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Internship available in Arctic Council
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 11 December 2014 12:23

(Logo: Arctic Council)(Logo: Arctic Council)The Arctic Council Secretariat is looking for an intern interested in learning the aspects of working in an international environment.

The internship will be full time for 4-6 months beginning in early 2015, and it's suitable for a bachelor or master student within relevant fields of study. Application deadline: 28 December 2014.

The intern who fills the position will be under the guidance of experienced secretariat staff members, and will be included in different parts of the Secretariat's work.

It is essential that applicants to this position have excellent computer skills and good English language skills - both written and oral. An open mind to cultural differences and a cooperative spirit is important.

For more details and application information, please see the attachment.

Inga Dora Markussen visits Akureyri
Politics News
Written by Federica   
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 11:42

Inga Dora Markussen (source: Linkedin) Yesterday, 9 December 2014, Inga Dora Markussen, secretary general for the West Nordic Council visited many institutions in Akureyri.


 The  "West Nordic Council" was eventually  formed in 1985 (called "West Nordic Parliamentarian Council of Cooperation" until 1997) , following a political discussion started in the 80's about "the special cultural and geographic conditions of the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Iceland".


The scope was since the beginning " to cooperate on common problems and to conduct positive and constructive cooperation regarding West Nordic, or North Atlantic, issues with the Nordic Council as well as other organisations", and specifically: 


  • To promote west Nordic (north Atlantic) interests
  • To be guardians of north Atlantic resources and north Atlantic culture and to help promoting West Nordic interests through the West Nordic governments – not least with regards to the serious issues of resource management, pollution etc.
  • To follow up on the government's west Nordic cooperation
  • To work with the Nordic Council and to be the west Nordic link in Nordic cooperation
  • To act as the parliamentary link for inter-west Nordic organisations, including Arctic parliamentary cooperation

Inga Dora Markussen,  the newly appointed segretary general of both Icelandic and Greenlandic origins, arrived in Akureryi yesterday morning and visited the Icelandic Cooperation Network, the Polar Law Institute, Arctic Services and Arctic Portal, and took a tour of Borgir Research Building ( Stefansson Arctic Institite, CAFF, PAME, Research Centre of the University of Akureyri, Tourism Research Centre, Centre for Gender Equality, University of Akureyri Fisheries Centre, MATIS). 


She also gave a lecture for the students of the University of Akureyri about the outcomes of the general election recently  held  in Greenland on November, 28, 2014. 


Arctic Yearbook 2015 Call for papers
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 09:44

(Logo: The Arctic Yearbook) (Logo: The Arctic Yearbook)The Arctic Yearbook is calling for abstracts for the 2015 edition.

The Arctic Yearbook is an international and peer-reviewed volume, which focuses on issues of regional governance, circumpolar relations, geopolitics and security, all broadly defined including global aspects. The Arctic Yearbook is an initiative of the Northern Research Forum's (NRF) and University of the Arctic's joint Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security.

This year's theme is "Arctic Governance and Governing". This theme is meant to evaluate the innovation and progress being made in Arctic governance today, as well as conflicts and challenges. Topics may include, but are not limited to, local impact benefit agreements; local politics and elections; northern self-governance arrangements; current and future environmental regulatory frameworks; governance and regulatory gaps; state and non-state cooperation; state and sub-national government cooperation; the new IMO polar shipping regime; regional agreements; regional and/or global governance structures; and assessments of regulatory barriers to economic development. Comprehensive or theoretical evaluations of Arctic governance, including examples of successes and failures, are also encouraged.

Other topics of contemporary significance to regional development, circumpolar relations, geopolitics and security will also be welcome.

Abstracts should be 250-400 words and include author name(s), institutional affiliation and article title, to be submitted to [ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ].


The deadline for abstracts is March 1, 2015. Notice of acceptance will be provided on March 15, 2015. Articles must be submitted by June 15. Expected publication is Fall 2015.

We also welcome proposals for commentaries (1-3 page opinion pieces) and briefing notes (3-5 pages) from experts and policymakers on current issues and events.


Click here for more information about the Arctic Yearbook project. 

6th Arctic Shipping Summit, 18-19 March 2015
Shipping News
Written by Federica   
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 15:23


Developments in Arctic Shipping Operations & Infrastructures Conference  The 6th Arctic Shipping Summit, "Developments in Arctic Shipping Operations & Infrastructure",  will highlight the achievements of Canada's Chairmanship of the Arctic Council and discuss the USA's forthcoming plans. It will review the need for improvements in infrastructure and advancements in technology as well as operational and logistical challenges encountered by ship owners and OSV Operators in harsh Arctic conditions. It will address key developments in transport and regulation in the Arctic as well as commercial and safety issues.

This summit, through presentations, roundtable discussion and case studies will examine practical solutions to Arctic shipping issues and present the latest innovations of technology in this specialised area.

Delegates will be drawn from the Shipping Operators, Owners, Coastguard and Transport Authorities, Shipbuilders and Shipyards, Designers, Repairing companies, Vendors and Subcontractors, Energy and Mining companies, Naval Architects and Engineers, Ice Forecasters and Meteorologists, Ice Management Specialists, Consultants, Researchers, Brokers, Financiers and Investors.



For Early Bird & 15% discount on registration or for a draft brochure, please contact Mohammad Ahsan on +44 (0)20 3141 0606 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Conference details:



Name: 6th Arctic Shipping Summit

Place and dates: 18th & 19th of March 2015
Montreal, Canada

Telephone: +44 (0) 203 141 0606
E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Contact Name: Mohammad Ahsan

Conference Fee: Full Price £1495

Discount Code: MAS6MA15 (15% discount to all members or subscribers)


Clik here to see the Agenda



Arctic Biodiversity Conference was held in Trondheim
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Written by Kerstin Gillen   
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 08:25

Arctic Biodiversity Congress: Panel discussion with representatives from the Arctic Council States, Permanent Participants and Observers 2nd Dec 2014, Trondheim Arctic Biodiversity Congress: Panel discussion with representatives from the Arctic Council States, Permanent Participants and Observers 2nd Dec 2014, Trondheim

The Arctic Biodiversity Congress was held from 2-4 December 2014 in Trondheim, Norway. It was organized and hosted by the Arctic Council's Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) working group in co-operation with the Norwegian Environment Agency, and was co-chaired by Risa Smith, chair of CAFF, Tom Barry, CAFF Secretariat, and Finn Katerås, Norwegian Environment Agency. The Congress addressed the conservation and sustainable use of Arctic biodiversity through dialogue among all relevant stakeholder groups. The meeting brought together around 450 representatives from academia, governments, industry, civil society and indigenous peoples.

The Congress sessions and presentations focused on three main themes: Arctic change, resilience and adaptation; mainstreaming biodiversity and linking Arctic ecosystems to society; and understanding cumulative effects and managing impacts.


Arctic Portal has been actively participating in the congress by presenting the Global Terrestrial Network on Permafrost database which is carried out as WP8 of PAGE21 (Changing permafrost in the Arctic and its Global Effects in the 21st century). The special emphasis in the presentation was the possibilities to cross-analyse vegetation observations with permafrost monitoring data.


A summary of the congress can be found here.



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