When: 7th - 8th April 2022

Where: Dena'ina Convention Center Anchorage, Alaska


A Message from the Arctic Encounter Symposium Team

Nearly two years ago, we canceled our 2020 production due to COVID-19. We have missed this convening, the work it inspires, and the people it brings together from around the world. We believe in coming together to learn from one another, to engage challenges, and to debate solutions. We value the celebration of culture, the arts, and the powerful voices of those who have lived experiences beyond our own. 

We now return to this work in 2022 with refreshed vision and clarity. And this year, as an Alaska-based non-profit entity, we feel it is important to bring our flagship annual symposium home to Alaska, in Anchorage. We look forward to announcing partners, new exhibits, and many exciting opportunities for the April 2022 Anchorage production in the coming weeks and months. We invite you to join us in working collaboratively to raise awareness, provide a new platform for voices and expertise in Anchorage, and elevate Alaska to be a leading U.S. diplomatic and Arctic policy stage in the Far North — today and long into the future.

As AES approaches, we are assessing all public health-related information available for travelers, both domestic and international, and are monitoring CDC recommendations and science-based COVID-19 mitigation policies for in-person gatherings. We will announce more details regarding our COVID-19 mitigation efforts in the coming months.

We hope you'll join us in April 2022 in Anchorage.


Confirmed Speakers

  • U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, United States Senate — Alaska
  • Ms. Gail Schubert, President & CEO, Bering Straits Native Corporation
  • Ms. Aleqa Hammond, Former Prime Minister, Greenland & Member of the Danish Parliament
  • Ms. Tara Sweeney, Former Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior and Principal & CEO, Tack-71
  • Dr. Michael Sfraga, Chair, U.S. Arctic Research Commission & Director, Polar Institute, Wilson Center
  • Major General Randy “Church” Kee, USAF (Ret). Senior Advisor, Arctic Security Affairs, Ted Stevens Center for Arctic Security Studies. U.S. Department of Defense
  • Dr. Brendan Kelly, Executive Director & Chief Scientist, Study of Environmental Arctic Change
  • Mr. Michael Kingston, Managing Director, Michael Kingston Associates (Ireland); Counsel to the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO)

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