On September 21-24, 2011, the Northern (Arctic) Federal University will host the 2nd International Arctic Forum «The Arctic: Territory of Dialogue».
It is not by chance that Archangelsk and Northern (Arctic) Federal University were chosen to host the forum. In 2011, Russia will celebrate the 300-th Anniversary of the Great Russian scientist Mikhail Lomonosov who was born near Arkhangelsk. Arkhangelsk positions itself as a gate way to the Arctic and has made an outstanding contribution to exploration and research of the Arctic region. The strategic goal of the new established Northern (Arctic) Federal University (NArFU) is ensuring the innovative, scientific and personnel support to protection of geopolitical and economic interests of Russia in the Arctic.
The forum will be organized by the Russian Geographical Society (RGS) with the support of the Archangelsk region administration and NArFU. The prime minister of the Russian federation Vladimir Putin who heads the Council of trustees of RGS is expected to participate in the Arctic forum. The forum will draw scientists, representatives of NGOs, policy makers, businessmen, and public figures both from Russia and overseas.
Discussions at the Arctic Forum in 2011 will revolve around the navigation, the Northern Sea Route and the North-west maritime corridor in Canada, ecological issues, new air routes, development and transportation of oil and gas, avoiding and providing emergency situations in the Arctic region etc.
The 1st International Arctic Forum «The Arctic: Territory of Dialogue» took place in September 2010 in Moscow, and became Russia’s first platform for scientific discussion and expert exchange of opinions regarding the Arctic. Topics discussed at the forum focused on exploration and development of the region combined with sustainable use of natural resources to maintain the fragile ecological balance. The 2010 forum laid a foundation for effective international cooperation on the current issues facing the Arctic region.