Our second UArctic Congress is hosted by the universities of Oulu and Helsinki.
The centrepiece of the Congress is the Science section, highlighting the best that northern science has to offer from across the circumpolar world and beyond. Together with partners, policy makers, UArctic member representatives and other actors, the Congress strives to take the Arctic agenda forward by creating and straightening collaborations that will produce new findings and solutions for the future of the Arctic region.
I am certain we will enjoy the famous Finnish hospitality from our hosts, and I look forward to seeing you all in Oulu and Helsinki.
In Finland, the North is now more important than ever before. As the University of Oulu prepares to host the UArctic Congress 2018 in early September, I am particularly happy to work for the development and living conditions of the North.
It delights me that the hundreds of Congress guests get to see our beautiful home city of Oulu in such a beautiful season, when summer turns into autumn. With just over 200 000 inhabitants, Oulu is now the 5th largest city in Finland and the second largest outside of the Helsinki area. The official and scientific program of the UArctic Congress will be lightened by a row down the Oulu River and a Venetian Night garden party.
I warmly welcome you to join scholars, students and other Congress delegates in Oulu and Helsinki in September!
Though the University of Helsinki's coordinates (60◦ 10 1.2 N, 24◦ 57 18E) fall just below the Arctic Circle, we are fully committed to Arctic research. Furthermore, we have a research station in the far north of Finland, in Kilpisjärvi. It is thus a particular pleasure for us to have the privilege to co-host the UArctic Congress 2018 with the University of Oulu.
The world’s climate is changing, particularly in the Arctic. Here, the changes will not only affect local communities, permafrost and ecosystems; they will have an impact on the rest of the world. The Arctic plays a special role in the global climate system, and the University of Helsinki is very proud of its versatile and multidisciplinary Arctic research into these changes, including such topics as climate change, environmental shifts, geopolitical challenges or economic and socio-cultural transformations.
I warmly welcome you to Helsinki in order to experience how Arctic research, resilience and creativity come together in our beautiful city.