Tag: Arctic international relations

Online Model Arctic Council Delegate Training

I’m extremely pleased to report on the latest Polar Aspect educational initiative—the Online Model Arctic Council (OMAC) delegate training and conference programme.  This new initiative aims to engage pupils from secondary-schools anywhere in the world in a process of experiential learning about the Arctic through an online version of the Model Arctic Council programmes that I run …

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Norwich Model Arctic Council 5

Last week, the fifth annual Norwich Model Arctic Council (NORMAC) convened at Norwich School in the UK. Like last year’s conference, NORMAC 2020 spanned three days, from the afternoon of Thursday 5th March to the afternoon of Sunday 8th March. It was the largest NORMAC conference yet, involving 49 pupils visiting from seven secondary schools …

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Model Arctic Council Bilbao 3

Last week, 24 pupils from 12 secondary schools gathered at Colegio Ayalde in Bilbao, Spain, for the second annual Model Arctic Council Bilbao (MAC Bilbao).  They came from schools in France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and the UK, and I was especially pleased to see one pupil attending MAC Bilbao for a third consecutive year!  As at MAC Bilbao 2019, …

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Wycombe Model Arctic Council

This past weekend, I was extremely pleased to launch my third Model Arctic Council conference for secondary schools, after the Norwich Model Arctic Council (NORMAC, launched 2016) and Model Arctic Council Bilbao (MAC Bilbao, launched 2018). The first annual Wycombe Model Arctic Council (WYCOMAC) saw 25 pupils from 8 schools gather at Wycombe Abbey in …

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Norwich, England, UK (c) 2019 Anthony Speca

Model Arctic Council at Secondary School

Growing interest in the Arctic Council amongst scholars and educators has recently stimulated a number of Model Arctic Councils (MACs). MACs are pedagogical simulations in which participants play the role of delegate to a cycle of Arctic Council meetings. MACs are normally aimed at university students, particularly postgraduates and advanced undergraduates, but since 2016 I …

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Norwich Model Arctic Council for University

I’m delighted to announce that last week I launched the first Norwich Model Arctic Council for University (NORMAC University), in collaboration with Trent University in Canada and the University of East Anglia (UEA) in the UK.  Twenty-three students from these two universities gathered together on the UEA campus for five days of learning about the …

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Norwich Model Arctic Council 4

Last week, the fourth annual Norwich Model Arctic Council (NORMAC) convened at Norwich School in the UK.  NORMAC 2019 was a longer event than either NORMAC 2017 or NORMAC 2018, spanning three days from the afternoon of Thursday 27th February to the afternoon of Sunday 3rd March.  But it was again a sizeable and international conference, involving 42 …

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Model Arctic Council Bilbao 2

Last week, 26 pupils from 11 secondary schools gathered at Colegio Ayalde in Bilbao, Spain, for the second annual Model Arctic Council Bilbao (MAC Bilbao).  They came from schools in Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, the UK and the USA, and they also represented China and Turkey as home countries.  As at MAC Bilbao 2018, pupils attending this year’s conference played …

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Norwich Model Arctic Council 3

The third annual Norwich Model Arctic Council (NORMAC) convened over the weekend of 23rd to 25th February at Norwich School in the UK.  A larger event that NORMAC 2017, this year’s conference involved 46 pupils from 8 secondary schools in the UK and Spain.  Two of the schools involved were UK international schools, and participating …

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Model Arctic Council Bilbao

  Just over a week ago, 28 pupils from seven secondary schools in Italy, the Netherlands, Saudia Arabia, Spain and the United Kingdom gathered at Colegio Ayalde in Bilbao, Spain, for the inaugural Model Arctic Council Bilbao (MAC Bilbao).  Over the course of three days, from 25th to 28th January, they played the roles of …

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