Gunnar Már Gunnarsson (University of Akureyri) is the head of the Norther Research Forum. He explains how he gets inspired by the North and Northern peoples in his teachings and why thinking specifically about the Arctic can strengthen communities and bring them forward.
Brandon Boylan and Tyler Kirk (University of Alaska Fairbanks) are the leads of the UArctic Thematic Network on the Model Arctic Council. Learn where their passion for the Arctic come from and why they believe UArctic has a major role to play in connecting peoples of the North.
Tuija Turunen (University of Lapland) is the lead of the UArctic Thematic Network on Teacher Education for Social Justice and Diversity. She speaks about the transdisciplinary approach of UArctic and how it can help Northern communities.
Riku Paavola (University of Oulu), Lead of the Thematic Network on Communicating Arctic Research, tells about his work in the field of environmental change at Oulanka Research Station, and explains the positive impact of UArctic in enhancing and fostering Arctic research and networking.
Svein D. Mathiesen and Anders Oskal (International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry), Leads of the UArctic EALÁT Institute, talka about the scope of the network to deal with climate change and reindeer husbandry. The pandemic has actually allowed the network to focus on local areas and reconnect with rural communities, especially in Russian Siberia.
Bente Norbye (UiT The Arctic University of Norway), Vice-Lead of the Thematic Network on Northern Nursing Education, tells about how she got engaged in UArctic and expecially on the particular field of northern nursing education. The network has worked to allow mobility and joint education programs, and it has successfully adapted to distance education.