Fulbright Arctic Week


Washington DC, October 24-28, 2016

The seventeen Fulbright Arctic Initiative researchers and their co-lead scholars --who hail from all eight Arctic nations--will gather in Washington, D.C. in October 2016. The scholars will participate in policy meetings and public engagement events, including a capstone symposium showcasing the results of the Fulbright Arctic Scholars’ research and collaborations over the preceding 18 months.

Fulbright Arctic Scholars visiting the Nunavut Legislative Assembly at their first meeting in Iqaluit, Canada.

Launched in 2015 to coincide with the U.S. chairmanship of the Arctic Council, the Fulbright Arctic Initiative supports U.S. priorities including supporting international scientific cooperation on Arctic issues and increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. As Arctic nations continue to take concrete steps to work together on shared challenges, the Fulbright Arctic Initiative offers a collaborative model for scholarly exchange to help translate theory into practice. Representing the Arctic Council’s eight member countries (Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and the United States), the scholars are conducting research focused broadly on the impact of climate change on the Arctic, particularly on the issues of water, energy, health, and infrastructure.

During Fulbright Arctic Week, the Fulbright Arctic Scholars will participate in several events, sharing their experiences and research with policymakers and public audiences.

The Fulbright Arctic Symposium at the National Academy of Sciences on Thursday October 27, 9am-4:30pm, was live-streamed. Please see archived videos of the event below.

Public Events Calendar

This calendar will be continually updated with additional details on Arctic Week events, including venues, speakers, and registration information.

Tuesday, October 25, 2-5:30pmSmithsonian Natural History Museum Open House
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History – The Sant Ocean Hall
10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20560

  • Open House/Meet the Scientist event to educate the public about the Arctic and the challenges facing the region due to a changing climate
  • Fulbright Arctic Scholars will have posters, photos and videos to describe their research and their scientific work in the Arctic
  • The U.S. Arctic Youth Ambassadors from Alaska will highlight the culture, traditions, and ways of life of today’s Arctic through visual displays, artifacts, and live music, dance, and athletic demonstrations

Wednesday, October 26, 2:30-5pmArctic Policy Dialogue at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036

  • Speakers and panel discussions focused on Arctic policy
  • Speakers include:
    • Ambassador Dave Balton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and Fisheries and Chair of the Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials
    • Ambassador Kirsti Kauppi, Ambassador of Finland to the United States
    • Okalik Eegeesiak, Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council

Thursday, October 27, 9am-4:30pmFulbright Arctic Symposium at the National Academy of Sciences
2101 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20418

Fulbright Arctic Week Photos

Fulbright Arctic Scholars meet Secretary Kerry at Fulbright Arctic Week in Washington D.C.

Fulbright Arctic Scholars meet Secretary Kerry at Fulbright Arctic Week in Washington D.C.
Fulbright Arctic Week

Fulbright Arctic Week Photo Album

 Fulbright Arctic Symposium Video Archive

  1. Dr. Ross Virginia (Welcome) and Ambassador Mark Brzezinski
  2. Dr. Marcia McNutt (Welcome)
  3. Admiral Robert J. Papp Jr. USCG (ret.)
  4. Dr. John P. Holdren
  5. Okalik Eegeesiak
  6. Dr. Ross Virginia and Dr. Michael Sfraga (panel)
  7. Dr. Laura Sokka
  8. Dr. Maria Tysiachniouk
  9. Dr. Øystein-Varpe
  10. Itty Neuhaus Schuck
  11. Dr. Anne Hansen
  12. Dr. Trevor Lantz
  13. Panel Q&A
  14. Dr. Kelly Falkner
  15. Dr. Bjarni-Magnússon and Dr. Gunhild Hoogensen
  16. Dr. Tamara Harms
  17. Dr. Niels Vestergaard
  18. Dr. Asli Dis
  19. Dr. Susan Chatwood
  20. Dr. Gregory Poelzer and Dr. Noor Johnson
  21. Dr. Tom Arnbom
  22. Dr. Linda Chamberlain and Dr. Gwen Holdmann
  23. Mark Taplin
  24. Julie Gourley
  25. Mark Brzezinski (closing)
  26. Dr. Virginia Ross and Dr. Michael Sfraga (closing)

For program inquiries, contact arctic@iie.org.

For press and media inquiries, contact ECA-press@state.gov.