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Call for European Fellowships now available
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 09:05

(Photo: Getty Images) Cartography Of The EU (Photo: Getty Images) Cartography Of The EU Call for European Fellowships – Marie Sklodowska – Curie has now been available for applications.


Individual Fellowships provide opportunities to acquire and transfer new knowledge and to work on research in a European context (EU Member States and Associated Countries) or outside Europe. The scheme particularly supports the return and reintegration of researchers from outside Europe who have previously worked here. It also develops or helps to restart the careers of individual researchers that show great potential, considering their experience.


Support is foreseen for individual, trans-national fellowships awarded to the best or most promising researchers for employment in EU Member States or Associated Countries, based on an application made jointly by the researcher and host organization in the academic or non-academic sectors.


Fellowships are either European Fellowships or Global Fellowships. European Fellowships are held in EU Member States or Associated Countries and are open to researchers currently within and outside Europe.


The deadline for applications is 11.09.2014

For more information on the fellowship, please follow the link.

European Arctic Initiatives Compendium released
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 13:43

(Photo: Compendium´s cover page (Photo: Compendium´s cover page Today, 20th of May 2014, the European Arctic Initiatives Compendium was released. The Compendium presents flagship initiatives undertaken by the European Union in Arctic regions, as well as initiatives undertaken by member states and actors operating within states belonging to the European Union (EU).

Furthermore, it includes initiatives by European states such as Norway and Iceland, as well as territories such as Greenland, which are highly relevant in the context of the European Arctic,and in many cases strongly linked to the EU, for example, the European Research Area (ERA).

The Compendium has been compiled as part of the Preparatory Action for a Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment of the Arctic.

The Compendium's aim is three-fold: to assist in an Arctic Information Centre feasibility study; to provide a window onto Arctic initiatives that may inform the European Arctic Impact Assessment (EUAIA) which forms part of the Preparatory Action; and to inform the European Commission on European Arctic Initiative"

Click here to download the free version of the Compendium.





Conclusions on EU- Arctic policy adopted
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Monday, 19 May 2014 09:13

(Photo: Getty Images) (Photo: Getty Images)In their meeting in Brussels on May 12, 2014, the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union adopted conclusions on developing a European Union policy towards the Arctic region.

In the 15-point document the Council suggests that the EU action in the Arctic region should be strengthened by "supporting research and channeling knowledge to address the challenges of environmental and climate changes in the Arctic; acting with responsibility to contribute to ensuring economic development in the Arctic based on sustainable use of resources and environmental expertise; intensifying the EU's constructive engagement with Arctic States, indigenous peoples and other partners to find common solutions to challenges that require an international response".

In the conclusions, the Council also requests the Commission "to consider the options proposed by [the preparatory project] to establish an EU Arctic Information Centre to promote efficient access to Arctic information, to facilitate dialogues and to communicate on Arctic issues".

To read the conclusions in full, please see the Foreign Affairs Council meeting document.

China-Iceland Arctic Economic Roundtable coming soon
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 15 May 2014 10:01

(Photo: Icelandic - Arctic Cooperation Network) Early summer in Reykjavik (Photo: Icelandic - Arctic Cooperation Network) Early summer in ReykjavikThe China – Icend Arctic Economic Roundtable entitled: Synergies between China and Iceland for Arctic Economic Cooperation will gather in Reykjavik, capital city of Iceland, 5th of June 2014. 15.00 – 17.00 (location to be confirmed).

The Economic Roundtable will follow the event of the 2nd China – Nordic Arctic Cooperation Symposium. Chinese Business delegation will visit Iceland to explore and promote China – Arctic economic cooperation opportunities.

The delegation will be meeting with business representatives in Akureyri, Reykjavik and Reykjanes as well as participating in both China-Icelandic Economic Roundtable and the 2nd China-Nordic Arctic Cooperation Symposium. Further information about the Symposium can be found here.

The event is open to all interested parties. Admittance fee is 2.500 IKR.


Click here to register on line and for the more information about the event.

Barents Institute calls for papers
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 09:27

(Photo: Getty Images) (Photo: Getty Images) The Barents Institute organizes the 2014 Thorvald Stoltenberg Conference, 7-8 October 2014, which will take place in Kirkenes, Norway. The event is entitled: Mining the Arctic: sustainable communities, economies, and governance? The deadline for abstract submissions is 19 June 2014. Presenters will be notified by 4 July 2014.

A new wave of investment in mining is taking place in the entire Arctic region. Whether a grab for energy resources promised by the blue depths of the Arctic Ocean, or mineral riches deep in the ground and ice, resource exploration and extraction of oil, gas, gold, diamonds, copper, uranium, and iron are in full force in the High North.


This intensified development creates novel and unprecedented opportunities for many local communities, but it also poses new governance, environmental, social, and business management challenges, not least when it comes to economic, social, and environmental sustainability. It is of great relevance then that we ask questions about how these changes brought about by the spur to mine and extract natural resources can be better managed in order to ensure sustainable futures.


Everyone can agree that effective resource extraction policies can greatly reduce adverse consequences to the global environment, to the sustainability of communities, and to potential harm to Arctic populations, indigenous and non-indigenous alike. But how do we agree on how these policies should be created and how they are to be implemented when big business, and national and international interests clash with local populations?

The Barents Institute Conference will attempt to address some of these pressing questions facing local communities and politics in the Arctic Region.

For more information about the conference and abstract submission, please contact Aileen Aseron Espiritu: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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