For this unique event, the choice of St Petersburg is a fitting location - an important and historic meeting point between East and West. Further, as a long-standing UArctic member, Saint Petersburg State University is a high quality education and research institution, whose scientific discoveries and achievements of professors and alumni include eight Nobel Prize winners.
The centrepiece of the UArctic Congress 2016 is the Science section, showcasing the best that northern science has to offer from across the circumpolar world and beyond. The Science section promises an exciting array of themes and sessions, and the range of participants from key speakers and UArctic members will highlight and celebrate the importance of circumpolar cooperation in northern research and higher education.
I am certain we will enjoy the famous Russian hospitality from our hosts and see amazing historic locations in and around the city.
I look forward to meeting you all in St Petersburg.