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5th IWCSCI call for abstracts
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Monday, 11 August 2014 13:05

(Logo: University of Iceland) (Logo: University of Iceland) V International Workshop on Circumpolar Socio-cultural Issues is to be held in Reykjavík, the capital city of Iceland, on September 25-26, 2014, organized by the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of the University of Iceland, under the auspices of the International Association of Circumpolar Sociocultural Issues (IACSI).


September 25th session will be devoted to oral presentations, while September 26th session will include short and long documentary and/or experimental films.

Abstracts must be sent before September 7h, 2014 to: Enrique del Acebo Ibáñez This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Click here for the information on how to submit the abstract.


The presentations, after a peer review process, will be published by March 2015.

The Workshop is free of charge for all who are interested in attending.

U.S appoints Special Representative to the Arctic
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Friday, 08 August 2014 10:20

(Photo: Wikipedia) Admiral Robert Papp (Photo: Wikipedia) Admiral Robert PappSince 2006, 11 different states have appointed Arctic ambassadors or envoys, and on July 16th the United States became the 12th, with Secretary of State John Kerry naming Admiral Robert Papp, the recently retired commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, as its Special Representative to the Arctic.

Robert J. Papp Jr. is a former United States Coast Guard admiral and served as the 24th Commandant of the U.S Coast Guard.

In the past he led the largest component of the United States Department of Homeland Security, with 42,000 active duty, 8,200 Reserve, 8,000 civilian, and 31,000 Auxiliary personnel.

The United States has been actively participating in the activities of Arctic Council under the leadership of Department of State.

Also, many of other agencies, including the Departments of Interior, Energy, Commerce (NOAA), Transportation (FAA), and Homeland Security (Coast Guard), the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, the Arctic Research Commission, and the State of Alaska support or actively participate in the Arctic Council's work.

The United States actively seeks to promote the viability and socioeconomic wellbeing of Arctic communities and supports scientific research and international cooperation in achieving these goals.

The United States will chair the Arctic Council 2015 - 2017.

Registration for 2nd AC GA is now open
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 07 August 2014 09:30

(Logo: the Arctic Circle) (Logo: the Arctic Circle)The registration has opened for 2nd Arctic Circle General Assembly that will take place in Reykjavik, Iceland 31st – 2nd of November 2014.

Since September 2013, when the conference took place last, the interest in the Arctic Circle has been growing.


A number of governments, corporations, universities, organizations, associations, think tanks and others are already preparing their partici¬pation for the second Assembly.


Sessions will bring together a diverse group of stakeholders from around the world, and participants are invited to interact at roundtables, receptions and special events in the world's northernmost capital city.


This year's plenary sessions include topics such as:

– The Arctic in 2035
– Arctic Security
– Business Across the Arctic
– Arctic Ice – Global Climate
– Indigenous voices from the Arctic
– Arctic Energy


Program News is already appearing on the website and more will be added in the coming weeks.


The 2013 Arctic Circle Assembly was attended by 1200 participants from over 40 nations, and this year the event will reconvene October 31 to November 2, 2014, at the Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre in Reykjavík, and in 2015 the event will be held in Anchorage, Alaska, USA.


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The AES 2015 announced
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 09:21

(Photo: getty Images) (Photo: getty Images) The Institute of the North is excited to announce the next Arctic Energy Summit (AES) to be held fall of 2015 in Fairbanks, Alaska.


The AES is a multi-disciplinary event expected to draw several hundred industry officials, scientists, academics, policy makers, energy professionals and community leaders together to collaborate and share leading approaches on Arctic energy issues. The 2015 Summit will address energy extraction, production and transmission in the Arctic as it relates to four thematic areas:

• Upstream Oil and Gas Development

• Remote Heat and Power Solutions

• Business of Clean Energy

• Transportation and Transmission

The Arctic Energy Summit in the past has been an endorsed project of the Sustainable Development Working Group of the Arctic Council and is timed to take place in conjunction with a meeting of that body.


Potential partners include Alaska Energy Authority, National Energy Authority of Iceland, Nordregio, OGP JIP Arctic Committee, Swedish Polar Research Secretariat, Arctic Portal, Renewable Energy Alaska Project, Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, Cold Climate Housing Research Center, and the Kurchatov Institute.

Click here for more information about the Arctic Energy Summit 2015.

10th Youth Eco Forum started in Yakutsk
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 08:53

(Photo: Northern Forum) Vladimir Vasiliev giving a speech during 10th Youlth Eco Forum (Photo: Northern Forum) Vladimir Vasiliev giving a speech during 10th Youlth Eco Forum10th International Youth Eco-Forum "Clean City – Clean Planet" under the auspice of the Northern Forum has started its work in Yakutsk, Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Russia.


During 8 days Youth representatives from Khanty-Mansiysk, Yamal-Nenets autonomous okrugs, Sakha Republic, Hokkaido (Japan) and Heihe City (Heilongzhiang, China) will work together to discuss ecological issues of northern cities, sustainable development of the Arctic and exchange opinions, knowledge from very different point of views: from modern cities of Japan, China to nomadic communities in the Arctic tundra.

During the first day participants have made regional presentations and shared information about their regions and nature, environmental activities.

Participants of Youth Eco-Forum have visited Research Station on climate change "Spasskaya Pad" where more than 40 international projects are conducting with participation of scientists from many countries.

Several experts from the Ministry on Nature Protection, the Institute of Biological Problems of Cryolithozone of Russian Academy of Sciences and North-Eastern Federal University will make presentations on Arctic and Sub-Arctic ecology and biodiversity.
They will also visit Lena Pillars National Park which is the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site.

Youth Eco-Forum attracts a lot of attention of the Sakha Government and participants will meet ministers of education, nature protection and youth. They will prepare specific presentations on elected ecological problems of Yakutsk and Mayor of Yakutsk City, Mr.Aisen Nikolaev will visit Eco-Forum camp to participate in projects presentations and for open discussions of northern cities development.

Main organizers of the X Youth Eco Forum are Administration of Yakutsk City, Ministry on Federative and External Relations, Ministry of Education, Ministry on Nature Protection, Ministry on Youth and Family Affairs, Children's Centre "Sosnovy Bor".

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