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EUCOP4 starts today
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 09:46

(Photo: Getty Images) (Photo: Getty Images)EUCOP 4, is going to be held in Évora, Portugal 18-21 June, 2014. The PAGE21 project partners are actively participating in the conference chairing various sessions and presenting the latest research. Full list of accepted abstracts can be found here.


A Young Researchers workshop will be organized in a joint effort of PYRN (Permafrost Young Researchers Network), APECS (Association of Polar Early Career Scientists ) and the young researcher representatives of the two projects PAGE21 (Changing Permafrost in the Arctic and its Global Effects in the 21st Century) and ADAPT (Arctic Development and Adaptation to Permafrost in Transition).


The workshop aims at building interdisciplinary knowledge on how the Arctic and Antarctic permafrost regions play a key role in the Earth System and to give each participant a more overarching view on the regions beyond disciplinary research questions.


To achieve this, the participants will share knowledge with each other in thematic break-out sessions and elaborate the future avenues of permafrost research together, with mentors playing a key role in permafrost research either in large-scale international projects or science policy.


What is more, the workshop participants engaged with PAGE21 project will share their experience through casual blogs from the Conference and the Workshop.

We encourage other participants to share their experience via the comments system that will be available together with the blogs.


Please visit the conference website for all practical information about the event.

Indigenous peoples rights to be addressed
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Monday, 16 June 2014 08:37

(Photo: Getty Images) (Photo: Getty Images) Arctic Centre participates in organizing a joint workshop on Arctic Sacred Sites and Culturally Important Landscapes.

Arctic Centre, jointly with Sámi Education Institute, SIIDA Sámi museum, University of Montréal and University of the Arctic Thematic Network on Arctic Law, is organizing an indigenous rights-holder workshop "Experiencing and Protecting Arctic Sacred Sites and Culturally Important Landscapes – Creating Partnerships with Mutual Respect" to be held in Inari/Aanar June 11–13, 2014

Around 50 persons from different Arctic countries will be discussing the present and future challenges and opportunities related to sacred and cultural sites of Arctic indigenous peoples. The idea of the workshop is to advance multidisciplinary research project related to the sacred sites. Several researchers from the Arctic Centre have participated in the planning of the project which will be realized in close partnership with many indigenous peoples' organizations or institutions.

In September 2013, nearly 80 sacred site guardians of indigenous communities, indigenous peoples' organizations, scientists, and policy makers gathered together in Rovaniemi and Pyhätunturi for the first international, multidisciplinary conference on Arctic sacred sites. The conference succeeded to create a platform to establish a holistic, multidisciplinary approach to tackle multiple issues of the sacred sites and culturally important landscapes in the Arctic. Conference participants issued the first statement for policy-making related to sacred sites in the Arctic. The conference acted as a platform to create a participatory educational research project to advance the transmission of spiritually relevant culturally embedded knowledge and practices related to sacred sites and culturally important landscapes to younger generations, and advance effective legal recognition and sustainable development planning.

Indigenous rights-holder workshop emphasizes the voice of indigenous communities. Therefore, all the invited key-note speakers are indigenous persons. Academic and other participants act as expert commentators or participate actively in four different workshops.


Workshop aims at creating partnerships with mutual trust and respect. The four themes of the workshop are:

1) Traditional knowledge and customary law related to Arctic sacred sites and culturally important landscape;

2) Education and revitalisation and transmission of culture (language, worldview, spiritual practices, rituals, ceremonies, healing, spiritual well-being of the community);

3) Nature-culture interrelationship: Threats to and loss off sacred sites, traditional lands and culturally important landscapes and linked livelihoods (mining, forestry, mapping, tourism);

4) Recognition and protection, Akwe: Kon Guidelines and UNESCO World Heritage Convention.


More information:
Researcher: Leena Heinämäki
leena.heinamaki (at)
Tel. +358 40 484 4280

Extended deadline for CNARC fellowship
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 12 June 2014 10:28

(Photo: Getty Images) Shanghai (Photo: Getty Images) ShanghaiThe China´s Nordic Arctic Research Center (CNARC) fellowship program has just announced the extension of the application deadline.

New application deadline is 25th of June 2014.

