Arctic Academic Action Award

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The Frederik Paulsen Arctic Academic Action Award serves to promote and raise awareness of promising projects which address climate change through concrete actions and plans.

2022 Award

The winner(s) of the 2022 award were announced in the award ceremony at the Arctic Circle Assembly 2022 in Reykjavík, Iceland on October 14. The second recipients of the award are Marius O. Jonassen and Hanne H. Christiansen for their PermaMeteoCommunity project. UArctic and Arctic Circle congratulate the winners!

Purpose of the Award

The Arctic is warming at three times the global average. Shrinking ice and rising temperatures are having predominantly negative impacts on infrastructure, food security, water resources and quality, wildlife, health and well-being, and ways of living, particularly for Indigenous peoples. Changes in the Arctic are not limited to the Arctic; they affect climate, oceans, and access to resources globally.

It is not enough simply to hope that solutions to the problems caused by climate change will arise on their own. We must all work together to solve the underlying causes of the ongoing transformation of our Arctic systems.

So far, many climatic actions have centered on measurement, information gathering and analysis, all of which are undoubtedly important. We must go a step farther, however, to instigate action-based programs that would have a real impact in mitigating or even reversing the effects of climate change.

This requires the academic community to work together with resident Arctic communities and members of the policy community. UArctic and the Arctic Circle hope this award will encourage more action-based, collaborative research, and help bring creative ideas to fruition.

The Arctic Academic Action Award provides high-level recognition for innovative ideas that transforms knowledge into action to help address the impacts of climate change in the Arctic. Each prize comes with a 100,000 euro unrestricted grant that is intended to help develop the ideas through outreach, engagement and communication. In 2022, two prizes will be awarded to outstanding ideas; one open to anyone (individual or small group) and another specifically catalyzing institutional collaboration in support of innovative action amongst UArctic members.

The two prizes will be granted at the Arctic Circle Assembly in October in Reykjavík, Iceland where the awardees will also be celebrated at a special reception. The recipients will also be asked to give a short presentation at the Arctic Circle Assembly and other potentially beneficial venues.

The Arctic Academic Action Award is a joint activity of UArctic and the Arctic Circle