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The Arctic Yearbook calls for abstracts
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 27 February 2014 09:36

(Picture: The Arctic Yearbook, Arctic Portal) (Picture: The Arctic Yearbook, Arctic Portal)The Arctic Yearbook 2014 is calling for abstracts. Deadline for the submission is 1st of March 2014.

The Arctic Yearbook is an international and peer-reviewed volume which focuses on issues of regional geopolitics, circumpolar relations, and security, broadly defined. The Arctic Yearbook is a joint initiative of the Northern Research Forum (NRF) and the UArctic Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security.

This year's theme is "Human Capital in the North". This theme is meant to address strategies, policies and technical aspects, as well as challenges, hindrances and difficulties, for building (human) capacity in the North/Arctic.

Click here to find out more on how to submit the abstract. For more information about the Arctic Yearbook project, click here.

5th Polar Shipping Summit coming soon
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Monday, 24 February 2014 10:49

(Photo: 5th Polar Shipping Summit) (Photo: 5th Polar Shipping Summit) The 5th Polar Shipping Summit will start on Wednesday, 26th of February 2014 in London, United Kingdom.

The Conference will focus on technological, operational, and logistical challenges encountered by ship owners in harsh Arctic conditions.

It will address key developments in transport and regulation in the Arctic as well as; commercial, communication and safety issues. Particular emphasis will be put on evaluating potential opportunities in the region.

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.

Click here for more information about 5th Polar Shipping Summit.

Master student fellowship available
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Friday, 21 February 2014 09:49

(Photo: Getty Images) (Photo: Getty Images) The Department Political Studies at University of Saskatchewan invites applications for four master's fellowships in comparative Northern governance research.

Open to all students, the fellowships are supported by funding through ARCtic urban SUStainability in Russia (ARCSUS) Research Project (funded by the NORRUSS Programme of the Norwegian Research Council) and the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development, under the auspices of the UArctic Thematic Network on Northern Governance. Each Graduate Student Fellowship is $16,000 CAD.


Applications from Northern residents or those with work and/or research experience in the North are particularly encouraged. Relevant background and interest should be reflected in the Statement of Interest provided in the application. Applicants must be successfully admitted to the MA in Political Studies program at the University of Saskatchewan.


Graduate Student Travel Award

Each successful graduate student applicant will also receive up to $4,000 CAD in travel award to support the research.


Graduate Student Research Topics

Successful applicants thesis research will directly support the ARCtic urban SUStainability in Russia (ARCSUS) research project. Dr. Greg Poelzer and the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development is a principal partner in the research project lead by Dr. Aileen Espiritu, the Barents Institute at UiT - the Arctic University of Norway. ARCSUS investigates governance and economic development in small, medium, and large urban settlements in Russia and other Circumpolar Regions, including Northern Saskatchewan, and explores strategies to ensure sustainability of Northern communities.


Research topics include (but are not limited to), how governance, development, and capacity building in northern communities is related to the following areas:


• Resource and economic development
• Innovation and technology
• Local and regional policy planning and implementation
• Environmental impact assessment and evaluation
• Indigenous consultation and participation
• Higher education and employment
• Health care and social infrastructure


For more information about the Graduate Student fellowships contact:

Dr. Greg Poelzer, Associate Professor of Political Studies and Executive Chair at the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development, University of Saskatchewan, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Click here for more information on how to apply.

NEFU supports North2North students
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 20 February 2014 09:49

(Logo: North2North) (Logo: North2North) In 2013 North-Eastern Federal University established its own academic mobility program to support its students going for exchange studies abroad. Students are especially encouraged to apply for UArctic member institutions. This is an article authored by Daria Burnasheva from the NEFU International Relations Office.

The annual budget of the program is up to 2 million rubles annually, which means that up to 10 students may receive the grant of 200 thousand rubles. NEFU Academic Mobility program is budgeted from the Endowment Fund and gives students an outstanding opportunity to study abroad.


For the spring semester of 2013/2014 academic year NEFU offered 5 grants each comprising 200 thousand rubles. The call was highly competitive with many excellent applications. Following decision by the Selection Committee the International Relations Office which initiated the establishment of the grant program announced the first five successful applicants.


Grant receiver Anna Neustroeva is the first ever north2north student financed by NEFU own funds in terms of NEFU Academic Mobility Program. A 3rd year student of the NEFU Institute of Finances and Economics started her semester abroad at the University of Helsinki, Finland.

Despite of no funding of north2north in Russia, NEFU makes everything to support incoming north2north exchange students from UArctic partner institutions. In the academic year 2013/2014 NEFU offered five tuition and accommodation fee waivers for incoming students. Two students from Finland and Norway participated in the NEFU International Summer School in July on tuition-fee free basis, three north2north exchange students from Finland and USA took their exchange semester with paying only 15 EUR of registration fee for semester accommodation.

Even if international students don't receive n2n scholarships, they are offered the most attractive conditions for coming for exchange studies to Yakutsk. The tuition and accommodation fee waiver saves them the most of their budget.

North-Eastern Federal University uses its own financial means to support the north2north exchange program and maintain its activity. By offering both NEFU and international students from the Arctic those special conditions, NEFU shows its willingness to develop north2north program to its next level.

In the coming academic year and summer term NEFU is ready to allocate even more tuition and accommodation waivers than last year.

Iceland: Assessment of the status of EU accession negotiations
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Written by Federica   
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 10:49

Hvítserkur (source: Getty Image) Having been tasked by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in October last year to produce a report on the assessment of the status of accession negotiations between Iceland and the European Union and developments within the EU, the Institute of Economic Studies at the University of Iceland has now delivered its findings. In the Institute‘s report the main emphasis is on the period since the summer of 2009, when Iceland applied to become a candidate for EU membership, and it focuses on legal, instutitional and economic developments in the European Union.

The report is organsied in four main parts and in each of these highlight future prospects in each area, especially with regard to fisheries policy and agriculture policies. The parts are as follows:

A. The status of the accession negotiations between Iceland and the EU

B. Legal and institutional developments within the EU

C. State of play and future prospects in the EU‘s economy

D. Summary findings


The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has had the Summary Findings translated (read here). The main report is currently being translated in English and will be made available as soon as possible. Original versions (in Icelandic) can be downloaded here

Source: Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Iceland

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