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UArctic Rectors' Forum coming up
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Monday, 12 May 2014 09:49

(Logo: University of the Arctic) (Logo: University of the Arctic) The UArctic Rector´s Forum will gather in Akureyri, Northern Iceland May 28th – 31st 2014.


The 8th UArctic Rectors' Forum is hosted by the University of Akureyri. The Theme of the 8th Forum is University Education in the Arctic Regions-, flexibility, gender equality and health.


In conjunction with the 2014 Rectors' Forum, the University of Akureyri will continue the practice of hosting a UArctic Students' Forum. In this respect, all interested parties are invited to sponsor one graduate student or rising senior undergraduate student from your institution to participate in the student program.


The institution will be responsible for the cost associated with the participation of your student representatives, i.e. registration fee, travel expenses and accommodation cost. Please, see the preliminary program for Student's Forum.


The Rectors' Forums are for the leaders of UArctic's Higher Education Institution members, and serve as a unique opportunity for the heads of these institutions in the circumpolar North to participate in a common dialogue and learning experience focused on topics of special relevance.


Institution leaders (Chancellors, Presidents, Vice-Presidents, Provosts) who participate in the meeting may bring one additional expert or advisor in their delegation. Note: The Rectors' Forum business meeting session is not open to representatives from UArctic members who are not a rector, provost, president, vice president or hold a similar post of leadership.


For further details see UArctic Rectors' Forum Terms of Reference and the UArctic Charter (adopted and signed at the Rectors' Forum 2008).



Sustainable Futures in Changing Climate Conference coming soon
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Friday, 09 May 2014 10:04

(Photo: Sustainable Futures in Changing Climate) (Photo: Sustainable Futures in Changing Climate) The conference entitled Sustainable Futures in Changing Climate will take place 11 – 12 of June 2014 in Wanha Satama, Helsinki, Finland.

The conference will bring together the best experts from the fields of Futures Studies, Climate Change and Sustainable Development and let the scientific community to interact with policymakers and representatives of companies. By developing images of alternative futures, the goal of the conference is to present current academic research and give new viewpoints and novel ideas to decision-makers to assist them towards more feasible decisions for sustainable development.

This conference is part of the first international Future Infinite Conference, consisting of two parallel series of lectures. The academic part will take place on 11-12 June with the title "Sustainable Futures in a Changing Climate – Future Infinite Academic". All the academic participants are most welcome to join the second part of the event "Future Infinite", targeted on corporate leaders and decision-makers.


On Friday 13 June, the Future Pitches section of the conference will be held. In this part of the programme, partner companies will share their perspectives on the future. In addition, best entries to the Everyday Innovations of the Future competition for students will be showcased at the conference.

Click here for more information and to register for the event.

Summer school of NEFU still welcomes applications!
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 08 May 2014 10:27

(Photo: PAGE21) Youn researchers in Cherskii Siberia, during the summer 2013 (Photo: PAGE21) Youn researchers in Cherskii Siberia, during the summer 2013The deadline for applications for the annual summer school programs at North – Eastern Federal University has been extended until the May 30th.

Waivers are still available for two programs: Russian Language and Culture in Siberia; and Climate Change: Transformation of Landscapes and Adaptation of the Society.


Russian Language and Culture in Siberia, hosted by the Philological Faculty, will provide courses in Russian language and culture. Students will get knowledge on Russian language, literature and culture in Siberia. The program offers diverse cultural and social program and also a field trip.


The summer school Climate Change: Transformation of Landscapes and Adaptation of the Society is led by the Institute of Natural Sciences in cooperation with DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).


This school is intended for both undergraduate and graduate students interested in studying the climate change from natural and social sciences perspective.


All successful applicants are allocated tuition and accommodation fee waivers. However, they are still responsible for travel, cultural program and field trips costs.


For further information, contact: Daria Burnasheva This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit

Non – lethal use of whales discussed
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 07 May 2014 09:45

(Photo: Getty Images) (Photo: Getty Images) Yesterday, 6th of May 2014, nine representatives of Icelandic museum and eco – tourism workers have travelled to the United States to look at the economics, science and policy of the non – lethal uses of whales.

Earlier this month President Barack Obama's government issued a memorandum to encourage the North Atlantic nation to come up with ways to take advantage of the economic opportunities available to it for the "non-lethal uses of whales" and bring an end to its commercial whaling.

During their 10-day visit to Washington DC, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, the exchange participants will meet conservationists, eco-tourism companies and policy experts. Other activities include visiting marine research institutes and whaling museums, going on whale watching trips and meeting environmental non-governmental organisations.

The team hopes to return to Iceland with new ideas and strategies to share with general public, policy makers, and businesses. More, the representatives wish to develop new commercial possibilities in Iceland related to non – lethal use of whaling.


Source: IceNews

Canadian Polar Commission Report released
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 06 May 2014 09:49

(Logo: Canadian Polar Commission) (Logo: Canadian Polar Commission)The Canadian Polar Commission has released a new report on the state of northern knowledge in Canada that analyses the significant gains made since the beginning of International Polar Year 2007 with the view to determining today´s high – level research opportunities.

The report was released in Yellowknife. It is built on semi – structured interviews with 114 northern subject matter experts, two – third of thirds of them resident in Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunatsiavt and Nunavik.

The report was corroborated through an extensive survey of peer-reviewed literature and reinforced by further expert consultation during the 18-month study.

The Canadian Polar Commission (CPC) is Canada's national institution for furthering polar knowledge and awareness. The report was produced under its mandate to monitor and report to Canadians on the state of knowledge of the Polar Regions.

Click here to download the report.

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