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Asia Arctic website now launched
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 04 June 2013 10:25

(Photo: Arctic Portal) Asia on the map (Photo: Arctic Portal) Asia on the mapThe Asia – Arctic website has been now released.


The website is an outcome of the cooperation between the Norwegian Research Council, the Fridtjof Nansen Institute and the Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies.


Cooperation between listed organizations was established in order to create platform for research program that investigates Asian countries 'policies and interest in the Arctic.


The provides with valuable information about the research and publications as well as information on upcoming events.


The aim of this platform is to become the go – to place for knowledge and information on Asian Arctic interests and policies.


The official launch of the website will take place in Kiruna during the seminar ´´ Asian – Arctic aspirations´´.


The key note speaker will be Torgeir Larsen, State Secretary in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Representatives from the Asian region and AsiArctic scholars will provide comments for discussion.


The seminar is scheduled for Tuesday, 13th of June at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute. For more information and to register for the event, please click here.





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First China-Nordic Arctic Symposium
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Monday, 03 June 2013 09:05

(Photo: Hjalti Hreinnsson) From the Chinese research vessel Xuelong in Iceland.(Photo: Hjalti Hreinnsson) From the Chinese research vessel Xuelong in Iceland.

The first China-Nordic Arctic Cooperation Symposium will start tomorrow in Shanghai. The Polar Research Institute of China hosts the symposium in cooperation with the Icelandic Center for Research.


Participants will be Chinese and Nordic institutions. The theme of the conference is "China-Nordic Cooperation for Sustainable Development in the Arctic: Human Activity and Environmental Change".


Three sessions are scheduled and open to participants:


Session I: Arctic Shipping and Resource Exploration


Session II: Arctic Policies and Governance


Session III: Climate Change and the Arctic in the Anthropocene


The symposium will be a significant step towards the establishment of the China-Nordic Arctic Research Center, located at PRIC in Shanghai.


Following the symposium in Shanghai on 4-6 June, there will be an organized excursion for the participants on 7 June.


Further information is given by Mr. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Visiting Scholar at PRIC.





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Research network on peoples issues
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Friday, 31 May 2013 10:28

(Photo: Anastasiya Ilina) The last shaman of Wrangler Island (Photo: Anastasiya Ilina) The last shaman of Wrangler Island

UN-Habitat is currently establishing a global network with professionals and universities engaging in field projects/research related to indigenous peoples in order to look for entry points for collaboration.


UN-Habitat Housing and Slum Upgrading Branch works at the global level with issues related to indigenous peoples' housing, indigenous peoples' migration to urban areas and indigenous building knowledge.


Universities, partners and professionals working on indigenous issues are encouraged to have an active contact with each other and share ideas, project information, research findings and news related to indigenous peoples' housing conditions, urbanization and indigenous building methods. For this purpose we have created a LinkedIn group "Urban Indigenous Issues".


The network would like to encourage your university staff and students to join the discussion group here.


The "Urban Indigenous Issues" network is part of the Global Housing Strategy Network (GHS).


If you have not done this already, you are invited to register in the Urban Gateway and join the Global Housing Strategy here


For more information about the Global Housing Strategy please read the framework document.




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Nansen´s scholarship now available
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 09:06

(Photo: UNAK) University of Akureyri (Photo: UNAK) University of Akureyri Nansen Visiting Professorship in Arctic Studies at the University of Akureyri is now open for applications.


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 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 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 is the 1st of July 2013.


For more information and to apply for the professorship, please visit the webpage of University of Akureyri.




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Finland´s visit to Iceland starts today
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 28 May 2013 13:22

(Photo: Magdalena Tomasik - The Arctic Portal) Icelandic landscape (Photo: Magdalena Tomasik - The Arctic Portal) Icelandic landscape Today, 28th of May 2013, the President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö will pay an official visit to Iceland, together with his wife and various Arctic experts.


During his visit in Iceland, President Niinistö will attend a conference on the Arctic that will be held at the University of Iceland.


The President will also officially visit Reykjavik University and learn about IT (information technology) and innovation in high tech industries at a special introductory meeting.


The Finnish president will also visit the geothermal area in Svartsengi and learn about the use and utilization of green energy there as everywhere in Iceland.


The Finnish President will depart on May 29th after two days visit.





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