The 9th China – Nordic Arctic Cooperation (CNARC) Symposium will be held this year from Oct 14-16 in Akureyri Iceland

Abstracts will be accepted for oral presentations, and all submissions must be in English

  • Deadline for Submission: June 30, 2024
  • Abstracts (max 250)

Please submit abstracts electronically to the following email address:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Further information and questions can be directed to:

  • Tom Barry, Dean of School, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Akureyri, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;
  • Sandy Shan, Executive Secretary, CNARC,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Symposium Registration:

Registration to the symposium is handled by the University of Akureyri 

For VISA invitation support contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Symposium Registration fee: The conference fee is 35.000 ISKR with a discounted rate for students 

 

Registration for the Symposium         Hotel & Travel support

 

Symposium Theme: The Arctic, as a Region of Opportunities and Challenges & the Importance of Sino-Nordic Cooperation.

Convened by: University of Akureyri, University of Iceland, Icelandic Centre for Research, Arctic Portal, and South China Business College

Location: University of Akureyri, Iceland

A CNARC Business Roundtable will be held in Reykjavík, in connection with the Arctic Circle Assembly, on Friday, October 18.2024.

The Roundtable and Business program is organized by the Arctic Portal in cooperation with the CNARC secretariat and the South China Business College.

Roundtable Theme: Opportunities and Partnerships - Responsible Business Development for a Green Transition.

Symposium Agenda

Sunday, 13th October 2024

Arrival of foreign participants to Iceland.

Flights depart from Reykjavik domestic airport at 8.05,12.05,15.30 and 18.30.

Direct Bus transfer option from Keflavik airport / Reykjavik to Akureyri in connection with participants' arrivals will be provided.

 

Monday, 14th October 2024

Flights depart from Reykjavik domestic airport at 7.10 arriving in Akureyri at 7.55, at 11.05 arriving at 11.50, at 15.30 arriving 16.15.

Bus option from Keflavik airport if pre-requested and/or Reykjavik downtown to Akureyri will be provided.  Departure from Reykjavik at 08.00 - arrival in Akureyri around 14.00.

Venue: The CIAO, Kárhóll by Laugar.

Registration will be available on the buses and/or upon arrival at the CIAO station

  • 12:15-13:00 Departure from Akureyri by Member institution representatives ONLY.
  • 13:30-15:00 Assembly of Member Institutes of CNARC (by invitation ONLY)
  • 15:00-16:00 CNARC Executive Committee Meeting (by invitation ONLY)
  • 15:00-16:00 Transfer to the CIAO station by buses from Akureyri hotels for ALL registered participants and invited guests
  • 16:00-17:00 Introduction to and excursion of the CIAO station
  • 17:00-18:00 Discussions – International research cooperation
  • 18:00-20:00 Icebreaker Reception / stand-up dinner
  • 21:00           Arrival back to Akureyri by buses

 

Tuesday, 15th October 2024

Symposium participants:

Venue: University of Akureyri

  • 08:30-09:00 Registration / coffee
  • 09:00-10:30 Symposium Opening and Key Remarks
  • 10:30-11:00 Coffee break
  • 11:00-12:30 Keynote Presentations and panel discussions
  • 12:30-14:00 Group Photo – Lunch
  • 14:00-15:45 Breakout sessions 
  • 15:45-16.15 Coffee break
  • 16:15-18:00 Breakout sessions 
  • 20:00-22:00 Symposium dinner - All registered participants

 

Wednesday 16th October 2024

(Program details pending nr. of paper registrations and acceptance)

Venue: University of Akureyri

  • 08:15-09:45 Breakout sessions
  • 09:45-10:15 Coffee break
  • 10:15-11:45 Breakout sessions 
  • 11:45-12:00 Closing remarks by CNARC chairs and organizers – all participants
  • 12:00-13:00 Lunch

Transfer from Akureyri to Reykjavik by flight – departure options at 8.25, 12.20, 16.45 or 19.45.

Bus transfer from Akureyri to Reykjavik hotels directly after symposium closing  –  travel time approx. 6 hours.

