Conferences and workshops

September 2018

EU-PolarNet Second Policy Briefing

Date and time: 26th September 2018, 15:00-17:30
Location:  European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium

Programme Policy Briefing

15:00-15:30 Light networking coffee

15:30-15:35 Welcoming words by the Chair MEP Christel Schaldemose  

15:35-16:05 Keynote and introduction to topic

  • Key changes in the Polar Regions that call for European action by Antje Boetius (Director of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research)  
  • Key insights from the EU-PolarNet White Papers by Antonio Quesada (Executive secretary of the Spanish Polar Committee)

16:05-17:00 Roundtable discussion with stakeholders - moderator Antje Boetius

  • European External Action Service: Terkel Petersen, Senior Expert (Arctic)
  • Mr. Mininnguaq Kleist, Head of Greenland Representation to the EU– reports from a changing home
  •  Marie-Hélène Tusseau-Vuillemin, Scientific Director of the Environment, Geoscience and Astronomy Department at the French Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Innovation how polar change affects national policy making and investment
  • Nils Arne Johnson, Director Regional Business Development, Troms County Council
  • Jean-Louis Etienne, IUCN Ambassador for Polar regions and the Oceans– sustainable development and conservation
  • Katarina Gårdfeldt, Director of the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat

17:00-17:20 Questions and discussion with the participants

17:20-17:30  Concluding remarks by MEP Jørn Dohrmann (tbc)


October 2016

Arctic Biodiversity Congress

AMAP/EU-PolarNet Stakeholder Workshop on Research Needs on Arctic Biology and Terrestrial Ecosystems

Date: 12 October 2018
Location: Santa Claus Hotel, Rovaniemi, Finland

The fourth and final AMAP/EU-PolarNet workshop will be held on 12 October 2018 in Rovaniemi, Finland in association with the Arctic Biodiversity Congress. The central theme of this workshop is research needs for a better understanding of Arctic biology and terrestrial ecosystems and the factors that influence their functioning, including the many human uses of this area, in the light of the various changes occurring in the Arctic associated with climate change. The workshop takes place during the Arctic Biodiversity Congress to be able to draw from the information and ideas presented at the Congress as a background for further discussion and identifical of relevant research needs and ideas.

You can download the agenda for the workshop here.

To participate in the event, please register by sending an email to Janet Pawlak
jpawlak [AT] dahm [DOT] dk

For more information about the Arctic Biodiversity Congress, please visit the event's website.

Arctic Circle 2018

Dates: 18th - 21st October 2018
Location: Reykjavik, Iceland

Breakout Sessions

Research for societal benefit: Where polar research can make a difference

Date and Time: 19th October 2018, 17:45-19:15

Where can future research contribute to economic, social and environmental benefits? Which polar issues are of high interest to the European society? What are possible approaches to address and prioritize pressing polar issues? EU-PolarNet brought together 50 internationally renowned polar experts, ranging from senior to early career researchers, from representatives from indigenous peoples to business representatives and policy makers for a five-day workshop in order to find some answers to these questions. Based on their area of expertise and their review of more than 500 replies to EU-PolarNet's public online survey, the group identified a handful of topics with the potential for impactful future research. The result is a set of five polar white papers, which mark an important milestone towards the integrated European Polar Research Programme, which EU-PolarNet will develop until 2020. This breakout session will give an overview of the five white papers, the suggested research areas and their potential for social, economic and environmental benefits. Furthermore, the session aims at fostering discussions on future priorities for European polar research and at showcasing how a transdisciplinary group of polar experts jointly identified polar topics of high societal relevance.


Convenor and Moderator: Antonio Quesada, Executive secretary of the Spanish Polar Committee

  • Nicole Biebow, EU-PolaNet Project Manager: Introduction to session
  • Malgorzata (Gosia) Smieszek, Researcher University of Lapland and Finnish Environment Institute: The Road to the Desired States of Social-ecological Systems in the Polar Regions
  • Lise Lotte Sørensen, Associate Professor at the Arctic Research Centre, Aarhus University: The coupled polar climate system: global context, predictability and regional impacts
  • Hannele Savela, Research Coordinator, Thule Institute, University of Oulu: Footprints on Changing Polar Ecosystems: Processes, Threats, Responses and Opportunities for Future Generations
  • Marcus Carson, Research Fellow, Stockholm Environment Institute: Managing resource use, conservation, and human impacts on the polar regions
  • Nils Arne Johnsen, Director Industry & Regional Development, Troms County, Norway: Advancing operational informatics for polar regions

And action! Moving beyond benevolent rhetoric in stakeholder engagement

Date and Time: 20th October, 16:15 - 17:45

Session co-convened with Framsentret

Stakeholder engagement has become a buzzword and a necessity that polar research cannot elude any longer. Yet, despite best intentions, stakeholder engagement often proves to be (too) challenging - risking frustration and fatigue amongst all involved actors. This breakout session aims at bringing together Arctic actors - scientists, local and indigenous peoples, business representatives, policy makers, as well as representatives from nongovernmental organisations, international organisations and civil society - to move from best intentions to ways of cooperation that are beneficial to all people involved.

The floor will be given to five representatives from different stake- and rights holders, offering them the opportunity to share their ideas on meaningful engagement in Arctic projects. These insights will fuel the subsequent discussions, involving all session participants. In breakout groups led by the stakeholder representatives, participants will be challenged to think beyond familiar engagement patterns. The results of these discussions will then be reported back to the entire group, generating a pool of ideas for real action.