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Picture from the session "State of the Arctic - Connecting the many 'Arctics'", at the conference Arctic Frontiers in Tromsø. From left Tero Vauraste, Mikael Damberg, Ine Eriksen Søreide, Urmas Paet, Åsa Larsson-Blind and moderator Stephen Sackur. Photo: Terje Mortensen/Arctic Frontiers 2018 View original picture , opens in new tab/window

International focus on Arctic collaboration

Published: 22 January 2018

Decision makers, politicians, business representatives and researchers from around the world are this week gathered in Tromsø to discuss developments in the Arctic. Luleå University of Technology will present the Arctic Five collaboration in research and education.

It is the twelfth time the Arctic Frontiers conference is held in Tromsø in northern Norway. Arctic Frontiers is arranged by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and has become one of the most important recurring Arctic conferences.

On the agenda 2018 are five main sessions with the following tentative working titles: State of the Arctic, Technology and connectivity, Resilient Arctic societies and business development, Healthy and productive oceans, Industry and environment.

Minister from several countries attend the conference, including Norway's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ine Eriksen Søreide, Denmark's Minister for Equal Opportunities and Nordic Cooperation, Karen Ellemann, and Sweden's Minister of Enterprise and Innovation, Mikael Damberg. On the list of speakers are Ségolène Royal, Ambassador for Arctic and Antarctic Affairs of France, and Åsa Larsson-Blind, President of the Saami Council.

"Global node for research and development"

Luleå University of Technology also participates, with representatives from the Universities in Oulu, Umeå, Tromsø and Rovaniemi, to present the research and education collaboration within "the Arctic Five" in the fields of mining, energy production, health, regional development, Sami/indigenous people and learning.

– We want to emphasize that Arctic Five is by far the largest knowledge-based global node for research and development in the Arctic. In a geographic area with a total of 1.4 million inhabitants, we gather about 90,000 students, more than 4,000 PhD students and more than 5,000 researchers, which is completely in line with the Stockholm region, says Roland Larsson, Dean at Luleå University of Technology.

The other participants at Arctic Frontiers from Luleå University of Technology are Dean Cathrine Norberg, Professor Lars Nyberg and Senior Lecturer Tobias Bauer.

The County Council of Norrbotten and the Municipalities of Norrbotten also participate at the Arctic Frontiers, and will, among other things, discuss the possibilities for the mining and space industries in Norrbotten with Mikael Damberg.