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Nansen scholarship deadline extended
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 08:49

(Logo: University of Akureyri) (Logo: University of Akureyri) Nansen Visiting Professorship in Arctic Studies extended application deadline to the 15th July.


The University of Akureyri in Iceland is now seeking candidates for the 2nd appointment for the Nansen Visiting Professorship in Arctic Studies.


The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Iceland and Norway signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Akureyri in September 2011 for the purpose of strengthening cooperation between Iceland and Norway in the field of Arctic scientific research, including the establishment of a Nansen Professorship in Arctic studies at the University of Akureyri, named after the Norwegian polar scientist Fridtjof Nansen.


The post of visiting professorship in Arctic studies at the University of Akureyri is available for application. It is awarded for a twelve months period to a leading scientist – each year to candidates from different fields of studies - working with issues that bear on legal, economic, social and natural circumstances in the Arctic.


Application deadline has now been extended to the 15th of July 2013. For more information about the scholarship, click here.




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Mackerel dispute and independence
Politics News
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Monday, 01 July 2013 19:47

(Map: the Arctic Portal) The high seas, marked with orange. Click to enlarge (Map: the Arctic Portal) The high seas, marked with orange. Click to enlargeSigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, the Prime Minister of Iceland stated that the dispute between Iceland an European Union over the mackerel quota is an example of the importance of one country´s soverign rights.


The prime minister, whose coalition government was voted in last month, said during his campaign that he would not consider joining the EU until after a national referendum is held. He explained that opinion was divided on whether joining the EU would be beneficial, but said that everybody is agreed on the fact that the EU must convince Iceland it is a positive move.


Last year, the EU and Norway were unable to reach an agreement with Iceland on its mackerel quota in the North Atlantic. Ireland and Scotland have been protesting that Iceland and the Faroe Islands are fishing well beyond sustainable levels.


The EU and Norway proposed a four per cent slice of the $1.4bn mackerel take could go to Iceland, but the North Atlantic nation wants 15 per cent.


Meanwhile, Iceland and the Faroe Islands have issued unilateral quotas in their fishing grounds that exceed by a long way what EU members view as sustainable levels.


Ireland and Scotland have, in response, demanded economic sanctions are placed on Iceland.


Gunnlaugsson said that considering the lengthy debate regarding implications for fishing when joining the EU, Icelanders want to see whether the union will treat the country with greater fairness in terms of fishing within its own economic zone.




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Knight’s Cross awarded to Dr.L. Heininen
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Friday, 28 June 2013 13:52

(Photo: M. Tomasik) L. Heininen (Photo: M. Tomasik) L. HeininenProfessor Lassi Heininen was awarded Knight's Cross of the Icelandic Order of the Falcon by Dr. Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, the President of the Republic of Iceland due to his contributions for Iceland and the Finnish-Icelandic relations.


Dr. Heininen is Professor of Arctic Studies and Adjunct professor (Docent) of International Relations at the Faculty of Social Sciences, the University of Lapland (Finland), Visiting Professor at University of Akureyri (Iceland), and Adjunct Faculty at Frost Center for Canadian Studies, Trent University (Canada).


He has been the chairman of the Steering Committee for the Northern Research Forum (NRF) - an innovative, joint Icelandic-Finnish activity to implement the interplay between science and politics - from the beginning in 1999.


He is actively involved in speaking at international scientific conferences, and organizing international academic seminars, workshops and other gatherings, such as NRF's Open Assemblies and the annual Calotte Academies.


He is also the Editor of the Arctic Yearbook, and the leader of the University of the Arctic Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security (studies).


The Icelandic Order of the Falcon is to be "conferred on Icelandic or foreign individuals for achievements to the benefit of the Icelandic peoples, specific sections of the community or parts of the country, or to the benefit of important and worthy causes in Iceland or in the international arena". The Order was established in 1921.




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PAGE21 field season has now begun
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 27 June 2013 09:26

(Photo: Benjamin Runkle) Researchers from the University of Hamburg in Samoylov Island (Photo: Benjamin Runkle) Researchers from the University of Hamburg in Samoylov IslandPAGE21 young researchers have just started their season of permafrost investigation in remote areas, located in the northern hemisphere. First groups took off to Kytalyk and Herschel Island earlier this month. Researchers will come back to their home institutions at the beginning of September.


While collecting data on permafrost temperature, CO2 and CH4 fluxes, delegates from all the research stations, explain the particularity of the research done at each site. What is more they describe adventures, dangers and exciting daily life in remote tundra locations.


PAGE21 Blogs are available for the public and can be accessed here.


PAGE21 project aims to understand and quantify the vulnerability of permafrost environments to a changing global climate, and to investigate the feedback mechanisms associated with increasing greenhouse gas emissions from permafrost zones. This research will make use of a unique set of Arctic permafrost investigations performed at stations that span the full range of Arctic bioclimatic zones. The project will bring together the best European permafrost researchers and eminent scientists from Canada, Russia, the USA, and Japan.


The PAGE21 is a Large-scale integrating collaborative project under the ENV call topic "Vulnerability of Arctic permafrost to climate change and implications for global GHG emissions and future climate" (ENV.2011.1.1.3-1) coordinated by Professor Hans-Wolfgang Hubberten from AWI.




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Award – winning CAFF film now available
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 11:14

(Photo: Getty Images) (Photo: Getty Images) The film "Status and Trends in Arctic Biodiversity" addresses current biodiversity issues in the Arctic, and ongoing pressures on its ecosystems. It highlights key issues that surfaced in the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment. The film is a collaborative work of the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) working group and UNEP GRID-Arendal.


Emphasis is placed on the new set of challenges and stressors brought about by climate change and the increase of industrial activities in the region. In view of these challenges, CAFF has set out to provide policymakers and conservation managers with the best available scientific knowledge informed by traditional knowledge on Arctic biodiversity.


The film was approved by Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials' at their meeting in Haparanda in November 2012. Further the film was presented to the eight Arctic Ministers and six Indigenous Peoples representatives at the Ministerial Meeting in Kiruna 15 May 2013.


"Status and Trends in Arctic Biodiversity" was also awarded first place in the documentary category at the Green Lens Environmental Film Festival which is an annual environmental film competition sponsored by the Northern Illinois University´s Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability and Energy.


The film is available for the public and can be viewed here.




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