 

Symposium Theme

The Arctic, a region of opportunities and challenges, the importance of Sino-Nordic Cooperation as its overarching theme.

The symposium organizers invite presentations that examine:

Session 1: International Cooperation and Arctic Governance, Current and Future Perspectives

Session 2: Arctic People/s, Rights, and Policies

Session 3: Creating, developing and sharing Social and Environmental Knowledge in the Arctic

Session 4: Sustainable development in the Arctic, Arctic Resources, Green Transitions and Global cooperation

 

Abstracts will be accepted for oral presentations, and all submissions must be in English

  • Deadline for Submission: June 30, 2024
  • Abstracts (max 250)

Please submit abstracts electronically to the following email address:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Further information and questions can be directed to:

  • Tom Barry, Dean of School, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Akureyri, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;
  • Sandy Shan, Executive Secretary, CNARC,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Symposium Registration:

Registration to the symposium is handled by the University of Akureyri – TBD

For VISA invitation support contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Symposium Registration fee: The conference fee is 35.000 ISKR with a discounted rate for students 

 

Travel support: 

Accommodation and travel support is organized by the Arctic Portal. Hotel rooms have been reserved in Akureyri for participants at conference rates on a first come, – first served basis.

Booking is  available through the online travel arrangements registration form at - https://cnarc.info/events/9symp-optional/event.php

To book your local flight please go to www.flugfelag.is

If you need other travel support please contact the organizers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Self-drive Rental Car option will be made available at compatible rates – contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details and booking.

 

Accommodation:

Conference accommodation rates:

4 star hotel - 295 USD per night including breakfast
3 star hotel - 245 USD per night including breakfast
2 star hotel - 195 USD per night including breakfast
Guesthouse - 160 USD per night including breakfast

Transfer:

Bus from Keflavík airport to Akureyri on the 13th Oct 2024 (110 USD)
Bus from Reykjavík to Akureyri on the 13th Oct 2024 (90 USD)
Bus from Reykjavík to Akureyri on the 14th Oct 2024 (90 USD)
Bus from Akureyri to Reykjavík on the 16th Oct 2024 (90 USD)

Optional tour is provided to the famous Forest Lagoon (75 USD)

Register here: https://cnarc.info/events/9symp-optional/event.php

 

Background descriptions for each session:  

Session 1: International Cooperation and Arctic Governance, Current and Future Perspectives

With the growing focus re-emergence of security concerns in the Arctic, including the growing impacts of climate change, the work of the Arctic Council and the Arctic strategies of Nordic countries are being affected.  The Arctic governance regime is undergoing its greatest impact since the 1990s in the wake of the pandemic and the Russo-Ukrainian war. Maintaining the functionality of the Arctic governance conflicts with the geopolitical aims of some countries, and balance is becoming more difficult to maintain. This situation has not diminished the Arctic's qualities as a region vulnerable to climate change, where the role of the Arctic as a climate change response region is becoming increasingly important after the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). How can the Nordic countries and China play help promote peaceful Arctic governance and international cooperation to the original track of peaceful competition? This session will explore Arctic international cooperation and governance issues including:

  • What are the prospects for China-Nordic cooperation in the Arctic and are there any approaches that could strengthen mutual understanding and trust?
  • Based on current and future perspectives, what measures could help Arctic peaceful governance and international cooperation?
  • What are the challenges for the Arctic governance framework and future perspectives e.g.
  • How can China-Nordic cooperation help promote better Arctic governance?

