17 Events

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Live from COP27: Insights on the Global Energy Transition and the Arctic

Tue., Nov. 15, 2022 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Please join the Arctic Initiative for a conversation with Halla Logadóttir, who is on site at COP27 representing Iceland as the Director-General of the country's National Energy Authority. Logadóttir will share her insights and impressions of the discussions during the first week of the conference, with a special focus on the energy transition and the Arctic. Arctic Initiative Associate Director Brittany Janis will moderate the virtual session.

Registration: This session is open to all members of the Harvard Kennedy School community. Attendees should register using the button below; upon registering, attendees will receive a confirmation email with a Zoom link. 

Accessibility: Persons with disabilities who wish to request accommodations or who have questions about access, please contact Liz Hanlon (ehanlon@hks.harvard.edu) in advance of the session.

Seminar - Open to the Public

Arctic Climate Week @ HKS

Mon., Nov. 15, 2021 - Mon., Nov. 22, 2021

Join the Arctic Initiative team for Arctic Climate Week at the Harvard Kennedy School! The week will feature events dedicated to understanding the climate impacts in the Arctic and their global implications. Register for Arctic Climate week events here

Jökulsárlón, Iceland

UnSplash/Roxanne Desgagnés

Seminar - Open to the Public

"Together towards a Sustainable Arctic": An Earth Day Dialogue with Iceland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chair of the Arctic Council, H.E. Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson

Thu., Apr. 22, 2021 | 1:00pm - 2:30pm


Join the Arctic Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center and the Polar Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center for an engaging Earth Day dialogue with Iceland's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson, about  Iceland’s Chairmanship of the Arctic Council on what is next. 

Arctic Ocean and sea ice.

Photo Credit: Dr. Sarah Dewey

Study Group - Harvard Students

Arctic Initiative Study Group: Ocean Conservation and Policy Innovation

Wed., Mar. 10, 2021 - Wed., Apr. 7, 2021


As climate change rapidly transforms the Arctic, the ocean at its center becomes a point of focus: melting sea ice enables increased marine traffic; ice-dependent species are migrating or dying; fisheries shift and with them economies of subsistence. These changes can mean risk or opportunity for different stakeholders.

This study group will use Arctic Ocean change as a case study to outline the environmental policy process and build participants understanding of how to effectively engage in the climate and oceans policy space. 

To sign-up, please complete this form by Monday, March 8, 2021: https://forms.gle/KYn6nwxr4zq8vnQ98

Indigenous Youth Leaders

Photo Credit: Anders Oskal (ICR)

Seminar - Open to the Public

Presenting The James J. McCarthy Arctic Indigenous Youth Leaders

Fri., Jan. 29, 2021 | 11:30am - 12:30pm


Over the past five days over thirty Indigenous Youth from around the circumpolar Arctic have worked together, learned together, and innovated together to come up with solutions to challenges facing their communities. Join us to see the final presentations of a few of these young leaders.

Join for a brief history of the founding of this collaboration, which began through the work of the late Harvard Professor, James J. McCarthy. Followed by Arctic Innovation presentations by selected Indigenous Youth participants, who will showcase their solutions for their communities. 

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


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


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


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


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