Session proposals should include title, a short abstract content of the planned session with other relevant information and contacts for session conveners. In case of planned closed sessions (not open for abstract call in early 2022) a list of speakers and their topics should be included to the submission (follow guidelines in the submission form). In that case, 50% of the speakers should be confirmed at the time of submission; if not, please describe what kind of process the session conveners will conduct for finding and confirming the session speakers.

In general, sessions run for 60 or 90 minutes and can have several conveners, however, there must be one primary convener designated as the main contact person.

As such, sessions should focus on a particular main theme listed below or its sub-themes. In addition, topics which are not covered by the proposed themes, should be submitted in the theme “Other”.

1. Arctic Peoples, including Indigenous Peoples of the North

1.1. Indigenous Peoples of the Arctic
1.2. Arctic Youth

Theme is open for submissions from single or multidisciplinary research and topics focusing on human health and well-being, living conditions, quality of life, cultures, languages, and societies in general. Theme is divided into three headings where the main theme 1. focuses on all aspects of human life in the Arctic, including non-Indigenous people who live in big cities or in small villages. Sub-themes 1.1. and 1.2. will focus more specifically either on Indigenous Peoples or Arctic Youth including children of the Arctic, education and e.g. to their health and well-being, cultures, livelihoods, languages to mention few. 

2. Environmental protection, including climate change

2.1. Climate change and the Arctic Environment
2.2. Prevention of emergencies

Theme focuses on protecting, preserving, and restoring the Arctic environment, climate change research and strengthen environmental security, including the prevention of environmental emergencies, and management of natural resources. Theme is divided into three headings where main heading 2. focuses on overall, broad issues under the environmental protection and sub-heading 2.1. focuses particularly on climate change research but also on Arctic flora and fauna, conservation, and biodiversity and 2.2. emergency prevention, preparedness, and responses both in land and sea.

 
3. Socio-economic development in the region

3.1. Economic cooperation
3.2. Development of infrastructures and sustainable shipping
3.3. Arctic tourism
3.4. Arctic Cultures

This theme focuses on environmentally friendly technologies in the Arctic region’s transport sector, industry, housing, smart cities and societies, energy, including the increased use of renewable energy sources to improve the living standards of the Arctic population. Sub-theme 3.1 includes issues such as energy security in the region, developing innovation and a smart economy, and improving the conditions for increased investment, entrepreneurship and business financing. Sub-theme 3.2 focuses on development of infrastructures, such as ports and safe shipping in the Arctic, including the Northern Sea Route. The sub-themes also welcomes submissions on digitalization and communication in the Arctic. Sub-theme 3.3. has focus on sustainable and economically viable tourism with preserving local cultures. Sub-theme 3.4 focuses on improving the quality of life of Indigenous peoples, help to preserve and promote their traditional way of life, traditional economic activities, culture and Indigenous languages, and particularly Arctic Indigenous skills.

 
4. Strengthening international Arctic cooperation, including education and research

This theme focuses on cooperation in research and education at all levels and how networks such as UArctic can e.g. improve the access to education. The theme is broad and can include sessions from specific joint program and opportunities into to scientific assessments. Two specific topics that can be addresses under this theme are: i) Agreement on Enhancing International Arctic Scientific Cooperation was signed in May 2018, and ii) Science diplomacy and its role in international Arctic cooperation.

 
5. Other

 
Proposals must ONLY be submitted via the online submissions form. Please note that you will have to register as a user in the system. The registration will allow you to go back to your submission and also to evaluate and accept/decline the abstracts submitted for your session at the later stage, if your session is accepted to the congress. Note: Please register with the email you use on daily basis! This is important in order to avoid lost information and delays.

The deadline for session proposals is November 15, 2021. Link to the session submission form.

  • Decisions on the session call will be announced by December 21, 2021.
  • Abstract call will be open January 2 – February 15, 2022.
  • Announcements of accepted abstracts by early March 2022.
  • Visa invitation requests and Congress registration opens in early March 2022.

If you have questions please contact: congress.sessions@uarctic.org