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Arctic and Northern Areas Conference 2010:

Research review and Russia on the agenda

The results of a recently-concluded survey of national research on the Northern Areas will be presented in Tromsø on 10–12 November at the Research Council’s Arctic and Northern Areas Conference 2010.

The new survey, which reviews the overall body of Norwegian research involving the Northern Areas, was conducted over the past half-year by the Norwegian Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU STEP).

Also on the conference programme are topics such as sustainable development of the Arctic sea areas as well as competence-building in relation to social and industrial aspects of Northern Norway. In her presentation, Tora Aasland, Minister of Research and Higher Education, asks those in attendance to brainstorm together regarding research activities in and for the Northern Areas.

Revising Research Council strategy on Northern Areas
A roundtable seminar on Day 3 marks the start of revising the Research Council’s Focus on the Arctic and Northern Areas strategy. The new version is scheduled to be completed by summer 2011 – five years after the launch of the first Northern Areas initiative.

Research cooperation with Russia
Russia This year’s Arctic and Northern Areas Conference also marks the conclusion of the Cooperation Programme with Russia, launched in 2007. Activities under this programme will be continued by means of agreements signed with the Russian research funds and through targeted calls for proposals issued under the Research Council’s thematic programmes in fields such as the environment, climate, energy, aquaculture, health and welfare.

The Research Council recently established the NORRUSS programme, a social science research programme with the principal aim of generating Norwegian expertise on Russia and Russian society. 

Read more about the conference and planned programme here

Written by:
Else Lie. Translation: Darren McKellep/Carol B. Eckmann
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