Canadian youth joined Cardiff University to present for Arctic Science Summit Week 2023 in Vienna, Austria.
Indigenous youth artists, early career researchers and climate entrepreneurs were proud to see projects like the @1860 Winnipeg Arts, Inclusion in Northern Research and Our People Our Climate showcased during during Arctic Science Summit Week 2023 in Vienna, Austria this month.
A special day-long, hybrid workshop on Race and Systemic Bias in Arctic Sciences, organized by Cardiff University and Polar Impact, hosted by the Austrian Polar Research Institute connected researchers and students from Austria, the United Kingdom, Canada and beyond.
The issue of systemic bias in Arctic Science is a serious one, with far-reaching implications for the region and the world as a whole. Indigenous and underrepresented minorities continue to be excluded and marginalized in Arctic research, which poses a significant challenge to our understanding of this important region.
The Race and Systemic Bias in Arctic Sciences Crosscutting Workshop, held during this year’s Arctic Science Summit Week from Vienna, Austria, aimed to address this challenge head-on. Through a series of talks and breakout discussions, the workshop brought together researchers, experts, and Indigenous participants to explore ways to eliminate systemic biases and promote inclusivity in Arctic research.
This year’s summit week took place in Vienna, Austria.
This year’s workshop built on the highly-successful 2021 Arctic Science Summit Week session “Towards an Inclusive Arctic Research Community.” The first series of international conversations were held in partnership with institutions including Cardiff University, Université Laval, the UK British Antarctic Survey and the US Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) among many others for Arctic Science Summit Week, virtually from Lisbon, Portugal, on March 19, 2021.
A larger, follow-up workshop in Tromsø, Norway, originally set for 29-31 March 2022 was rescheduled due to the impacts of Covid-19 pandemic restrictions and international logistics.
Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) is organized annually by the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) to provide opportunities for coordination, cooperation and collaboration between scientific organizations involved in Arctic research. It was initiated by the IASC in 1999 and has evolved into the most important annual gathering of the international Arctic research organization.
“We’re looking forward to continuing the conversations started back in 2021 and again this year with energy, and excitement,” said @1860 Winnipeg Arts coordinator Jamie Bell.
“We’re very grateful to Dr. Buzzard at Cardiff University for her leadership in bringing everyone together. We’d also like to thank the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and Austrian Polar Research Institute organizers for including us in this year’s workshops.”
In 2021, a joint Canada-UK proposal for a Race and Systemic Bias in Arctic Sciences Crosscutting Workshop for Arctic Science Summit Week 2022 was awarded a total of 12,381 Euros from the IASC Atmosphere, Cryosphere, Marine, Social & Human, and Terrestrial Working Groups.
The workshop proposal received positive feedback from various IASC working groups, which recognize the importance of the issue and the potential impact of the proposed solutions.
The IASC Atmosphere Working Group, for example, expressed interest in being fully engaged in the development of the workshop, while the Cryosphere Working Group emphasized the need to fund the attendance of early career researchers, Indigenous participants, and experts. The Marine Working Group described the proposal as “very good and unique,” while the Social and Human Working Group highlighted potential for creating a long-term legacy. Similarly, the Terrestrial Working Group described the topic as “timely and clearly important.”
In 2022, funding for Canadian participation was made possible by the Manitoba Arts Council Indigenous 360 Program.
“This funding from the Manitoba Arts Council will make it possible for us to continue exploring these important opportunities for networking, dialogue and tangible action as we move forward from #ASSW2023,” said Bell. “We’re already starting to explore ways to include our international partners to build on what we learned this year.”
Save the date for ICASS XI in Bodø, Norway!
ICASS XI will take place May 29-June 2, 2024 in Bodø, Norway, hosted by Nord University and Nordland Research Institute.
The event will take place together with the UArctic Congress and the High North Dialogue 2024. The themes of the Congress will follow those of Norway’s Arctic Council chairmanship program in partnership with the Norwegian Ministry for Foregin Affairs.
ICASS XI will include a meeting of the IASSA General Assembly, high-level plenary and parallel sessions, as well as networking and social events. Bringing these events together in Bodø – a 2024 European Cultural Capital – will be a showcase of Arctic cooperation, and provide excellent opportunities to meet and exchange without extra travel.
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