Stefansson Arctic Institute
Norðurslóð, IS-600 Akureyri, ICELAND
Tel.:+354 460 8980 Fax: +354 460 8989
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Stefansson Memorial Lecture 2013
Stefansson Memorial Lecture is an annual event established by the
Stefansson Arctic Institute honoring the legacy of arctic explorer,
anthropologist, and former Dartmouth faculty member Vilhjálmur
Stefánsson (1879-1962). The lecture this year will be given by
Thomas McGovern, Hunter College, City
University of New York, at Dartmouth College Tuesday 29 October 2013.
The title of the lecture is Sustainability and Collapse in the Norse North Atlantic: Implications
for Climate Adaptation Today. See details
The lecture will be
100th Anniversary of the Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1913
An Arctic event focused on the life of Vilhjálmur Stefansson and the 100th
anniversary of the Canadian
Arctic Expedition of 1913 will be organized
on November 5, 2013, titled
People & Sustainability in the Canadian Arctic: From the 1913 Canadian
Arctic Expedition to the 2013 Arctic Council Chairmanship.
This event will trace the legacy of the Canadian
Arctic Expedition, launched in 1913, and its leader Vilhjalmur
Stefansson, in his day one of the most colorful and notorious students
at UND. Speakers will draw on Stefansson’s work and influences to
examine new linkages between the United States and the Canadian Arctic.
The event can be
found and registered for at this link:
To participate in the event proceedings online: https://conted.breeze.und.nodak.edu/cae100/
For more information, please contact
Timothy J. Pasch (firstname.lastname@example.org), Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of North
Conference in Akureyri on
climate change in northern territories
Research Forum in cooperation with the ESPON-ENECON project organizes a conference called Climate Change in
Sharing Experiences, Exploring New Methods and Assessing Socio-Economic
Impacts in Akureyri 22-23 August
For further information see
can also contact Grétar Þór Eyþórsson (email@example.com
or tel. +354 8920561).
Director Receives Finnish Order
On July 16, 2013, Níels Einarsson, director of Stefansson Arctic
Institute, received the Order of the Lion of Finland from ambassador
Irma Ertman at the Finnish Embassy in Reykjavík. The order was awarded
long-standing and successful collaboration
in Arctic research with Finnish scientists, universities and
NABO General Meeting 2013 in Akureyri
Biocultural Organisation) General Meeting will be hosted by the
Stefansson Arctic Institute and held in Borgir Research Building on the
campus of University of Akureyri on July 12th and 13th
2013. Two days of presentations and discussion will be followed by an
optional all day bus tour to archaeological sites and volcanic scenery
around lake Mývatn on Sunday July 14th. See
information on paper submissions and registration.
Arctic Social Indicators II (07.05.2013)
ASI-II report will be launched at the
Arctic Council Swedish Ministerial
15 May 2013 in Kiruna, Sweden. The volume will be available in final
format and layout by approx. 10 June 2013 (print and downloadable from
The ASI Secretariat is situated with the Stefansson Arctic Institute and
Dr. Joan Nymand Larsen is the project manager and co-editor of the
The Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) has published
the hightlights of April
Arctic Energy Summit: Call for Papers
The deadline to submit an abstract for the 2013 Arctic Energy Summit has
been extended to April 30th 2013. Submissions can include proposals for
papers, workshops, and panels. The 2013 Arctic Energy Summit is a multi-disciplinary
event that will bring up to five hundred industry officials, scientists,
academics, policy makers, energy professionals, and community leaders
together to collaborate and share leading approaches on Arctic energy
issues. The 2013 Arctic Energy Summit is October 8-10 in Akureyri,
More information is available
here and the
Summit's website or by emailing
Seminar: Health and Well Being in Arctic Regions
Seminar on health and well being in Arctic
will be held on 30th April 2013 at the University of
Akureyri, in room M-101, from
13:00 to 17:45. The seminar
is open to all. See more information
Postdoctoral Fellow in Arctic Governance and Indigenous Innovation
The University of
Tromsø, Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education, has a
vacant Postdoctoral Research Fellow position in Arctic Governance and
Indigenous Innovation. The position is attached to the Centre for Sami
Studies. See more
This is a fixed
term position for a period of three years. The main objective of
the appointment as a post-doctoral research fellow is to qualify for
work in senior academic positions. No one may be appointed to more than
one fixed term period as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the same
about the position is available by contacting academic director, Else
Grete Broderstad, tel. +47 7764 6908, e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org or head of administration Hildegunn
Bruland, tel. +47 7764 5535, e-mail
Conference: Marine and Coastal Culture Tourism in
Northern Territories (20.03.2013)
A conference that will focus on the fishing environment in
northern territories will take place in
the University of Akureyri, 18-19 June 2013. The conference is organised
by the Stefansson Arctic Institute in collaboration with
University of Akureyri Research Centre,
the Icelandic Tourism Research Centre,
Norwegian Seafood Centre
the Icelandic Lighthouse Society.
