSPECT?

Okalik Eegeesiak, Inuit Circumpular Council

Genevieve Desportes, North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission

Gabriel Nirlungayuk, Inuit Programs and Services Division

Gert Polet, WWF

The matter of sealskin is highly controversial. And highly relevant to discuss.

Sunday, October 15th

08:00-09:00

Breakout session:

GOING LOCAL! ARCTIC FUTURE STRATEGIES FROM A LOCAL

PERSPECTIVE

Dan Lewis

Ida Pinnerød, Mayor, Bodø, Norway

Asii Chemnitz Narup, Mayor, Sermersooq, Greenland

Eiríkur Björn Björgvinsson, Mayor, Akureyri, Iceland

The mayor of Nuuk - and the municipality of Sermersooq (which is the size of France and Portugal, combined) will be joining this session. She will probably give some insights on the new city development project in Nuuk - the largest and most ambitious of its kind in a very very long time.

The Arctic Circle Assembly takes place at the Harpa Conference Center and Concert Hall in Reykjavík, Iceland from the 13th to the 15th of October. A link to the full program schedule can be found here. For more information about the Arctic Circle, click here.