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


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
Hans KOEPPEL, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

16h30-16h40: Short movie: Changing environment - Stories above the Arctic Circle
16h40: Panel Discussion 1: Challenges and perspectives of education in the Arctic in the climate change context

Prof. Dr. Jan BORM, Vice-President International Affairs, University of Versailles Saint-Quentin, France
Prof. Dr. Florian STAMMLER, Research Professor Anthropology, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland
Dr. Gareth REES, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, UK

Moderation: Prof. Veli-Pekka TYNKKYNEN, University of Helsinki

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

Mika AROMÄKI and Janne NÄKKÄLÄJÄRVI, Sámi Education Institute, Finland
Dr. Stéphanie LEFRÈRE, Climate change and Arctic exhibition, France
Dr. Rainer LEHMANN, Polar Educators International, Germany
Dr. Mhairi BEATON, Carnegie School of Education, Leeds Beckett University, UK
Terhi HAKKARAINEN, Helsinki School of Natural Sciences, Finland

Moderation: Liisa ROHWEDER, WWF

18h00: Closing remarks

Tom DODD, HM Ambassador to Finland