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NSU ended in Sauðakrókur
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Friday, 01 August 2014 10:45

(Logo: Nordic Summer University) (Logo: Nordic Summer University) Yesterday, Nordic Summer University, ended their annual session which this year took place in Sauðakrókur, northern Iceland. This year's event gathered number of participants interested in sharing their intellectual thoughts.


The Nordic Summer University (NSU) is a long-established institution within the Nordic intellectual arena.


During more than 50 years of existence it has provided a lively forum for academic and intellectual debate, and involved many leading academics, politicians, and intellectuals from all the Nordic Countries. The NSU has always been at the forefront of intellectual thinking, juxtaposing views from the international and Nordic academic arenas, and introducing new thinking and influences into the Nordic Countries.

The NSU is not a dusty relic of a bygone age, but a dynamic space where intellectuals from different age groups meet to share their thoughts and test out their arguments. It constitutes a forum for intellectual thought where narrow academic disciplines are replaced by thematic topics, creating an interdisciplinary space where academics and intellectuals with various backgrounds can interact. These thematic study circles form the backbone of our organization, creating interdisciplinary networks that function within the Nordic Countries for three-year periods. Study circles largely focus on issues related to the social and human sciences, and most participants are PhD students or post-doctoral scholars in these fields. Separate winter seminars are held for each study circle, and a more extensive summer conference is organized for all the study circles.

The goals of the organization have always been communication and the exchange of thoughts and ideas. These goals can only be achieved if we entail a certain flexibility concerning the use of language. Therefore both Scandinavian languages and English are interchangeably used. It is the policy of NSU to maintain an environment that encourages and fosters appropriate conduct among all persons and respect for individual values. NSU opposes any policy or practice, which discriminates against any individual or group on grounds of race, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, class, age, disability, creed, and ethnic/national origins. NSU aims at being an open and inclusive organization.

Click here to read more about the Nordic Summer University. Click here to view the photos from this year´s gathering.

Job opportunity available!
Other News
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 31 July 2014 09:18

(Logo: AWI) (Logo: AWI) The University of Potsdam, Faculty of Sciences, Institute of Earth and Environment and the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz-Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) are seeking qualified candidates for a joint W 3-Professorship for Permafrost in the Earth System.

The position opens in May 2015.

The candidate will succeed Prof. Dr. Hans-Wolfgang Hubberten, current Head of AWI Research Unit Potsdam and former IPA President (2008-2012).

The University of Potsdam and the AWI are searching for candidates bringing outstanding academic qualifications in the field of permafrost landscape dynamics within the context of past, present and future climate changes. The position requires methodological expertise in the area of generating long-term data series and/or the analysis of spatial environmental information. The successful candidate will use his/her own expertise to improve our understanding of long-term perma-frost dynamics, especially in the Arctic, and their feedback to climate and ecosystem. This work is carried out in cooperation with the modeling sections at AWI.

The professorship is part of the Potsdam Research Unit of the Department of Geosciences of the AWI. The position includes a teaching load of two hours per week at the University of Potsdam in the bachelor's and master's programs of the Geosciences program. Successful candidates are expected to participate up to several months in expeditions to Arctic regions, with an emphasis on the Siberian Arctic. A demonstrated commitment to teaching and the ability to hold lectures in German and English are required.

Specific prerequisites for this position include a completed university degree in science with a geoscience focus, an excellent dissertation in a relevant field and additional scientific ac-tivity that is outstanding in its field at an international level. Experience in leading expedi-tions, in leadership position(s), in successful procurement of external funding and in teach-ing are additionally required.

Prerequisites for the application are a doctoral degree and a record of research equivalent to the German "Habilitation". Scientific qualifications achieved in the private sector, outside Germany, or as junior professor will also be considered (§ 41 Brandenburgisches Hochschulgesetz).

Appointment will be made according to the laws of Brandenburg (BbgHG § 40). AWI and the University of Potsdam are equal opportunity employers.

Send applications (preferably in English) until 31.08.2014 via Email to praesident(at)

For further information, refer to the AWI website:

The Floating University sails through NSR
Shipping News
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 09:28

(Photo: NARFU) (Photo: NARFU)Second voyage of "The Arctic Floating University - 2014" will go through the Northern Sea Route.

The second voyage of "The Arctic Floating University" will start on the 1st of August. This time the route of the expedition will go through the Northern Sea Route and it will also have international status. The expedition is held under the auspices of the Arctic Council. Students from several European and American universities will participate in the voyage as well as representatives of the company Total (France) and various educational and research institutions. 52 people will conduct research activities on board of the ship "Professor Molchanov", including 23 scientists, 25 students and 4 graduate students.

The expedition will focus on such research areas as meteorology, biology, geomorphology and make a comprehensive inspection of the ice monitoring system. The scientists on board of the ship will also give lectures on international relations in the Arctic and geopolitics. A number of subjects related to the legal issues in the Arctic will also be discussed. And the scientists will study cultural and historical heritage of the Arctic region (Pomor traditions, monuments on the islands in the Pechora Sea).

The first voyage of "The Arctic Floating University - 2014" ended on June 30. That expedition concentrated on several scientific directions which included meteorology, oceanography, hydrochemistry, glaciology and bioresource observations.


Source: Press-Office of the Northern (Arctic) Federal University, Arkhangelsk, Russia

House of Lords: call for evidence
Other News
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 24 July 2014 11:37

(Image: Vault Handler) House of Lords, Parliament of United Kingdom (Image: Vault Handler) House of Lords, Parliament of United Kingdom The House of Lords Select Committee on the Arctic has just published its call for evidence. The call for evidence, sets out a number of questions which the Committee would like to receive written submission on.

The deadline for receipt of evidence is 29th September 2014; written evidence should be submitted online using the submission form available here.

You can follow the progress of the inquiry here and, via Twitter.

Should you have any questions, please contact the House of Lords, Committee on the Arctic directly: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

More information about the call for evidence is available here.

1st Arctic Resource Governance Network research project is now available
Energy News
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 09:23

(Logo: Institute of the North) (Logo: Institute of the North) The Institute of the North is excited to release the first 2014 Arctic Resource Governance Network research project. This project reviews and discusses the impact of electrical grid connectivity on social and economic development. This white paper explores the current electrical capacity in five communities—Anadyr, Hammerfest, Iqaluit, Nome, and Reyðarfjörður—in the circumpolar north, as well as the subsequent effects on local economic and social well-being. This white paper is available in two parts:

1. Executive Summary and Findings
2. Community Case Studies

The Arctic Resource Governance Network (ARGN) brings together and creates opportunities for a broad and diverse group of individuals and organizations that have a common interest in the Arctic Energy and Mining issues.


The Network helps its members to create new relationships and partnerships within the sector of Arctic energy and mining, develop a better understanding of common challenges, share unique and innovative experience as well as to work across the northern distance.

Click here to read more about the Network and to subscribe for the membership.

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