International Arctic Summer School

Compared on a global scale, circumpolar regions are currently experiencing the most dramatic environmental change related impacts, which particularly impacts High North communities and complex ecosystems. Changes include retreat of sea- and land fast ice coverage, increased erosion at coast-lines, loss of permafrost damaging buildings and other infrastructure as well as ecosystem changes.

The International Arctic Summer School on “To understand Arctic: Environment and Ecosystem” will serve as academic platform for undergraduate education on anthropogenic impacts on Arctic environment and ecosystem. We invite undergraduate students from all relevant disciplines and research fields from China and the eight circum-Arctic nations to Harbin Institute of Technology, the People’s Republic of China to attend the Summer School. The Summer School aims at convey academic knowledge and modern strategies for a profound understanding, protection, development and active participation in the comprehensive sustainable governance of the Arctic region. The first step for suitable and sustainable strategies along this line is to understanding Arctic; and a comprehensive scientific understanding of the environmental, societal and regulative processes in Arctic is mandatory.

The Summer School will provide up-dated scientific knowledge on all relevant aspects of Arctic processes and the anthropogenic impact on these delicate environmental interactions. Relevant lectures will be delivered by international renowned experts with long-term experience in their respective fields of expertise. Furthermore, in follow-up discussions and seminars, opportunities will be given to discuss and elucidated detailed aspects on Arctic anthropogenic impacts on its environment and ecosystem.
This is the first Summer School to be held by the International Arctic Summer School, Harbin Institute of Technology (IASS-HIT-Env-2019) on the topic of “To understand Arctic: Environment and Ecosystem”. The objectives of this Summer School are
1. To establish and strengthen the friendship among students from Chinese and Arctic universities;
2. To understand and discriminate the anthropogenic impact (i.e. pollutants) in the Arctic environment and ecosystem;
3. To understand the currently observed dramatic Arctic climate change and the projected impacts on ecosystems and local communities;
4. To provide training for modern measurement and analysis methods for relevant organic pollutants, including persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and chemicals of emerging Arctic concern (CEACs) and other contaminants;
5. To improve public knowledge and awareness towards Arctic.
All lectures, seminars, discussion and reporting will be provided in English. Please note, all written materials will also be available or will be produced in English language.

Student scholarships
Accommodations and meals for attending students in Harbin during the summer school period will be covered. A special scholarship will be available for 2 indigenous students upon separate application. One for a Russia student and one for a student from another circum-Arctic country. The scholarship will include a return trip flight tickets between Harbin, China and the nearest airport to the student’s home University (We will purchase the tickets for the students after approval).

We are responsible for the following expenses:
- Accommodation during the official program period, 7 July (check-in)-20 July (check-out), 2019 (On campus or appointed hotel)
- Meals on campus
- Cost occur in experimental courses

Students are responsible for the following expenses:
- Personal travel insurance covering medical expenses, flight accidents etc.
- Costs incurring from taking land transportation within one’s own country
- Costs for activities that is not part of the official program
- Costs for additional stay in China before or after the official program period, 7 July (check-in)-20 July (check-out), 2019
- Any additional costs resulting from altering the flight schedule provided by organizer to include destinations other than the student’s home country
- Other personal expenses such as costs for issuing passport and documentations needed for participating in the Summer School

This summer school invites undergraduate students of all academic backgrounds from Chinese universities and from the eight circum-Arctic countries who have shown and can document profound professional interests in the Arctic and intend to achieve further relevant scientific knowledge on the Arctic environmental processes.
The following eligibility criteria will be applied for the selection of the candidates:
1. You are undergraduate student in one of the UArctic member universities or one of the Association of Sino-Russian Technical Universities (ASRTU) universities.
2. The student is professionally interested in enhancing his understanding on Arctic environmental processes.
3. The student is actively interested in contributing to throwing friendship among the students from Arctic Nations and China.
4. The student must have good active English skills, both in oral and written communication, with focus on academic language.

The undergraduate students who are interested in attending the IASS-HIT-Env-2019 will apply by providing a short CV (about 100 words including email address and telephone number), a brief letter of interest, and description of what you hope to gain and contribute to the Summer School.

The documents must be send to the secretariat:
Yang Lian (


Course details

Academic level(s)Bachelor
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionHarbin Institute of Technology
Begin date08.07.2019
End date19.07.2019
Registration deadline31.03.2019
ECTS credits0.0
Field schoolYes
Fields of studyEnvironmental science
Teaching placeHarbin
Teaching termSummer
Tagsarctic environmentarctic ecosystemschina
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