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CNARC Fellowship Program for 2014 (30.04.2014)
The China-Nordic Arctic Research Center (CNARC) fellowship program offers opportunities for excellent researchers from both China and Nordic states, under the collaborative framework of the CNARC, to conduct join research within leading research organizations in Arctic studies.The program allows researchers to advance their own research projects while contributing to an increased awareness, understanding and knowledge of the Arctic and its impacts for both China and the Nordic states.

See more detailed information about the fellowship and application form.

U.S. Arctic Scholar Grant Available (28.04.2014)

The Fulbright Commission is offering a grant, financed by the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs, supporting a U.S. Arctic scholar to teach and research for three to five months during the 2015-2016 academic year in Reykjavik and Akureyri, Iceland.


The grant is part of three-year pilot project, which will offer one grant per year. It is available for a wide variety of fields related to the Arctic and is open to all levels of scholars holding a PhD, including early career scholars.


The successful applicant will be affiliated with the University of Iceland Centre for Arctic Policy Studies, the University of Akureyri Polar Law, and other Arctic programs. The scholar will be expected to teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses, advise students who are carrying out research in the scholar's field of expertise, and assist with curriculum development. The schedule will allow the scholar to undertake his or her own research in parallel.


All applicants must apply through the Fulbright Embark system.

Application deadline: 1 August 2014.

Further information and application instruction.

For questions, please contact Kolbrún Eggertsdóttir or Guðrún Rósa Þórsteinsdóttir.  


TraditionForTomorrowTradition for Tomorrow: Celebrating Nordic Folk Music & Dance
Tradition for Tomorrow is a conference to be held in Akureyri, Iceland, 20-23 August 2014. Conference language is English
Extended abstract submission deadline: April 20, 2014
Conference registration deadline:  June 30, 2014
Website: www.tradition.is  

Tradition for Tomorrow presents Nordic music and dance through performances, workshops and lectures. It provides a singular opportunity to enjoy and examine Nordic traditional music and dance, discover similarities and differences between the Nordic neighbors, investigate multiculturalism and explore methods used to safeguard intangible heritage.

Arctic Studies: Mobility grants between Iceland and Norway

Science Cooperation Fund, cooperation between Icelandic and Norwegian institutions – Application deadline 2 May 2014

Staff mobility: Individual or group mobility, 1-8 mobilities can be applied for.

Travel grant: 500 – 1.100 €. Daily subsistence in Norway: 260 €. Daily subsistence in Iceland: 180 €.

Individuals can apply but applications from institutions have priority. Funding of third country expert is eligible given that it clearly strengthens the cooperation.


Short term student mobility at all study levels but priority given to master and doctoral level.

One week grant for up to 24 students (12 Icelandic and 12 Norwegian).

Applications with student mobility both ways have priority.

Travel grant: 500 – 1.100 €. Weekly subsistence: 250 € in Norway and 200 € in Iceland.


Exchange Scholarship fund – Application deadline 15 March 2014

(Applications are accepted until 2 May)

Student mobility from 1-12 months (study, research, placement).

Travel grant: 1.200 €. Subsistence per month: 520 €.

Students apply directly for individual grants. The mobility can consist of more than one period abroad, for example one month during autumn term and another during spring term, etc.


See further information.


Summer Course in Arctic Studies in Oslo

The International Summer School at the University of Oslo, Norway, launches a new interdisciplinary course this coming summer. See announcement.

An Open Lecture: Why the Arctic Matters? Prospects of Development

An open lecture by Dr. Natalia Loukacheva, the first visiting Nansen Professor of Arctic Studies, University of Akureyri and currently Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Governance and Law, University of Northern British Columbia.

Navigating the Northern Mists: Explorations in Climates and Societies: A short talk by Dr. Astrid Ogilvie, the incoming Nansen Professor of Arctic Studies, University of Akureyri.

Opening remarks: Mr. Dag Wernø Holter, Norwegian Ambassador to Iceland and Mr. Stewart Wheeler, Canadian Ambassador to Iceland. Moderator: Dr. Kristinn Schram, director of the Centre for Arctic Policy Studies. See more.

Location: Nordic House, Reykjavík
Time:  January 14, 2014 (Tuesday), 12:00 – 13:00.


SeasonsGreetings 2013

IPTRN VI Conference: Polar Tourism Gateways: Past, Present and Future  (19.12.2013)
Christchurch, New Zealand, will be the location for the first International Polar Tourism Research Network (IPTRN) conference to be held in the Southern Hemisphere from 29 August to 4 September 2014. Given that Christchurch is New Zealand's Antarctic Gateway City, the theme of the conference will be Polar Tourism Gateways: Past, Present and Future. See more here. A few student awards are available.

Stefansson Memorial Lecture 2013 (29.10.2013)
The 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 anthropologist 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 here.

The lecture will be webcast.  

CanArctic Exp 1913The 100th Anniversary of the Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1913 (28.10.2013)
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 Science, 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: http://goo.gl/480PQ4

To participate in the event proceedings online: https://conted.breeze.und.nodak.edu/cae100/

For more information, please contact Timothy J. Pasch (timothy.pasch@und.edu), Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of North Dakota.

Conference in Akureyri on climate change in northern territories

Northern Research Forum in cooperation with the ESPON-ENECON project organizes a conference called Climate Change in Northern Territories. Sharing Experiences, Exploring New Methods and Assessing Socio-Economic Impacts in Akureyri 22-23 August 2013.
For further information see www.rha.is/enecon or www.nrf.is. You can also contact Grétar Þór Eyþórsson (gretar@unak.is or tel. +354 8920561).

