Terry V. Callaghan

4 April 9:30 Zenit+Nadir

Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Sweden
Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK
Tomsk State University, Russia

Terry Callaghan has worked in every arctic country and almost each year since 1967. His research includes ecosystem science and environmental change. He developed several scientific fields and has led many initiatives, contributing to major arctic and global activities.

Terry developed networking skills within the International Biological Programme. He was a founder of the UK NERC Arctic Station and coordinated its first science programme. For 14 years, he led the Abisko Research Station and in 2001 developed a network of research stations which became INTERACT, with 80 stations.

With over 430 scientific publications, Terry is a “Most Cited and Influential Researcher” (Web of Science). He has Honorary Ph.D.s from Sweden, Finland and Russia, medals from H.M. the King of Sweden and H.M. Queen of England, and was included in the joint award of the Nobel Peace Prize to IPCC in 2007. He currently holds Professorships in the UK and Russia.

Lecture: The Rapidly Changing Arctic: what we know, what we need to know and how we can identify and overcome challenges in Arctic Science

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Mike Jaypoody, Shari Gearheard, Peter Pulsifer

5 April 9:00 Zenit+Nadir

Clyde River, Nunavut, Ittaq Heritage and Research Centre and University of Colorado, USA

Mike Jaypoody is from Clyde River (Kangiqtugaapik), Nunavut. He is the IT Coordinator and a media specialist at the Ittaq Heritage and Research Centre, part of Ilisaqsivik Society, in Clyde River.  Mike is the award-winning director of the film, “Tony: Back from the Brink” that chronicles the life of Tony Kalluk. Mike has been involved in a number of research, heritage, and media projects with Ittaq and with his work has travelled to places like Nepal, Colorado, and Alaska.  He has a great deal of experience using video and media technology for a wide range of projects including documenting the knowledge of Inuit Elders, creating Inuktitut-language TV programming for children, and most recently creating an interactive cyberatlas for his community.  Mike enjoys travelling to new places and is also an avid hunter. He lives in Clyde River with his wife and three children.

Lecture: Cyberatlas Technology in the North: Linking Indigenous Knowledge, Technology, and Science, for Community Research and Action

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Tove Margrethe Gabrielsen

5 April 9:45 Zenit+Nadir

Associate Professor at The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS)

Tove M. Gabrielsen is an Associate Professor at UNIS - The University Centre in Svalbard, Norway where she has worked the last nine years. She undertook both her graduate and post-graduate studies at the University of Oslo, Norway. The research focus of Dr. Gabrielsen is on studying the processes responsible for the variability and change of Arctic marine communities focusing on seasonality of microbial protists. The utilization of molecular tools in marine ecology including the recent development in sequencing technology has been a significant basis for much of Gabrielsens research. Her studies are mostly focused in the waters around Svalbard.

Lecture: Natural variability or climate change impacts on Arctic plankton communities?

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Christina Henriksen

6 April 9:00 Zenit+Nadir

Member of the Saami Council
Member of the Sámi Parliament in Norway
Chair of the Working Group of Indigenous Peoples in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region

Christina Henriksen is a member of the Sámi Parliament in Norway and has, for the last ten years, been involved in cooperation between indigenous peoples in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region and the Arctic as such, with particular emphasis on cooperation between the Sámi people and the Sami and other indigenous peoples in the Russian Federation. Henriksen has taken part in this work both as a politician and as a public officer, and she has also experience from Brussels, working on European matters relevant to the northernmost Norwegian regions. Henriksen is a resident of Girkonjárga/Kirkenes, the city situated on the Norwegian border to the Russian Federation.


Jacek Jania

6 April 9:45 Zenit+Nadir

Centre for Polar Studies, Faculty of Earth Science, University of Silesia, Poland

Jacek Adam Jania - glaciologist and physical geographer working in the Arctic since 1972. Professor at the Faculty of Earth Sciences, University of Silesia; Head of the Centre for Polar Studies; President of the Committee on Polar Research, Polish Academy of Sciences and Council Member of the IASC (since 2006). He graduated from the University of Wroclaw in 1973 (M.Sc. Summa cum laude in geography); Ph.D. (1978); Dr. Hab. (1988) and the title of Professor (1996). Response of polythermal glaciers to climate changes and dynamics of tidewater glaciers are in foci of his research. He was coordinator and PI in number of research projects, published 3 books and more than 60 peer reviewed papers and supervised of 15 Ph.D. dissertations. He was Dean of the Faculty of Earth Sciences and Vice-President of the University of Silesia. He received number of awards, i.a. Medal of the Polish Geographical Society and the “Bene merito” honorary distinction of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Poland.

Lecture: Still Mysterious Svalbard Glaciers (Their Evolution and Environmental Impact)

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Peter Schweitzer

7 April 9:00 Zenit+Nadir

Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna, Austria

Peter Schweitzer is Professor at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna and Professor Emeritus at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. His theoretical interests range from kinship and identity politics to human-environmental interactions, including the community effects of global climate change, and his regional focus areas include the circumpolar North and the former Soviet Union. Schweitzer is past president of the International Arctic Social Sciences Association, and past chair of the Social and Human Sciences Working Group of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC). He is the editor of Dividends of Kinship (Routledge 2000), co-editor of Hunters and Gatherers in the Modern World (Berghahn 2000), Arctic Social Indicators (Nordic Council of Ministers 2010), and Arctic Social Indicators II: Implementation (Nordic Council of Ministers 2014), and co-author of Russian Old-Settlers of Siberia (Novoe izdatel'stvo 2004; in Russian).

Lecture: Arctic Social Sciences and Interdisciplinarity: Anthropological Perspectives on the Built Environment

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Kim Holmén

7 April 9:45 Zenit+Nadir

Polar Institute, Tromso, Norway

Ph.D in Meteorology at Stockholm University, Sweden 1987
Post. Doc. at University of Miami, USA 1987-1989
Associate Professor Dept. of Meteorology at Stockholm University, Sweden 1989-2003
Senior scientist at the Norwegian Institute of Air Research, Tromsø, Norway 2003-2005
Adjunct professor at The University Centre in Svalbard, Norway 2004-2010
Research director at Norwegian Polar Institute, Tromsø, Norway 2005-2011
International director at Norwegian Polar Institute, Tromsø, Norway 2011-
Adjunct professor at Tromsø University, Norway 2011-
Elected member of Royal Swedish Academy of Forestry and Agriculture

Research interests are within the fields of human induced climate change and climatic interactions with biogeochemical cycles. Field work experiance includes over 25 years of environmental monitoring activities in Svalbard, as well as expeditions to the Arctic, Antarctica and Siberia. Has served (and serves) on numerous expert committees for research councils and organizations around the world.

Lecture: Svalbard: a gateway for pollutants into the Arctic

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