9 Events

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.

Arctic Ocean off Tromso, Norway.

Wikimedia/Vinay Deep

Seminar - Open to the Public

Precaution in Action: The New Arctic Fisheries Agreement

Wed., Nov. 7, 2018 | 12:15pm - 1:30pm

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

Speaker: Amb. David A. Balton, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs

The Central Arctic Ocean has essentially been ice-covered year-round since the dawn of human history … until now. As a result of climate change, a growing portion of the Arctic Ocean is ice-free for an increasing part of the year, making it possible to contemplate the advent of high seas fisheries in the region. But on October 3, 2018, nine nations and the European Union signed an unusual international agreement that will effectively postpone the start of such fisheries and will instead launch a joint program of scientific research for the Arctic. David Balton, who chaired the negotiations that produced this agreement, will describe the geopolitical forces that made the agreement possible, outline the agreement's basic elements, and consider the place of the agreement in the growing architecture for governing the Arctic Ocean.

Lunch provided.

RSVP by 5 PM, Tuesday, November 6

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.

Fran Ulmer

Harvard Alumni Association

Seminar - Open to the Public

Global Implications of the Rapidly Changing Arctic

Tue., Oct. 17, 2017 | 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Littauer Building - Room 130

Join the Arctic Initiative for a conversation with Fran Ulmer, chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, an independent agency that advises the federal government on domestic and international Arctic research. Fran will discuss how a rapidly warming Arctic impacts environmental, economic, and climate systems on a global scale.Open to the public. Refreshments served.

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.

Study Group - Harvard Students

Arctic Innovators Information Session

Wed., Sep. 6, 2017 | 12:15pm - 12:45pm

Taubman Building - WAPPP Cason Seminar Room, Room 102

The Arctic Innovators program will launch this fall with the selection of a group of Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) students to become the inaugural Arctic Innovators student cohort. Those selected will have a unique opportunity to learn from experts on Arctic issues and in a series of lecture-discussion sessions at HKS and will participate in the Arctic Innovation Lab at the Arctic Circle Assembly in Iceland - the world’s largest annual gathering on Arctic affairs.

We will hold a 30-minute information session on Wednesday, September 6 at 12:15pm in T-102.