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Breakout session on the EU Arctic Policy at the 2017 Arctic Circle Assembly on 14th October

Organized by EU-PolarNet, the European Polar Board and INTERACT 
Date and Time: Saturday, 14th October, 17:00-19:30 
Location: Háaloft, Eighth Level 


  • Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission (opening address via video message)
  • Margareta Johansson, Coordinator INTERACT: Sustained transnational access to Arctic Terrestrial Infrastructures.         
  • Martin Jeffries, Assistant Director for Polar Sciences & Executive Director, U.S. Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee, White Office of Science and Technology Policy: Facilitating Arctic Science Cooperation via the Canada-EU-USA Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance.         
  • Hyoung Chul Shin, Head of Department for International Cooperation, Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI): Arctic Research Cooperation; Role of Observer States and The Growing Contribution.         
  • Alexander Klepikov, Head of Department for Antarctic Ocean and Climate Studies, Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI, Russia): The Russian Perspective on Key Areas of International Cooperation in Arctic Research.
  • Verónica Willmott, Project Manager ARICE (Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany): ARICE: Arctic Research Icebreaker Consortium. An International Cooperation Strategy For Meeting the Needs For Marine- Based Research in the Arctic 
  • Andrea Tilche (Chair), Head of Unit Climate Action and Earth Observation, Directorate General for Research and Innovation, European Commission

This breakout session aims at fostering active discussions on how to further improve international cooperation in Arctic science. For this, the session will kick-off with five brief input presentations and subsequently focus on two discussion questions:

  • What are key areas in which large global scale scientific collaboration can contribute to a sustainable development of the Arctic?
  • How can we make sure that cooperation efforts, such as projects giving transnational access to infrastructures, are (financially) sustained?