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INTERACT calls for proposals
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 01 August 2013 09:15

(Logo: INTERACT)(Logo: INTERACT)The INTERACT project under EU FP7 has a Transnational Access program that offers access to 20 research stations in the northernmost Europe and Russian Federation.


The sites represent a variety of glacier, mountain, tundra, boreal forest, peatland and freshwater ecosystems, providing opportunities for researchers from natural sciences to human dimension.


Transnational Access includes:


• Free access for user groups/users to research facilities and field sites, including support for travel and logistic costs


• Free access to information and data in the public domain held at the infrastructures


The call for proposals is open at the INTERACT website on 1st August – 30th September 2013 for access visits taking place between Oct 2013 and Oct 2014.


Transnational Access is available to user groups, where the group leader and majority of group members work in an institution established in a EU Member State or Associated State.


The maximum amount of access per user group is 90 person-days, including previously granted INTERACT Transnational Access. The eligibility rules and application instructions, stations available in the call, descriptions of stations and their facilities, and registration to the on-line application system from can be found on the INTERACT website.


For additional information, please visit the INTERACT website or contact WP4 coordinator Hannele Savela, or WP4 leader This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


This will be the last INTERACT Transnational Access call for the current funding period.


Act now to seize the opportunity, and apply INTERACT Transnational Access to conduct research at the coolest places of the North!




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Students from DUT design icebreaker
Shipping News
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 09:20

(Photo: M.Tomasik) Ice covered waters in the Arctic(Photo: M.Tomasik) Ice covered waters in the ArcticFive maritime engineering bachelor students of the Delft University of Technology produced a design for an Arctic modular towing supply vessel (AMTSV) as part of their minor on Arctic Engineering. In cooperation with Dutch shipyard Damen this has now culminated in an offering of a 100m double acting supply ship is capable of operating in the Barents Sea year round and in the Baffin Bay and Beaufort Sea for 8 months.


The vessel actually has two bows; when she sails through open water the accommodation will be in the front.


Through ice however, she will sail with her thrusters first. The 'stern first' concept is not new in Arctic shipping.


However, in this case it's a veritable 'double-bow' vessel, a concept which is incorporated in the structural lay-out of the ship. This means the AMTVS could be classed as such.


The AMTSV has the ability to sail through 1.6m of level ice at 3kn. Research showed this to be an optimal solution, because the shape of an ice bow is completely different compared to an open water bow.


When using two bows no compromises have to be made. Another argument for this concept is that, while sailing through ice, the thrusters will create a flow around the hull which decreases friction.


Because the vessel can sail in both directions, she also has to be capable of towing in both directions. Hence a double acting winch of 300t is installed. This winch is installed inside the accommodation so the harsh weather will not affect it.


There are no compromises on crew conditions as they can work in the enclosed superstructure (ESS) located behind the conventional superstructure. This superstructure can be kept up above zero degrees with an outside temperature of -55°C. Temperature sensitive cargo can also be kept in this area.


This Arctic concept vessel will be running on LNG, with dual fuel engines, in an effort to make it more environmentally friendly.


The main disadvantage of LNG is that it requires a lot of storage capacity. However, ice strengthened vessels have a lot steel weight in the hull compared to open water vessels and this means that the centre of gravity is relatively low. Therefore the disadvantage is negated by placing the LNG tanks on top of the ESS.


The project has not officially been implemented yet, however such a possibilities are being researched.




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Greenland rare earth potential noticed
Energy News
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 30 July 2013 10:06

(Photo: M. Tomasik) Sea ice is largely present in Greenland (Photo: M.Tomasik) Sea ice is largely present in Greenland Various actors to include both Arctic and non – Arctic states, have now recognized Greenland´s increasing presence in the rare earth field, according to economy analysts.


Greenland, which is self – governing dependency of Denmark, owns some of the largest amounts of rare earth elements in the world.


European Commission data indicates Greenland has "strong potential" in six out of the 14 elements listed on the union's critical raw material list. These include rare earths, tantalum and niobium as well as the platinum group metals. Greenland's rare earth resources currently amount to around 10 million tonnes (nine per cent of the earth's total).


Analysts point out that a number of Greenland's significant deposits, such as Kvanefjeld, are in the advanced stage of exploration, meaning the dependency could well be set to become a medium-size supplier.


In recognition of the increased role Greenland is likely to play in the field, London Mining – a company backed by Chinese steelmakers – has sought permission to build a US$2.35bn iron ore mine near the country's capital Nuuk which, if given the green light, would be the biggest industrial development to take place in Greenland.




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Arctic Energy Summit agenda ready
Energy News
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Monday, 29 July 2013 10:10

(Photo: M.Tomasik) Summer in Southern Iceland (Photo: M.Tomasik) Summer in Southern IcelandWe are excited to remind the agenda for the 2013 Arctic Energy Summit! It is filled with speakers who are leaders in the industry, academic, government and non-profit sectors around the world.


These speakers will help us explore key questions related to areas of interest including:


- New energy resources and a region that is rich in assets

- Strategies for northern resilience - maintaining valuable cultural traditions in times of immense economic and environmental change

- Technological and project advancements for increasing system lifespans

- Public sector incentives and development of a positive investment climate

- Global market trends that impact policy or create pressures on development.


To find out more about the speakers, check out the speaker section of the Arctic Energy Summit website.


You can see other speakers and presenters by visiting the agenda section.


The 2013 Arctic Energy Summit is a multi – disciplinary event expected to draw several hundred industry officials, scientists, academics, policy makers, energy professionals and community leaders together to collaborate and share leading approaches on Arctic energy issues.


More information about the conference and registration form is available here.




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Imaginaire du Nord calls for papers
Other News
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 25 July 2013 10:13

(Photo: Magdalena Tomasik) Midnight sun in the Arctic (Photo: Magdalena Tomasik) Midnight sun in the ArcticThe International Laboratory for the Multidisciplinary Comparative Study of Representations of the North, of the Université du Québec à Montréal, announces a call for papers for its 8th international conference, «Cold: Adaptation, Representations, Production, Effects», co-organized with the "Cultures, environments, Arctic, representations, climate" research centre of the Observatoire de Versailles Saint-Quentin (France), as part of a France-Québec cooperation project.


The objective of this multidisciplinary conference is to think about the idea of "cold" in all of its multiple disciplinary variations—geographical, cultural, medical, biological, climatological, engineered, physical, linguistic and sociological.


Defined by Étienne Lalou as "both a relative and subjective sensation," cold is invisible.


Its manifestations can only be appreciated in the effect it has on bodies and objects as well as through human adaptation (architecture, transportation, clothing, social and cultural practices), representation (literary, filmic, pictorial) and its technical or technological production (refrigeration and cooling, air conditioning, freezing, etc.)


Proposals can be sent by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it until August 31, 2013 at the latest.


The conference will take place at Université de Versailles—Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (France), on December 12, 13 and 14, 2013.


The event is co-organized by the "Cultures, environments, Arctic, representations, climate" research centre of the Observatoire de Versailles Saint-Quentin and the Laboratory for the Comparative Multidisciplinary Study of Representations of the North at the Université du Québec à Montréal, as part of a France-Québec cooperation project. Selected papers will be published.


Please, click here for more information about the conference and detailed quidlines on how to send your proposal.





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