Arctic Futures Symposium 2017 Programme

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


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.

  • Mikael Janson
  • Piet Steel
  • João Aguiar Machado
  • Kuupik Kleist
  • Jean Lemire


Session 2: Arctic Council engagement with the EU

A panel discussion with representatives from 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, University of Lapland).

  • Timo Koivurova
  • Pekka Shemeikka
  • Marie-Anne Coninsx
  • Björn Lyrvall
  • Anniken Ramberg Krutnes
  • Árni Þór Sigurðsson
  • Hanne Fugl Eskjær
  • Åsa Larsson Blind
  • Mira Kleist
  • Kate Sanderson
  • Bob Paquin
  • K. G. Moore

Coffee Break


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).

  • Susan Barr
  • Andrea Tilche
  • Petteri Taalas
  • Elisabetta Vignati
  • Gunn-Britt Retter
  • David Hik

Lunch Break


Session 4: Working towards a more sustainable Arctic

This panel will look at the innovative ideas to make the High North a more sustainable place to live. Moderated by Arne Riedel (Fellow, Ecologic Institute Berlin).

  • Arne Riedel
  • Kjell Giæver
  • Bo Krogvig
  • René Therrien
  • Katherine Weingartner

Coffee Break


Session 5: Investing in education and creating 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, Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network).

  • Embla Eir Oddsdóttir
  • Elle Merete Omma
  • Erik Bergkvist
  • Anders Møller Christensen
  • Lars Balslev
  • Kristin Røymo

Coffee Break


Session 6: Opportunities in the Arctic bioeconomy

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

  • Tomas Norvoll
  • Ólavur Gregersen
  • Ulrik Maki Lyberth
  • Jeanette Hammer Andersen
  • Sirpa Kurppa
  • Stephen Mooney
  • Elisabetta Balzi


Session 7: Wrap-up and lessons learned

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

  • Christian Leffler
  • Mikael Janson