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Day of the Arctic 2017

Welcome to the annual Day of the Arctic at UiO! The theme of the day is "Opening the Arctic – Challenges and opportunities".

Theme of the day: Opening the Arctic – Challenges and opportunities

The Arctic is becoming increasingly accessible due to technological developments and climate change, providing opportunities for expansion of human activities such as fisheries, petroleum activities and tourism. At the same time there are challenges in managing, and understanding, these changes so as to protect social and biological values. This year's Arctic Day presents insights from recent research on the natural and social-economic systems in the  Arctic - interdisciplinary knowledge needed to manage the opening Arctic to the best of future generations.


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Registration and light lunch

Welcome and introduction of today's moderator

Erik Røsæg - Nils Chr. Stenseth


From Viking-age archaeology to 21st-century DNA sequencing: Discovering the legacy of Atlantic cod exploitation using ancient DNA

James Barrett, Cambridge and Bastiaan Star, Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis, University of Oslo


Non-photosynthetic light harvesting - a feature of high arctic marine ecosystems

Kjetill Sigurd Jakobsen, Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis, University of Oslo

14:15 Coffee and fruit

The Arctic is not an 'evolutionary freezer': high speciation rates in Arctic plants

Christian Brochmann, Natural History Museum , University of Oslo


Opening a new Arctic. A voyage through time and space

Grace Shephard, Faculty of Mathematics and natural Sciences, University of Oslo


The Guardians of the Arctic – and their Guardians

Erik Røsæg, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo


Uses of the Arctic: Resources and Discourses

Ulrike Spring and Johan Schimanski, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oslo


A home for science: Anthropological perspectives on an Arctic field station

Paul Wenzel Geissler, Faculty of Social SciencesI University of Oslo

16:00 Coffee and cake
Programme for the Fridtjof Nansen Lectures on Ocean Life

The annual UiO Day of the Arctic

Rector Svein Stølen, University of Oslo


Physical oceanography - the legacy of Nansen and Helland- Hansen

Cecilie Mauritzen


The Nansen Legacy

Marit Reigstad, University of Tromsø, the Artic University of Norway


The Fridtjof Nansen Lectures on Ocean Life: Reconciling Energy Resource Extraction with Ecosystem Health – Lessons from Deepwater Horizon 

Marcia McNutt, US Academy of Sciences

Published Oct. 25, 2017 10:13 AM - Last modified Nov. 7, 2017 11:06 AM