Arctic Office Bulletin – May 2022

30th May 2022

Canada – Inuit Nunangat – United Kingdom Arctic Research Programme – announcement of successful projects

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI), Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR), National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Parks Canada (PARKS), and the Fonds de Recherche du Quebec (FRQ)  have announced the 13 successful projects funded under the Canada-Inuit Nunangat-United Kingdom Arctic Research Programme  2021 – 2025 (CINUK). The CINUK Programme aims to increase understanding of and address the environmental, social, economic, cultural and engineering/infrastructure impacts of climate change in the Canadian Arctic. The research being conducted by the successful projects over the three years of the CINUK Programme covers a wide range of important areas, including shipping, wildlife health, country foods, ecosystem health, safe travel, search and rescue, renewable energy, community health, coastal erosion, plastics and pollution, and much more. The full announcement and details of the successful projects are now available.

Arctic Science Summit Week 2023 – Call for session proposals – deadline 5 June 2022
ASSW 2023 will be held in Vienna, Austria from 17 – 24 February 2023. Organizers are now accepting session proposals for ASSW  (Arctic Science Summit Week) 2023 Science Symposium entitled “The Arctic in the Anthropocene”. Never before has the Arctic experienced such a high pressure by human impact either by local environmental disturbances or by global climate change leading to long-term changes and massive challenges to the resistance and resilience of polar ecological systems and Arctic societies. The Arctic Science Summit Week 2023 will bring together scientists, Indigenous people, Arctic community members, and Arctic science stakeholders from all over the world to present and discuss the most recent advances on Arctic knowledge in the natural sciences, social sciences, the humanities as well as in the field of Indigenous knowledge. Besides the major Arctic focus of ASSW 2023, the Open Science Conference (OSC) will also be an opportunity to foster research synergies between both Polar Regions, with sessions that integrate Arctic and Antarctica in order to understand global dimensions of anthropogenic impact.

The OSC will have plenary lectures and a large number of parallel science sessions, accepting both oral and poster presentations. Organizers invite the Arctic community to propose sessions of relevant topics in all science fields, framed in the overall conference theme “The Arctic in the Anthropocene”. IASC aims to bridge gaps in Arctic science, and therefore the hope is that session conveners will embrace this international and interdisciplinary approach in their proposed sessions. The OSC organizers hope to see a diverse set of sessions submitted by diverse groups of conveners.

The call for sessions is open to 5 June, 2022. You can submit your session proposal here:
For more information, please visit the ASSW website:

New name for the NERC Arctic Research Station building in Ny-Ålesund
We are delighted to announce that the NERC Arctic Research Station has a new local name – ‘Harland-Cox Huset’ – to honour Nick Cox,  who has been the Station Manager since the Station’s creation in 1991. Nick has dedicated the last 30 years to supporting the hundreds of researchers who have accessed the station over the years, sharing his extensive knowledge so generously with everyone.  His leadership, professionalism, positivity, humour and kindness will be remembered for many years to come, along with the many stories!

New UArctic Chair in Anthropology of the Arctic
The University of the Arctic has recently appointed Professor David G. Anderson, from the University of Aberdeen as the The University of the Arctic (UArctic) Chair in Anthropology of the Arctic for the next five years.  Further information on this can be found here:

Reminder: Oxford University Polar Forum Arctic Horizon Scan
The Oxford University Polar Forum have launched an Arctic Horizon Scanning exercise to identify priorities for Arctic research in the coming decade. Please see the website for further information and for the link to the online survey: The survey will be open until 23 August 2022, with a workshop planned for 7-9 September 2022.

Interested in writing a blog?
The NERC Arctic Office website hosts a blog section and we would very much welcome offers from within the UK Arctic research community to contribute to this blog with guest authors drawing on their research, visits or conferences or other interesting developments. If you are interested, please get in contact – – we look forward to hearing from you!

Upcoming events
Inuit Studies Conference: 19 to 22 June, 2022, Winnipeg, Canada. Registration now open –
Arctic Circle Assembly 2022: 13 – 15 October 2022. The 2022 Arctic Circle Assembly will be held in Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre, Reykjavík, Iceland. Registration will open in early June.
ArcticNet Annual Science Meeting: 5 – 9 December 2022, Toronto, Canada. Further information available on the website: Registrations and abstract submissions to open in the summer.