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 propel innovation in the North.

Main Activities

The network focuses on identifying innovative scientific and technological solutions to the economic barriers for Northern development by facilitating dialogue, experimentation, practical applications and access to knowledge. Some of the networks initial activities, following its approval at the UArctic Council meetings at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, B.C. in 2014, can be seen below:

  • The network hosted a Circumpolar Innovation Workshop Saskatoon back in May 2014,
  • completed a Nordic Partners Outreach tour in June 2014 and
  • participated in the Canada-Norway Northern Innovation Initiative in September 2014

Current and Planned Activities

Past activities:

  • Launch of a video conferenced seminar series on Circumpolar Innovation, November 2014.
  • Active participation in the Arctic Frontiers conference in Tromsø, January 2015 (including a presentation at the main conference and organization of a side event).
  • In 2015 the TN hosted a truly open online course (TOOC) on Circumpolar Innovation, which investigated how innovation and technology could improve life for people in the North.
  • Hosting of a Circumpolar Innovation Meeting in Bodø, April 2017 in conjunction with the High North Dialogue.
  • Publication of The Special Issue on Circumpolar Innovation in The Northern Review (No 45, 2017) based on the 2015 workshop in Whitehorse, Yukon.