Recommendations to Ease Bottlenecks in Transnational Access for Arctic Research

25 March 2024 | 10:30 - 12:30 (UK) 

Open Session - HYBRID 

Room:  St Trinnean's (St Leonards)

Organiser:  Pjotr Elshout (European Polar Board, The Netherlands)


Event Description:

In an effort to promote international Arctic science and ease some of the challenges experienced by the international Arctic scientific community regarding transnational access, the Arctic Eight (Canada, the United States, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Iceland and Russia) signed the Agreement on Enhancing International Arctic Scientific Cooperation (in this paper called: ‘the Agreement’) in May 2018. This paper summarises the awareness and knowledge of the Agreement amongst the representatives of Members of the International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic (INTERACT) and identifies bottlenecks and recommendations based on input from respondents of two surveys circulated in 2021 and 2022 amongst representatives of the INTERACT consortium.

According to these surveys, the awareness of the Agreement amongst the INTERACT Network and wider Arctic research community could be improved to promote international scientific Arctic collaboration. Respondents of both surveys note that disseminating the Agreement at relevant conferences, informative (national) websites, research stations and during the application processes of obtaining permits for Arctic research may ease challenges experienced when conducting international Arctic science, or travelling to research infrastructure in Arctic countries.

During this session, the results and recommendations in the report will be presented. After this presentation, there will be a panel session including experts on transnational access in the Arctic discussing the recommendations and the Agreement.