- Arctic Science and Education organizations strengthen cooperation: IASC, IASSA, and UArctic sign Letter of Agreement
Arctic Science and Education organizations strengthen cooperation: IASC, IASSA, and UArctic sign Letter of Agreement
Wed, Apr 13, 2011
Three of the Arctic region’s key actors in the field of
science, research, and higher education agreed today on a framework of
mutual cooperation. The agreement was signed at the Arctic and Antarctic
Research Institute (AARI), St Petersburg, Russia The International
Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA), the International Arctic
Science Committee (IASC) and the University of the Arctic (UArctic) will
broaden already existing collaboration to promote international and
multi-disciplinary cooperation in Arctic research, education and
outreach. The outcome of this cooperation will especially build on the
legacies of the International Polar Year (2007-2008).
Joan Nymand Larsen of IASSA “welcomes this agreement with IASC and UArctic as yet another step in our growing partnership, to combine our efforts to build capacity and work to achieve real advances in arctic research through our common interests to stimulate and promote international collaboration and secure a long-term legacy for IPY.”
The three organizations have a number of common interests and a solid history of working together in arranging workshops, conferences, and reports on topics of mutual scientific interest. The agreement will also help the communication of scientific output to students and the general public.
“The International Arctic Science Committee is looking forward to enhancing our collaboration with IASSA and UArctic. Several joint activities were initiated during the International Polar Year and sustaining these and new efforts will ensure a significant contribution to the legacy of IPY,” says David Hik, President of IASC.
The agreement directly addresses the request from the Ninth Conference of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region, (Brussels 13-15 September 2010) for the organizations to enhance their collaborative efforts to support research, education and access to information in the Arctic.
UArctic President Lars Kullerud notes that, “this agreement creates a common foundation to develop the next generation of young scientists by bridging higher education activities with research programs. It will also ensure that the results of scientific research are readily accessible and relevant for students and other stakeholders through the creation out new outreach activities.”
Copy of Letter of Agreement