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Young Arctic Researchers wanted! Call for articles!
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Written by Federica   
Thursday, 02 October 2014 09:34

(Photo: Getty Images) (Photo: Getty Images) Arctic Portal will promote the participation of young researchers, students, PhD students, future generation of experts on the Arctic, into the debate on Arctic issues.


A new section on the Arctic Portal homepage, „ Arctic Features/Arctic Future", will publish once a week the best article written by a young researcher.


It will be also promoted through our social media, as our Facebook page and Twitter. To help foster visibility of the young authors, the Arctic Portal will give the possibility for authors to show their contact/information.

Arctic Portal is interested in topics such as:
-Arctic Shipping
- Arctic Governance
- Arctic Fishing
- Arctic Energy
- Climate Change
- Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights
- EU in the Arctic
- Asian States in the Arctic


Articles should be max. 1500 words. Pictures, graphs and maps (you can check and use our interactive data maps here) are appreaciated.

Please, send your proposal to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


The European Union and the Arctic 29-30 May 2015, Dundee, Scotland Call for Papers
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Written by Federica   
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 13:45

University of Dundee logoThe School of Law, University of Dundee, UK and the K. G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea, University of Tromsø, Norway are pleased to announce the call for papers for "The European Union and the Arctic"(2015 EU-Arctic Conference).

The EU is inextricably linked to the Arctic region by a unique combination of history,geography, economics and scientific achievements (COM (2008) 763 final). Three
Arctic countries are EU Member States (Denmark, Sweden and Finland) and the EU maintains close relations with Iceland and Norway through the European Economic Area. Canada, Russia and the United States are also strategic partners of the EU. The European Commission has set out the EU's interests in the Arctic and has proposed action around three main policy objectives: 1) Protecting and preserving the Arctic in unison with its population; 2) Promoting sustainable use of resources; 3) Contributing to enhanced Arctic multilateral governance (COM (2008) 763 final). However, the best way to ensure that the EU's interests are protected and that the policies it pursues are adopted has not been mapped out.
While the EU is willing to pursue its involvement within the relevant international
framework (e.g., the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and Convention on Biological Diversity) on Arctic issues such as climate change, biodiversity, ecosystem-based management, persistent organic pollutants, marine protected areas, energy, fisheries, tourism, international navigation and indigenous people (JOIN (2012) 19 final), choices must be made as to which policy avenue to pursue. How these choices are to be made and which avenues are the best to pursue its policy objectives are some of the many questions which have yet to be fully addressed by scholars.


Call for abstracts
This conference will bring together academics and practitioners from relevant disciplines such as international law, international relations, political science and marine biology, NGOs, representatives from EU institutions and international organizations to discuss the EU's potential contribution to enhance Arctic governance. A roadmap for increasing the effectiveness of the EU's action in the Arctic will be drawn at the end of the conference. This conference is timely as the Council of the European Union recently (Council conclusions on developing a European Union Policy towards the Arctic Region, 24 May 2014) requested the European Commission and the High Representative to present proposals for thefurther development of an integrated and coherent Arctic Policy by December 2015.
Abstracts of no more than 400 words should be emailed to Dr. Nengye Liu ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) by 15 January 2015. All abstracts will be peer-reviewed.
Selected speakers will be notified by 31 January 2015. It is anticipated that an edited book of papers from the conference will be published in 2016.


For more info, click here

Energy Law Conference started today
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 25 September 2014 13:29

(Photo: Federica Scarpa) First day at the Energy Law conference (Photo: Federica Scarpa) First day at the Energy Law conference The two-days Energy Law Conference -The legal issues associated with the development and use of Arctic energy resources- just started this morning (25the September 2014) at the University of Tromsø, Faculty of Law (Norway). Trudi Haugli, dean of the Faculty of Law of Tromsø, welcomed the attendants to the conference, followed by the opening comments by Johan Petter Barlindhaug (Chairman of the board of North Energy ASA) and Nigel Bankes (Professor and Chair in Natural Resources Law, Faculty of Law, University of Calgary, and Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Tromsø ).


