From blue to smart research in Alaska

Join us on our research trip to Anchorage to foster intra-Arctic research collaboration between two Arctic regions – North Norway and US.

​​​​​​Biological siences student Michael Martinez studies ways to isolate rare earth metals from samples of Alaska coal in Professor B

What: Academic Seminar “From Blue to Smart Research Tour 2022"

When: 9-13:00 29th of September

Register by: September 22 02:00 PM AKDT (23:59 CET)

Organizer: High North Center for Business and Governance, Nord University (Bodø, Norway) and University of Alaska (Anchorage, US)

Place: Rasmuson Hall​, University of Alaska, Anchorage

Agenda:
Overall, the High North Center's research trip to Anchorage 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 Anchorage:

  • ​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.​
  • Last but not least, We will also present our University of the thematic network on Arctic Safety and Security. The overall goal of the network is to provide knowledge that may mitigate the risk of accidents and major threats in the Arctic, to contribute to emergency preparedness competence to increase emergency response capacities and to strengthen international cooperation among the Arctic countries on these issues. We will share our experience, projects and initiatives in this field, which include study programs, practical exercises and research activities.

You are welcome to attend! 

Preliminary program

08:30 - 09:00 Open Doors and Coffee

9:00 – 09:10 Opening Remarks

  • Diane Hirshberg (University of Alaska, Anchorage)
  • Radina Trengereid (Norwegian Embassy)​

09:10 - 13:00 Cross Disciplinary Research Collaboration between Norway and the United States

  • Opening by Frode Mellemvik (High North Center)
  • Arctic Research Collaboration from a Norwegian Perspective
    • Thomas Hansteen (Norwegian Research Council)
  • From AlaskaNor to Current and the Future of Fisheries & Aquaculture Collaboration between Alaska, North Norway and Greenland
    • Elena Zhurova Sæther (High North Center)
    • Ian Laing (Institute of the North)
  • From Smart South to Smart North: The Future of Smart Cities and Societies Collaboration between Norway and Alaska
    • Current status and further directions of research and education in smart cities and societies: Northern Norway perspective
      • Evgenii Aleksandrov (High North Center)
      • Elena Dybtsyna (High North Center)
      • Igor Khodachek (High North Center)
      • Nadezda Nazarova (High North Center)
    • Current status and further directions of research and education in smart cities and societies in Alaska
      • Heather Hudson (University of Alaska Anchorage)
  • Strengthening Arctic Safety and Security through Academic Cooperation
    • Andrey Kazakov (High North Center)
  • Roundtable: “Opportunities of Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration in Research and education between Norway and the United States"
    • Moderated by Igor Kodachek (High North Center)

13:00 – 13:00 Lunch

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