Practical International Cooperation for Marine Research: UK-Norway-Russia
Organised by The Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom

The Polar Oceans are amongst the most important, but least understood environments on the planet. Declining sea ice, increasing temperatures, altered nutrient balance, and long term pollutants are affecting marine biological communities in the Arctic and beyond. The effects are felt in multiple ways, including species distribution, the structure and functioning of food webs and the underlying biogeochemical processes. Understanding these changes and how marine and coastal ecosystems are responding to them is a key to understanding global climate change processes and remains one of the crucial challenges for scientists, and demands further collaboration.

The UK, Norwegian and Russian Arctic research communities have a rich history of cooperation on bilateral and multilateral levels, with multiple recent examples of joint work on the research and education fronts, including joint expeditions and university-to-university partnerships. In July 2018, The State of the Polar Oceans 2018 – Making Sense of Our Changing World report was published - a joint project between the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). In the report scientists from leading UK and Norwegian research institutions highlighted the urgency to further investigate Polar Oceans to provide the understanding needed to help people live with and adapt to environmental change. UK and Norwegian Arctic scientists have been closely working within the framework of the NERC Changing Arctic Ocean programme. Recent UK-Russia Arctic cooperation featured a series of bilateral projects, workshops and conferences, with a special focus on early career links.

This trilateral side-event will showcase joint work by Norway, the UK and Russia to advance our understanding of the changing Arctic. The event will bring together scientists from the three countries involved in ongoing research programmes and projects on Arctic marine and coastal biodiversity. The session will provide a platform to explore what further collaborative research opportunities might look like and which existing frameworks could be used to deliver them.

A 90-minute breakout session will comprise:

  1. A 20-minute introduction to The State of the Polar Oceans report highlighting UK-Norway collaboration and the contributions from the UK and Norway towards scientific development in the Arctic (2 speakers – from the UK and Norway respectively);
  2. 10 minute presentations from Russian, Norwegian and UK researchers  on examples of ongoing UK-Norway, Norway-Russia and UK-Russia cooperation on Arctic marine and coastal biodiversity, followed by a Q&A session;
  3. A short panel discussion to look into ways to step up research cooperation, by building on the existing programmes and projects and exploring further opportunities.

Theme area: State of the Arctic

Contributors to the event:

  • Chair - Henry Burgess, Head of the NERC Arctic Office
  • Prof. Finlo Cottier, Senior Lecturer, Scottish Association for Marine Science, Adjunct Professor at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway
  • Dr. Arild Sundfjord, Research scientist, Norwegian Polar Institute
  • Dr. Chelsey Baker, Research scientist, UK Polar Network
  • Dr. Maria Fossheim, Research scientist, Institute of Marine Research
  • Dr. Natalia Shunatova, Associate Professor, St. Petersburg State University
  • Olga Knyazeva, Assistant Professor, St. Petersburg State University

Organised by The Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom

For more information about this side event contact Maria Varteressian, Manager, Arctic Frontiers Arena, maria@arcticfrontiers.com

Arena Arena

Tuesday 22nd January 2019

17:30 - 19:00

Clarion Hotel The Edge - Margarinfabrikken 3

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Organised by The Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom
The Polar Oceans are amongst the most important, but least understood environments on the planet. Declining sea ice, increasing temperatures, altered nutrient balance, and long term pollutants are affecting marine biological communities in the Arctic and beyond. The effects are felt in multiple ways, including species distribution, the structure and functioning of food webs and the underlying biogeochemical processes. Understanding these changes and how marine and coastal ecosystems are responding to them is a key to understanding global climate change processes and remains one of the crucial challenges for scientists, and demands further collaboration. The UK, Norwegian and Russian Arctic research communities have a rich history of cooperation on bilateral and multilateral levels, with multiple recent examples of joint work on the research and education fronts, including joint expeditions and university-to-university partnerships. In July 2018, The State of the Polar Oceans 2018 – Making Sense of Our Changing World report was published - a joint project between the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). In the report scientists from leading UK and Norwegian research institutions highlighted the urgency to further investigate Polar Oceans to provide the understanding needed to help people live with and adapt to environmental change. UK and Norwegian Arctic scientists have been closely working within the framework of the NERC Changing Arctic Ocean programme. Recent UK-Russia Arctic cooperation featured a series of bilateral projects, workshops and conferences, with a special focus on early career links. This trilateral side-event will showcase joint work by Norway, the UK and Russia to advance our understanding of the changing Arctic. The event will bring together scientists from the three countries involved in ongoing research programmes and projects on Arctic marine and coastal biodiversity. The session will provide a platform to explore what further collaborative research opportunities might look like and which existing frameworks could be used to deliver them. A 90-minute breakout session will comprise: A 20-minute introduction to The State of the Polar Oceans report highlighting UK-Norway collaboration and the contributions from the UK and Norway towards scientific development in the Arctic (2 speakers – from the UK and Norway respectively); 10 minute presentations from Russian, Norwegian and UK researchers  on examples of ongoing UK-Norway, Norway-Russia and UK-Russia cooperation on Arctic marine and coastal biodiversity, followed by a Q&A session; A short panel discussion to look into ways to step up research cooperation, by building on the existing programmes and projects and exploring further opportunities. Theme area: State of the Arctic Contributors to the event: Chair - Henry Burgess, Head of the NERC Arctic Office Prof. Finlo Cottier, Senior Lecturer, Scottish Association for Marine Science, Adjunct Professor at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway Dr. Arild Sundfjord, Research scientist, Norwegian Polar Institute Dr. Chelsey Baker, Research scientist, UK Polar Network Dr. Maria Fossheim, Research scientist, Institute of Marine Research Dr. Natalia Shunatova, Associate Professor, St. Petersburg State University Olga Knyazeva, Assistant Professor, St. Petersburg State University Organised by The Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom For more information about this side event contact Maria Varteressian, Manager, Arctic Frontiers Arena, maria@arcticfrontiers.com Clarion Hotel The Edge - Margarinfabrikken 3

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