Session proposals should include a short abstract on the session’s planned content, as well as a list of speakers and their topics. If possible, 50% of the speakers should be confirmed at the time of submission; if not, please describe what kind of process the session conveners will conduct for finding and confirming the session speakers.

All sessions should strive for gender and geographical balance and to include Indigenous and youth and early career scientist representation to highlight both scientific and Indigenous Knowledge and views from the youth (16-26 years old). In general, sessions run for 2 hours and can have several conveners, however there must be one designated primary convener who will also be the main contact person. All together max of 30 parallel sessions will be organised with the possibility of 12 additional sessions depending on the room allocations and content of sessions.

The UArctic Congress 2020 is part of Iceland’s chairmanship of the Arctic Council (2019-2021) with the theme Together towards a sustainable Arctic highlighting the cooperation between states and peoples of the region. The Congress will highlight three of Iceland’s priority themes:

  • Arctic Marine Environment
  • Climate and Green Energy Solutions
  • People and Communities in the Arctic

As such, sessions might focus on a particular priority listed below or its sub-themes, as envisioned by the Program Committee. In addition one theme is targeted especially to UArctic’s member organisations and their activities in joint education and research.  

  1. UArctic: A Platform for Joint Education and Research
  2. Arctic Marine Environment
    2.1. Plastics in the Ocean
    2.2. Blue Growth
    2.3. Safe and Sustainable Shipping
  3. Climate and Green Energy Solutions 
    3.1. Climate Change
    3.2. Green Energy Solutions
  4. People and Communities in the Arctic
    4.1. Youth in the Arctic
    4.2. Gender Equality
    4.3. Resilient Communities (including economy, connectivity, health and well-being)
  5. Other

Proposals may ONLY be submitted via our online submissions form. Please note that you will have to register as a user in the system. The registration will allow you to go back to your submission and also to evaluate and accept/decline the session abstract at the later stage, if your session is accepted to the congress.

The deadline for session proposals is January 31, 2020. Link to the session submission form.

Decisions on the session call will be announced in early March 2020.

If you have questions please contact:  congress.sessions@uarctic.org