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NJF Seminar coming soon
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 09:13

(Photo: Getty Imagies) (Photo: Getty Imagies) NJF Seminar "Reindeer herding and land use management – Nordic perspectives" will take place in Rovaniemi 20-21 October 2014 at the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland.

The seminar is organized by the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland, Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute (RKTL), Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), Reindeer Herders' Association, Finland and Sámi Educational Centre in Inari, Finland.

This seminar is second in the line of Nordic reindeer husbandry seminars organised in the framework of NJF (Nordic Association of Agricultural Sciences). The organiser of the seminar is a recently established Reindeer Husbandry Section at the NJF (, promoting research on reindeer husbandry related issues in the Nordic countries.).

The main focus of the meeting is on issues related to reindeer herding and land use questions in the Nordic reindeer herding area.


The aim is to discuss reindeer herding and land use activities at different levels, and to figure out frames not only for sustainable reindeer husbandry but also for sustainable co-management of land use between different interest groups in the Nordic countries, including reindeer herding areas.


Also other topics related to reindeer ecology and welfare and cultural and social questions related to reindeer herding are handled.

Click here to read more about the seminar. Click here to submit the abstract (deadline: 18th of August).

Arctic Council meets in Naryan-Mar
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 09:07

(Logo: Arctic Council) (Logo: Arctic Council)The fourth International Meeting of the Arctic Council Member States took place in Naryan-Mar, Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Russia on August 5-7.


The meeting was the fourth meeting in a row in the northern regions of Russia. Additionally, a visit to Varandey oil port and oil platform Prirazlomnaya was a part of the program. President of the University of the Arctic Lars Kullerud attended the meeting.

In the previous years, the Arctic Council members states have sent their Arctic Ambassadors to the meeting but this year, the high-level representatives were academics from all the other Arctic countries except the United States. In addition, the new Arctic Council observer states, China, South Korea, India and Singapore, sent their representatives to the meeting.


The meeting was hosted by the Russian Federation Security Council's Secretary Nikolay Patrushev.


Source: UArctic

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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