The Arctic region is a unique place at a unique moment in time and decision-makers have the opportunity to set a new course for expanding natural resource development and establish a model of sustainability for the global community while respecting the rights of indigenous peoples. In recognition of this tremendous window of opportunity, the Arctic Summer College brings together emerging leaders and experts to consider options for promoting environmental protection in the Arctic region. By convening interdisciplinary participants and experts from various institutions, the Arctic Summer College sustains a community that can more effectively influence policies respecting the rights and interests of the peoples living in the Arctic and protecting the Arctic’s fragile environment.
The Arctic Summer College creates a network of emerging leaders and experts that are brought together for 8 weeks in web-based seminars (webinars) from 8 July to 26 August 2013 on Mondays from 18:00-20:00 Central European Time. The program aims to build a lasting, policy-oriented network of Arctic professionals to strengthen communication between peoples and nations, scientific disciplines, policy areas, and across the science-policy interface to improve environmental governance in the Arctic region. Key thematic areas to be discussed include: conservation, diplomacy and governance, the human dimension, energy and resources, fisheries, security, and transport.
Following the successful 2011 and 2012 programs, Ecologic Institute and its partners are pleased to announce the 2013 Arctic Summer College, and are seeking applications from emerging leaders working to improve Arctic governance from around the world. Ecologic Institute is joined in convening the Arctic Summer College with institutional partners the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Embassy of Canada, Germany, and partner and sponsor WWF Global Arctic Program.
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 2013.
Applications will be accepted until 30 May 2013.