The EU Arctic Cluster: Amplifying the impact of Arctic research investment for policymakers and stakeholders

Theme 5. Other
Session Name 5.12 Connecting polar research, policy and stakeholders across scales - examples from Europe and beyond
Presentation Type Oral
Presenter
Author(s) Raeanne Miller (Scottish Association of Marine Science, United Kingdom), Annette Scheepstra (University of Groningen / Arctic Centre, Netherlands), Kristina Baer (Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Helmholtz-Zentrum fur Polar- und Meeresforschung, Germany), Joseph Nolan (European Polar Board, Netherlands), Nicole Biebow (Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung, Germany)
Abstract text

The EU Arctic Cluster is a new network of EU Horizon 2020 and Framework 7 funded Arctic projects who are combining their insight and expertise to provide policy-relevant information and guidance to support the EU in implementing its integrated policy for the Arctic. A unique initiative, managed by the projects themselves, the Cluster connects a wide spectrum of research and coordination initiatives. Cluster members work on polar topics including permafrost, sea ice, Arctic observing, the Arctic’s impact on weather and climate, networking research stations and coordinating icebreakers. Eight projects, along with the European Polar Board, make up the EU Arctic Cluster: APPLICATE, ARICE, Blue-Action, EU-PolarNet, ICE-ARC, INTAROS, INTERACT, and NUNATARYUK. Cluster projects work together on communications, stakeholder engagement, data management, and other areas to maximise the combined impact of their outputs and to provide a coherent platform for the EU’s Arctic research activities.


As a gateway to Arctic research and development, the EU Arctic Cluster draws on the knowledge of hundreds of experts worldwide to: work with European policymakers to foster international collaboration; report on the impacts of climate change on the Arctic environment and people; and promote sustainable development. The Cluster aims to coordinate stakeholder engagement between its member projects to build sustainable and lasting relationships with indigenous peoples, local communities, businesses, and NGOs living and working in the Arctic to lay the groundwork for research and innovation projects that provide tangible and long-term benefits to society.

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