In the framework of the EU Climate Diplomacy Week and in the context of the Finnish Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, the Institut Français in Finland, the Embassy of France to Finland, the Finnish Ministry of the Environment, the Embassy of Germany and the Embassy of the UK will organize in cooperation with the UArctic Congress a public conference on Arctic and education. Education is one of the four priorities of the Finnish Chairmanship of the Arctic Council. Speakers from Finland, France, Germany and the UK will share their expertise on the challenges and perspectives of education in the Arctic in the climate change context and will also present concrete programs and projects of education.

This public conference will be organized on September 6, 2018 from 4pm to 6pm in the conference hall at Aleksanterinkatu 7.

This event is free, but advance registration is required at mathieu.leporini@france.fi.

Draft program:

16h00: Opening session

Hannele POKKA, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Environment
Aleksi HÄRKÖNEN, Chair of the Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials
Outi SNELLMAN, Vice President of the University of the Arctic, Chair of the UArctic Congress International Steering Committee

16h30: Panel Discussion 1: Challenges and perspectives of education in the Arctic in the climate change context

FR: Prof. Dr. Jan BORM, Vice-President International Affairs, University of Versailles Saint-Quentin (UVSQ)
GER: Prof. Dr. Florian STAMMLER, Research Professor Anthropology, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland
UK: Dr. Gareth REES, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge
FIN: tbd

Moderation: University of Helsinki (tbc)

17h15: Panel Discussion 2: Implementation of programmes, concrete projects of education

Sámi Education Institute (tbc)
FR: Dr. Stéphanie LEFRÈRE, Climate change and Arctic exhibition
GER: Dr. Rainer LEHMANN, Polar Educators International
UK: Dr. Mhairi BEATON, Carnegie School of Education, Leeds Beckett University
FIN: Terhi HAKKARAINEN, Helsinki School of Natural Sciences

Moderation: Liisa ROHWEDER, WWF

18h00: Closing remarks

Hans KOEPPEL, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
Antoine GOSSET, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of France
Tom DODD, Ambassador of United Kingdom