With the theme “Local and Global Arctic” the conference will discuss global, regional and local views on the ongoing developments in the Arctic. In addition to discussing the local impacts of global projects and processes in the Arctic, also the roles of organizations such as the Arctic Council and the European Union in bridging Arctic stakeholders will be highlighted.

The conference is organized by the City of Rovaniemi, the University of Lapland and its Arctic Centre and the Arctic Society of Finland.

The program will consist of keynote speeches in two Plenary Sessions as well as scientific presentations in Parallel Thematic Sessions. Moreover, a variety of social program is organized, such as a Pre-Conference excursion on 24 November. More information at the Conference website: www.rovaniemiprocess.fi/en/programme and www.rovaniemiprocess.fi/en/socialprogramme.

Thematic sessions and chairs:

A The European Union and the Arctic – Paula Kankaanpää, Marine Research Centre of the Finnish Environment Institute, and Malgorzata Smieszek and Markku Heikkilä, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland

B Arctic Transportation Infrastructure and Services: Regulation, Public-private Partnerships, Weather and Climate Information – Tero Vauraste, Arctia Shipping and Petteri Taalas, Finnish Meteorological Institute

C Natural Resources in the Arctic – Jukka Similä, University of Lapland, Virpi Alenius, Natural Resources Institute Finland and Vesa Nykänen, Geological Survey of Finland

D Geopolitics of the Global Arctic by the Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security – Lassi Heininen, University of Lapland and Matthias Finger, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

E Arctic Urbanization, Urban Politics and Sustainable Development – Monica Tennberg, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland and Aileen Espiritu, the Barents Institute, University of Tromso

F Arctic Cities and Design – Päivi Tahkokallio, Tahkokallio Design+ Ltd. and Timo Jokela, University of Lapland

G Contemporary Art and Northern Heritage - Art as Innovation – Timo Jokela and Glen Coutts, University of Lapland

H Arctic Indigenous Peoples Livelihoods and Languages – Liisa Holmberg, Sámi Education Institute

I Work and Well-Being in the Arctic – Hannu Rintamäki, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health

J Indigenous Tourism in the Arctic Region – Opportunities and Challenges – Johan Edelheim and Daniela Tommasini, Multidimensional Tourism Institute


Keynote speakers in Plenaries and Thematic Sessions include:

Tara Sweeney, Arctic Economic Council
Johnny Edmonds, World Indigenous Tourism Alliance WINTA
Petteri Taalas, Finnish Meteorological Institute
Tero Vauraste, Arctia Shipping
Timo Koivurova, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland


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Conference manager: researcher Ilona Mettiäinen, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland rovaniemi.process@ulapland.fi

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