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Invitation to participate in the Emerging Leaders for the Arctic challenge 2018

News   •   Sep 07, 2017 10:23 CEST

Emerging Leaders 2017

Future activities and operations in the Arctic call for a broad understanding of the opportunities and challenges to ensure sustainable development. 

Arctic Frontiers Emerging Leaders calls for young professionals and PhD students/post docs to meet with representatives from academia, business and the public sector through an inspiring and educational program.

Emerging Leaders will take place from 17 – 23 January 2018. Thirty selected candidates from different countries will participate in a blend of technical, social and cultural events accompanied by mentors from business, politics and academia. The program starts in the city of Bodø, then continues onboard the Norwegian Coastal Express “Hurtigruten” and ends in Tromsø, “the gateway to the Arctic”. To explore the marine resources and potential in the Lofoten Islands, a stopover will be made in Svolvær. The participants will be challenged to engage in discussions and presentations during the program.

The program is linked to the topic of Arctic Frontiers 2018 “Connecting the Arctic” and includes the following sessions:

  • Session 1: Politics and Security in the High North
  • Session 2: Technology Development and Arctic Business
  • Session 3: Connecting the Arctic
  • Session 4: Workshop, preparing a presentation

Emerging Leaders enrolls approximately 30 participants, under the age of 35, both Norwegians and internationals, with a blend of PhD students/post docs and young professionals from the public and business sectors. The program fee is NOK 30.000 (VAT not included) per participant. 

PhD students/post docs affiliated with Norwegian university colleges, universities and research institutes may apply for a grant from the Research Council of Norway. PhD students/post docs at research institutions abroad who has a scientific focus relevant for Emerging Leaders 2018 could also be considered.

Full details about applying and funding from the Research Council of Norway can be found on the Arctic Frontiers website. Any questions? Please contact project manager Laura Johanne Olsen (email: or phone: +47 90 75 12 75).

Deadline for registration 1 October 2017.

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