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New Circumpolar academic opportunities available
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 10:39

uarcticThe University of the Arctic has just opened the application process for seven different Circumpolar Studies courses to its member universities and international studies worldwide.


The Circumpolar Studies Core Courses consist of a single lower-level introductory course and six upper-level advanced courses in three interdisciplinary fields of study. The core courses enable students to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of the lands, peoples, and critical issues of the Circumpolar North. Circumpolar Studies prepares students for advanced study or professional employment in fields as diverse as sustainable resource management, self-government, Arctic engineering, and northern tourism.


Courses are delivered online and are worth 6 ECTS, or 3 credit units at most North American institutions. The language of instruction is English. Tuition and other fees are charged only by a student's home institution, where applicable.


Credit will be recorded at the offering institution and may be transferred to a student's home institution after successful completion of the course.


As a home institution, you collect and keep all of your regular tuition fees for these courses from your students. It is a great system allowing smaller UArctic member institutions to have access to the Circumpolar Studies courses for their students but not having to bear the cost of delivering these courses.


Click here for more information about the courses and to access the application form. 

Mandatory Polar Code accepted
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Monday, 24 November 2014 11:36

(Photo: Getty Images) (Photo: Getty Images)This month the International Maritime Organization (IMO), at the 94th session of its Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), adopted the mandatory International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code), and related amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) in order to make it mandatory.


The expected date of entry into force of the SOLAS amendments is 1 January 2017, under the tacit acceptance procedure. It will apply to new ships constructed after that date.


Ships constructed before 1 January 2017 will be required to meet the relevant requirements of the Polar Code by the first intermediate or renewal survey, whichever occurs first, after 1 January 2018.


Because the new Polar Code contains both safety and environmental provisions, it will be mandatory under SOLAS and MARPOL (Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships).


Detailed information about legacy and the content of new mandatory Polar Code are available on IMO´s website.


Click here to learn more.

PAGE21 Data Output Catalogue is now available
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Friday, 21 November 2014 10:04

(Graphic: The Arctic Portal) (Graphic: The Arctic Portal) The team of PAGE21 WP 8 has just released PAGE21 - DOC – the PAGE21 Data Output Catalogue.


The PAGE21 – DOC is primarily addressed to the PAGE21 consortium to facilitate the exchange of data and information between and within the different work - packages.


The PAGE21 Data Output Catalogue is an aggregate form of all the PAGE21 data that are stored in other data repositories, such as GTN-P, PANGAEA or the European Flux Database.


Why didn't we just put all data in only one repository? Each of these databases has its individual advantage related to data post-processing and quality check in dependence of the particular data types.


PAGE21 - DOC comprises all the different data at one place, providing DOI's, handles and other links to a broad range of datasets, reports and additional information related to the PAGE21 products.


Click here to look up the PAGE21 Data Output Catalogue.

Scholarships available from ISE
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 10:28

(Photo: Iceland School of Energy) (Photo: Iceland School of Energy) The Future Arctic Energy Network(FAE) will be awarding one partial fee scholarship in 2015, for the graduate programmes offered by the Iceland School of Energy. The scholarship programme aims to attract outstanding students from a wide range of backgrounds, who have a common interest in energy related topics which are relevant to the Arctic.


The Future Arctic Energy network (FAE) is a non-partisan, non-profit initiative supported by the Icelandic School of Energy at Reykjavik University.


It aims to create opportunities for students and young professionals to join the discussion on Arctic Energy issues through platforms like the Arctic Circle.

FAE plans to encourage unbiased research of energy in the Arctic, especially encouraging innovative, future-focused projects.


Click here to read more about scholarship opportunities.





Neryungri workshop took place last week
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 13:06

(Photo: Studiopolar) (Photo: Studiopolar) As much of future oil and gas development will happen in the Arctic, the links between the circumpolar North and the rest of our planet will further increase as well as the public impact of industrial development, not least on companies as well as states' reputations and most significantly on the populations which live in the Arctic.


It is known that economic activity and business development play a crucial role in ensuring welfare and employment in the North. Petroleum and other extractive industries can contribute to increasing capital, and employment opportunities in the Arctic; however, successful establishment of these industries requires further focus on the social, cultural, environmental and economic impacts from the local to the global level, and building competence and skill-sets needed for industry support.


North Eastern Federal University in Yakutsk, Russia, (NEFU named after M.K. Ammosov) held a PhD course within the Uarctic Thematic Network Arctic Extractive Industries last week. The workshop took place from November 9 to November 15, 2014.

Follow the events that took place at the workshop and course on PhD students live blog here.

The main activity of the Thematic Network is a Pan-Arctic Extractive Industries PhD programme in the Social Sciences related to extractive industries. The format is that a limited number of PhD students from partner universities (usually not more than 15) meet intensively for a week with world-class specialist professors to discuss extractive industries social sciences in the Arctic.


Courses usually consist of a lecture series, and discussion sessions where the PhD students works are analysed together among all course participants. The TN offers two such courses per year, organised by partner institutions within the TN (past courses see below). PhD students attending three of these courses and completing the required assignments, including the participation in three relevant conferences or forums of the students' choice, can get a certificate issued by Uarctic that certifies their expertise in Arctic Extractive Industries research and that they can use as an addendum to their PhD degree.

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