Norway and Russia - The BEAR conference started in NArFU
Norwegian and International experts gathered in the Northern (Arctic) Federal University, Archangelsk for the conference on Barents region cooperation. The Conference “Cooperation in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region in the field of education and research as a resource for regional development” has officially opened Tuesday morning. The event is attended by many leading researches and experts, politicians, representatives from business and authorities.
The event started with greeting words from Britt Vigdis Ekeli, Vice President of Education in the University of Tromsø, Leonid Shestakov, First Vice-Rector of Education and Research in the NArFU and Ilya Ivankin, Minister of Education and Research of the Arkhangelsk Region. All speakers stressed the importance of cooperation in the Barents region.
The first plenary session was held later with the framework of the conference. Sverre Stub, Ambassador, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway spoke about “Norway’s views on the Barents cooperation”. Andrej Shalev, Honorary Council of Norway in Archangelsk reviewed the last twenty years of Barents Cooperation. President UArctic Lars Kullerud held a lecture about “Circumpolar cooperation in higher education and research: University of the Arctic”. Katja Sukuvaara, Senior Advisor, Joint Managing Authority, Kolarctic ENPI CBC Programme spoke about the Kolarctic program.