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1st Arctic Resource Governance Network research project is now available
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 09:23

(Logo: Institute of the North) (Logo: Institute of the North) The Institute of the North is excited to release the first 2014 Arctic Resource Governance Network research project. This project reviews and discusses the impact of electrical grid connectivity on social and economic development. This white paper explores the current electrical capacity in five communities—Anadyr, Hammerfest, Iqaluit, Nome, and Reyðarfjörður—in the circumpolar north, as well as the subsequent effects on local economic and social well-being. This white paper is available in two parts:

1. Executive Summary and Findings
2. Community Case Studies

The Arctic Resource Governance Network (ARGN) brings together and creates opportunities for a broad and diverse group of individuals and organizations that have a common interest in the Arctic Energy and Mining issues.


The Network helps its members to create new relationships and partnerships within the sector of Arctic energy and mining, develop a better understanding of common challenges, share unique and innovative experience as well as to work across the northern distance.

Click here to read more about the Network and to subscribe for the membership.

ISEE 2014 coming soon
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Monday, 21 July 2014 13:46

(Photo: Getty Images) (Photo: Getty Images)The biannual conference of the International Society for Ecological Economics will be hosted by the University of Iceland 13 - 15 August 2014. The theme of the conference will be Well-being and Equity within Planetary Boundaries.

ISEE is a non - profit, member-governed, organization dedicated to advancing understanding of the relationships between ecological, social, and economic systems for the mutual well-being of nature and people.

As economic, social and environmental systems worldwide face increasing pressures and the call for an alternative economic approach becomes louder, we aim to provide a welcoming environment for critical conversations on the role and ability of Ecological Economics to provide paths and tools towards effective alternative solutions for the future.

Towards this aim the conference will offer a combination of oral and poster presentations, keynote lectures from prominent scholars from within and outside our community, pre-conference activities and exciting off-venue excursions.

The location of the conference itself also has a lot to offer to the discussion. Iceland is at the forefront in transforming energy systems towards low-carbon and renewable energy sources with approximately 82% primary energy use derived from domestic renewable energy resources (hydro and geopower).


As conference participants will experience, over 90% of all houses in the country are heated with geothermal energy, outdoor heated swimming pools are everywhere (conference participants should remember to pack their bathing suits) and 99% of electricity is produced from potentially renewable energy resources. But even if Iceland can provide inspiring examples, debates rage about the use of our energy resources, property rights, the management of other natural resources as well as the environment, not to mention the catastrophic economic collapse that took place in 2008.


Click here to find out more about the conference.

The 26th EAIE Conference coming soon
Other News
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Friday, 18 July 2014 09:51

(Logo: European Association of International Education) (Logo: European Association of International Education) The 26th Annual European Association for International Education (EAIE) Conference will take place 16 – 18 September 2014 in Prague, Czech Republic. The theme of the event is: ´´Stepping into the new era´´, marking the significant transformations of the international education field.

The conference will focus on the internationalization of higher education which has strengthen tremendously over the past 25 years and higher education professionals are now looking to the next steps; the next phase of internationalisation.

The time, where the higher education is undergoing some of the greatest transformations ever in all aspects of teaching, learning and administration, is now.

Scientists and educators predict that this transformation will change the mould of the traditional higher education institutions.

The conference will try to answer the questions of what the next 25 years will bring with regards to this matter.

Permafrost thaw cracks urban infrastructure
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 10:59

(Photo S. Weege) The coring team working to get the core barrel out of the ground which got stuck. Buzzing around are hundreds of mosquitoes (Photo S. Weege) The coring team working to get the core barrel out of the ground which got stuck. Buzzing around are hundreds of mosquitoesThis year, students from Russia, United States, Norway, Germany, Italy, China and United Kingdom, have been spending part of July, researching and studying the effects of permafrost thaw on Russian cities.

The young researchers will conduct permafrost studies during next 2 weeks of Siberian summer school.

Next week, the new series of PAGE21 summer blogs will start in order to raise awareness of general public and inform about changing permafrost and its global effects in the 21st century.

This year, PAGE21 young researchers will blog from Herschel Island, Samoylov and Cherskii. They will be available through the PAGE21 website.

Approximately 24% of the exposed land surface in the Northern Hemisphere is permafrost, according to a United Nations Environment Program report. Permafrost, or perennially frozen ground, has been under intense recent study because of the rapid acceleration of permafrost thaw.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Arctic Report Card notes that in 2013 record high permafrost temperatures were recorded in Alaska and Canada, and in 2012 active permafrost layer thickness in west Siberia was the greatest observed since 1996.

To learn more about permafrost research, please access the PAGE21 website.

Imaginaire du Nord calls for papers
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 09:49

(Photo: Getty Images) (Photo: Getty Images) The Dynamics of Darkness in the North. Natural, Arctificial, Cultural. A scientific and artistic multidisciplinary international event will take place in Reykjavik, Iceland 26 – 28 February 2015.

The United Nations has declared 2015 the International Year of Light and thus we are curious to explore the infinite choreographies of darkness and light that affect everyday experiences of people inhabiting the North.


The aim of this scientific and artistic, multidisciplinary international conference is to bring together different perspectives and to create conversations between different groups of audiences, ranging from students and academics to artists and the general public. Academics, artists, designers and creative entrepreneurs are invited to submit proposals for papers, installations or performances that address the conference theme by September 30th, 2014.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Quality of darkness
• Darkness and light in architecture
• Urban Winter lighting
• Northern lights
• Living in the seasons of darkness in the North
• Playing with shadows
• Physical and psychological effects of darkness
• Feeling darkness
• Expressions of darkness
• Oral cultures and storytelling in long dark Winters
• Dark histories
• Dark tourism
• Darkness as matter
• Moving through darkness
• The flow of darkness

Please submit your proposal before September 30th, 2014 with a title and a description of a maximum of 250 words to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , including your professional affiliation and status, postal and email addresses. Proposals for artistic presentations, i.e. performance, installation or the exhibition of visual, sound or digital material, should contain a description of the creative concept and the artist's intent, in addition to spatial and technological needs. All presentations will be limited to 20 minutes. Proposals should be written in English, which will be the language of the event.

Answers will be sent by November 1st, 2014.

Participants are responsible for their travel and accommodation costs. A contribution fee of 20 000 ISK (130€, 190$CAD) will be requested for speakers and participants, to cover organization, registration, program, and coffee breaks.

This event is co-organized by the Department of Geography and Tourism at the University of Iceland, the International Laboratory for the Multidisciplinary Study of Representations of the North at the Université du Québec à Montreal, and the Iceland Academy of the Arts, in cooperation with the Nordic House in Reykjavík, the Embassy of Canada in Iceland and the Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur la littérature et la culture québécoises.

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