Overall Goal

During recent years, prospecting for mineral and hydrocarbon resources has been significantly focused towards arctic regions. Studies of geological resources in the arctic of North America, Greenland, and the arctic parts of Europe and Asia share many of the same challenges, and researchers working in these regions should benefit from cooperation and shearing knowledge through the suggested network. Common for all regions of the Arctic, is that exploitation of mineral and hydrocarbon resources has significant environmental, economic and cultural impact on Indigenous people living in the region. Many of the students that are educated through the suggested network will later be involved in exploitation of geological resources in the Arctic, and we consider it as important that they through their studies are introduced to Indigenous issues.

Main Activities

  • Workshops at partner’s universities
  • Exchange of students, researchers and teachers
  • Joint proposals for external research funding
  • Common courses and joint educational programs
  • Development of shared learning materials
  • Access to laboratory facilities

Current and Planned Activities

  • Joint project (University of Tromsø, University of Tartu, Karelian Research Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Precambrian geology and geochronology RAS) of studying Paleoproterozoic phosphoritic complexes in Onega region (Russia, Karelia).
  • Russian-Norwegian workshop in Earth sciences. Workshop is devoted to the development of educational and scientific collaboration between two countries (focused on Arctic region studies), 24-26 of March 2015, Saint-Petersburg State University and Norwegian University Center in St. Petersburg, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
  • "Changes at the Top of the World through Volcanism and Plate Tectonics: A Norwegian-Russian-North American collaboration in Arctic research and education": NOR-R-AM (current project going within INTPART - International Partnerships for Excellent Education and Research support). The project manager (Carmen Gaina), a Professor in Geosciences, Director of the Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics, a Norwegian Centre of Excellence funded by RCN. International partners and project managers:
  1. Saint Petersburg State University, Saint Petersburg, Russia – Dr. V. Ershova
  2. Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA-Prof. B. Coakley
  3. University of Texas, Austin, Texas, USA-Prof. D. Stockli
  4. University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada-Dr. A. Schaeffer

This project will support formation of an international group from Arctic countries (Norway, Russia, USA and Canada) whose participants will be able to (1) work towards a common scientific goal – to decipher the timing, driving forces and consequences of volcanism in the Arctic region, (2) to establish new joint-graduate courses where their research topics are communicated to the new generation of geoscientists and (3) to identify, plan and develop future large, collaborative research initiatives in the Arctic. The cross-border study of the Arctic will identify relevant data and data gaps needed to better understand the evolution of the Arctic realm and to prepare for future exploration by planning for larger international projects. 

 Therefore our planned activities will be grouped in several categories:

  1. Short and long-term reciprocal mobility (researchers and students)
  2. Development and implementation of yearly workshops and one international conference
  3. Guest lectures and joint teaching at newly created and existent summer and Arctic schools
  4. Development and implementation of (joint) intensive courses and short field courses
  5. Supervision of students and doctoral candidates