The event’s mission is clear: strengthen the belief in political empowerment and democracy through open debate and involvement. Arendalsuka is the result of co-creation between national and local political parties, NGO's, universities, research institutions, private companies and the Municipality of Arendal.

The aim is to lower the threshold for political participation and inspire civic engagement by creating a politically independent forum where everyday citizens meet political leaders, business leaders, entrepreneurs, governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) and the media.

The entrance is free. Events are primarily in Norwegian, but there are also some in English. View streamed online events here.

Sessions organized by UArctic are:

Tuesday: August 15, 2023
Regional cooperation in the North: what now?

Wednesday: August 16, 2023
That’s why you should care about the tipping point
Loss deduction
Arctic food systems and opportunities – a tasty dialogue
Research in the Arctic – who rules?

Thursday: August 17, 2023
Diplomatic breakfast in the Lavvo
Youth in the north – conversation about the future

UArctic member institutions are also participating in and leading sessions. These members include: GRID-Arendal, University of Agder, University of Bergen, University of Oslo, University of Stavanger, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, Nord University, Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research, NERSC, NMBU, International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry.