Arctic Futures Symposium 2017 Programme

The 2017 symposium will focus on smart and sustainable investment in the Arctic's future.

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Session 1: Welcome and keynote speeches

Welcome speech by the IPF. There will be keynote speeches from a senior board member of the International Polar Foundation and representatives from the European Institutions.

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Session 2: Arctic Council engagement with the EU

A roundtable discussion with representatives from the foreign ministries of Arctic Council nations and the European External Action Service about Arctic Council engagement with the EU. Moderated by Timo Koivurova (Director, Arctic Centre, U. of Lapland).

Coffee Break

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Session 3: The future of Arctic research cooperation

A panel discussion focusing on the future of Arctic research cooperation. Moderated by Susan Barr (President of the International Arctic Science Committee).

Lunch Break

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Session 4: Towards a more sustainable High North

This panel will look at the investments being made to make the High North a more sustainable place to live. Moderated by Arne Riedel, fellow at the Ecologic Institue in Berlin.

Coffee Break

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Session 5: Education and economic opportunities for Arctic residents

This session will look at meeting educational needs to create a workforce capable of building a sustainable Arctic future. Moderated by Embla Eir Oddsdóttir, Director of the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network.

Coffee Break

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Session 6: A booming arctic bioeconomy?

This session will look at current and future opportunities that exist in the Arctic bioeconomy sector. Moderated by Tomas Norvall, President of Nordland County Council and Chair of the Board of the North Norway European Office.

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Session 7: Summary and lessons learned

The final session of the symposium will summarise the main takeaways from the symposium.