Ecologic Institute's Arctic Program, alongside institutional partners the WWF Global Arctic Programme, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, World Policy Institute, the Embassy of Canada, Germany, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland, and the Arctic Circle Assembly welcomes leaders in fields related to Arctic topics to join its eight-week virtual online Arctic Summer College.
The Arctic Summer College aims to build a lasting, policy-oriented network of Arctic professionals. The Arctic Summer College brings together a network of emerging Arctic leaders from different disciplines and regions to share and discuss ideas with expert speakers. Participants from each year - students and professionals alike - are encouraged to continue relationships with one another, as well as with participants from subsequent and earlier years. The network will grow each year into an Arctic Summer College Community, and strengthen communication between peoples and nations, scientific disciplines, policy areas, and across the science-policy interface.
The Arctic Summer College convenes virtually via online webinars from July 6 to August 24 2016 each week on Wednesdays from 18:00-20:00 Central European Summer Time (CEST). Weekly discussions are led by expert speakers from key institutions on Arctic issues.
The Arctic region is a unique place at a unique moment in time, with critical chances for establishing models of sustainability for the global community. In recognition of this tremendous window of opportunity, the Arctic Summer College brings together a network of leaders to discuss and develop policy options for the Arctic. 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 governance and sustainable development in the Arctic.
Participation in the Arctic Summer College is open to applicants with ideally previous Arctic interests and courses (for students) or 2 -10 years of experience in a related field (for professionals), and a desire to share perspectives and seek professional collaboration with a network of peers. The policy-based network brings together 25 emerging leaders as fellows, coming from a variety of backgrounds and selected through a competitive application process. The selection criteria aim to identify engaged, innovative thought leaders in the fields of research, policy, and sustainable development. Past fellows have held experience from a wide range of professional backgrounds including, but not limited to, government, academia, private consulting, scientific research, journalism, think tanks, and NGOs.