The Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland is built exclusively for Arctic research and outreach. Combining researchers, communicators and a science centre exhibition, it enjoys high international reputation and forms Finland's leading centre of excellence for the Arctic.
The research at the Arctic Centre focuses currently in three multidisciplinary fields. It has research group of global change, research group of sustainable development and the Northern Institute of environmental and minority law. The combination of social sciences, anthropology, nature sciences and law studies makes it possible to have a holistic understanding of the developments and life in the Arctic.
Arctic Centre communicates general and science based Arctic information using various communication methods and through experimental exhibitions. Arctic Centre's expertize is also utilized in the Arctic Council and the Barents Euro-Arctic Council activities.
Arctic Centre has an international staff of about 80. The Centre is located in the Arktikum house close to the Arctic Circle.