Arctic Summer College 2012
In summer 2012, Ecologic Institute will convene the Arctic Summer College- a virtual course and new Arctic network that aims to build a lasting, policy-oriented network of Arctic professionals. Applications from emerging leaders in relevant fields of Arctic science, policy, business, and government will be accepted until 30 May 2012.
Despite mounting evidence of threats to the Arctic’s fragile marine, terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems, environmental issues are being side-lined in Arctic policy debates. New thinking and increased awareness are needed to help decision-makers put strong measures in place to prevent accidents and large-scale environmental degradation in the Arctic region.
In recognition of these needs, Ecologic Institute will convene the Arctic Summer College via online webinars from 9 July to 7 September 2012 each week on Mondays from 18:00-20:00 Central European Time. Weekly discussions will be led by expert speakers from key Arctic institutions, such as, UNEP-Grid/Arendal, European Environment Agency, WWF, the University of Alaska and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Key thematic areas to be discussed in the Arctic Summer College include: conservation, diplomacy and governance, the human dimension, energy and resources, fisheries and transport. The target audience for the results of their discussions are decision-makers in Arctic and non-Arctic countries.
Participation in the Arctic Summer College is open to applicants with ideally 5-10 years of experience in a related field, and a desire to share perspectives and seek professional collaboration with a network of peers. The course will be conducted in English. Applicants will be informed about the outcome of the selection process by 10 June 2012.
Applications will be accepted until 30 May 2012.
Keywords: Arctic, Arctic Ocean, environmental policy, policy evaluation, indigenous peoples, international relations, governance, fisheries, energy, security, transport