Tag: Model Arctic Council

Wycombe Model Arctic Council 2

It was a pleasure to return to the leafy and beautiful school grounds of Wycombe Abbey last weekend for the second Wycombe Model Arctic Council (WYCOMAC), which took place alongside Wycombe Abbey’s Model United Nations conference. Originally scheduled for January, WYCOMAC 2 was postponed to May due to the pandemic, and disruptions to scheduling meant …

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Presentation at 7th UK Arctic Science Conference

Yesterday, I took part in a session on ‘Innovation in Arctic education and public outreach’ at the Seventh UK Arctic Science Conference, organised by the UK Arctic Office, the Durham Arctic Research Centre and Durham University.  I reported on the launch of the Scotland Model Arctic Council (SCOTMAC) for undergraduate students, which took place a …

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Student remarks on SCOTMAC

I’m most grateful to Erica Zaja, a fourth-year undergraduate student reading Ecological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, for her very positive reflections on the first-ever Scotland Model Arctic Council (SCOTMAC).  Erica took part as a delegate, never having experienced model diplomacy, and she had this to say in her guest post on …

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Scotland Model Arctic Council

The faculty, staff and students of the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) are rather fortunate of geography.  Their institute, the oldest and largest of its kind in Scotland, is surrounded by the sea on three sides, sharing with ancient Dunstaffnage Castle a small promontory at the conjunction of Loch Etive and Loch Linnhe on …

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More media coverage of SCOTMAC

The first-ever Scotland Model Arctic Council (SCOTMAC) launches tomorrow at the Scottish Association for Marine Science in Oban!  SCOTMAC has previously been featured in Scotland’s The National newspaper, and I’m now very excited that Dr Irene Quaile, a journalist covering Arctic issues since 2007, has written a comprehensive article about SCOTMAC for her ‘Ice-Blog’, entitled …

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Norwich Model Arctic Council for Schools 6

This past weekend, from Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th March, delegates gathered at Norwich School in Norwich, UK, for the sixth Norwich Model Arctic Council (NORMAC) for Schools.  Due to the pandemic, a long two years had passed since the fifth NORMAC, and it was exciting finally to reconvene our flagship Polar Aspect MAC for …

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Polar Aspect Statement on Ukraine

Polar Aspect strongly condemns Russia’s unjustified, unprovoked and immoral attack on Ukraine.  We deeply deplore the immense suffering that Russia’s war is now visiting upon the people of Ukraine, and we salute their courage and resilience in the face of it. Polar Aspect is dedicated to promoting understanding and dialogue in the Arctic and around …

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Model Arctic Council Bilbao 4

Last weekend, the fourth Model Arctic Council Bilbao (MAC Bilbao) conference took place after a long hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  It was a delight finally to return to MAC Bilbao’s host school, Colegio Ayalde, for the first time in two years!  Many thanks as always to Señora Nicola Dignum for the invitation to …

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SCOTMAC featured in The National

Many thanks to Anthony Heron, a journalist with The National newspaper in Scotland, for his article ‘Here’s a “model” way to boost Scotland’s links with Sweden, Canada, America and more’.  The article features our first-ever Scotland Model Arctic Council (SCOTMAC), coming up at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) this March.  It’s a privilege to …

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Online Model Arctic Council 2

Last weekend, 20 pupils representing four secondary schools in the UK took part in our second Online Model Arctic Council (OMAC) conference.  This fully-online pedagogical simulation, convened for the first time this past March in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, engages secondary-school pupils from anywhere in the world in a simulation of real-world Arctic …

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