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 few weeks ago at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), in collaboration with the Scottish-Arctic Network (ScAN) and Trent University, and funded by the Scottish Government’s Arctic Connections Fund and the Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Security. It was a great opportunity to introduce Polar Aspect MAC programmes to an audience of Arctic scientists, and to celebrate the success of our first-ever SCOTMAC conference! It was also a privilege to introduce the ScAN network, on behalf of SCOTMAC co-host Finlo Cottier of SAMS, who was unable to attend.
A copy of my presentation slides is available for download. The panel session was sponsored by the UArctic Læra Institute for Circumpolar Education and the SAMS, and I’m grateful to them and to the conference organisers for the chance to present.