First Policy Briefing: "Breaking records: How high temperatures in the Arctic affect European society"
From 2017 onwards, EU-PolarNet will host annual policy briefings in Brussels. The first briefing was co-organised with the European Polar Board. It took place on 22nd June 2017 and ran under the theme "Breaking records: How high temperatures in the Arctic affect European society".
The lunchtime event was set out to give EU and national policy makers an overview of the state-of-the-art research on abnormal temperatures in the Arctic and their consequences for Europe. For this sea ice expert Dirk Notz from the Max Planck Institute in Hamburg, Germany, gave a keynote address on how Europe is affected by a warming Arctic.
A subsequent panel discussion built on the current scientific knowledge to reflect upon mitigation and adaptation options, which can reduce the vulnerability of both the European society and economy. The panellists were: Volker Rachold (Head of the German Arctic Office), Kirsi Latola (University of the Arctic Thematic Networks Director), Frej Sorento Dichmann (Senior Advisor Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation) and Eva Kruemmel (Co-founder of ScienTissiME, Research and Policy Consulting; Consultant on Environment and Health for the Inuit Circumpolar Council – Canada).