Arctic Research and Studies Webinar


Rannís, in cooperation with Diku, will host a webinar the 8th of December 2020 at 11:00-12:00 (GMT) where the bilateral Arctic research collaboration between Norway and Iceland is highlighted in the wake of the open call for preparatory grants in the Arctic Research and Studies Programme 2019-2020.

The programme awards preparatory grants to encourage cooperation between Iceland and Norway in the field of Arctic Science. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis given availability of funds.

Preparatory grants are awarded for the initiation of joint grant project applications to international competitive funds. Maximum allocation of each preparatory grant is 25.000 EUR (with maximum 10.000 EUR for travel expenses, however mobility is not a necessary component of an application) and the maximum duration of funded activity is 17 months, from 7 February 2020 to 6 July 2021. There is a requirement that at least one Norwegian and one Icelandic legal entity (university, research institute or other type of organization) jointly apply in order to be eligible for a preparatory grant.

The programme is based on a Memorandum of Understanding concerning co-operation between Iceland and Norway in the field of Arctic scientific research. The Icelandic and Norwegian Ministries of Foreign Affairs own and finance the Arctic Research and Studies Programme. The Icelandic Centre for Research (Rannis) is responsible for the administration of the programme in cooperation with the Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education (Diku). Further information on the programme.

Pleaseregister in advance for the webinar

The programme of the webinar is as follows:

  • Introduction of the Open Call for Preparatory Grants 2019-2020 and the ARS Programme
  • Briefing on Arctic research and studies in both countries, including The High North Programme in Norway and an overview of Arctic research in Iceland
  • Panel speakers
  • Q&A
  • The panel speakers will share experiences of ARS and Norway-Iceland Arctic Research and Studies cooperation:
  • Gunnar Rekvig, Associate Professor Department of Tourism & Northern Studies, UiT - The Arctic University of Norway and Nansen Professor in Arctic studies, University of Akureyri
  • Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv, UiT – Professor of Critical Peace and Conflict Studies, UiT - The Arctic University of Norway and former Nansen Professor in Arctic studies, University of Akureyri (2017-2018) (TBC)
  • Pia Hansson, Director, Institute of International Affairs, University of Iceland
  • Embla Eir Oddsdóttir, Director, the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network

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