Avannaata municipality, the University of Bergen, and the Norwegian Embassy in Denmark are hosting the first annual Ilulissat Science Forum, and the opening of the Illu – Science and Art Hub in Ilulissat, Greenland.

The event takes place from 2-4 October 2023 in Ilulissat, Greenland and features various panel discussions between high-level speakers. A variety of topics will be covered, for example, local perspectives of climate change, responsible tourism, expedition Science, and collaborating on education in Greenland. Furthermore, social events such as excursions, concerts, and a conference dinner are offered. 

The program will also feature the below listed UArctic presence. 


Wednesday, 4 October 2023

09:00 - 10:30 Climate Intervention in Greenland

Topics: Is it feasible to slow the melting of outlet glaciers on Greenland, such as "Sermeq Kujaleq" by preventing the inflow of warm water to Ilulissat Icefjord? What adverse effects can be caused by geoengineering solutions? How are the ecosystems, fisheries and local communities impacted?

Participants: Ilona Mettiäinen (University of Lapland; Thematic Network on Frozen Arctic Conservation), Marianne Hagen (UArctic Tipping Point Actions)

14:30 - 16:00 Collaborating on education in Greenland

Topics: Building on the experience from UNIS (Svalbard) and other similar joint educational institutions (e.g. UWC Red Cross Nordic) with a focus on uniting people and cultures, practical training in the field and sharing of infrastructure and knowledge in education, we will discuss ideas for how to support educational activities in Greenland (Disko Bay as a case study) within climate science and sustainable development.

Participants: Hanne Hvidtfeldt Christiansen (UNIS; UArctic Chair)


You can find the whole program and more information from here