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Arctic Summer College Explores Health-Climate Change Nexus at the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, Iceland

8 October 2016 - Reykjavik, Iceland

On October 8, the Arctic Summer College (ASC) was proud to present the work of three of our ASC Fellows at this year's Arctic Circle Assembly as part of our breakout session, "Arctic Summer College Panel: Exploring the Nexus of Health and Climate Change in Arctic Indigenous Communities". Our presenters Mikayla Duarte, Carol Devine, and Mary F. Ehrlander not only showcased their expertise, but did so in a truly interdisciplinary way, reflecting the core purpose of ASC itself. A vibrant and active discussion with the audience blossommed following the presentations, allowing all in attendance to delve deeper into an issue so critical to Arctic communities. The diverse representation of Arctic states and stakeholders in the audience and the resulting unique viewpoints and contributions offered during the session magnified the impact and success of this event. Of our participants, we had the distinct honor of having German Ambassador to Iceland Herbert Ludwig Beck join in the conversation.

For those of you who were not able to join us in Iceland, we encourage you to watch the Session Recording so you don't miss a thing!

Ecologic Institute also presented its research in collaboration with World Wildlife Fund as part of the Arctic Circle Assembly session "Arctic Council: Scorecard for Conservation Results" with much positive feedback.

The 2016 Arctic Summer College program proved to be very successful but don't just take our word for it. Hear from some of this year's participants.

Arctic Summer College Team


Arctic Summer College 2016 launched on July 6, 2016

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 sustainability and cooperation in the Arctic region.

The Arctic Summer College aims at preserving biodiversity and ecosystem health in the Arctic. The Arctic Summer College is a virtual campus for learning about the environment in the Arctic and exchanging ideas on how collaborative efforts can protect the Arctic from negative impacts of human activities in the High North. The College focuses on climate change adaptation, natural resource management, biodiversity protection, environmental governance, energy policy, security, and human health.

In our one-of-a-kind 8 week international virtual campus, participants will learn about current Arctic issues and engage in discussions with experts, exchanging their views and creating a lively learning environment. In the web-based seminar series, participants will benefit from in-depth personal exchange, develop academic skills, and specialist expertise.

In 2016, we offer two programs: The Arctic Summer College for Students and the Arctic Summer College for Professionals

Program Benefits:

  •     potential to travel to Iceland to participate in the 2016 Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, Iceland
  •     opportunity to publish in the peer-reviewed Arctic Summer College yearbook
  •     engage with Arctic experts in an interactive academic webinar series
  •     join the Arctic Summer College alumni network with past participants from all over the world from a variety of fields

The 2016 application window is closed. However, you can contact us anytime to be informed of the application time frame for the 2017 Arctic Summer College.

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Arctic Summer College Team


On 21 March 2016, Ecologic Institute and the Arctic Institute hosted a webinar on "100 days in: COP21 and the Arctic's Future - An Era of Energy Transition". The webinar hosted three experts on the the Arctic Council, the implementation of renewable energy policies on the local level and on the climate negotiations:

  • Julia Gourley, US Senior Arctic Official, US Department of State
  • Piper Foster Wilder, Renewable Energy Alaska Project
  • Sébastien Duyck, Visiting Researcher Arctic Centre, University of Lapland.

The webinar also gave the more than 50 participants the opportunity to get answers to their questions on these topics.

If you missed the whole webinar or simply want to look up specific presentations, you can find the presentations of our honoured guest experts under the link above.


Arctic Summer College breakout session at the 2015 Arctic Circle Assembly

The Arctic Summer College is proud to have held a session at the 2015 Arctic Circle Conference in Reykjavik, Iceland on October 16th, 2015. For those who could not join us in person, feel free to watch the presentations of our Fellows, Innovation in the Arctic: Squaring the Circle and The Arctic Divide, via YouTube.


The Arctic Summer College creates a network of emerging leaders and experts that will be brought together for 8 weeks in a series of web-based seminars (webinars) Wednesdays from 18:00-20:00 Central European Time from early July through August. 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. The 2016 program will offer fellows the opportunity to earn spots to present their written work at the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik in October.