Finnsk orduveitingSAI 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 for long-standing and successful collaboration in Arctic research with Finnish scientists, universities and research institutes.





NABO General Meeting 2013 in Akureyri
The 2013 NABO (North Atlantic 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 here for information on paper submissions and registration.

Arctic Social Indicators II   (07.05.2013)
The ASI-II report will be launched at the Arctic Council Swedish Ministerial Meeting on 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 web). The ASI Secretariat is situated with the Stefansson Arctic Institute and Dr. Joan Nymand Larsen is the project manager and co-editor of the report.

SDWG Highlights  (07.05.2013)
The Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) has published
the hightlights of April 2013.

2013 Arctic Energy Summit logo2013 Arctic Energy Summit: Call for Papers (18.04.2013)
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, Iceland.  

More information is available here and the Summit's website or by emailing aen@institutenorth.org.

Seminar: Health and Well Being in Arctic Regions (10.04.2013)
Seminar on health and well being in Arctic regions 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 here.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Arctic Governance and Indigenous Innovation (02.04.2013)
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 here. 

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 institution.

Further information about the position is available by contacting academic director, Else Grete Broderstad, tel. +47 7764 6908, e-mail else.g.broderstad@uit.no or head of administration Hildegunn Bruland, tel. +47 7764 5535, e-mail hildegunn.bruland@uit.no .

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  the University of Akureyri Research Centre, NORA, the Icelandic Tourism Research Centre, Norwegian Seafood Centre and 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 challenges of:
  The development of marine and coastal culture tourism in Norway, Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands.
   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 collaborate?

There will also be excursions where tourism related businesses and museums will be visited.

See the conference program.
The conference is open to all but registration is needed for planning purposes.
Registration deadline: 10 May 2013
Conference fee: ISK 12000 / DKK 545
Registration & hotel bookings (limited vacancy): conference@aktravel.is, tel. +354 4600600
For further information contact Sigurbjörg Árnadóttir: sibba@svs.is. 


Social Science Forum: On Northern Storytelling (12.03.2013)
Lecture by author and travel writer Dr. Lawrence Millman, 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.

Lawrence MillmanPunctuating 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  (07.03.2013)
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 here.

Umeå universitets logo - startsidaCommunity Adaptation to Climate Change in the North (01.02.2013)
Umeå University 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. Further information here.n-th

Cooperation in the Field of Arctic Studies between Iceland and Norway (01.02.2013)
Below are next application deadlines for mobility grants between Iceland and Norway – Arctic Studies.

Arctic StudiesScience Cooperation Fund

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 group.


Exchange Scholarship fund

Application deadline: 15 March 2013

Student mobility from 1-12 months (study, research, placement).


See further information here.

Climate Change in Northern Territories: second call for abstracts (25.01.2013)
Climate Change in Northern Territories - Sharing Experiences, Exploring New Methods and Assessing Socio-Economic Impacts.
Conference in Akureyri, Iceland, 22 - 23 August 2013.
Abstract submission by 28 February 2013 to nrf@unak 
See more information: ENECON and NRF.

Exchange Scholarships for Icelandic and Norwegian Students in Arctic Studies (23.01.2013)

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 Norwegian 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.


Application process

Students should hand in their applications to the International Office of their home institution.

Following documents need to be part of the application:

·         - 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


Application deadline: 15th March 2013, for the academic year 2013-2014 (applications are accepted after the deadline and go on reserve list).


For further information and application see: www.arcticstudies.is.


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 Norwegian side.

Icelandic Greenlandic Arctic Science Days in Greenland (17.09.2012)
The Icelandic Greenlandic Arctic Science Days  will be held in Ilimmarfik, University of Greenland’s campus building in Nuuk,  21-22 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 Greenland (Ilisimatusarfik) 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 collaboration.

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 (30.08.2012)
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 here. http://arcticstudies.is

A Visiting Professorship in Arctic Studies at the University of Akureyri, Iceland  (20.06.2012)
The 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.

NansenThe 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.

The 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 nansen@unak.is. 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 considered.

Further information about the post and the application process can be obtained from the University of Akureyri website. Enquiries concerning the post should be sent to nansen@unak.is.

APECS Seeks a New Director (09.02.2012)
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
University of Tromsø, Norway 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 visit the website and read the past reports and publications

See a detailed description of the position.

Deadline for applications is 27 February 2012, and must be submitted online

ICASS VII: Interviews   (16.01.2012)
The secretariat of IASSA which 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.

ICASS VIIBelow are six video links with interviews taken at the ICASS VII conference in Akureyri, Iceland  in June 2011.
1) Students
2) Martin Lougheed, Inuit Knowledge Center
3) Sven Hakaanson, Alutiiq Museum
4) Salmon Source of Life
5) Yefimenko, Arctic Council IPS
6) Joan Nymand Larsen, ICASS VII

ICASS VII featured on National Geographic

David Braun from National Geographic News attended the ICASS VII conference in Akureyri, Iceland where he interviewed scientists and reported from the event.  Here he interviews Joan Nymand Larsen, the President of  IASSA.

Welcoming address
at ICASS VII in Akureyri, Iceland was given by Svandís Svavarsdóttir, Minister for the Environment in Iceland.

ICASS VII, Akureyri, Iceland, 22-26 June 2011 - Registration has opened
For conference information and registration click here.

Fishing People of the North: Cultures, Economies, and Management Responding to Change
27th  Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium. September 14-17, 2011, Anchorage, Alaska.
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.


Human-Environment Relationships

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 here.

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