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INTERACT call is now open
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Monday, 04 November 2013 09:49

(Photo: Magdalena Tomasik) Research station in Abisko, Northern Sweden (Photo: Magdalena Tomasik) Research station in Abisko, Northern Sweden Canadian partners in INTERACT (International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic), Centre d'études Nordiques (Centre for Northern Studies, CEN) and Arctic Institute of North America (AINA), open a call for research grant proposals for European-based research groups to conduct research at two field stations operated by the partners. The call is open from Nov 1-Dec 15, 2013.


The grants, each a maximum of 5000 €, include open access to station facilities and should be used for travel, daily or weekly accommodation rates at the station, and meals. The research should be conducted in 2014; both stations are open all year round.


Eligible to apply are the research groups where the group leader and majority of the group members are from EU Member State or Associated State, or from the Russian Federation, are eligible to apply the grant.

 

In order to apply for the grand, the research proposal and personal CV should be send by e mail to Hannele Savela by December 15th 2013.

 

The evaluation of proposals will be based on scientific merit, feasibility and appropriateness. The evaluation will be conducted by the INTERACT Transnational Access Board with consultation by CEN and AINA.

 

The applicants will be notified about the grant decisions in January 2014.

 

More information on how to apply and detailed descriptions of the stations and their facilities from the INTERACT website and from the following contact persons:


CEN scientific coordinator Christine Barnard, PhD
AINA Executive Director Maribeth S. Murray, Ph.D
INTERACT WP4 coordinator Hannele Savela, PhD

 
Nordic Council´s prizes awarded in Oslo
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Friday, 01 November 2013 08:24

(Photo: Magnus Froderberg/norden.org) Nordic Council's five prizes awarded at Gala celebration in Oslo. (Photo: Magnus Froderberg/norden.org) Nordic Council's five prizes awarded at Gala celebration in Oslo.Yesterday, 31st of October, for the first time all Nordic Council´s 5 prizes were announced and presented together at the Nordic Council Prize Gala.


"Profeterne i Evighedsfjorden" by Kim Leine won the Literature Prize, "The Hunt " by Thomas Vinterberg won the Film Prize, the violinist Pekka Kuusisto won the Music Prize, "Karikko" by Seita Vuorela and Jani Ikonen (ill.) won the Children and Young People's Literature Prize, and Selina Juul from the Movement Stop Wasting Food won the Environment Prize.


The event has been taking place annually. The Nordic Council prizes are each worth DKK 350,000 and were awarded in conjunction with the Nordic Council's Session in Oslo.


The Nordic Council is the official inter-parliamentary body in the Nordic Region. The Nordic Council was formed in 1952. The Council has 87 elected members from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden as well as from the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland.


Click here for more information about the Nordic Council Prize Gala.

 
EU - Arctic Initiative at October´s events
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 31 October 2013 09:18

Halldór Jóhannsson, director at Arctic Portal, at the Northern Forum General Assembly (Source: Press Service of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) under the President of the Russian Federation.) Halldór Jóhannsson, director at Arctic Portal, at the Northern Forum General Assembly (Source: Press Service of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) under the President of the Russian Federation.)The month of October brought together international partners from all the Arctic states and their European partners at various events.


Representatives of EU – Arctic Information Centre have been visible at a number of conferences recently, The 2013 Arctic Energy Summit that took place in Akureyri, northern Iceland, 8-10 October, The 6th Symposium on Polar Law at the University of Akureyri, northern Iceland, 11-12 October, Arctic Circle in Reykjavik, Iceland, 11-14 October, 2013 Arctic Futures Symposium in Brussels, Belgium, 16-17 October, the 11th General Assembly of the Northern Forum in Moscow, Russia, 16-18 October and the First International Arctic Media Forum in Arkhangelsk, Russia, 20-23 October.


The Arctic Canter from Rovaniemi, Finland has been the leader of the network of Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment of development of the Arctic. The project is considered to be first and the most important step to strengthen communication and outreach within the EU and between the EU and the Arctic community.


Paula Kankaanpää, director at Arctic Centre, at the 2013 Arctic Futures Symposium (Photo: International Polar Foundation) Paula Kankaanpää, director at Arctic Centre, at the 2013 Arctic Futures Symposium (Photo: International Polar Foundation)The project consists of 19 leading Arctic research and outreach institutions from various European Members states and EEA countries.


Currently the network includes members from Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, the United Kingdom as well as Sámi. Additionally, three international Arctic organizations based in Europe (European Polar Board of European Science Foundation, GRID-Arendal and the University of the Arctic Thematic Networks) constitute important members of the partnership.


Click here for more information about the project and the project partners.

 

The partners will continue their work towards compilation of the existing information related to impacts on development in the Arctic into popularized formats, use in consultation meetings and prepare reports from the results of the consultations followed by recommendations.

 
Finnish chairmanship has just started
Politics News
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 09:14

(Photo: Thomas Nilsen / BarentsObserver) The 14th Barents Council meeting. In front from left Carl Bildt, Erkki Tuomioja, Børge Brende and Vladimir Titov. (Photo: Thomas Nilsen / BarentsObserver) The 14th Barents Council meeting. In front from left Carl Bildt, Erkki Tuomioja, Børge Brende and Vladimir Titov.Yesterday, 29th of October 2013, the Finnish Foreign Minister took over the chair in Barents Euro – Arctic Council. Finland will head Barents cooperation for on coming two years.


According to Barents Observer Erkki Tuomioja was one of the few speakers mentioning the important role of NGOs and civil society at Tuesday's Barents Council meeting in Tromsø, where the Foreign Ministers of Sweden, Finland, Norway and Iceland met, in addition to Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister and an ambassador from the European Union.


During their chairmanship, Finnish representation plans to promote the cooperation with youth from the Arctic states and support equal opportunities for education, work experience and mobility.


The joint Communiqué adopted by the ministers reads strong support to the active involvement of NGOs in relevant aspects of the Barents cooperation.

 

Click here to read the Communiqué.

 
European Arctic Initiatives Compendium
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 29 October 2013 08:56

(Photo: Arctic Center) (Photo: Arctic Center) The European Arctic Initiatives Compendium has now been published.

 

The compendium, which is part of work package one of the project, compiles flagship initiatives undertaken in the Arctic regions by member states and actors operating within states belonging to the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA).

 

It aims to assist in an Arctic Information Centre feasibility study; to provide a window into 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 Initiatives.

 

The Compendium provides an overview of existing inventories and reports before proceeding to detail European infrastructural and institutional initiatives in the Arctic.

 

The compendium documents major strategic processes initiated by European bodies in the Arctic. It also outlines initiatives related to monitoring and assessment as well as commercial development.

 

Click here to download the Compendium. 

 

 

Source: EU - Arctic Information Center 
 
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