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Published: 2019-08-23

Tromso next stop for Arctic seminars tour

NEWS On August 27, researchers from Umeå University will be visiting northern Norway for the second lunch seminar in a newly stated popular science tour between five universities known as the Arctic Five. On Tuesday at 12:00 noon, six researchers from Umeå and Tromso will lecture about how people, ecosystems and communities are affected by climate change.

The Arctic is changing rapidly, and increasingly warmer temperatures are having major consequences for the region's marine environments, land areas and communities. Through close collaboration between five universities in the Arctic - The Arctic Five - research, knowledge, innovation and development will be built up in the area. In order to strengthen the ties between the universities, Umeå University is now embarking on a popular science tour to the other four universities.

On Tuesday at 12:00 noon, it is time for a visit to the Arctic University of Norway, where six researchers from Tromso and Umeå tell more about their Arctic-focused research. The lectures, which will be held in English, will be followed by a panel discussion in which the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Watch the lunch seminar live stream

Tuesday 27 August at 12:00–13.00

The Arctic Five

The Arctic Five is a partnership between Luleå University of Technology, the Arctic University of Norway in Tromso (UiT), the University of Lapland in Rovaniemi, the University of Oulu and Umeå University. There is an ongoing collaboration among the five universities within the key areas of mining, renewable energy and health. A new collaboration has begun within three new areas: regional development, issues relating to Sápmi/indigenous people, and education. The main objective of the Arctic Five alliance that will advance and share knowledge, education and innovations for the development of our region and a sustainable Arctic.


Challenges in times of change
– Current research on ecology, sea and climate in the Arctic


Effects of massive melting of Arctic ice on the marine ecosystem
Johan Wikner, Department of Ecology and Environmental Science, Umeå University, present a joint international synoptic study to better asses the status of the Arctic Ocean and better understand the large-scale effects of the rapid climate change.

Sami legal traditions and sustainable development
Malin Brännström, Department of Law, Umeå University, talks about how Sami legal traditions can contribute with knowledge about how the land and natural resources can be utilized in a sustainable way, also outside the Sami society, if Sami choose to be a part of such processes and share their knowledge.

Arctic ecosystems and our climate
Ellen Dorrepaal, Climate Impacts Research Centre, Department of Ecology and Environmental Science, Umeå University, explains how frozen soils and open tundra plays a critical role in our climate system, and how interactions between plants and microbes are key drivers of the feedback when permafrost soils thaw or forest moves into the arctic tundra.

Ocean governance from an indigenous perspective
Margherita Paola Poto, JCLOS, the Arctic University of Norway, talks about how the governance of the oceans always has been considered a “state-matter” without taking too much into account the symbiotic relationship between the sea and the peoples that depend on it, their observations, stories and cosmologies.

Socioecological changes in the coastal Arctic
Vera Hausner, Arctic Sustainability Lab, Department of Arctic and Marine Biology, the Arctic University of Norway, reflects upon the need to deliver targeted and meaningful information for local decision makers, and to effectively engage Arctic residents to prepare for the coming increases in opportunities for resource extraction, commercial fisheries, tourism and commerce through shipping routes.

Synthesis vs Analysis in tacking energy related challenges in the Arctic 
Matteo Chiesa, Department of Physics and Technology, the Arctic University of Norway, talks about how to tackle energy related issues through synthesis, by integrating technologies while considering social issues, to create solutions for the problems we are facing.

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Jonas Ericson
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