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Learning from the Past: Towards an Inclusive International Network of Arctic Science Research

October 8, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

City at the ocean covered in snow

A 90-minute breakout session at the Arctic Circle Conference comprised of a roundtable discussion delivered by selected speakers, with a guided discussion among all participants to follow. It seeks to break down the national borders and academic disciplines that often silo Arctic research into compartmentalized working groups, projects, and databases through lessons from past UK scientific expeditions and current successful multidisciplinary, multinational circumpolar endeavors.

The event aims to foster a dialogue between Arctic and non-Arctic states, indigenous peoples of the North, social scientists, natural scientists, and humanities scholars that does not exist at present. By bringing together an international group of researchers from the North, Europe, Asia, and beyond, the breakout session aims to ensure that future climate change research projects move beyond the traditional obstacles of national and discipline barriers to be comprehensive, inclusive, sustainable, and globally engaged while taking local interests into account.

Key objectives of the workshop include but are not limited to:

  • To facilitate a meaningful discussion on how to foster research projects that are inclusive of international researchers and scholars of natural science, social science, and the humanities and ensure efficient data sharing and coordination.
  • To showcase best practise examples of multidisciplinary, multinational Arctic research from UK history and present day projects.
  • To create a sustained global network of scholars and white paper on how Arctic research projects can move towards disciplinary and international inclusivity, including in data sharing and coordination.

The event will build on the successful breakout session on Traditional Knowledge-based Innovation in the Age of Climate Change which we hosted at Arctic Circle in 2015 and on the network that has been established as a result of this session.


October 8, 2016
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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The Arctic Institute – Center for Circumpolar Security Studies
UK Science Innovation Network


Harpa Conference Center
Reykjavik, Iceland + Google Map