The program offers opportunities for excellent researchers from both China and Nordic states, under the collaborative framework of the CNARC, to conduct join research within leading research organizations in Arctic studies.

The program allows researchers to advance their own research projects while contributing to an increased awareness, understanding and knowledge of the Arctic and its impacts for both China and the Nordic states.

More detailed information about the fellowship is available here. Click here to download the application form.

The China-Nordic Research Center (CNARC) was established in Shanghai on 10th December 2013 by 10 Member Institutes, four Chinese and six Nordic, which all have capacities to influence and coordinate Arctic research.

CNARC's purpose is to provide a platform for academic cooperation to increase awareness, understanding and knowledge of the Arctic and its global impacts, as well as to promote cooperation for sustainable development of the Nordic Arctic and coherent development of China in a global context.

SIU invites to participate in funds
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 10:24

(Photo: Getty Images) International cooperation (Photo: Getty Images) International cooperationNorwegian Center for International Cooperation in Education (SIU) invites Norwegian higher education institutions to apply for funding for international cooperation through five programmes. Up to NOK 55 million (USD 9 million) will be allocated to Norwegian cooperation with BRICS, North America, the Republic of Korea and Japan.

The programmes support faculty initiated cooperation projects. Activities eligible for support include international mobility of students and staff within project cooperation, development of joint courses and programmes, seminars and workshops.


All programmes support activities linking education and research with enterprises in the public and private sectors, for instance through work placement.


The High North Programme supports collaboration between higher education institutions in Norway and institutions in Canada, China, Japan, Russia, the Republic of Korea and the United States in order to increase knowledge about the High North. Projects can apply for up to NOK 2 million (USD 335,000) over a period of four years. The total financial frame of the call is about NOK 26 million (USD 4,4 million)

Application deadline: November 5, 2014 at 3 p.m. Norwegian time.

More information about the call


Project funds for cooperation with North America

Norwegian institutions of higher education are invited to apply for funds for projects related to higher education collaboration with institutions in the US and Canada. The collaboration must include an element of collaboration with the public or private sectors.Projects may apply for funding up to NOK 200,000 (USD 34,000) over a period of 18 months. The total financial frame of the call is about NOK 2,5 million (USD 420,000)

Application deadline: September 16, 2014 at 3 p.m. Norwegian time.

More information about the call


The Cooperation Programme with Russia supports cooperation between higher education institutions in Russia and Norway. In this call, Norwegian institutions can apply for up to NOK 300,000 (USD 50,000) per project. The total frame is NOK 4 million (USD 670,000).

Application deadline: September 16, 2014 at 3 p.m. Norwegian time.

More information about the call


The UTFORSK Partnership Programme is administered by SIU in cooperation with the Research Council of Norway (RCN). This pilot programme aims at strengthening the linkage between higher education and research in international collaboration, and to increase cooperation between Norway and Brazil, China, India, Japan, Russia and South Africa. For this second call of the pilot phase a stronger emphasis is given on the collaboration between research, education and enterprises in the public and private sectors. Norwegian institutions can apply for up to NOK 800,000 (USD 134,000) over a project period of two years. The total frame of the call is up to NOK 6 million (USD 1 million).

Application deadline: September 16, 2014 at 3 p.m. Norwegian time.

More information about the call

Toppers at Sea visited Akureyri
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 14:36

(Photo: UNAK) (Photo: UNAK) Today, 10th of June 2014 a group of students and faculty from Western Kentucky University (WKY) – Toppers at Sea – visited the University of Akureyri with lectures and presentations od climate change.

A short symposium called: Climate Change Challenge: A Symposium on Climate Change in the North Atlantic.

The symposium was open to everyone interested in the subject and took place from 9am-12pm in room M102.

The goal of the symposium was to prepare the students with the skills and competencies for understanding and dealing with climate change issues, and further more, to establish a working relationship with Iceland and Icelandic universities.

Þorsteinn Þorsteinsson, a specialist in glaciology at the Icelandic Meteorological Office was boarding the vessel MV Explorer in Reykjavik on its way to Akureyri, where he took part in the symposium.

Further more, Monika Margrét Stefánsdóttir, a masters student in Polar Law at the University of Akureyri, was boarding the vessel in Copenhagen and joining courses on the way to Iceland.

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