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Winter School: Our connection with a fast-changing Arctic

The Arctic Winter School
Photographs by Ronald JW Visser

The Arctic Centre will host a Winter School, aimed at (inter-) national civil servants and policy makers, politicians, managers, financial experts, (young) academics and PhD students who are looking for a nuanced and wide-ranging understanding of the Arctic. The theme of the Winter School is Our connection with a fast-changing Arctic. From 24-29 January 2022, lectures, discussions and group work will take place in which topics related to the theme will be addressed from an integrated perspective on a sustainable society. Participation can be a crucial asset to many public- and private-sector employers with operations in the Arctic

Theme

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, economic development, governance and security. Sustainable solutions require multidimensional knowledge and a prudent approach when coming from outside the Arctic, as new business opportunities should take account of the sensitivities of the natural environment and local and indigenous people.

Participants will be introduced in the conditions experienced and adaptations exhibited by Arctic inhabitants, as the effects of global warming are more severe and noticeable in the North. Changing weather patterns, sea level rise and sustainable socio-economic developments, are also relevant for the rest of the world. With a variety of experts, we will discuss the present predictions and future consequences of climate change. In this respect, the Arctic can be seen as a living laboratory for a broad range of societal challenges.

Lectures

During the week, there will be lectures in the morning and discussions and assignments in the afternoon. There will be general lectures, but also tailormade assignments, based on the needs and expertise in the group and active discussions with experts. We expect that the participants will do some homework before each session. All sessions will be from 9:00 till 17:00 hrs. With a social gathering afterwards on Monday and Friday.

General topics addressed in the lectures

  • Climate Change (climate forcing gasses, arctic amplification, ice caps and sea level rise, polar vortex, mitigation and adaptation)
  • Arctic ecosystems (sea ice as platform for life, permafrost, carbon pools, trophic mismatch, species extinction, grazing)
  • The indigenous peoples of the Arctic (Overview of the different indigenous peoples in the Arctic, colonial history and decolonial actions, Indigenous peoples as rights holders)
  • Governance and science cooperation (UNCLOS, treaties, wilderness concept, pollution)
  • Sustainable development and business (Arctic Economic Forum, tourism, shipping, natural resource exploitation, economic development)


Lecturers

  • Dr. Maarten Loonen
  • Dr. Annette Scheepstra
  • Dr. Sean Desjardins


Guest Lecturers (confirmed)

  • Prof. Richard Bintanja (climate modelling)
  • Dr. Christoph Humrich (governance)
  • Prof. Kim Holmén (climate science)
  • Dr. Erik Molenaar (international law)
  • Prof. Kees Bastmeijer (wilderness law)
  • Dr. Zdenka Sokolickova (anthropology)
  • Liz ter Kuile (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
  • Others still to be confirmed

Preliminary program

Monday

09:00 - 10:45

Introduction round, defining individual learning goals, choosing personal topics to work on during the week

11:00 - 12:00

Lecture introduction to Climate Change

12:00 - 12:30

Introduction of experts

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch

14:00 - 15:30

Discussion on the videos to watch beforehand

15:30 - 16:00

Tea break

16:00 - 17:00

Making groups and group assignments (group size is 3 persons) for preparing discussions

Tuesday 09:00 - 10:00

Lecture Arctic ecosystems

10:00 - 10:30

Introduction experts

11:00 - 12:30

Goup assignments and preparations

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:00

Group lead discussions

15:00 - 15:30

Tea break

15:30 - 17:00

Group lead discussions

Wednesday 09:00 - 10:45

Lecture Indigenous Peoples

11:00 - 12:00

Group assignments

12:00 - 13:30 Lunch

13:30-15:00

Group lead discussions

15:00 - 15:30

Tea break

15:30 - 17:00

Group lead discussions

Thursday 09:00 - 10:45

Lecture Governance and science cooperation

11:00 - 12:00

Group assignments

12:00 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:00

Presentations by invited experts

15:00 - 15:30

Tea break

15:30 - 17:00

Group lead discussions

Friday 09:00 - 10:45

Lecture Sustainable development and business

11:00 - 12:00

Group assignments

12:00 - 13:30

Lunch

13:30 - 15:00

Presentations by invited experts

15:00 - 15:30 Tea break
15:30 - 17:00

Final discussions, evaluation and follow up

General information

  • Dates: 24-29 January 2022
  • Location: Groningen
  • Application deadline: 27 September 2021
  • Participation fee (including participation, welcome drinks, 5x lunch, coffee/tea all day, 2x dinner, city tour or museum tour) : PhD Student and Academics: € 400 - Small Organisations/NGOs: € 650 - Corporate/Government participants: € 900
  • Winter School Terms and Conditions


Further inquiries can be directed to Annette Scheepstra: a.j.m.scheepstra rug.nl

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