UArctic Thematic Networks Conference – Thursday, 12 May

Harriet Sheridan
Monday 25 April 2022

The University of the Arctic (UArctic) will hold their annual Thematic Networks Conference at the University of St Andrews from 12-13 May. This event will bring together a diverse group of researchers and thematic leads to explore the development of multidisciplinary solutions for challenges in the Arctic. 

To find out more information about this event, please contact the Global Office at [email protected].

Thursday, 12 May

Location: Upper College Hall

09:00  Welcome

  • Professor Lorna Milne, Master of the United College and Deputy Principal
  • Francesco Bertoldi, Head of the Nordic and Arctic Unit, Scottish Government
  • Lars Kullerud, President, University of the Arctic

09:30  UArctic and its thematic networks and institutes as tools for cooperation

  • Dr Kirsi Latola, Vice-President Networks, University of the Arctic & University of Oulu, Finland

09:45  Introduction to the University of St Andrews and research showcase

  • Professor Brad Mackay, Vice-Principal (International Strategy and External Relations) and Senior Vice-Principal

10:00  Session 1: Marine science, environmental change and geological exploration Pt.1

  • Title TBC
    • TBC, School of Biology
  • ‘Herbivory in a pandemic – environmental research collaboration in times of change’
    • Associate Professor Isabel Barrio, Agricultural University of Iceland and leader of Thematic Network on  Herbivory
  • ‘TN merger of Coastal & Crabs’
    • Professor Brooks Kaiser, University of Southern Denmark & Dr Catherine Chambers, Stefansson Arctic Institute & University Centre of the Westfjords, Iceland

10:30  Session 1: Marine science, environmental change and geological exploration Pt.2

  • ‘Ancient Continental Rifting and the Potential for Critical Metal Resources in the Arctic’
    • Professor Adrian Finch, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Chemicals of Emerging concern in a circum-Arctic context’
    • Professor Roland Kallenborn, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) and UArctic Chair for Environmental Pollution Research
  • ‘Monitoring and predicting the response of Arctic ice masses to climate change’
    • Dr Tom Cowton, School of Geography and Sustainable Development

11:10  Coffee break

11:40  Session 2: Climate Justice and universities response to climate change

  • ‘Designing a sustainable university’
    • Professor Sir Ian Boyd, School of Biology
  • ‘Climate Justice in the Arctic’
    • Dr Sennan Mattar, Glasgow Caledonia University
  • ‘Forests of Refuge: Decolonizing Forest Governance in Guyana and Suriname’
    • Dr Ariadne Collins, School of International Relations

12:10  Session 3: Rural healthcare

  • ‘ScotGEM, a case study: delivering undergraduate medical education for rural and remote Scotland’
    •  Dr Robert Scully, School of Medicine
  • ‘TN Northern Nursing education’
    • Professor Bente Norbye, Arctic University of Norway, UiT &
    • Associate Professor Päivi Juuso, Luleå Techincal University, Sweden

12:30  Themed table discussions

13:15  Lunch

14:00  Overview of the Scottish Arctic Network (ScAN)

  • Professor Finlo Cottier, Scottish Association for Marine Science
  • Francesco Bertoldi, Head of the Nordic and Arctic Unit, Scottish Government
  • Representatives from Scottish member institutions

15:00  Site visits

19:00  Dinner

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