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20: The Arctic: new narratives for a disputed territory

Breakout / Global challenges
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Our changing climate is most apparent in the Arctic, where warm temperatures are displacing entire ecosystems and redetermine the lives of local populations. While we have a wealth of scientific data, we still lack the narratives to help us organise facts into stories of personal significance and turn a chaotic moment in human history into an opportunity for development. What are the ways forward?


Artistic Director, The Arctic Cycle, New York City
Professor, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi; Editor, Arctic Yearbook; Chair, Northern Research Forum, Steering Committee, Akureyri
Executive Director, Greenpeace International, Amsterdam
Director, Arctic Futures Initiative International Program Office, IIASA - International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg
Science Editor, Spiegel Online GmbH, Hamburg Chair


Artistic Director, The Arctic Cycle, New York City

since 2002 Freelance writer and translator
since 2009 Artistic Director, The Arctic Cycle
since 2012 Founder & Editor, Artists & Climate Change
since 2015 Co-organizer, Climate Change Theatre Action
since 2015 Curator, "Theatre in the Age of Climate Change" series on HowlRound


Professor, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi; Editor, Arctic Yearbook; Chair, Northern Research Forum, Steering Committee, Akureyri

 Dr. Lassi Heininen is a Professor of Arctic Politics at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lapland (Finland). Among his other academic positions are Adjunct professor (Docent) at University of Oulu (Finland) and Trent University (Ontario, Canada), Visiting Professor at University of Akureyri (Iceland), Director of International Summer School in Karelia at Petrozavodsk State University (Russia). He is also Chairman of Calotte Academy and Northern Research Forum’s Steering Committee (see:, Head of Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security Studies (a joint TN between NRF and UArctic), and the Editor of the Arctic Yearbook, a peer-reviewed online international publication (see:
 Prof. Heininen teaches and lectures regularly abroad and supervises MA and PhD students from Finland, Iceland, Russia and other Arctic countries. His research fields include IR, Geopolitics, Security Studies, Environmental Politics, Northern / Arctic Studies, and Political History.
 Prof. Heininen is actively involved in and invited to speak at numerous international scientific conferences, seminars and workshops, as well as organizing both academic gatherings and those implementing the interplay between science and politics (e.g. Calotte Academy, NRF Open Assemblies, International Summer School in Karelia, Arctic Circle Assembly).

Jennifer MORGAN

Executive Director, Greenpeace International, Amsterdam

1988 Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, German, French, Italian, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
1992 Master of Arts: International Affairs, American University, Washington, D.C
1994-1998 Coordinator, US Climate Action Network, Washington, D.C.
1998-2006 Director, Global Climate Campaign, WWF - Worldwide Fund for Nature, Washington D.C.; Berlin
2006-2009 Director, Global Climate Program, E3G - Third Generation Environmentalism, London
2009-2016 Global Director, Climate Program, World Resources Institute, Washington D.C.; Berlin
since 2016 Executive Director, Greenpeace International, Amsterdam


Director, Arctic Futures Initiative International Program Office, IIASA - International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg

 Anni Reissell is currently Science Coordinator at the University of Helsinki, Finland, and a research scholar at IIASA. She holds a PhD in atmospheric chemistry of biogenic volatile organic compounds. Her background includes radiopharmaceuticals, natural radioactivity, air quality measurements of inorganic and organic compounds, analytical chemistry. Previous positions include research scientist at the Finnish Meteorological Institute, a research chemist at the Air Pollution Research Center, University of California, Riverside, and Executive Officer of the Integrated Land Ecosystem-Atmosphere Processes Study (iLEAPS).
 Dr. Reissell's research interests are broad and include integrated land-ecosystem atmosphere processes in relation to climate change and global change. She has 20 years' experience in chemistry, atmospheric chemistry, and global change research, and with international global change research programs and policies.

MA Christoph SEIDLER

Science Editor, Spiegel Online GmbH, Hamburg

2000 Intern, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich
2000-2001 Journalistic Training, SPIEGEL ONLINE/DER SPIEGEL, Hamburg/Berlin
2001-2008 Freelance Journalist for German Public Radio, SPIEGEL ONLINE, Süddeutsche Zeitung and others
2002 Intern, Canadian Embassy in Germany, Berlin
2003 Intern, German Public Radio, Brussels
2004-2005 Intern, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Geneva
2006 Intern, German Embassy in Romania, Bucharest
since 2008 Science Editor, SPIEGEL ONLINE, Berlin

Political Symposium

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14:00 - 18:00Professional Programme "Our World's Future"Partner
15:00 - 18:00Generational perspectives on security policyPartner
15:00 - 18:00Professional Programme on Strategies of InfluencePartner


09:00 - 12:00Devil's diplomacyPartner
09:00 - 12:00Professional Programme on Strategies of InfluencePartner
10:00 - 12:00The 2016 US election behind the scenesPlenary
14:00 - 16:30OpeningPlenary
17:00 - 18:30Acknowledging reality: coming to grips with the international systemPlenary
19:00 - 20:30The USA, the EU and Russia: what changes does the new US administration bring?Plenary


08:30 - 09:30Breakfast Club 03: POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 01: War and democracy in Ukraine: what is the future?Breakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 02: From conflicts to collaborative governance: using open data and collective intelligence to achieve public-sector innovationBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 03: May I stay or should I go? The impact of climate change on migrationBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 04: Military cooperation as a means to overcome security challengesBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 05: How to reconcile interests in societies with declining social cohesionBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 06: Alternative facts, provocations and social division: how to deal with populismBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 07: The EU on trial: 60 years of conflict and cooperation in EuropeBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 08: Geoengineering: governance implications, technical options and risksBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 09: Genome editing: governing on the cusp of uncertaintyBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 11: Innovation in a contested environment: from the outside in and the inside outBreakout
12:30 - 13:30Fireside Talk with Talia SassonPartner
12:30 - 14:00Lunch receptionBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 12: Digital Security: Social MediaBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 13: New freedoms, old constraints? Challenges of integrating female refugees in AustriaBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 14: Science-based policy-making in times of post-truth?Breakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 15: Migration and the Arts: Europe's next narrativeBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 16: The Dublin dilemma and the way outBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 17: Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe: catching up or showing the way?Breakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 18: Mission-oriented innovation policy in practiceBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 19: An end to a costly war: alternatives to failed drug policiesBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 20: The Arctic: new narratives for a disputed territoryBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 21: Democracy reloaded: what can we learn from bottom-up democratic innovations?Breakout
17:30 - 19:00Security and liberty in the digital futurePlenary
19:30 - 21:00Green Innovation: urgent & important at oncePlenary


09:00 - 12:30Transformative pathways to sustainability: from perception to changing behaviourPlenary