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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".

NSU ended in Sauðakrókur
Shipping News
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Friday, 01 August 2014 10:45

(Logo: Nordic Summer University) (Logo: Nordic Summer University) Yesterday, Nordic Summer University, ended their annual session which this year took place in Sauðakrókur, northern Iceland. This year's event gathered number of participants interested in sharing their intellectual thoughts.


The Nordic Summer University (NSU) is a long-established institution within the Nordic intellectual arena.


During more than 50 years of existence it has provided a lively forum for academic and intellectual debate, and involved many leading academics, politicians, and intellectuals from all the Nordic Countries. The NSU has always been at the forefront of intellectual thinking, juxtaposing views from the international and Nordic academic arenas, and introducing new thinking and influences into the Nordic Countries.

The NSU is not a dusty relic of a bygone age, but a dynamic space where intellectuals from different age groups meet to share their thoughts and test out their arguments. It constitutes a forum for intellectual thought where narrow academic disciplines are replaced by thematic topics, creating an interdisciplinary space where academics and intellectuals with various backgrounds can interact. These thematic study circles form the backbone of our organization, creating interdisciplinary networks that function within the Nordic Countries for three-year periods. Study circles largely focus on issues related to the social and human sciences, and most participants are PhD students or post-doctoral scholars in these fields. Separate winter seminars are held for each study circle, and a more extensive summer conference is organized for all the study circles.

The goals of the organization have always been communication and the exchange of thoughts and ideas. These goals can only be achieved if we entail a certain flexibility concerning the use of language. Therefore both Scandinavian languages and English are interchangeably used. It is the policy of NSU to maintain an environment that encourages and fosters appropriate conduct among all persons and respect for individual values. NSU opposes any policy or practice, which discriminates against any individual or group on grounds of race, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, class, age, disability, creed, and ethnic/national origins. NSU aims at being an open and inclusive organization.

Click here to read more about the Nordic Summer University. Click here to view the photos from this year´s gathering.

Job opportunity available!
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 31 July 2014 09:18

(Logo: AWI) (Logo: AWI) The University of Potsdam, Faculty of Sciences, Institute of Earth and Environment and the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz-Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) are seeking qualified candidates for a joint W 3-Professorship for Permafrost in the Earth System.

The position opens in May 2015.

The candidate will succeed Prof. Dr. Hans-Wolfgang Hubberten, current Head of AWI Research Unit Potsdam and former IPA President (2008-2012).

The University of Potsdam and the AWI are searching for candidates bringing outstanding academic qualifications in the field of permafrost landscape dynamics within the context of past, present and future climate changes. The position requires methodological expertise in the area of generating long-term data series and/or the analysis of spatial environmental information. The successful candidate will use his/her own expertise to improve our understanding of long-term perma-frost dynamics, especially in the Arctic, and their feedback to climate and ecosystem. This work is carried out in cooperation with the modeling sections at AWI.

The professorship is part of the Potsdam Research Unit of the Department of Geosciences of the AWI. The position includes a teaching load of two hours per week at the University of Potsdam in the bachelor's and master's programs of the Geosciences program. Successful candidates are expected to participate up to several months in expeditions to Arctic regions, with an emphasis on the Siberian Arctic. A demonstrated commitment to teaching and the ability to hold lectures in German and English are required.

Specific prerequisites for this position include a completed university degree in science with a geoscience focus, an excellent dissertation in a relevant field and additional scientific ac-tivity that is outstanding in its field at an international level. Experience in leading expedi-tions, in leadership position(s), in successful procurement of external funding and in teach-ing are additionally required.

Prerequisites for the application are a doctoral degree and a record of research equivalent to the German "Habilitation". Scientific qualifications achieved in the private sector, outside Germany, or as junior professor will also be considered (§ 41 Brandenburgisches Hochschulgesetz).

Appointment will be made according to the laws of Brandenburg (BbgHG § 40). AWI and the University of Potsdam are equal opportunity employers.

Send applications (preferably in English) until 31.08.2014 via Email to praesident(at)

For further information, refer to the AWI website:

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