Netherlands, Groningen

A Sustainable Future for the Arctic

when 3 February 2020 - 7 February 2020
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1.5 EC
fee EUR 550

Global warming is most prominent in the Arctic with visible changes in ice and snow and enormous challenges for ecosystems and people to adapt to the new situation. Loss of the Arctic as we know it, coincides with new development in this area on conservation, cooperation, governance and security. New business opportunities should take account of the sensitivities of the natural environment and local people. Sustainable solutions require multidimensional knowledge and a prudent approach when coming from outside the Arctic.

Participants will be introduced in the conditions experienced—and adaptations exhibited—by plants, animals and people in the Arctic regions. With a variety of experts, a multitude of interlinking perspectives will be presented and discussed. Considering that the effects of global warming are severe and clearly noticeable in the arctic region. The effects are multidimensional and can be seen in the biodiversity, local communities, growing geopolitical/military attention considerations, and increasing economic activities including mining, shipping and tourism. In this respect, the Arctic can be seen as a living laboratory for the societal challenges that are about to come in the rest of the world.

Course leader

Dr. Maarten Loonen, Associate professor Arctic Centre
Dr. Annette Scheepstra, Coordinator external cooperation Arctic Centre

Target group

The winter school caters for (inter-)national civil servants and policy makers, politicians, managers, financial experts and (young) academics who are looking for a nuanced and wide-ranging understanding of the Arctic, which can be a crucial asset to many public- and private-sector employers with operations in the Arctic.

Course aim

The winter school aims to offer a nuanced and wide-ranging understanding of the Arctic, which can be a crucial asset to many public- and private-sector employers with operations in the Arctic.

Fee info

EUR 550: The participation fee includes:

Participation in the programme
City tour and welcoming drinks on Sunday 2 February
Coffee/tea & lunch as part of the programme
Welcome dinner on Monday 3 February
Conference dinner on Thursday 6 February
Farewell drinks on Friday 7 February

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