Past Events

St Petersburg Economic Forum

November 13-17, 2017

The St Petersburg Economic Forum 2017 includes sessions on the High North, including the rising importance of Arctic cities, including Murmansk.

137th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union

October 14-18, 2017

The 137th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) will be held in St. Petersburg from October 14 to October 18, 2017. The IPU will be held in St. Petersburg, with more than 90 participating countries. “It has been a rare honor for Russia to once again host the parliamentary community and demonstrating to the whole world our hospitality and cordiality,” Konstantin Kosachev-Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs, told to Russian and foreign media. Before the official opening ceremony, on October 14, the Executive Committee, the Human Rights Committee for parliamentarians will meet in the Tauride Palace. Committee of the Middle East, a forum of female parliamentarians. According to the participants of the forthcoming event, there will be only one expected resolution from the assembly, promoting the idea of having multiple models of democracy in the world, which are nationally oriented, and minimize attempts to interfere in the internal affairs of independent states. The Inter-Parliamentary Union is one of the most authoritative international parliamentary organizations, which serves to coordinate the activities of the parliaments of the world. Founded in 1889, 173 countries are registered as members, 11 inter-parliamentary associations are included in the IPU as associate members.

Another important topic of the Assembly is the working meeting between the delegations of the Republic of Korea and the DPRK, hosted by the Speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko. It will be the second meeting of the DPRK and RoK delegates on the fields of the Assembly and will hope to foster a breakthrough in inter-Korean relations. The meeting of the official delegations of the countries of the Korean Peninsula is important to the President of the Republic of Korea, Mr. Moon Jae In, whose campaign promises included a pledge to improve relations with Pyongyang. Russia hopes to position itself as an intermediary and provide an effective platform for such meetings and negotiations. However, experts agree that the US could make attempts to exert pressure on the RoK to refrain from extending many contacts to representatives of the DPRK.

Arctic Territory of Dialogue Forum

March 29-30, 2017

Arkhangelsk, Russia

The official program of the fourth international forum The Arctic — Territory of Dialogue, which will be held in Arkhangelsk on March 29-30, 2017, has been released. The program of the forum, whose theme is ‘Man in the Arctic,’ features over 40 events, including 32 themed sessions and discussions, two plenary meetings and an expanded meeting of the State Commission on Arctic Development. The event will be attended by many Arctic experts and high-ranking Russian government representatives.

International Conference on Arctic Science: Bringing Knowledge to Action

April 24-27, 2017

Reston, Virginia, USA

Building on the 2011 Arctic Messenger of Change Conference held in Copenhagen, Denmark, the 2017 International Conference on Arctic Science: Bringing Knowledge to Action will provide updated scientific, decision-making and policy-relevant information across a broad array of different Arctic issues and related scientific disciplines. Emphasis will be on what state-of- the-art research is now telling us about present and future change within the Arctic- and its implications for policy- and decision-making. Organized to include plenary and breakout sessions covering both disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives, results from the various sessions will be used in shaping future science priorities and strategies across the Arctic Council’s six Working Groups.


Arctic PIRE Launch Meeting

October 20-22, 2016 – The George Washington University

This event will mark the official launch of the Arctic PIRE project, bringing together the principle investigators and core-team to discuss issues in designing the Arctic Urban Sustainability Index. This will include debate about the selection of indicators and the availability / procurement of data.


new UArctic Thematic Network on Migration in the Arctic

September 19, 2016 – Arctic Centre University of Lapland, Nordregio, University of Akureyri and The Chiba University

The first part of the workshop will be dedicated to presentations related to the theme of Arctic Migration. We ask that people make a short presentation about their research on the theme of Arctic migration. The second part will be devoted to the initial annual meeting of our new research group where we will discuss the establishment of a new UArctic Thematic Network on Arctic Migration. We will also discuss presentations on the theme of Arctic migration at the International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences which will be held on 8-12 of June 2017 in Umeå, Sweden. A dinner of all participants will follow the workshop.

Please let us know by 12 September if you are interested in attending by emailing Nafisa Yeasmin( You will need to make your own travel and hotel arrangements but there are many nearby hotels and numerous flight connections to Stockholm.