The conference, co-hosted by the University of Tromsø, and the K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea (Tromsø), will have today three distinct sessions. The first session, "Arctic energy: strategic and environmental issues" will be chaired by Nigel Bankes: the second, " Offshore oil and gas activities: compensation and liability issues", by Timo Koivurova (Research Professor at ARctic Centre/University of Lapland, and Professor of International law at University of Eastern Finland and Turku); while the third and last session of the day, " Governance issues and Arctic energy" will be chaired by Ingvild Jacobsen, KGJ Centre for the Law od the Sea, University of Tromsø.


Remarkably, Else Berit Eikeland, Member of the Arctic Council - Senior Arctic Official, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and one of today's keynote speakers, described the vision of Norway for the Arctic and specifically the vision on energy issues related with the development of the Arctic.


Else Beirit Eikeland confirmed the strong involvement of Norway on petroleum and oil and gas resources in the Arctic, but also the strong commitment for the environment and specifically, to tackle climate change in the region.


As regarding the Arctic in large, the norwegian SAO underlined that the region is a place of peace and stability. In fact, contrary to what is often described in the media, no "rush for resources" is going on in the region, since the necessary legal scheme is already provided by "Law of the Sea" framework. In addition, the environment (and specifically climate change) has been a common priority to the eight Arctic States since 1996.


The focus was than given to Norway-Russia relations, a key aspect of Norwegian policies. Environement, fisheries, Petroleum, and bilateral cooperation at the AC for oil spill prevention (espacially from maritime shipping and offshore activities), are among the most important and valuable points of Norway-Russia cooperation, and among the main reasons why for Norway is so important to keep working with Russia.


During the speech, it was also disclosed that the EU' observer status at the Arctic Council will be soon formalised, since an agreement with Canada has been reached.


In her conclusions, Else Beirit Eikeland welcomed the recent establishment of the Arctic Economic Council, a venue to foster the open dialogue among the Arctic States, NGOs and big oil and gas companies operating in the Arctic. The new Council aims to deal with the enormous economic and social effects the melting of sea ice will have in the area.




Written by Federica Scarpa






Arctic sea ice reaches minimum extent for 2014
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 09:12

(Photo: NSIDC/NASA Earth Observatory) (Photo: NSIDC/NASA Earth Observatory) The Arctic's sea ice cover appears to have reached its minimum extent on September 17, 2014. Sea ice extent on that day was measured at 5.02 million square kilometers (1.94 million square miles). It was the sixth-lowest extent recorded since satellites began measuring sea ice in 1979. The number is above the 2012 record extent but is still below the long-term average.


Sea ice extent in Antarctica, where it is late winter, has surpassed the satellite-era record for maximum ice extent. We will report the 2014 Antarctic maximum sea ice extent and date of maximum in October, since it may still continue to grow for a short while.

The Arctic sea ice extent number is preliminary—changing winds could still push the ice extent lower, clarifies National Snow and Ice Data Centre.

NSIDC will issue a formal announcement at the beginning of October with full analysis of the possible causes behind this year's ice conditions, particularly interesting aspects of the melt season, the set up going into the winter growth season ahead, and graphics comparing this year to the long-term record.



Source: National Snow and Ice Data Center






(Source: Arctic Sea Ice, Summer 2014




Gender Equality in the Arctic announced
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Monday, 22 September 2014 09:03

(Photo: Gender Equality in the Arctic) (Photo: Gender Equality in the Arctic) The conference Gender Equality in the Arctic will take place in Akureyri 30th – 31st of October 2014.

This conference will focus broadly on the living condition of women and men throughout the Circumpolar North, addressing key issues such as access to and control over resources, representation in decision-making positions, political participation, regional development, human security, and material and cultural well-being.

The conference will bring together government representatives, policy makers, academics and a wide range of other stakeholders from the business community, resource managers and users, community leaders and NGO representatives. The conference will lay the foundation for a cooperation network of the various stakeholders researching, teaching and discussing and promoting gender equality in the Arctic.

Themes and topics will be divided into the following plenaries:

• Gender Equality and the Arctic: Current Realities, Future Challenges
• Political Representation and Participation in Decision-making: Gendered Dimensions
• Regional Socio-Economic Development and its Gendered Impacts
• Climate and Environmental Change, Natural Resource Development, and Gender
• Human Security: Gendered Aspects
• Human Capital and Gender: Migration, Mobility, Education and Adaptation
• (Re-)Construction of Gender in the Arctic

Sessions will consist of three brief presentations in addition to panellist contributions with questions and answers.

More information about the conference and early bird registration is now available on the conference website.

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