Marine and coastal culture tourism is growing in
popularity in various ways. Some tourists want to learn about life in
coastal villages, experience nature and tranquility as well as the
wilderness. Others want to experience the excitement of driving charter
boats, diving, surfing, go speedboating or hiring a boat and try their
luck at fishing. Then there are those who want to sail from port to port
and country to country on board gigantic cruise ships.
How does this fit in with cultural heritage, everyday life,
social development, self sufficiency, fishing quotas and environmental
policies of the Nordic nations? How can the Nordic nations collaborate
in this area? Do these diverse aspects of tourism have
collaborative opportunities? These challenges will be discussed at
the conference where further questions will be pondered through group
work and perhaps more answers and collaborative possibilites found.
The main workshop themes will be how we meet the
The development of marine
and coastal culture tourism in Norway, Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe
Opportunities and threats,
self sufficiency and environment – the effect of marine and coastal
culture tourism and the image of the Northern Territories.
In what areas can we
There will also be excursions where tourism related
businesses and museums will be visited.
The conference is open to all but registration is needed for planning
Registration deadline: 10 May 2013
Conference fee: ISK 12000 / DKK 545
Registration & hotel bookings (limited vacancy):
email@example.com, tel. +354 4600600
For further information contact Sigurbjörg Árnadóttir:
Social Science Forum: On Northern Storytelling
Lecture by author and travel writer
Wednesday March 13th at 12:00-13:00.
Room M102, Sólborg, University of Akureyri.
The vitality of the spoken word is (or was) essential to preliterate
northern cultures, especially in the form of storytelling. For
storytelling is a complex stew that purveys in varying degrees
entertainment, historical knowledge, and even morality. Thus it's not
surprising that the storyteller in certain cultures was also the person
who determined if someone had violated a taboo.
his presentation with stories he collected and translated himself,
Lawrence Millman will take you on a journey that's at once personal,
cultural, and geographical. He'll begin with the West of Ireland and
discuss storytelling and its traditional significance there, then he'll
talk about his work in Greenland and the Canadian Arctic, where he spent
several years collecting tales and myths from Inuit elders, and then
he'll talk about the Kwakwadjec stories he collected in Labrador.
Kwakwadjec, or Wolverine, is the trickster figure among the Labrador
Innu and a sort of paradigm for storytelling in the North: by his
antics, he helps reconcile the listener to a hard life in a cold place.
Dr. Millman will also discuss how our minds have been shaped by stories
as well as the degree to which stories and storytelling survive in our
own literature cultures.
Lawrence Millman has a Ph.D. in Literature from Rutgers University. He
has taught at Haskoli Islands, Tufts University, the University of New
Hampshire, Goddard College, and Harvard University. His 15 books include
such titles as Our Like Will Not Be There Again, Last Places, A Kayak
Full of Ghosts, Wolverine Creates the World, Lost in the Arctic, and --
most recently -- Hiking to Siberia. His next book, to be published in
the fall, will be a collection of his essays about fungi. He is
currently a Visiting Scholar at the Stefansson Arctic Institute. He
lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
Available Positions at the Arctic Council Secretariat in Tromsø
There are currently four positions available at the Arctic
Council Secretariat in Tromsø, Norway. Applications must be
submitted before 20 March 2013. See more information
Adaptation to Climate Change in the North
announces a PhD course in Community Adaptation to Climate Change in the
North. The course will take place outside Umeå, Sweden, 10-14 June 2013.
Application deadline: 1 March 2013.
Cooperation in the Field of Arctic Studies between Iceland and Norway
Below are next
application deadlines for
mobility grants between Iceland and Norway – Arctic Studies.
Application deadline: 2 May 2013
Staff mobility: Individual or group mobility. Student mobility: Short
term mobility at masters and doctoral level, up to 12 students in a
Exchange Scholarship fund
Application deadline: 15 March 2013
Student mobility from 1-12 months (study, research, placement).
