The Arctic Science Summit Week


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The Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) is an annual gathering of international organizations that have in common the support and encouragement of research in the Arctic. The ASSW2020 will be held in Akureyri on March 27 - April 2, 2020.

The International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) is responsible to initiate of the The Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) in cooperation with the hosts of each country at any given time with the aim to create opportunities for international cooperation and cooperation in all areas of Arctic research.

The Arctic is one of the regions in the world where profound environmental and societal changes are occurring. Climate warming is faster in the Arctic Regions than anywhere else in the world, which contributes to increased melting of glaciers, sea ice and permafrost and changes in sea level. These changes are already affecting the lives of all the residents in these areas and will have a greater impact on the quality of life of people in the Arctic in the future. The livelihood of the inhabitants of the Arctic is closely related to environmental changes, not least to those occurring in the sea. Indigenous communities in the Arctic are more vulnerable than others to these changes and therefore these communities need to be given special consideration with measures that can contribute to their empowerment.

These urgent issues and more will be the focus of the Arctic Science Summit Week, ASSW2020, to be held in Akureyri March 27 to April 2, 2020.

Registration for the Arctic Science Summit Week, ASSW2020

The Icelandic Research Center - Rannís and the University of Akureyri are organizing the ASSW2020 in close collaboration with the three Icelandic Ministries of Education and Science, Environment and Natural Resources, Foreign Affairs and The Town of Akureyri. The ASSW conference manager is Federica Scarpa, an Arctic Expert.

The ASSW2020 is part of the Chairmanship of Iceland in the Arctic Council and the meeting of Senior officials of the Arctic Council members will be held in Akureyri in connection with these events.

International Arctic Science Committee
The International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) combines public organizations and associations in the field of Arctic science from 23 countries and is by far the most important international forum for research in the Arctic. The current IASC Council member from Iceland is Thorsteinn Gunnarsson, Senior Adviser, Rannís.

The IASC is an observer to the Arctic Council and plays an important role in disseminating information from the scientific community to the Council on the outcomes of research on changes in the Arctic's natural environment and societal development.

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