11 Events

Gabrielle Scrimshaw speaks at the Arctic Innovation Lab, 15-Nov-2017.

Photo Credit: Benn Craig

Seminar - Open to the Public

Arctic Innovation Lab: New Ideas For a Better Arctic

Fri., Oct. 9, 2020 | 10:30am - 12:30pm

Online

The Arctic Innovation Lab is a project designed to promote solution-oriented discussions on the changing Arctic region. 

Come hear new ideas for a better Arctic and vote for your favorite one!

Opening remarks by Kenneth A. Howery, U.S. Ambassador to Sweden and Co-Founder of Paypal and the Founders Fund

A Kiruna heritage building being moved intact in August 2017.

Tomas Utsi/www.naturfoto.com

Workshop - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

What Does It Take to Move a City? Arctic Initiative and Luleå University Student Arctic Dialogue

Fri., Oct. 2, 2020 | 9:30am - 11:00am

Online

The world's biggest underground iron ore mine is about to undermine the Swedish city of Kiruna. The answer? Move the city.

Join the Arctic Initiative for a conversation with students from Luleå University and experts from across the globe for a case discussion about sustainable development, consensus building, and how one Arctic city is responding to rapid change.

Apply to be part of this unique case discussion opportunity by Monday, September 28, 2020, so you can be matched with your international team.

Reine Rambert, MPP 2020, at last year's Arctic Innovator pitch presentations.

Benn Craig

Seminar - Open to the Public

Arctic Innovator Pitches: 15 Ideas for a Fast-Changing Arctic

Mon., Apr. 27, 2020 | 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Online

Students in this year's Arctic Innovators Course will present their 15 ideas for the fast-changing Arctic region. 

Join us and vote for your favorite idea!

Register via the RSVP link to get your unique login credentials. 

Seminar - Open to the Public

Combating Plastic Pollution in the Arctic Ocean

Thu., Apr. 23, 2020 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Online

Harvard Kennedy School's Arctic Initiative and the Wilson Center's Polar Institute recently released a report entitled "Policy and Action on Plastic Pollution in the Arctic Ocean." This report describes the nature of challenges posed by Arctic marine plastic pollution and provides targeted recommendations to policymakers and researchers; it is based on a workshop the two organizations co-hosted with the Icelandic Chairmanship of the Arctic Council.

Join the authors from both the Wilson Center and Arctic Initiative for a Ground Truth Briefing Teleconference, to learn more about the report and recommendations to policymakers for combating plastic pollution in the Arctic Ocean. 

To join the call use the below virtual teleconference dial-in:
Toll Number: 1-312-470-7179
Toll-Free Number: 800-369-2054
Passcode: 6238346

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Greenland in a Changing Arctic

Wed., Sep. 11, 2019 | 12:15pm - 1:30pm

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

Speaker: Ane Lone Bagger, Minister of Education, Culture, Church, and Foreign Affairs, Greenland

Moderator: Halla Hrund Logadóttir, Co-Founder and Co-Director, Arctic Initiative

Greenland, the world's biggest island, has long held a strategic geographic and political position in global affairs. It has made headlines recently, after President Donald Trump stated he wanted to buy the island, because of its strategic location in the Arctic and its wealth of natural resources. Greenland's foreign minister, Ane Lone Bagger, had told Reuters: "We are open for business, but we’re not for sale."

 Join the Arctic Initiative for an insightful lunch with Greenland's Minister of Education, Culture, Church and Foreign Affairs, Ane Lone Bagger, about how Greenland is responding to the shifting dynamics in the Arctic as climate change is transforming the island and the waters surrounding it, opening up the region to the outside world.

Lunch provided. 

This event is currently at capacity. To be added to the wait-list please email brittany_janis@hks.harvard.edu by 4 PM, Monday, September 9th, 2019. RSVPs recorded on a first-requested, first-reserved basis.

NASA and the National Snow and Ice Data Center announced on Aug. 27, 2012, that the ice cap covering the Arctic Ocean is now smaller than ever recorded since consistent satellite measurements of the ice began more than three decades ago.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Can Women Tip the Balance for Climate Action? An Arctic Case Study

Mon., Feb. 11, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Taubman Building - WAPPP Cason Seminar Room, Room 102

Speakers: Fran Ulmer, Chair, U.S. Arctic Research Commission; Senior Fellow, Arctic Initiative; Elizabeth Arnold, Journalist

Moderator: Halla Hrund Logadóttir, Co-founder and Co-Director, Arctic Initiative 

As climate change begins to impact communities globally, it's crucial for women to take a stand as leaders for ethical and equitable climate adaptation. Nowhere is this leadership challenge felt more strongly than in the Arctic. 

This program is co-hosted by the Harvard Kennedy School's Arctic Initiative and the Women and Public Policy Program.

Lunch provided.  Please RSVP to karin_vander_schaaf@hks.harvard.edu by 4 PM, Friday, February 8, 2019. RSVPs recorded on a first-requested, first-reserved basis.

Seminar - Open to the Public

"On Time and Glaciers" with Icelandic Writer Andri Snær Magnason

Thu., Apr. 19, 2018 | 12:30pm - 1:45pm

Belfer Building - Weil Town Hall, 1st Floor

The Arctic Initiative will host a seminar with Andri Snær Magnason, award-winning author of the book Dreamland: A Self-Help Manual for a Frightened Nation, a longtime bestseller in Iceland, and documentary filmmaker. He will discuss how art -- literature, film, folklore -- can help us confront the realities of climate change.

Lunch will be served. RSVP requested.

Seminar - Open to the Public

"Is the Arctic Drowning in Financial Nationalism?" with Tero Vauraste

Tue., Apr. 3, 2018 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

The Arctic Initiative will host a seminar with Tero Vauraste, Chair of the Arctic Economic Council and CEO of the Finnish specialized icebreaker company, Arctia Group. Mr. Vauraste will discuss the linkages between free trade, the environment, and security. The discussion will be moderated by Halla Hrund Logadóttir, Co-Founder of the Arctic Initiative. 

Lunch will be served. RSVP required.

JFK Jr Forum - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Lessons from Iceland: A Nation Striving to Punch Above Its Weight in a Globalized World

Fri., Jan. 26, 2018 | 4:00pm

Harvard Kennedy School - Institute of Politics, John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum

A public address by His Excellency Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson, President of Iceland. Moderated by John Holdren, President Obama's Science Advisor and Director of the White Office of Science and Technology Policy (January 2009 – January 2017); Co-Director, Belfer Center's Science, Technology and Public Policy Program.

Sisimiut, Greenland

Greenland Travel

Seminar - Open to the Public

Climate Change and the Arctic: Challenges and Opportunities

Mon., Sep. 25, 2017 | 4:15pm - 5:45pm

Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

***Video now available***

Join the Arctic Initiative for a conversation with Inuuteq Holm Olsen, Minister Plenipotentiary for Greenland and John P. Holdren, President Obama's Science Advisor and Co-Director of STPP, on the tension between development and environmental protection in the Arctic, with a focus on indigenous people.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School.