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ASSW 2013 coming soon
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 26 March 2013 10:16

(Photo: ASSW 2013 website) (Photo: ASSW 2013 website) This year's Arctic Science Summit Week will take place in Krakow, Poland. The ASSW will be held during the second week of April, 13th – 19th.


The ASSW is the annual gathering of international organizations engaged in supporting and facilitating Arctic research. Its purpose is to provide opportunities for international coordination, collaboration and cooperation in all fields of Arctic science and to combine science and management meetings. Side meetings organized by groups with interest in the Arctic science and policy will also be held within the week.


One of them is already planned: The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) will offer a one-day career development workshop during the ASSW 2013.


The ASSW in 2013 will include a three-day Science Symposium entitled: The Arctic Hub – Regional and Global Perspectives.


Arctic Portal will participate in the symposium with the presentation titled: Communication and structure of scientific data in order to support regional and global sustainability of the Arctic Region.


More information and registration chart for the ASSW 2013 can be found here.



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Nature Gate app now launched
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Friday, 22 March 2013 08:29

(Photo: Nature Gate)(Photo: Nature Gate)NatureGate mobile app version 2 has been launched and is now available now for iOS and Android devices.


NatureGate service is based on a worldwide patented species identification tool, enabling you to find fascinating information about hundreds of wild species together with thousands of superb images captured by top photographers. You can view and search for species in various ways – for instance using their English names, their scientific names, or by genus or family.


Their unique identification tools also help you to get to know new species. They make the task of discovering new species easy, fast and fun. Try one of these tools right now! Choose a species group, and find out how to identify unfamiliar flowers, trees and shrubs, birds, butterflies or fish.


NatureGate is a global gate to the nature. The web and mobile services are already available in eight languages. Educational material including interactive games tailored for different age groups from elementary school children to academic students is in the pilot phase. NatureGate mainly works in eight languages. Many of our featured species can be found right around the world. Our multilingual web services can benefit millions of people interested in nature, wherever they happen to be.


To read more about Nature Gate project click here

Young researchers gathered in Reykjavik
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 21 March 2013 10:18

(Photo: The Arctic Portal) Young researchers gathered yesterday at the University of Iceland in order to discuss their current projects. (Photo: The Arctic Portal) Young researchers gathered yesterday at the University of Iceland in order to discuss their current projects.

Yesterday, 20th of March, young researchers met at the University of Iceland in order to discuss and present their on-going research work. Friendly and informal meeting involved young engineers, natural and social scientists.


Ph.D and Master students from various parts of the world, to include Italy and Iran got a chance to present their high quality research, carried out at various highly recognized universities, to include University of Akureyri, Iceland, Tromso University in northern Norway and many others.


Research topics were greatly focused around the Arctic issues and touched upon biosciences, fisheries, law, politics and international affairs. The meeting created the platform for information, knowledge and experience exchange and allowed the development of new ideas and further interaction between representatives of various disciplines.


The meeting was chaired by Margaret Cela, the Project Manager of new Centre for Arctic Policy Studies, University of Iceland. The Centre which was formally opened on Tuesday, during the international meeting: ''Trans – Arctic Agenda'' will be the forum for interdisciplinary collaboration in the field of Arctic research with emphasis on the role and policies of states and institutions, non – state and corporate actors, and broader aspects of governance, culture and society in the High North.


Click here to read more about the new Centre for Arctic Policy Studies.




Why is this a global issue?
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 19 March 2013 13:38

(Photo: The Arctic Portal) Dr. B. Karlsson, Dr. H. Exner - Pirot and Dr. N. Loukacheva during the first session of Systems and Societies workshop. (Photo: The Arctic Portal) Dr. B. Karlsson, Dr. H. Exner - Pirot and Dr. N. Loukacheva during the first session of Systems and Societies workshop.Second day of ''The Trans – Arctic Agenda: Challenges of Development, Security and Cooperation'' has divided participants into three parallel sessions i.e. environment, economy, systems and societies.


Although the Arctic is remote and lacks dense populations, it is under threat from environmental stresses largely originating in distant regions. The physical constitution of the Arctic dictates how the region reacts to environmental changes. With water occupying about two fifths of the area north of the 60th parallel, the region is essentially an ocean surrounded by land.


Three main issues regarding the Arctic environment are climate change, changes in biological diversity, and the use of toxic substances. The effects of these changes are becoming increasingly evident in the North, affecting largely the people in the northern territories.


Economic development and transfer of political power to the indigenous communities, establishing their fundamental rights to sovereignty was the matter for the dispute during the event as well as the risk managment and the international capability to face security challenges. 


The conference will continue until 18.00. After the closing remarks, participants will be hosted by the President of Iceland in his residence in Reykjavik.


Please, click here to see the detailed schedule of the ''Trans - Arctic Agenda''. 



NRF calls for papers!
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 19 March 2013 09:26

(Logo: NRF)(Logo: NRF)The global climate change is by scientists predicted to have great environmental and socio-economic impacts in the whole Arctic as well as in northern Europe. There will be direct and indirect impacts on nature and on communities as well as uncertainties. In addition, global warming is predicted to accelerate off-shore oil and gas drilling in the Northern icy seas and open a new (global) sailing route from the North Atlantic Ocean through the Arctic Ocean to the eastern parts of the globe.


Northern Research Forum in cooperation with the ESPON-ENECON project organizes international conference: „Climate Change in Northern Territories'' that will take place in Akureyri 22 – 23 of August 2013.


The event will bring early career researchers together for an open dialogue on issues of Northern and global relevance, to work with senior mentors, and to develop international and interdisciplinary collaborations.


(Photo: NRF)(Photo: NRF)

All NRF Young Researchers (YR) are required to participate in the Open Assembly from August 21st – 23rd. Each YR will make a presentation and provide a written final version (word document) of the presentation to the NRF for publication in the conference proceedings.


Each YR is required to electronically submit his/her paper by the 15th of April 2013 as well as publishing permissions for the NRF if selected as a YR (each selected YR will be provided the opportunity to finalize their papers after the Assembly if they prefer a different version be published in the conference proceedings). Each YR will write and orally present session summaries and actively participate in the assembly open dialogue and the post assembly evaluation.


Please, access the NRF website for more information and to register for the event. The registration deadline is 1st of April.



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