Overall Goal

Our objective is to develop a network that supports research and teaching on commercially viable scientific and technological innovations that will support Northern families, communities and societies. The University of the Arctic network will work with government agencies, commercial associations and private companies on the identification of opportunities for ad barriers to innovation in the North.

Main Activities

The network will focus on identifying innovative scientific and technological solutions to the economic barriers for Northern development by facilitating dialogue, experimentation, practical applications and access to knowledge. The Network has completed some initial activities since its approval at the UArctic Council meetings at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, B.C. in May 2014.  Specifically, the project leaders have undertaken the following:

  • Hosted Circumpolar Innovation Workshop Saskatoon, May 2014
  • Completed a Nordic Partners Outreach tour, June 2014
  • Participated in the Canada-Norway Northern Innovation Initiative, September 2014

Planned activities include the launch of a video conferenced seminar series on Circumpolar Innovation in November 2014 (the seminars will be archived and distributed throughout the network) and active participation in the Arctic Frontiers conference in Tromsø, January 2015 (including presenting to the main conference and organizing a side event).

Current and Planned Activities

  • A new open online course on Circumpolar Innovation, looks to answer how innovation and technology can improve life for people in the North. Starting on February 23, 2015 the course is a truly open online course (TOOC) that anybody, anywhere can take through the Canvas Network. The course starts on February 23, 2015 and runs until May 5, 2015. For more information on the content, see the course fact sheet.