The Arctic Summit Week (ASSW) was initiated by the IASC in 1999 to provide opportunities for coordination, cooperation and collaboration between various scientific organizations involved in research in the Arctic, and to save time and time. Over the years, the summit has become the most important annual meeting of Arctic research organizations. The summit is organized by the International Coordinating Group, in which any organization involved in supporting and promoting research in the Arctic can participate.
The Model Arctic Council (MAC) is an academic program in which students from universities throughout the circumpolar north and beyond actively participate in a collaborative, experiential learning exercise to expand their knowledge of salient challenges and concerns in the Arctic. The program is a Thematic Network of UArctic and is organized through collaboration among faculty at UArctic institutions. The vision is that a UArctic member institution in the country chairing the Arctic Council will host the MAC in even-numbered years to connect with official Arctic Council meetings and other activities. In odd-numbered years, the vision is that regional MACs will occur.
The first UArctic Model Arctic Council took place at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) in March 2016 during the U.S. Chairship of the Arctic Council, immediately prior to an Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials meeting. The second fully international MAC will take place at the University of Lapland in October 2018, during the Finnish Chairship of the Arctic Council. In summer 2017, Dartmouth College hosted the weeklong “US-Canada Arctic Science Diplomacy and Leadership Workshop & Model Arctic Council, ”in collaboration with UAF faculty.
The objectives of the Model Arctic Council are to: 1) develop students’ knowledge of the Arctic as a region, of circumpolar politics, and of northern Indigenous peoples; 2) increase students’ understanding of Arctic Council objectives and processes; 3) prepare students to assume leadership roles in the circumpolar north; and 4) enhance student and faculty collaboration among UArctic institutions. The program stresses authenticity in replicating as closely as possible Arctic Council procedures and norms. In pursuit of this goal, delegates to the Arctic Council and U.S. State Department personnel provide guidance and in some cases participate in programs.
Each MAC places students in the roles of Member State, Permanent Participant, or Observer delegates to an Arctic Council Working Group, or in Senior Arctic Official or Minister roles. Each program simulates the work of one or more Working Group on one or more project or theme, as well as simulating Senior Arctic Official (SAO) and Minister meetings. Each program culminates in the production of a declaration named for the city in which the program takes place, just as the Arctic Council produces a Declaration at the Ministerial Meeting that concludes each two year chairship of the Arctic Council. The Declaration expresses the Member States’ positions on issues on which they have come to consensus over the previous two years (in the case of the MAC, over the previous days) and their recommendations.
Participants prepare for the simulation by reading assigned literature, doing background research on their assigned topics, and writing a policy or position paper that they submit to the organizers prior to the program.
Graduate and undergraduate university students from any discipline with strong interests in Arctic studies and commitment to the future well-being of the Arctic region and its residents are encouraged to apply to participate in the Model Arctic Council. Applications from students from Indigenous communities located in the circumpolar north are especially welcomed.
The funding model calls for the host institution to cover onsite costs. Applicants should seek travel funding from their home universities.
To learn more about the Model Arctic Council initiative and Model Arctic Council 2016 program, please see: Mary Ehrlander and Brandon Boylan, “The Model Arctic Council: Educating Postsecondary Students on Arctic Issues and Governance through Simulation,” International Studies Perspectives available here.
On March 18-19, 2020, we invite you to join us for two days dedicated to the High North: The High North Dialogue Conference 2020.
Since 2007, the High North Dialogue conference series have brought together leaders of the High North – present and future – to discuss the dimensions of the changes taking place in the Arctic. Set in Bodø – the second largest community in North Norway and European Capital of Culture 2024– the High North Dialogue 2020 will provide you with a different perspective on the future of the High North.
APECS Russia and the UK Polar Network invite Early Career Scientists from UK and Russia to apply to the interdisciplinary field course in the Russian Arctic titled “Arctic Interdisciplinary Studies – ARCTIS”. The field course will take place in Khanty-Mansiysk (Yugra) Autonomous Region, Russia on February 17-23, 2020.
UK Polar Network and APECS Russia together with the Kola Science Center RAS and Yugra State University, with generous support from the UK Science and Innovation Network and the British Embassy in Moscow are happy to announce the call for applications to the new Arctic interdisciplinary field course ARCTIS2020 which will be held at the Siberian gateway to the Russian Arctic – Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous region of Russia.
The course programme will be structured around the main scientific pillars: Cryosphere, Atmosphere, Terrestrial research including Hydrology and Social and Humanities, with the aim to strengthen both Arctic fieldwork skills (practical and theoretical) and facilitating bilateral knowledge exchange. UK and Russian experts and young scientists from different disciplines will share their knowledge of working in Northern conditions and will build strong bilateral networks with regional stakeholders e.g. oil industry and conservation groups, indigenous communities and policy makers. ECRs will gain a greater understanding of Northern environments through the convergence of disciplines and stakeholder groups. The project will develop practical skills for working in the Russian Arctic and career-focused skills for ECRs, and will deliver five scientific disciplines- and stakeholder-focused concept bids, along with a white paper focusing on interdisciplinary field training as a successful strategy to enhance scientific cooperation, in line with the Agreement on Enhancing International Arctic Scientific Cooperation (2017).
Eligibility: Early Career Scientists (PhD student/candidate or postdoctoral researcher up to 5 years post PhD)
If your application is successful, travel (reimbursement after the course), meals and accommodation (on site) costs at the course will be covered by the organising committee.
Deadline for applications: 7 November 2019 23:59 GMT
The growing demand for energy in the global economy and increased competition in global hydrocarbon markets are driving the growing interest of the world's leading oil and gas companies in the Arctic’s resource potential and offshore projects.
The International Conference is devoted to topical issues in the development of the Arctic and offshore projects, the role of the Arctic in meeting global energy demand, legislative support for the development of offshore projects, world experience in exploration and drilling in difficult Arctic conditions using modern innovative technologies, LNG, transport and service infrastructure, industrial and environmental safety, international cooperation.
“The Arctic should be affirmed as a space for open and equal dialogue based on the principles of universal and indivisible security, in which there is no place for geopolitical games of military blocs, behind-the-scenes agreements and the division of spheres of influence. Russia will continue to remain committed to the peaceful development of the region, while respecting its own national interests and unconditional respect for the interests of other countries. ”- Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin