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SIU invites to participate in funds
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 10:24

(Photo: Getty Images) International cooperation (Photo: Getty Images) International cooperationNorwegian Center for International Cooperation in Education (SIU) invites Norwegian higher education institutions to apply for funding for international cooperation through five programmes. Up to NOK 55 million (USD 9 million) will be allocated to Norwegian cooperation with BRICS, North America, the Republic of Korea and Japan.

The programmes support faculty initiated cooperation projects. Activities eligible for support include international mobility of students and staff within project cooperation, development of joint courses and programmes, seminars and workshops.


All programmes support activities linking education and research with enterprises in the public and private sectors, for instance through work placement.


The High North Programme supports collaboration between higher education institutions in Norway and institutions in Canada, China, Japan, Russia, the Republic of Korea and the United States in order to increase knowledge about the High North. Projects can apply for up to NOK 2 million (USD 335,000) over a period of four years. The total financial frame of the call is about NOK 26 million (USD 4,4 million)

Application deadline: November 5, 2014 at 3 p.m. Norwegian time.

More information about the call


Project funds for cooperation with North America

Norwegian institutions of higher education are invited to apply for funds for projects related to higher education collaboration with institutions in the US and Canada. The collaboration must include an element of collaboration with the public or private sectors.Projects may apply for funding up to NOK 200,000 (USD 34,000) over a period of 18 months. The total financial frame of the call is about NOK 2,5 million (USD 420,000)

Application deadline: September 16, 2014 at 3 p.m. Norwegian time.

More information about the call


The Cooperation Programme with Russia supports cooperation between higher education institutions in Russia and Norway. In this call, Norwegian institutions can apply for up to NOK 300,000 (USD 50,000) per project. The total frame is NOK 4 million (USD 670,000).

Application deadline: September 16, 2014 at 3 p.m. Norwegian time.

More information about the call


The UTFORSK Partnership Programme is administered by SIU in cooperation with the Research Council of Norway (RCN). This pilot programme aims at strengthening the linkage between higher education and research in international collaboration, and to increase cooperation between Norway and Brazil, China, India, Japan, Russia and South Africa. For this second call of the pilot phase a stronger emphasis is given on the collaboration between research, education and enterprises in the public and private sectors. Norwegian institutions can apply for up to NOK 800,000 (USD 134,000) over a project period of two years. The total frame of the call is up to NOK 6 million (USD 1 million).

Application deadline: September 16, 2014 at 3 p.m. Norwegian time.

More information about the call

Toppers at Sea visited Akureyri
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 14:36

(Photo: UNAK) (Photo: UNAK) Today, 10th of June 2014 a group of students and faculty from Western Kentucky University (WKY) – Toppers at Sea – visited the University of Akureyri with lectures and presentations od climate change.

A short symposium called: Climate Change Challenge: A Symposium on Climate Change in the North Atlantic.

The symposium was open to everyone interested in the subject and took place from 9am-12pm in room M102.

The goal of the symposium was to prepare the students with the skills and competencies for understanding and dealing with climate change issues, and further more, to establish a working relationship with Iceland and Icelandic universities.

Þorsteinn Þorsteinsson, a specialist in glaciology at the Icelandic Meteorological Office was boarding the vessel MV Explorer in Reykjavik on its way to Akureyri, where he took part in the symposium.

Further more, Monika Margrét Stefánsdóttir, a masters student in Polar Law at the University of Akureyri, was boarding the vessel in Copenhagen and joining courses on the way to Iceland.

Arctic Frontiers 2015 calls for papers
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Friday, 06 June 2014 09:23

(Photo: Getty Images) (Photo: Getty Images)The 9th Arctic Frontiers conference will be held in Tromsø, Norway, with the title: Climate and Energy, from Sunday 18 January to Friday 23 January 2015.

The earth is in the midst of major climate changes. The Arctic is experiencing the impact of these changes more and faster than other parts of the globe. Processes starting in the Arctic may have deep and profound impacts on other parts of the globe. At the same time the Earth's population is rising and with it the global energy demand. New and greener energy sources are gaining market shares, but still the energy mix of the foreseeable future will have a substantial fossil component.


The Arctic is expected to hold major oil and gas resources, while the regions green energy potentials are less explored. How will the Arctic's energy resources contribute to the global energy mix in the decades to come? How will the climate changes impact the Arctic environment and societies? And where will we find a balance between the planet's energy demand and the necessity to reduce CO2 emissions?

The Arctic Frontiers conference is a central arena for discussions of Arctic issues. The conference brings together representatives from science, politics, and civil society to share perspectives on how upcoming challenges in the Arctic may be addressed to ensure sustainable development. Arctic Frontiers is composed of a policy section and a scientific section.

The 9th Arctic Frontiers science section Climate and Energy will address three main themes:
Arctic climate change – global implications
Ecological winners and losers in future Arctic marine ecosystems
The Arctic's role in the global energy supply and security.

This call for papers addresses only the scientific section from 21 January to 23 January 2015.

On behalf of the Scientific Program Committees, we have great pleasure in inviting you to submit one or more abstracts (for oral or poster presentation) to any of the three parts, in accordance with the instructions provided.

All abstracts will be reviewed by members of the three scientific committees for rating of abstract quality and presentation content.

The Call for Papers closes on 22 September 2014

China – Iceland Arctic Economic Roundtable starts today
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 05 June 2014 09:07

(Photo: Getty Images) (Photo: Getty Images) The China – Iceland Arctic Economic Roundtable will take place today in Hotel Natura, Nautholsvegur 52 in Reykjavik from 15.00 – 17.00.

The event is open to all interested parties. Admittance fee is 2.500 IKR. Registration is online - click here.

Participants will include Icelandic companies and other invited parties, governmental and regional officials, and Chinese companies and officials interested in economic cooperation in the Arctic. The central theme is ´Synergies between China and Iceland for Arctic Economic Cooperation´. Included will be presentations from Chinese and Icelandic companies and officials and discussions on further Arctic economic cooperation. Representatives of the China-Nordic Arctic Research Center (CNARC) Member Institutes will also provide comments on wider China-Nordic Arctic economic cooperation.

The roundtable will be a final component in the 2nd China-Nordic Arctic Cooperation Symposium in keeping with the model established during the 1st China-Nordic Arctic Cooperation Symposium which was held in Shanghai in June of 2013.

Economic cooperation between Iceland and China has increased significantly in the past two years. In April 2012 the Icelandic and Chinese governments signed a framework agreement on Arctic Cooperation as well as an MoU in the field of marine and polar science and technology. Since then the Chinese icebreaker R/V Xuelong visited Iceland during CHINARE5; a China-Nordic Arctic Research Center has been established in Shanghai and a joint China-Iceland Aurora Observatory in the North East of Iceland has been established with the foundation being formally laid in June this year. Economic cooperation has also been strengthened and in the year 2013 Iceland became the first European country to sign a Free Trade Agreement with China and China-Iceland partnerships include cooperation in energy (geothermal/oil and gas), shipping, finance, seafood etc. with many more Arctic economic cooperation opportunities on the horizon.

Organizers and inviters of the China-Iceland Arctic Economic Roundtable are the Icelandic Arctic Chamber of Commerce, the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network, the Icelandic Center for Research and the China-Nordic Arctic Research Center (CNARC) with support from the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

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2nd CNACS continues
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 09:03

(Photo: Magdalena Tomasik) Halldór Jóhannsson introducing the Arctic Portal (Photo: Magdalena Tomasik) Halldór Jóhannsson introducing the Arctic PortalThe second China – Nordic Arctic Cooperation Symposium will continue throughout the day at the University of Akureyri, northern Iceland.


Today´s agenda will include various speeches on Arctic Policy and Governance.


Click here to see the detailed agenda.


The Symposium will end at 17.30 with the closing remarks given by Zhang Xia, the Head of Strategic Studies Division, PRIC & Deputy Director of CNARC and Eygló Harðardóttir, the Minister for Nordic Cooperation.


Tomorrow, 5th of June, the China – Iceland Arctic Economic Roundtable will take place in Hótel Natura, Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland.


The registration is still open. Click here for more information about the China – Arctic Economic Roundtable.

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