Assia Brandrup-Lukanow - Consultancy
Assia Brandrup-Lukanow was born in Bulgaria, grew up in Germany, where she studied Psychology and Medicine. She has a PhD in Medicine and a Master of Science in Clinical Tropical Medicine. These studies became the start of many years of work in health and development for GTZ, WHO, IPPF and other organisations working in health and development. This work covered many regions, including Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, and Central Asia, and most recently the Arctic Region and specifically Greenland, where she was Executive Medical Officer for the Agency of Health and Prevention until March this year. Beside the public health focus, she has also always tried to keep a connection with clinical reality and has worked clinically as a psychologist and a doctor in internal medicine for about ten years. This experience has led to the implementation of Public Health projects and programmes, keeping in view a clinician´s and patients´ perspective on system needs. All the work done in Public Health has focused on bringing agencies and people from across regions, countries, and specialties together to exchange and join their experiences towards strengthening health systems and health care, and continuity of care for the benefits of their communities. She believes that connectivity is what carries development forward, and that technological and social developments go hand in hand in fulfilling this task.
Sue Dockett - Charles Sturt University
Sue Dockett is Professor of Early Childhood Education at Charles Sturt University, Albury, Australia. Sue started her career as an early childhood teacher, working in both preschool and early years of school settings, before entering the tertiary sector in 1988. Since then, she has undertaken a wide range of teaching and research roles. Much of Sue’s research has focused on educational transitions – in particular, transitions to school and the expectations, experiences and perceptions of all involved. This research has been published widely, and has had substantial impact on policy, practice and research. Complementing her research around educational transitions is research that incorporates children’s perspectives, engages with families in diverse contexts, reflects upon the practices of educators, and explores the importance of working with communities.
Kirsten Hastrup - University of Copenhagen
Kirsten Hastrup is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Copenhagen. She holds a D. Phil. degree from Oxford University, and the degree of dr.scient.soc. from the University of Copenhagen. She was one of the founders of the European Association of Social Anthropologists in 1989, its first Secretary and later its President. From 2008-2016 she was president of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters. Her most recent anthropological work centres on social and environmental changes in Northwest Greenland, where she has followed the development through repeated fieldworks in a community of hunters over the past ten years. Clearly, in the High Arctic, the challenges of climate change are omnipresent and give rise to both local, national and international concerns. She has analysed this in many articles and a monograph. Earlier, she studied the long-term development in Iceland from the Middle Ages and through the 20th century, also with a keen eye on the mutual implications of social and natural changes. Several books resulted from these studies. The early fieldworks in Greenland were supported through an ERC Advanced grant of which she was the PI, while later work was financed by the Carlsberg Foundation and the Velux Foundations as part of an interdisciplinary study of the North Water Region of which she was also the PI.
Diane Hirshberg - University of Alaska Anchorage
Diane Hirshberg is Professor of Education Policy at the Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). She also serves as Advisor to the UAA Chancellor on Arctic Research and Education. Her research interests include education policy analysis, indigenous education, circumpolar education issues, and school change. She has studied the boarding school experiences of Alaska Native students, teacher supply, demand and turnover, including the cost of teacher turnover in Alaska, and co-authored the Education chapter for the Arctic Human Development Report II. She has served or is currently evaluator for a number of federally funded education reform initiatives in Alaska and beyond, and currently is the North America lead for the Arctic Youth-Sustainable Futures project, funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers. Dr. Hirshberg sits on both the International Arctic Social Sciences Association Council and the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS) Board. She’s also a member of the steering committee for the NSF-Funded Arctic FROST RCN. She was part of the UArctic Research Analytics Task Force, helping author several publications on the landscape of Arctic research funding and publications. Dr. Hirshberg teaches in the UAA Honors College, the College of Education and in the Master of Public Administration Program in the College of Business and Public Policy. She has a PhD in Education from UCLA, a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley.
Rasmus Ole Rasmussen - Nordregio
Rasmus Ole Rasmussen is currently working as Senior Research Fellow at Nordic Centre for Spatial Development at Nordregio, Stockholm, Sweden, related to Kommune Kujalleq in South Greenland through the Regina project under the domain of EU Northern Periphery and the Arctic, and with a take-off as Associate Professor from Roskilde University, Statistics Greenland, Université Laval, Québec, and McGill University, Montréal Canada. He has demonstrated an impressive scientific career within Arctic and Nordic matters: since 1971 he has contributed to the publishing of more than 112 books and 520 journal articles. Rasmussen has worked as a professor or program director for over 40 years in several universities in circumpolar Arctic. Rasmussen holds a PhD degree in Regional Analysis based on the modelling of human influenced Ecosystems from Department of Geography of University of Copenhagen.
