Rectors meeting program

The Rectors meeting program begins on the evening of Thursday, January 12 and continues throughout Friday, January 13. 

Last updated: November 25. Please note that small changes are still possible. 

Thursday, January 12

Arrival of participants in Monaco

18:00–21:30 Introduction and welcome to the UArctic Rectors Meeting

Venue: Musée océanographique de Monaco (address: Av. Saint-Martin, 98000 Monaco)

Dress code: business attire/cocktail dress

  • Visit of the Oceanographic Museum (Exhibitions Polar Mission and Arctic twilight – Pastels by Jean Malaurie, Aquarium)
  • Networking cocktail reception

Friday, January 13

Venue: Musée océanographique de Monaco (address: Av. Saint-Martin, 98000 Monaco)

Dress code: business attire

09:00– Arrivals to the museum

Coffee and tea available

NOTE: Please find a seat in the conference room by 09:50

10:00 Opening of the meeting

Johanna Ikäheimo and Magnús Tumi Gudmundsson, members of the Board of UArctic

Performance of Greenlandic songs and dance by Uummannaq Polar Institute

10:15 Short introduction to theme of the day

Alain Bui, President of UVSQ; Outi Snellman, Secretary General, UArctic

10:30 Welcome address by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco

10:40 Oceans and tipping points

Keynote: (name tbc)

10:50–11:35 Session I: The Green Shift, energy crisis, and quest for natural resources: impacts on the Arctic environment and communities

Keynote: Sylvie Retailleau, Minister of Higher Education and Research, France (tbc)

Facilitator: Taina Pihlajaniemi, Vice-Rector Research, University of Oulu, Finland


  • Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn, Rector of Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
  • Geoff Payne, President of University of Northern British Columbia, Canada
  • Margareth Hagen, Rector of the University of Bergen, Norway
  • Representative of the University of Strathclyde, Scotland (tbc)

11:40 Group photograph with HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco

12:00–12:45 Session II: Arctic societies and communities in a rapidly changing world: to what extent is the renewed interest in the Arctic welcome?

Keynote: Sara Olsvig, International Chair, Inuit Circumpolar Conference (ICC), Greenland

Facilitator: Vianne Timmons, Rector of Memorial University, Canada


  • Laila Susanne Vars, Rector of Sámi University of Applied Sciences, Norway
  • Lesley Brown, President of Yukon University, Canada
  • Riitta Rissanen, Rector of Lapland University of Applied Sciences, Finland
  • Eyjólfur Guðmundsson, Rector of the University of Akureyri, Iceland
  • Montana Rose Murphy, UArctic Board student representative from Dartmouth College, USA (tbc)

12:45–14:15 Lunch

14:15–14:30 Remarks from Monaco

Robert Calcagno, CEO of the Oceanographic Institute, Prince Albert I of Monaco Foundation; Olivier Wenden, Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation

14:30–15:15 Session III: The role of oceans in the Green Shift: research gaps and requirements (transport, deep sea minerals, fish, local hunting, training of experts)

Keynote: Màiri McAllan, MSP, Minister for Environment, Biodiversity and Land Reform, Scottish Government (tbc)

Facilitator: Dag Rune Olsen, Rector of UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Norway


  • HE Olivier Poivre d’Arvor, Ambassador for Polar and Maritime Issues, France (tbc)
  • Eugénie Brouillet, Vice-Rector Research, Creation and Innovation, Université Laval, Canada
  • Tom Brown, Vice Principal for Research and Innovation of University of St Andrews, Scotland
  • Tristan Montier, Vice-Rector for Research of the University of Western Brittany, France

15:15 Coffee break

15:45–16:30 Session IV: Arctic cooperation in higher education and research: the need to re-think and intensify academic and intersectoral cooperation

Keynote: Ola Borten Moe, Minister of Research and Higher Education, Norway (tbc)

Facilitator: Sari Lindblom, Rector of the University of Helsinki, Finland


  • Gitte Adler Reimer, Rector of Ilisimatisarfik/University of Greenland, Greenland
  • Hanne S. Hansen, Rector of Nord University, Norway
  • Mari Vuolteenaho, Vice-CEO of Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Finland
  • Guðbjörg Linda Rafnsdóttir, Pro-Rector of Science of University of Iceland, Iceland
  • Sir Frederik Paulsen, Chair of the Board of UArctic

16:30 Wrap up and closing address: Rectors Meeting statement

UArctic President Lars Kullerud and Rectors Meeting statement team representative

17:15 End of the UArctic Rectors Meeting

19:30 Conference dinner

Venue: Ball room “Monte-Carlo”, Riviera Marriott Hotel La Porte de Monaco (address: Port de Cap d’Ail, 06320 Cap d’Ail, France)

Dress code: business attire/cocktail dress