Winter school: Our connection with a fast-changing Arctic

The Arctic Centre will host a Winter School, aimed at (inter-) national civil servants and policy makers, politicians, managers, financial experts, (young) academics and PhD students who are looking for a nuanced and wide-ranging understanding of the Arctic.

The theme of the Winter School is Our connection with a fast-changing Arctic. During one week lectures, discussions and group work will take place in which topics related to the theme will be addressed from an integrated perspective on a sustainable society. Participation can be a crucial asset to many public- and private-sector employers with operations in the Arctic.


Global warming is most prominent in the Arctic with visible changes in ice and snow and enormous challenges for ecosystems and people to adapt to the new situation. Loss of the Arctic as we know it, coincides with new development in this area on conservation, cooperation, economic development, governance and security. Sustainable solutions require multidimensional knowledge and a prudent approach when coming from outside the Arctic, as new business opportunities should take account of the sensitivities of the natural environment and local and indigenous people.

Participants will be introduced in the conditions experienced and adaptations exhibited by Arctic inhabitants, as the effects of global warming are more severe and noticeable in the North. Changing weather patterns, sea level rise and sustainable socio-economic developments, are also relevant for the rest of the world. With a variety of experts, we will discuss the present predictions and future consequences of climate change. In this respect, the Arctic can be seen as a living laboratory for a broad range of societal challenges.

Program (lecturers confirmed so far)

Dr. Maarten Loonen
Dr. Annette Scheepstra
Prof. Richard Bintanja
Dr. Christoph Humrich
Dr. Sean Desjardins
Prof. Kim Holmèn


Interested parties can preregister by filling in the form, no later than 27 September 2021. Each registration will be assessed carefully. In total 20 applicants will be selected to take part in the Winter School. You will be informed no later than 4 October 2021 whether you have been selected. The final program will also be announced that day.

General information

Dates: 24-29 January 2022
Location: Groningen
Preregistration deadline: 27 September 2021
Registration fee: To be determined

Further inquiries can be directed to Annette Scheepstra:

Course details

Academic level(s)PhD, Other
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionArctic Centre - University of Groningen
Begin date24.01.2022
End date29.01.2022
Registration deadline27.09.2021
ECTS credits0.0
Field schoolYes
Fields of studyBasic/broad, general programmes
Teaching placeGroningen, Netherlands
Tagsarcticecologyecosystemsenvironmentindigenousresourcesexchangeclimate changemultidisciplinarywellbeing
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