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Arctic Encounter Symposium coming soon
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 10:25

(Photo: University of Washington) (Photo: University of Washington) The Arctic Encounter Symposium will take place in Washington, United States on January 30th – 31st 2015.

The second annual Arctic Encounter Symposium will challenge participants to tackle the shared interests and concerns of the United States and the global community as we look north to the last emerging frontier the Arctic.

Leading experts, CEOs, and thought leaders from the science, technology, maritime and energy sectors, will gather to challenge the status quo dialogue, critically address challenges to realizing the Arctic's full potential and collaborate on solutions. Participants will include key industry leaders, policy makers and regional stakeholders.

This year's Symposium will focus on the role of the U.S. as an arctic nation and the challenges it will confront in its upcoming chairmanship of the Arctic Council, including: climate change, natural resources, investment opportunities and international relations.

The goal of the 2015 Arctic Encounter is to facilitate a creative environment for the development of a proactive agenda, short and long-term domestic and international priorities and a strategic execution plan.

The two-day program will take place at the University of Washington with a dinner reception on Friday, January 30, 2015 at the Museum of History and Industry.

Please direct any questions to Rachel Kallander, Symposium Executive Director,at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

New Circumpolar academic opportunities available
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 10:39

uarcticThe University of the Arctic has just opened the application process for seven different Circumpolar Studies courses to its member universities and international studies worldwide.


The Circumpolar Studies Core Courses consist of a single lower-level introductory course and six upper-level advanced courses in three interdisciplinary fields of study. The core courses enable students to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of the lands, peoples, and critical issues of the Circumpolar North. Circumpolar Studies prepares students for advanced study or professional employment in fields as diverse as sustainable resource management, self-government, Arctic engineering, and northern tourism.


Courses are delivered online and are worth 6 ECTS, or 3 credit units at most North American institutions. The language of instruction is English. Tuition and other fees are charged only by a student's home institution, where applicable.


Credit will be recorded at the offering institution and may be transferred to a student's home institution after successful completion of the course.


As a home institution, you collect and keep all of your regular tuition fees for these courses from your students. It is a great system allowing smaller UArctic member institutions to have access to the Circumpolar Studies courses for their students but not having to bear the cost of delivering these courses.


Click here for more information about the courses and to access the application form. 

Mandatory Polar Code accepted
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Monday, 24 November 2014 11:36

(Photo: Getty Images) (Photo: Getty Images)This month the International Maritime Organization (IMO), at the 94th session of its Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), adopted the mandatory International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code), and related amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) in order to make it mandatory.


The expected date of entry into force of the SOLAS amendments is 1 January 2017, under the tacit acceptance procedure. It will apply to new ships constructed after that date.


Ships constructed before 1 January 2017 will be required to meet the relevant requirements of the Polar Code by the first intermediate or renewal survey, whichever occurs first, after 1 January 2018.


Because the new Polar Code contains both safety and environmental provisions, it will be mandatory under SOLAS and MARPOL (Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships).


Detailed information about legacy and the content of new mandatory Polar Code are available on IMO´s website.


Click here to learn more.

PAGE21 Data Output Catalogue is now available
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Friday, 21 November 2014 10:04

(Graphic: The Arctic Portal) (Graphic: The Arctic Portal) The team of PAGE21 WP 8 has just released PAGE21 - DOC – the PAGE21 Data Output Catalogue.


The PAGE21 – DOC is primarily addressed to the PAGE21 consortium to facilitate the exchange of data and information between and within the different work - packages.


The PAGE21 Data Output Catalogue is an aggregate form of all the PAGE21 data that are stored in other data repositories, such as GTN-P, PANGAEA or the European Flux Database.


Why didn't we just put all data in only one repository? Each of these databases has its individual advantage related to data post-processing and quality check in dependence of the particular data types.


PAGE21 - DOC comprises all the different data at one place, providing DOI's, handles and other links to a broad range of datasets, reports and additional information related to the PAGE21 products.


Click here to look up the PAGE21 Data Output Catalogue.

Scholarships available from ISE
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 10:28

(Photo: Iceland School of Energy) (Photo: Iceland School of Energy) The Future Arctic Energy Network(FAE) will be awarding one partial fee scholarship in 2015, for the graduate programmes offered by the Iceland School of Energy. The scholarship programme aims to attract outstanding students from a wide range of backgrounds, who have a common interest in energy related topics which are relevant to the Arctic.


The Future Arctic Energy network (FAE) is a non-partisan, non-profit initiative supported by the Icelandic School of Energy at Reykjavik University.


It aims to create opportunities for students and young professionals to join the discussion on Arctic Energy issues through platforms like the Arctic Circle.

FAE plans to encourage unbiased research of energy in the Arctic, especially encouraging innovative, future-focused projects.


Click here to read more about scholarship opportunities.





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