More partners signing up
Three new partners have signed up with Arctic Frontiers. Avinor, The University of Stavanger (Universitetet i Stavanger) and Norwegian Space Center (Norsk Romsenter) regard the conference as a valuable platform for their own work.
Avinor has the responsibility for the operation and development of 46 airports and the entire air navigation system in Norway. – In 2014 Avinor published a strategy for the further development of air transport in the High North, and cooperation with Artic Frontiers and access to their extensive network will help us in the implementation and deployment of this strategy, says Jon Sjølander, Vise President of Strategy and Development at Avinor.
The University of Stavanger recognises Arctic Frontiers as an important place for scientists to meet colleagues with common interests in the Arctic science and technology. – Our university is already deeply involved in a fruitful collaboration with researchers from Tromsø within offshore technology and risk management, says Øystein Lund Bø, Dean at the Faculty of Science and Technology at University of Stavanger.
– Working closely with Arctic Frontiers will strengthen this link and the partnership will enable us to broaden our perspectives on important challenges in the Arctic environment, says Lund Bø.
Space infrastructure and space technology are invaluable tools for all activities in the Arctic. The Norwegian Space Centre stresses the importance of space infrastructure as a critical element of safe operations in the Arctic. Offshore activities, shipping, detecting illegal activities, monitoring of climate and search and rescue in the Arctic is impossible without using satellites. Weather forecast, sea ice- and climate monitoring, oil-spill detection, ship tracking and oceanography all depend heavily on space technology, and satellite-based earth observation-, navigation- and communication systems.
- The Norwegian Space Centre see Arctic Frontiers as an important arena to meet with different Arctic stakeholders to discuss common challenges and needs, and raise awareness on how space infrastructure can contribute to a sustainable development of the Arctic region, says Pål Brekke, Senior Advisor at Norwegian Space Center.