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Call for abstracts extended
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 09:40

(Photo: Getty Images) (Photo: Getty Images) Taking into account requests from potential participants at Tradition for Tomorrow: Celebrating Nordic Folk Music & Dance and Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage, it has been decided to extend the deadline for abstract submission to April 20th 2014.


The UNESCO convention regarding the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage is a central concept of the conference. The conference will facilitate interaction between all actors in the field and showcase broad themes aimed at increasing knowledge and understanding of Nordic cultural heritage of music and dance.


We encourage you to submit proposal(s) of max 250 words describing the content of your intended contribution. Proposals must be submitted through the online submission system available at the conference website www.tradition.is. Abstracts and lectures must be in English.


For further information please visit the website www.tradition.is

 
IASC Bulletin 2014 is now available
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 10:09

(Photo: H. Hreinsson) Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway (Photo: H. Hreinsson) Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway Each year IASC reports on its activities and highlights international Arctic science initiatives in its Bulletin. The 2014 Bulletin is now available for download on the IASC website. A printed copy will be available on the ASSW 2014 in Helsinki, Finland.


The International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) is a non-governmental, international scientific organization.

 

The IASC mission is to encourage and facilitate cooperation in all aspects of Arctic research, in all countries engaged in Arctic research and in all areas of the Arctic region. Overall, IASC promotes and supports leading-edge multidisciplinary research in order to foster a greater scientific understanding of the Arctic region and its role in the Earth system.


For a digital copy, please visit the service section of IASC website under http://www.iasc.info/images/service/Bulletin2014.pdf

 
Live Streaming: Arctic Indigenous Peoples, Managing Change?
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Written by Federica   
Monday, 31 March 2014 10:24

 

 

reeinder Click here to stream the event. 

 

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report today that says the effects of climate change are already occurring on all continents and across the oceans. The world, in many cases, is ill-prepared for risks from a changing climate.

 

The report also concludes that there are opportunities to respond to such risks, though the risks will be difficult to manage with high levels of warming. The Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) will provide a clear view of the current state of scientific knowledge relevant to climate change. It will comprise three Working Group (WG) reports and a Synthesis Report (SYR). The outline and content can be found in the AR5 reference document and SYR Scoping document.

 

IPCC has been endeavouring to engage smaller communities in their work and its dissemination and as a result are holding a launch event for the IPCC 5th Assessment, Working Group II, Polar Regions Chapter in Kautokeino, organized by ICR which runs today, March 31, 2014.

 

The programme includes an exciting breadth of speakers and expertise. Prof. Chris Field, Stanford University, Co-Lead of IPCC AR5 WG 2 will join the meeting by video and participants in Kautokeino will include reindeer herders and administrators from across multiple reindeer herding regions in Russia and Scandinavia as well as representative of youth. Field stated in the IPCC 5AR Press Press Release,

 

Source: Reindeer Herding, a vistual guide to reindeer and the people who herd them. 

 

Download the Program of the event here.

 
Greenlandic festival to be held in Reykjavik
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 27 March 2014 10:15

(Photo: Anda Trommari) The Greenlandic Festival in Reykjavik (Photo: Anda Trommari) The Greenlandic Festival in Reykjavik Tomorrow, 28th of March in Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland, the Days of Greenland will be held. The event will offer various attractions, to include the taste of Greenlandic delicacies in Melabúð, traditional music concerts in Harpa, city cultural hall, seminars in the Nordic House and many more.

 

During the festival, Iceland will be honored to host musicians from Kulusuk. The group called Spirit Kuitse performs traditional drum dancing. Click here for the sample of drum dancing.


The event is opened for public. Click here for more information and detailed agenda of the event (available in Icelandic).

 

The event is organized by Greenland – Iceland Chamber of Commerce.

 
Agreemant on cooperation signed
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 11:04

(Photo: Northern Forum) The agreemnet on cooperation between the Northern Forum and the University of the Arctic has been signed on Monday. (Photo: Northern Forum) The agreemnet on cooperation between the Northern Forum and the University of the Arctic has been signed on Monday.The agreement on cooperation between the Northern Forum and the University of the Arctic has been signed on Monday. According the agreement the parties agree to engage in cooperation within mutually recognized fields of interests that correspond to their respective missions and operations; which for example, may consist of but are not limited to, the following:


a. Supporting each other to strengthening cooperation on higher education between regional partners, including regional authorities, stakeholders, and members of the UArctic, business society and indigenous communities.


b. Strive to enhance the development of cross border educational and research programs and activities in response to the needs of regional actors and communities.


c. Pledge to support each other outreach and communication efforts by establishing regular channels of communication, by sharing newsletters and related sources of outreach and information, and by conducting annual information exchanges on issues of value or relevance to both parties; provided through oral reports in meetings (when possible) and /or in written form.


d. Informing each other of possible concerns to issues or proceedings that are of value or relevance to both parties; particularly on local matters that could affect the mandates or positions of the pares.


e. Offering each other support capacity in funding and in developing cases (i.e. joint projects or specific activities) that are of value or relevance to both parties; to which the terms are agreed on a case by case basis. f. Investigate the possibility of publishing an international scientific journal encompassing all major research areas on a parity basis and involve other international organizations of the Arctic in participation in the project.


g. Seek ways to collaborate in the contexts of the Humans in the Arctic project, led by the Northern Forum, and the third International Conference on Arctic Research Planning (ICARP III) to gain a better understanding of the research needs of people in the Circumpolar north.


h. Recognising the fundamental role of cultural identity for the sustainable development of communities and individuals, the Northern Forum and UArctic edge to seek ways to support collaboration in arts and design education and exchange between the regions.


i. Develop a Plan of joint events and activities to discuss a wide range of issues to achieve sustainable development of the Arctic and Northern regions.

 

Although continued improvement in extractive technologies, transportation systems, weather monitoring and the like will make regional development more efficient, less expensive, safer, environmentally sustainable and more dependable; these are essentially based on southern innovations. If the quality of life of northern residents is to truly improve, then northern based Regional and Innovation Development efforts must be guided and created through the collaborative efforts of regional actors.


UArctic has over ten years' successful experience with the circumpolar north2north mobility program. However, it is time to explore the possibility of creating a structural, comprehensive and inclusive Circumpolar Mobility Program that would serve a greater number of our northern youth through possibilities for educational and entrepreneurial cooperation, under the concerted efforts of a common frame known as "north2north+".

 
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