Invitation for Science Diplomacy contributions

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Building Common Interests in the Arctic Ocean with Global Inclusion

Call for Science Diplomacy contributions

We live in a global-interconnected civilization with the challenge to balance national interests and common interests for the benefit of all on Earth across generations. Arctic Frontiers is an international forum where issues of science diplomacy, governance, and sustainable development are traditionally raised and discussed. In 2020, through the collaboration with the Science Diplomacy Center (The Fletcher School, Tufts University) and Springer, presenters at Arctic Frontiers conference will have a possibility to contribute to the book Building Common Interests in the Arctic Ocean with Global Inclusion. Visionary presentations that will be memorialized in the Informed Decisionmaking for Sustainability book series published by Springer. We are seeking international and interdisciplinary contributions inclusively. Please see additional details below.


  • July 9, 2019 – Abstracts submission announced for Arctic Frontiers Science and for chapters within a specific book section (please see below)
  • September 23, 2019 – Abstract submission deadline for book contributions
  • October 4, 2019 – Abstract acceptance announcements for book contributions
  • November 2019 – Draft chapters submitted to identify reviewers
  • January 24, 2020 – Peer review-ready chapters submitted by Arctic Frontiers 2020
  • January 26-30, 2020 – Presentations and discussions at Arctic Frontiers 2020
  • March 2020 – Chapter reviews returned by book editors
  • May 2020 – Revised chapters delivered by authors
  • June 2020 – Chapter compilation submitted to Springer for publication
  • Fall 2020 – Springer book publication

Informed Decisionmaking for Sustainability. Volume 2. Building Common Interests in the Arctic Ocean with Global Inclusion. (Editors: Paul Arthur Berkman, Oran R. Young, Alexander N. Vylegzhanin, Ole Øvretveit and David A. Balton). Springer.

The Arctic Ocean includes areas within, across and beyond national jurisdictions (above figure), recognizing that all Arctic states and Indigenous peoples “remain committed to the framework of the Law of the Sea,” as shared in their Vision for the Arctic from Kiruna, Sweden, 15 May 2013.  The Arctic Ocean also is a sentinel of planetary processes and changes with its diminished sea-ice, introducing risks as well as opportunities across a ‘continuum of urgencies’ from security times scales (mitigating risks of political, economic and cultural instabilities that are immediate) to sustainability time scales (balancing environmental protection, economic prosperity and societal well-being across generations). Since 2009, following the first Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting with foreign ministers of all eight Arctic states, binding pan-Arctic legal agreements also have emerged: search-and-rescue (signed 2011); marine oil pollution prevention, preparedness and response (signed 2013); and enhancing international Arctic scientific cooperation (signed 2017). These pan-Arctic agreements are complemented by the Polar Code that entered into force in 2017 as well as the Central Arctic Ocean high seas fisheries agreement signed in 2018 with application surrounding the North Pole as a “pole of peace.” In this holistic (international, interdisciplinary and inclusive) context, the Arctic Ocean is stimulating precedents with relevance to informed decision making for sustainability at local to global scales.

Section 1: Science as the ‘Study of Change’ in the Arctic Ocean

Recognizing the natural sciences and social sciences as well as Indigenous knowledge reveal patterns and trends (albeit with different methodologies) that become the bases for decisions.

Section 2: Institutional Interplay in the Arctic Ocean

Appreciating the diversity of stakeholders, rights holders and actors with interests, roles and responsibilities in the Arctic Ocean, historically and into the future.

Section 3: Sustainable Development as a ‘Common Arctic Issue’

Addressing the challenge to couple governance mechanisms and built infrastructure as integrated decision making arenas involved with balancing environmental, economic and societal perspectives.

Section 4:  Common Interests in the Central Arctic Ocean

Involving Arctic and non-Arctic states with opportunity for Indigenous inclusion to reveal local-global lessons with the Arctic high seas surrounding the North Pole, unambiguously beyond national jurisdictions.

Section 5: Transformation of Research and Action in the Arctic Ocean

Integrating questions and data with evidence and options (without advocacy) for informed decision making across a ‘continuum of urgencies’ in the Arctic and elsewhere on Earth.

Section 6: Convergence with Science Diplomacy in the Arctic Ocean

Understanding the acceleration of knowledge co-production and holistic contributions to address Arctic issues, impacts and resources with balance, stability and resilience across generations.

Abstract Submission
See Timeline above; Please use Arctic Frontiers 2020 abstract submission system (

Abstract Elements (in order):

  1. Relevant book section(s) from among 1-6 above (choose during the submission process);
  2. Title of contribution (80 characters or less) that identifies problem and solution;
  3. Name of lead author with institutional details;
  4. Name(s) of any co-authors with institutional details;
  5. Abstract description, with a possibility to upload a single figure or table and two references

In case of questions, please contact: Prof. Paul Arthur Berkman (

Due: September 23, 2019


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