Do you want to see us in Washington DC?

Join us as we present research opportunities with colleagues and an interested policy audience from Washington DC.

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When: 9-16:00 27th of September

Organizer: High North Center for Business and Governance, Nord University (Norway) and Global Europe Program (Wilson Center, US)

Place: Washington, DC, Wilson Center 

Register by: September 22 18:00 EST (23:59 CET)

Also check out our other event on September 26!

Agenda:
Overall, the High North Center’s research trip to Washington, DC aims to foster intra-Arctic research collaboration between two Arctic regions – North Norway and US. By making use of the various research projects conducted at the High North Center – AlaskaNor and its follow-up ArcBlue, EduSmart , SmartNorth and Arctic Safety and Security  – our excursion aims to comprehensively discuss the various Arctic challenges as perceived and experienced in North Norway, from a changing regional climate and its impact on economic development via regional smart development to safety and security in a complex geopolitical environment, with colleagues and stakeholders in the United States. 

Dividing our research tour into several parts, we will comprehensively debate those challenges, taking into account perspectives from local, regional and national stakeholders as well as a broader academic community. Here, we will present research projects conducted at the High North Center to and discuss related research opportunities with colleagues and an interested policy audience from Washington DC:

  • ​​Discovering the Blue Economy: AlaskaNor and future Arctic collaboration between Norway and the United States will aim to shed light on challenges and opportunities for fisheries & aquaculture cooperation between Alaska and North Norway based on the AlaskaNor project which lasted from September 2018 to July 2022. Moreover, by presenting its follow-up project – ArcBlue – we will go beyond cooperation efforts between Alaska and North Norway and also involve perspectives and thoughts from Greenland.
  • Discovering Smart Urban and Societal Development in Alaska and Northern Norway will aim to shed light on the current opportunities of cooperation in the area of Smart Cities and Societies between Alaska and North Norway. This session will be organized under the umbrella of the Thematic Network “Smart Societies in the High North (SmartNorth)“ and research project EduSmart “Education and Knowledge Development for Smart City Governance and Performance Management in the High North”. During this session, we will discuss current state of the art on knowledge and competence building in the area from several countries perspectives and follow up further opportunities for cooperation.

You are welcome to attend!

Preliminary program

09:30 - 09:30 Open Doors and Coffee

09:30 - 09:40 Opening remarks​​​​​

  • Radina Trengreid (Norwegian Embassy)​
  • Frode Mellemvik (High North Center)

9:00 – 12:00: Smart Urban and Societal Development in Alaska, Canada and Northern Norway

  • Introduction by Evgenii Aleksandrov (High North Center)
  • Heather Hudson: Smart Urban and Societal Development in Alaska (University of Alaska, Anchorage)
  • Vera Kuklina & Jenny Turton: Looking for social and cultural sources of urban resilience in open spaces of the city of Fairbanks" (George Washington University Department of Geography & Arctic Frontiers)
  • Elena Dybtsyna: Smart Urban Development in Northern (High North Center)
  • Marianne Bahr Simonsen: Smart and sustainable development in practice: experience of Bodø (KRAFT Center for Sustainable Societal Development in the North)
  • Panel Discussion Moderated by Igor Khodachek (High North Center)

12:00 – 12:30: Lunch

12:30 – 13:30: Discovering the Blue Economy: AlaskaNor and future Arctic collaboration between Norway and the United States

  • ​Andreas Raspotnik (High North Center)
  • Ian Laing (Institute of the North)
  • Patti Bruns (Arctic Mayor’s Forum)
  • Charlie Colgan (Center for the Blue Economy)
  • Andrey Kazakov (High North Center)

13:30 – 14:00 Coffee

More information on how to access the Wilson Center and where to meet to pass security will be provided to all registered participants two days before the event​.

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Also check out our other event on September 26!​​​​



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