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Arctic Frontiers 2013: Geopolitics and Marine Production in a Changing Arctic. 20 – 25 January 2013

20 January 2013 — 25 January 2013 Akvaplan-niva

Arctic Frontiers takes places in the Norwegian city of Tromsø, at 70°N, known as the “Arctic Gateway” and permanent home of the Arctic Council`s secretariat. The Arctic Frontiers conference ( is a central arena for the discussion of Arctic issues. Every year in January the conference brings together over 1000 participants from more than 20 countries. Representatives from science, industry, politics and society gather to share perspectives on opportunities and challenges in the High North.

The 7th Arctic Frontiers conference «Geopolitics and Marine Production in a Changing Arctic» will address international relationships and security structures, against a background of expanding energy and mineral extraction, maritime traffic and harvesting of biological production.

Arctic Frontiers is composed of a policy section and a scientific section. For the policy section from January 20th to January 22nd 2013 the following confirmed speakers will contribute to the discussion under the title "Geopolitics in a Changing Arctic": Norwegian Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg; Ambassador for the People's Republic of China to Norway, H.E. Zhao Jun; Ambassador for the Republic of Korea to Norway, H.E. Byong Hyun Lee; Rear Admiral and Chief of Norwegian Joint Headquarters, Haakon Bruun-Hanssen; President of ConocoPhillips Europe and the President of Norwegian Oil and Gas Association, Steinar Vaage; President and CEO of Statoil ASA, Helge Lund; Director General of the European Space Agency, Jean-Jacques Dordain and Professor at the Department of Public and International Law, University of Oslo, Geir Ulfstein. Further prominent speakers are invited.

The scientific section from January 23rd to January 25th will focus mainly on the following three parallel parts:

  • Geopolitics in a Changing Arctic

o    Arctic Security in a global context
o    The Arctic in a global energy picture
o    New stakeholders in the Arctic

  • Marine harvesting in the Arctic

o    Introduced species, immigration and fate of resident species
o    Prospective harvest of marine biological resources in the Arctic    

  • Arctic Marine Productivity

o    Productivity at lower levels
o    Role of microbial community in regeneration and energy transfer
o    Sea ice and its direct and indirect effects on production and fate of production
o    Primary and secondary producers
o    The fate of production
o    Modeling efforts, status of current predictability
o    Observations and methodology

The call for papers for the scientific conference is October 24th.

Journalists and media have free admission to the conference. For more information to journalists and media visit

For more information and registration for the conference, please visit:

Attached files

  • Arctic Frontiers 2013 conference poster

  • Arctic Frontiers 2013 Call for papers

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