Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) 2019


Surina Elena, Leading Researcher (NRIF) took part in the ASSW-2019.

May 22-30, the city of Arkhangelsk (North-West Russia) hosts a large-scale international scientific event, which has brought together more 400 researchers from 29 countries. These people are passionate about the Arctic and are actively engaged in field research. Everything we do in the International Arctic Science Committee is aimed at encouraging further scientific research in the Arctic region and engaging more and more specialists. We need to accumulate that critical mass of knowledge and understanding of the Arctic that will allow us to predict climate change and prepare for conditions in which people will live in the Arctic regions.

The International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) initiated the Arctic Science Summit Week.

ASSW-2019 in Arkhangelsk became the 21st Arctic Science Summit Week. Next year the event will be held in Iceland and in 2022 in Portugal.

The first working day of the Arctic Science Summit Week 2019, May 22, began with meetings of working groups covering five important areas of scientific activities: issues related to changes in atmosphere, cryosphere, hydrosphere and terrestrial ecosystems of the Arctic, as well as human life and activities in the Arctic.

The ASSW-2019 program was intense: working meetings and IASC Council meeting were held May 22 and 23, while the Science Conference Opening took place on May 24 at the Northern (Arctic) Federal University. Scientists from all over the world presented their work and shared research results in plenary sessions and thematic sections. The scientific program continued on 25 May, including the poster session.

On May 26, meetings of the working groups and side events continued.

On May 27 IASC Medal 2019 was awarded to Dr. Marika Holland (Climate and Global Dynamics Division, National Center for Atmospheric Research, USA) for "Outstanding Achievement and Scientific Leadership role in Understanding, Modeling and Predicting the Arctic Climate System, in particular Sea Ice.

On May 28, the last day of the summit, the Arctic Medicine session was held at the Northern State Medical University, while the IASC Action Group on Indigenous Involvement met at NArFU for a panel discussion and a launch of the book Including the North: A Comparative Study of the Policies on Inclusion and Equity in the Circumpolar North, which celebrates the UArctic Thematic Network on Teacher Education for Social Justice and Diversity in Education.

The range of topics highlighted in the presentations of the ASSW participants was not limited to the impacts of the Arctic development and the influence of climate on local population.

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