The 2018 Arctic Futures Symposium took place on Wednesday, 28 November at the Residence Palace in the EU Quarter of Brussels.

Arctic Futures Symposium

The annual symposium provides Arctic stakeholders the chance to hold a public discourse with the EU and Brussels communities about topics and challenges they believe are important to discuss in a public setting.

The 2018 symposium focused on the following themes: the Arctic Institutions; Transport and Logistics; Culture, Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Blue Growth and Biodiversity. More than 180 participants joined us throughout the day.

For more information about the symposium and the speakers who took part in the event, please consult the official programme and the speaker bios.

Arctic Shorts Film Evening

In addition to the discussions that will take place at the symposium on 28 November, symposium participants as well members of the general public attended the first ever "Arctic Shorts" film evening at Brussels' premiere cultural venue, BOZAR, on Tuesday 27 November.

The event featured nine short films from filmmakers from all across the Arctic, and was attended by more than 350 members of the general public.

The International Polar Foundation would like to thank is sponsors and partners for making these events such huge successes!

Photo © Lapland Material Bank, Markus Kiili

Konrad Steffen

“We actually learned that science alone does not solve a problem. We have to translate our science and talk to people who make policy.”

Konrad Steffen - Director, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research
Olav Orheim

“By selecting topical issues Arctic Futures has become a very useful meeting place for a variety of persons engaged in Arctic affairs”

Olav Orheim - Chairman, GRID-Arendal

If you would like to see if there might still be space for you at this event, pelase contact us at

If you would like to see if there might still be space for you, please contact us at

Partner organisations

We would like to thank all partner organisations for their support in helping us to make the Arctic symposium possible.