2022 Webinar Series – Enhancing International Scientific Cooperation: Arctic Science and Technology Advice with Ministries

United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

  • Registration
  • Each 2.5 hour webinar will begin at 13:00 GMT
  • Each webinar will involve an open plenary panel with high-level contributors (1 hour) followed by breakout-session dialogues with plenary debriefing (1.5 hours)
  • There will be maximum three breakout sessions each with limit of 30 participants

Webinar 1: What is Arctic Science? (February 21, 2022)

  • How do natural sciences, social sciences and indigenous knowledge ‘fit together’ and enhance each other?
  • How is science facilitated/conducted? Who is needed to do ‘the science’?
  • Is international cooperation needed? If so, to what degree?
    • Prof. Andrey Petrov – Associate Professor, University of Northern Iowa, US; Former President, International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA). 
    • Mr. Henry Burgess – Head, UK Arctic Office, Vice-President, International Arctic Science Committee (IASC). 
    • Dr. Kirsi Latola – Vice-President Networks, University of the Arctic, Finland; Chair, European Polar Board
    • Indigenous Representative from Canada (tbc – collaborating with the ‘Canada-Inuit Nunangat-UK Arctic Research Programme’). 

Webinar 2: How can science transform data into evidence for informed decisionmaking? (March 10, 2022)

  • How are the decisions on what priorities are to be addressed made?
  • Who are the decision makers?
  • What evidence is needed and how is that evidence defined?
    • Prof. Anne Husebekk – Professor and Former Rector, UiT | The Arctic University of Norway; Vice-President for Freedom and Responsibility in Science, International Science Council;
    • Prof. Larry Hinzman – Executive Director, Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC); Assistant Director for Polar Sciences, Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Executive Office of the President, The White House; President, IASC. 
    • Dr. Volker Rachold – Head of the German Arctic Office, Germany; Co-Host ASM2. 

Webinar 3: What international efforts/processes are needed to facilitate progress in understanding the Arctic system and its global impacts? (March 24, 2022)

  • What are the mechanisms that exist?
  • Are these mechanisms adequate?
  • How could enhanced science cooperation impact other areas of international relations?
    • Dr. Andrey Bryksenkov – Deputy Director, Russian State Hydrometeorological University; Co-Host ASM4. 
    • Dr. Hiroyuki Enomoto (tbc)- Vice Director-General, National Institute for Polar Research, Japan; Co-chair ASM3 Science Advisory Board, Japan; Vice-President, IASC.
    • Dr. Anne Puech – Deputy Director of Department on Ecology, Agronomy, Environment, Earth and Universe Sciences Sector,  Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation; Co-Host ASM4. 
    • Ms. Fran Ulmer – Former Lt. Governor, Alaska; Former Chair, US Arctic Research Commission; Senior Fellow, Arctic Initiative, Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School. 
    • Amb. Anton Vasiliev – Russia’s Senior Arctic Official 2008-2014; Ambassador to the Republic of Iceland 2014-2020. 

The emphasis of each 2.5-hour webinar will be dialogues rather than presentations, involving your opening interventions (without powerpoints) followed by a panel discussion, which I will moderate during the first hour.  The remaining time for each webinar will involve three breakout sessions (each with a limit of 30 participants), which I invite you to facilitate.  There currently are 75 registrants for the three webinars.  

The panel dialogues will be recorded to provide open access whereas the breakout sessions will be unrecorded, but captured via rapporteurs, who will synthesize observations with your feedback to produce a final report.  The rapporteurs involve three next-generation leaders from the Harvard Kennedy School along with three counterparts from Japan, who are from across the Arctic Challenge for Sustainability II (ArCS II) program.