See further information
Climate Change in Northern Territories: second call for abstracts
See more information:
Change in Northern Territories -
Sharing Experiences, Exploring New Methods and Assessing Socio-Economic
Conference in Akureyri, Iceland, 22 - 23 August 2013.
by 28 February 2013 to
Exchange Scholarships for Icelandic and Norwegian Students in Arctic
The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of
Iceland and Norway signed a three year Memorandum of Understanding in
Akureyri on September 29, 2011, concerning co-operation in the field of
Arctic scientific research. Exchange scholarships for Icelandic and
students in Arctic Studies are one of
the key activities in this co-operation.
The scholarships in 2013/2014 will be
520€ per month for subsistence and a maximum 1.200 € travel grant.
Minimum duration is one month and the maximum duration is 12 months and
can include study, research and work placement.
The eligibility criteria are the same
as for Nordplus Higher Education grants for studies or work placements,
with the addition that doctoral students are also eligible for support.
Priority will be given to Master and
Ph.D. students and students wishing to study at Norwegian and Icelandic
universities that are members of the University of the Arctic network.
Students should hand in their
applications to the International
Office of their home institution.
Following documents need to be part of
Statement of purpose
(500-1000 words) explaining the relevance of his or her planned studies
or placement abroad for arctic research and education.
Scanned copy of approved
learning agreement, at least by the home institution and preferably also
by the host institution.
Transcript of records
15th March 2013, for the academic year 2013-2014
(applications are accepted after the deadline and go on reserve list).
For further information and
The Icelandic Centre for Research (Rannís)
in Iceland is responsible for the overall financial administration of
the scholarship programme. The Norwegian Centre for International
Cooperation in Education (SIU) will administer the process on the
Icelandic Greenlandic Arctic Science Days in Greenland
Greenlandic Arctic Science Days
be held in
Ilimmarfik, University of Greenland’s campus building in Nuuk,
September 2012. Proposed by
The Icelandic Joint Committee on Arctic Affairs
(under the auspices of the Icelandic Ministry for the Environment and
Natural Resources) and organized in collaboration with University of
and Greenland Climate Research Centre (Silap
Pissusianik Ilisimatusarfik), these
inaugural Icelandic-Greenlandic Arctic Science Days will be an
opportunity for the sharing of knowledge and research results from the
two scientific milieus of Iceland and Greenland, a venue for
presentation of projects and building of partnerships for future
The program is composed of seminar
presentations, plenary sessions, keynote lecture and discussions that
will provide an overview of current scientific activities and engagement
in the Arctic and inform practitioners in the research community, policy
makers and the concerned general public of the condition and prospects
of Arctic research-related issues in the respective countries.
Mobility Grants between Iceland and Norway – Arctic Studies
The Ministers of Foreign
Affairs of Iceland and Norway signed a three year
Memorandum of Understanding in Akureyri on September 29, 2011,
concerning co-operation in the field of Arctic scientific research.
Mobility grants for
student and scientists have now been annouced.
Application deadline: 1 October 2012
Individual mobility from 1-12 months.
Travel grant: 1200 EUR
Subsistence per month: 520 EUR
Application deadline: 15 October 2012
Individual or group mobility, 1-8 mobilities can be applied for.
Travel grant: 500 – 1100 EUR
Daily subsistence in Norway: 260 EUR
Daily subsistence in Iceland: 180 EUR
Maximum 6 days for subsistence. The beneficiary could stay longer but
without additional funding.
See further information
Visiting Professorship in Arctic
at the University of Akureyri, Iceland
University of Akureyri (Háskólinn á Akureyri) was founded in 1987 and is
located in the capital of North Iceland, Akureyri. The University is
presently divided into three Schools; School of Business and Science,
School of Humanities and Social Sciences and School of Health Sciences.
The number of students is around 1600 and permanent staff members are
close to 180. The University has a well-established system for flexible
studies, from distance, on-line or through a net of local learning
centers throughout Iceland. The University is also prominent in many
research areas such as, biotechnical-, marine- and social sciences and
has for many years been active in research and education in the Arctic.
Akureyri is the location of various Arctic institutions and initiatives
such as: the Stefansson Arctic Institute; the Polar Law Institute;
Secretariats of the Arctic Council Working Groups PAME (Protection of
Arctic Marine Environment) and CAFF (Conservation of Arctic Flora and
Fauna); the Northern Research Forum; the University of Akureyri Research
Centre; and the Arctic Portal.
The Ministers of
Foreign Affairs of Iceland and Norway signed a
three year Memorandum of Understanding in Akureyri on September 29,
2011, concerning co-operation in the field of Arctic scientific
research, including the establishment of a Nansen Professorship in
Arctic Studies at the University of Akureyri. The Professorship is named
after the famous Norwegian polar scientist and humanist Fridtjof Nansen
and is awarded each year for twelve months period to a leading scientist
working with issues that bear on the legal, economic, social and natural
circumstances in the Arctic.
