Polar Aspect are passionate about raising awareness and understanding of the Arctic amongst youth. We aim to inspire secondary-school pupils and university students to learn more about the Arctic, its special challenges, and the peoples who call it home.

With these goals in mind, we created and launched the world’s only Model Arctic Council conferences for secondary-school pupils, and we are currently planning an undergraduate-only conference as well. These unique experiential learning programmes bring students together to consider up-to-the-minute Arctic issues, and to hone their skills at persuasion, negotiation and consensus-building, by playing the roles of diplomats to a simulated cycle of Arctic Council meetings. In addition to Model Arctic Council, we also visit schools and universities to offer guest presentations on Arctic issues.

Our educational work is grounded in actual classroom practice.  Polar Aspect’s founder and Managing Principal, Dr Anthony Speca, was formerly an assistant instructor at the University of Toronto and The Ohio State University, and he currently teaches at Norwich School in the UK.


Polar Aspect have created, launched and continue to manage Model Arctic Council (MAC) programmes at the following educational institutions:

  • Colegio Ayalde (MAC Bilbao )
  • Norwich School (NORMAC )
  • Trent University and University of East Anglia (NORMAC University)
  • Wycombe Abbey (WYCOMAC  – in preparation for January 2020)


Polar Aspect are enthusiastic about bringing the Arctic into the classroom.  We have appeared as guest teachers or lecturers at the following educational institutions:

  • Norwich School
  • University of Oxford
  • Trent University


To get a better sense of the unique learning experience offered by Polar Aspect’s Model Arctic Council conferences, please visit the website of our flagship conference, the Norwich Model Arctic Council .  If you require any further information, or if you wish to discuss how Polar Aspect’s educational innovation can be of service to you or your organisation, please do not hesitate to contact us.