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Science and Diplomacy in the Arctic

4th September 2017

Find out more about the Science and Diplomacy in the Arctic at Dartmouth College, June 26-30, 2017.

The highly interactive program for students from the US and Canada includes an Arctic Science Diplomacy & Leadership Workshop followed by a  Model Arctic Council simulation focused on issues of Arctic climate, health, and sustainability. Speakers include leading experts in Arctic science, policy, and diplomacy from the United States and Canada.

Post Symposium News:

The field of international science diplomacy is not new. Scientists, policymakers, and diplomats have found ways throughout history to communicate and work together – especially in times of crisis – to address global challenges with science-informed solutions and promote greater international understanding and peace.

A new generation of Arctic leaders is needed who have skills in science diplomacy, including the ability to actively and inclusively engage youth and community leaders in the co-design of science-informed policy solutions for a more sustainable Arctic future.

The inaugural Science and Diplomacy in the Arctic program brings together a cohort of young leaders from the United States and Canada to develop professional skills, awareness, and knowledge of the emerging and powerful role of science diplomacy in Arctic Council collaborations, communications and decision-making.

2017 Program Agenda

2017 Program Participants

The conference was developed by Dr. Melody Brown Burkins (Dartmouth) in collaboration with Dr. Ross Virginia (Dartmouth), Dr. Leah Sarson (Dartmouth), Dr. Mary Ehrlander (UAF), Dr. Brandon Boylan (UAF), and Mr. Troy Bouffard (UAF). 

The conference is supported by the Dickey Canada Institute Endowment to advance and support research, conferences, and programs relating to US-Canada engagement and Canadian Studies, with additional support from staff and faculty in the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, the Institute of Arctic Studies, and our partners at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). The Model Arctic Council is a formal Thematic Network of UArctic, an international cooperative network consisting of universities, colleges, and other organizations with an interest in promoting education and research in the Arctic region.

Special thanks to behind-the-scenes conference support from Tom Candon, Sharon Tribou-St. Martin, Lee McDavid, Victoria Hicks, and Kim Hanchett of Dartmouth’s Dickey Center, Vincent Mack of the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy, the Dartmouth Conferences & Events Office, Dartmouth’s Outdoor Programs Office, Dartmouth Facilities Operations & Management, and Dartmouth IT Services.