The successful candidate should have a PhD (or equivalent experience)
with a strong academic background in Arctic studies relevant to legal
issues as well as sustainable human development in the Arctic regions.
The Candidate should be experienced in working across disciplines with
complex human-environmental-social issues and should have strong
communicative and social/interpersonal skills. Research experience
relating to the Arctic and a track of participation in international
research networks will be necessary as well as a proven ability to
obtain research grants.
Primary responsibilities will be: (I) To contribute to the research,
teaching and further development of relevant programs at the University
of Akureyri, (II) to work closely with other researchers in furthering
the Northern research and teaching milieu at the University of Akureyri
and contribute to the development of the University of the Arctic, (III)
to give public lectures on Arctic Issues in local, national and
international forum and to participate in the contemporary debate on
changes in the arctic.
level of compensation will be in line with prevailing salaries for
professors at Icelandic state universities. A special fund will be
available to facilitate the candidate’s participation in relevant
domestic and international networks and conferences. A housing and
relocation grant will also be available for candidates with permanent
residence outside Akureyri.
Application deadline is 15th
of August 2012. Formal period of employment starts from the 1st
of October 2012; exact time subject to negotiations.
Applications should be
sent in digital form to
There is no standard form used for the application but attached should
be a detailed account of education and experience, research and teaching
activities. Applicants should also submit what they consider to be their
foremost academic publications (upto ten publications). This can be
achieved either by sending the publication documents attached to the
application, or through a link to where they can be accessed in digital
form. Applications and relevant documentation that are not submitted
digitally should be sent to the office of the Rector of the University
of Akureyri, Sólborg v/Norðurslóð, 600 Akureyri, Iceland. All
applications will be answered when a decision concerning the successful
candidate has been made. Insufficient applications will not be
Further information about the post and the
application process can be obtained from the University of
Enquiries concerning the post should be sent to
APECS Seeks a New Director
The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) is seeking a
new director to lead the organization to new heights. In its 5+ years,
APECS has evolved into the pre-eminent international and
interdisciplinary organization for polar early career researchers, now
comprising over 3000 members from 75 countries including students,
postdoctoral researchers, early faculty members, educators and others
with interests in Polar Regions
and the cryosphere. In collaboration with international organizations,
leading polar researchers, educators, and funding agencies, APECS aims
to enhance career development opportunities, stimulate research
collaborations, and develop effective future leaders in polar research,
education and outreach to provide a continuum of knowledge for
generations to come.
The APECS Directorate is based at the
in a vibrant environment with other secretariats and lots of polar
researchers. The initial appointment will be for nine
months, with the option to renew for three years
based on successful performance. As the full-time employee of APECS, the
Director is tasked with guiding the development and administration of
the organisation, along with overseeing and managing all APECS
activities, finances and events. For more information on APECS please
website and read the
reports and publications.
detailed description of the position.
Deadline for applications is 27 February 2012, and must be
ICASS VII: Interviews
Below are six video links with interviews taken at the ICASS VII
conference in Akureyri, Iceland in June 2011.
The secretariat of
has been located at
the Stefansson Arctic Institute for the last three years has now been
transferred to the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) in
Prince George where ICASS VIII will be held in 2014.
Martin Lougheed, Inuit Knowledge Center
Sven Hakaanson, Alutiiq Museum
Salmon Source of Life
Yefimenko, Arctic Council IPS
Joan Nymand Larsen, ICASS VII
featured on National Geographic
from National Geographic News
conference in Akureyri, Iceland where
he interviewed scientists and reported from the event.
interviews Joan Nymand Larsen, the President of IASSA.
ICASS VII in Akureyri, Iceland
Minister for the Environment in Iceland.
ICASS VII, Akureyri, Iceland, 22-26
June 2011 - Registration has opened
For conference information and registration click
of the North: Cultures, Economies, and Management Responding to Change
27th Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium.
September 14-17, 2011, Anchorage,
Second call for abstracts, for
individual papers and posters: Deadline April 4, 2011.
This international symposium will provide a forum for scholars, fishery
managers, fishing families, and others to explore the human dimensions
of fishery systems and the growing need to include social science
research in policy processes.
Fishing Communities in Transition
Indigenous and Rural Knowledge and Communities
Governance and Management Issues in the North
Celebrating the Lives of Fishing Peoples
For more information on the symposium, including invited speakers,
panels, steering committee members, and online registration, see