In the run-up to the Third Arctic Science Ministerial in Tokyo in May 2021, its organizers and stakeholders held their scheduled webinar yesterday – one in a series designed to increase transparency of the Arctic Science Ministerial science process and to provide additional opportunities for scientists, Indigenous Peoples and Arctic research stakeholders to further engage with the science.
The webinar, which focused on Theme 4: Strengthen, was attended by more than 80 organizations in the Arctic and non-Arctic countries, as well as organizations of indigenous peoples of the Arctic. The organizers gave an overview of the current projects, followed by a series of short presentations by invited experts highlighting the successful practices of attracting young people to natural sciences and polar research within a dedicated project run by Polish Academy of Sciences’ Edu-Arctic; the research and education strategies for indigenous peoples; the opportunities available on Polar Thematic Exploitation Platform.
Representing the Russian side was Northern (Arctic) Federal University. Its team focused on the progress within Arctic Foods Innovation Cluster - AFIC, a collaborative effort between Canada (University of Saskatchewan), Russia (NArFU) as Co-Leads, Finland, Norway and Iceland and indigenous peoples’ association within the framework of the Arctic Council Sustainable Development Working Group. AFIC coordinator, Lyubov Zarubina, Head of NArFU Department for International Cooperation, told about the milestones achieved in Russia towards promoting local foods and how this process involves science and innovations. Another highlight of the presentation was the world-class Research and Education Center “The Russian Arctic: New materials, technologies and research methods” and the resources available to it towards innovative product development and support for entrepreneurship and agroforestry.
“We see Arctic Science Ministerial and its webinar series as an important venue for us to present ourselves and the expertise available to us in the field of Arctic research. It is a source of opportunities for us to meet new partners and to start new collaborative efforts at the level of the Arctic Council,” commented Konstantin Zaikov, NArFU Vice-Rector for International Cooperation and Information Policy.
NArFU Department of International Cooperation