Science and Diplomacy in the Arctic

The highly interactive, 5-day program includes an Arctic Science Diplomacy & Leadership Workshop, followed by a 2-day Model Arctic Council simulation focused on issues of Arctic climate, health, and sustainability. 

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Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska. 

Humanity's greatest challenes - and some of its most promising opportunities - are regional and global. Increasingly, the world requires effective partnerships between scientists, policymakers and diplomats.  The World Academy of Sciences

The field of international science diplomacy is not new. Scientists, policymakers, and diplomats have found ways throughout history to communicate and work together – especially in times of crisis – to address global challenges with science-informed solutions and promote greater international understanding and peace.

A new generation of Arctic leaders is needed who have skills in science diplomacy, including the ability to actively and inclusively engage youth and community leaders in the co-design of science-informed policy solutions for a more sustainable Arctic future.

The inaugural Science and Diplomacy in the Arctic program brings together a cohort of young leaders from the United States and Canada – including youth from northern Alaska and the Canadian High North – to develop professional skills, awareness, and knowledge of the emerging and powerful role of science diplomacy in Arctic Council collaborations, communications and decision-making.

The highly interactive, 5-day program includes an Arctic Science Diplomacy & Leadership Workshop, followed by a 2-day Model Arctic Council simulation focused on issues of Arctic climate, health, and sustainability. Speakers will include leading experts in Arctic science, policy, and diplomacy from the United States and Canada.

  • When:  June 26-30, 2017
  • Where:  Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, USA
  • Eligibility: Open to undergraduate and graduate students. Students from underrepresented groups in both the U.S. and Canada are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Application Deadline: Fill out the student application and email to Laura Schneider no later than Monday, March 20, 2017.
  • Requirements: Completed application, with one faculty letter of recommendation.
  • Expenses: Room and meals on the Dartmouth campus are provided to all participants. Travel to and from Hanover, New Hampshire, is the responsibility of each attendee.

2017 Program Overview

Science Diplomacy & Leadership Workshop

Through interactive participation, attendees are introduced to key concepts in the field of international science diplomacy, focusing on the emerging role of science diplomacy in the advancement of Arctic Council priorities:  international research collaboration, sustainable economic development, environmental protection, and the promotion of peace.

The program includes a science diplomacy skills practicum for next generation Arctic leaders and interactive programming with experts in Arctic science, policy, and diplomacy from the U.S. and Canada. The program emphasizes the science and diplomacy skills critical to effective community engagement, science communication, and inclusive co-design of lasting and sustainable solutions.

Model Arctic Council (MAC)

During the 2-day immersive Model Arctic Council (MAC), participants deliberate on a pressing global challenge facing the Arctic Council nations.

First conducted in 2016 at the University of Alaska Fairbanks with 65 participants, students in the MAC assume roles as Arctic Council Member States, Permanent Participants and Observers. The 2017 participants prepare for the MAC with advance readings, and then spend two full days in active deliberations and negotiations on climate and health in the Arctic, role-playing members of the Sustainable Development Working Group and discussing its One Health project.

For more information about the conference, email Melody Brown Burkins at Dartmouth College.

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