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A Sustainable Future for the Arctic

an integrated perspective on Arctic amplification by global warming
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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.

Practical information

Dates & location 3 - 7 February 2020 - CALL CLOSED
Level PhD/Postdoc/Practitioners

Corporate/Government participants (with regular educational budgets): € 2950
Small organisations/NGOs, etc. (with constrained/small educational budgets): € 1550
PhD Students/Academics: € 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
Academic coordinator Dr. Maarten Loonen, Associate professor Arctic Centre
Dr. Annette Scheepstra, Coordinator external cooperation Arctic Centre

NB. Participants are responsible for arranging their own accommodation. For a list of hotel recommendations, kindly contact us.


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.

The number of places is restricted to 20. Applicants should have a clear, professional and demonstrable interest in the Arctic developments. Active participation/contribution of participants is part of the winter school.

It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English .

Learning outcomes


One day of study of literature - development of a set of questions, to be sent in one week before the start of the winter school, preparation of a 5 minute presentation on your link with the Arctic for Monday afternoon

Small group work: in groups of 4 people you will be given a task to develop a topic and presentation on a subject. There is a room available for the group work and we advise to work together. Some of the teachers will be present too, for discussion and interaction. You will have access to the University Library and scientific publications.

After this course you will be able to:

  1. To understand the multidimensional complexity of a changing Arctic
  2. To engage in discussions on a sustainable future for the Arctic
  3. To participate in international cooperation in the Arctic
Application procedure

We are no longer accepting applications.


Lectures include:

  • Climate and climate change in the Arctic
  • Marine and terrestrial ecosystems of the Arctic
  • People of the Arctic, history, livelihood and adaptation
  • Arctic security and governance
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