Session 2: Arctic People/s, Rights, and Policies

The Arctic is home to circa 4 million people of which approximately 500,000 are Indigenous Peoples. Arctic Indigenous Peoples are key players in the region's environmental politics through their role as Permanent Participants in the Arctic Council; and the importance of Indigenous Knowledge in ensuring a better understanding of the impacts of climate change and preparing adaptation and mitigation responses. Therefore to ensure that the Arctic remains a sustainable and secure home for all its inhabitants, Indigenous Peoples and their rights and well-being must be respected and taken into account in in decision-making and governance in the Arctic. This session will address the following issues: The role of Indigenous Peoples in Arctic Governance;

Session 3: Creating, developing, and sharing Social and Environmental Knowledge in the Arctic

The increasing changes happening in the Arctic’s cascade throughout the entire global climate system. In order to address current gaps and global connections, we need an approach that spans disciplines, scales and diverse knowledge systems in future research activities. Key to understanding the changes happening in the Arctic and their potential impact requires knowledge - both Indigenous, scientific and local. To enhance our understanding of the Arctic within and beyond the region this session will explore knowledge collection, analysis, and communication including the:

  • importance of scientific assessments to improving knowledge and understanding of the Arctic to inform policy shaping and decision-making;
  • co-production of knowledge, based on different knowledge systems, where science, Indigenous knowledge, and local knowledge are used to inform policy shaping and decision-making relevant to Arctic people and their communities; and the
  • promotion of scientific and Arctic research cooperation and encouraging access to, and sharing of, Arctic data.

Session 4: Sustainable development in the Arctic, Arctic Resources and Green Transitions and global cooperation

Building on the outcomes of COP28 and understanding that healthy and Resilient Arctic Ecosystems are dependent upon a sustainable development approach to Arctic development. Doing so requires that biodiversity and ecosystem objectives and provisions are taken into account in ongoing and future international standards, agreements, plans, operations, and/ or other tools specific to development in the Arctic. In a landmark moment for the global energy transition, parties to UNFCCC at COP28th agreed to transition away from fossil fuels, triple renewable power, and double energy efficiency by 2030. The Arctic is both a producer of energy and a beneficiary of energy transitions. As a relatively clean fossil energy source, Arctic liquefied natural gas (LNG) could act as a bridge towards the energy transition. The demand for Arctic energy from Asian economies, including China, Japan, South Korea, and India, and the rapid development of clean energy technologies in the future, as well as the achievement of peak carbon and carbon neutrality goals, will greatly influence the transformation of the Arctic energy mix. This session will explore sustainable development issues in the Arctic including:

  • Mainstreaming of environmental concerns in Arctic resource development;
  • The role of external actors in Arctic resource development and their connection to the Arctic;
  • Promotion of green transition in Arctic resource and energy initiatives.
  • What will be the situation of the new energy resilience of the Nordic countries; and
  • What will be the contribution to the world's energy transition? What kind of changes could stricter Arctic environmental protection and prohibitions on energy fuels bring to the energy cooperation between Arctic and non-Arctic countries?

 

9th CNARC Symposium, Iceland 2024 - Roundtable

The Roundtable and Business program is organized by the Arctic Portal in cooperation with the CNARC secretariat and the South China Business College.

CNARC ROUNDTABLE

A CNARC Business Roundtable will be held in Reykjavík, in connection with the Arctic Circle Assembly, on Friday, 18th October 2024.

An invitation-only Roundtable session will be held in Reykjavik in connection to the Arctic Circle Assembly, tentatively on Friday morning the 18th of October, 2024.

Roundtable Theme:

Opportunities and Partnerships - Responsible Business Development for a Green Transition

Discussions to be focusing on:

  • Arctic Green Energy Production, especially Geothermal, and Hydrogen
  • Communication and IT Technologies to support Green Transitions
  • Green Transportation and Infrastructure Development

South China Business College will propose two breakout sessions at the Arctic Circle Assembly on October 17-19th 2024, one on Green transitions in Arctic Tourism and another on Biological resources industries.

Time and Venue: TBC

CNARC Roundtable participants are encouraged to take part in the CIAO event on Monday afternoon the 14th of October and the Symposium opening at the University of Akureyri on Tuesday the 15th of October.

Business excursions and company visits will be organized for interested participants both in Akureyri and in Reykjavik on the 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th.

Roundtable Registration:

Organization and Registration to the Roundtable is handled by the Arctic Portal   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the South China Business College  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For VISA invitation support contact:    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.