Last week, I had the privilege to attend the 2016 UArctic Congress, hosted by St Petersburg University in the strikingly handsome city of St Petersburg, Russia. UArctic is a consortium of universities conducting research on the circumpolar North, and the conference involved delegates from many countries. It was the first such conference organised by UArctic—and with luck, it won’t be the last.
Whilst at the conference, I delivered a presentation on the Norwich Model Arctic Council (NORMAC), an educational initiative I’ve recently launched to help raise awareness and understanding of the Arctic amongst secondary-school pupils. The first UArctic Congress offered the ideal venue, as UArctic has recently established a ‘thematic network‘ dedicated to running a biennial Model Arctic Council for university students specialising in Arctic studies. I hope that initial discussions about NORMAC following my presentation can grow into collaboration in future.
A version of my conference presentation will soon be published in this year’s forthcoming Arctic Yearbook.