Lars-Otto Reiersen has for 28 years served as the Executive Secretary for the Arctic Council Working Group AMAP (Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme). AMAP’s mandated is to perform scientific monitoring and assessments of the Arctic environment and human health regarding levels, trends and effects due to pollution and climate change. As of October 2018 he is working as Senior Advisor to the Rector of the University of Tromsø – the Arctic University of Norway. Lars-Otto holds a cand. real. in marine biology from the University of Oslo (UiO) in 1978. After 5 years as a scientist at UiO he was 7 years at the Norwegian Environmental Agency (SFT) handling the offshore oil and gas-industry and shipping, and leading the scientific assessment “the Status of the North Sea” (1988-1993) made by North Sea Task Force. Over the years he has served several international organizations working with environmental, human health and climate related issues. He is member of the EU DG Research Advisory Group for Societal Changes. In 2012, he was awarded with the “SETAC/Rachel Carson award” from the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.
Jaap van de Beek - Luleå University of Technology
Jaap van de Beek is chaired professor of Signal Processing with Luleå University of Technology, Sweden and a Fellow of the IEEE. Before returning to academia in 2013, he spent over two decades in industry, in telecommunications research labs with Telia Research, Nokia Networks, and for more than twelve years with Huawei Technologies. In different roles he has been involved in three generations of mobile cellular communications systems. He developed base station receiver algorithms for GSM evolution systems. He was among those pioneering OFDM as an access scheme for cellular radio in a standard proposal for the third generation systems in 1997, and during 2004-2009 he has been contributing to the preparation and specification of 3GPP's fourth generation LTE standard, for which he holds a number of essential patents. More recently, he has been developing methods that effciently reduce spectral interference of radio transmitters, work for which received the IEEE Communications Society Heinrich Hertz award. Since 2012, Prof. van de Beek engages in improving Internet access, wireless network connectivity and cellular radio coverage in rural and remote regions.
Timo Vesala - University of Helsinki
Timo Vesala has published 304 peer-reviewed papers, including four in Nature, two in Nature Communications, one in Nature Geoscience, three in PNAS and one in Physical Review Letters. His h-index is 59 and the number of citations without self-citations is close to 18 000. He has contributed to seven books and co-editored one, and has about 200 other publications. Timo has supervised 27 master students and 29 PhD theses on physics, meteorology, forest ecology and environmental science. The present size of his research group is 15 persons. He has organized 15 international workshops/conferences since 2008 and five international summer schools. Timo has received three awards, the Finnish Aerosol Award 1991; Väisälä Award for meteorological research 2003; and the Norbert Gerbier-MUMM International Award 2004. He is the member in The Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters and the International Eurasian Academy of Sciences. He is a principal investigator in various EU projects and has an active and visible role in the research community. He was Deputy Director General of ICOS (Integrated Carbon Observation System), and acted as Review Editor of IPCC Assessment Report: Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis (WGI AR5), Carbon and Other Biogeochemical Cycles. He is Vice-director of the national ‘Centre of Excellence in Atmospheric Science – From Molecular and Biolocigal processes to The Global Climate’.
Yuliya Zaika - Lomonosov Moscow State University
Yulia Zaika has her university specialist degree in Environmental Management (Ecology). As a Doctoral student, Yulia is a Research Associate at the Khibiny educational and research station of the Faculty of Geography, Lomonosov Moscow State University (Kirovsk, Murmansk region, Russia). Since 2008, and as the part of PPS Arctic IPY Project, Yulia has been the coordinator in sociomonitoring of well-being of residents of Murmansk region, the process shaped within the coupled human-environment system scientific framework. As the research station’s representative, she is involved in the International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic (INTERACT) project since 2011. Currently, she also serves as Secretary of the International Science Initiative in the Russian Arctic (ISIRA), an Advisory Group of IASC, and as Book Review Editor at the Polar Record journal of the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge. Her primary research expertise is within the socioeconomic geography and environmental aspects of extractive industries in the Russian Arctic. In 2016 Yulia has co-authored and launched the project “Arctic webinars” devoted to popularization and outreach of the Russian Arctic research with the broad scientific scope from indigenous people issues to environmental and climate change aspects. Presently, this project has topically covered the whole territory of the Russian Arctic, engaging online audiences from more than 15 countries.