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Arctic Frontiers 2020 – Power of Knowledge

The Bjerknes Centre at Arctic Frontiers 2020

The conference Arctic Frontiers in Tromsø gathers politicians, business and scientists on Arctic issues the last week of January. Not in Tromsø? Find the live streams here. ​


Follow the main live stream from the conference here

Science kick-off 15:15-16:00

Kikki Kleiven, associate professor at the department of Earth Science UiB and the Bjerknes Centre is kicking off the scientific programme at the conference, moderating the talk with Ingrid Agnete Medby, senior lecturer, Oxford Brooks University, Department of Social Science and Tracey Galloway Assistant professor, University of Toronto.



© Christian Morel / christianmorel.net / The Nansen Legacy
Christian Morel / christianmorel.net / The Nansen Legacy

From Nansen legacy science to useful knowledge

Importkompaniet, Clarion Hotel the Edge, Tromsø – January 27, 16:15-17.45

How can knowledge from a science project reach users and policy makers? And how can we increase the competence among scientists in order to provide the science results in a useful format for users and policy makers? This side event focuses on science results, knowledge needs and dialog on topics related to weather, ecosystems, ecotoxicology, the ice edge and future conditions in the Barents Sea.

Through short presentations from scientists and user groups, we aim for a dialog on important and relevant issues regarding the Barents Sea and the Arctic marine environment. The goal is to turn science results into powerful knowledge and build a more informed and closer interaction between scientists and policy makers.

Science advice for policy – Arctic Frontiers 2020

Science advice for policy: who asks, who gives, and who listens?

Importkompaniet, Clarion Hotel the Edge, Tromsø – January 27, 18.15-19.15

Science advice supports effective policymaking by providing the best available knowledge, which can then be used to understand a specific problem, generate and evaluate policy options and monitor results of policy implementation. It also provides meaning to the discussion around critical topics within society. Successful mechanisms for science advice need to be independent and trustworthy.

The advice works best when it is guided by the ideal of co-creation of knowledge and policy options between scientists and policymakers.

Eystein Jansen, Prof. and Academic Director Academia Europaea Bergen Knowledge Hub, the Bjerknes Centre of Climate Research and IPCC Lead author, will moderate the session. 

The Panel:

  • Eirik Sivertsen - MP, Parliament of Norway, Chair of the Standing Committee of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region
  • Sissel Rogne – Prof. and Director Inst. of Marine Research
  • Vigdis Vandvik - Coordinating Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) reports 2018 ECA and 2022 IAS and Deputy Chair of the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food and Environment
  • Øystein Hov – General Secretary, Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters


Arctic Frontiers OPEN - Vekst eller vern i nord?

Arctic Frontiers OPEN – Vekst eller vern i nord?

Prelaten Kro og Scene, Tromsø – January 27, 19.15-20.00

The panel will be held in Norwegian

Utnyttelse av naturressurser er av mange sett på som grunnlaget for næringsutvikling i nord. Er det plass til alle eller ligger det an til arealkonflikter? Hvordan balanserer vi forholdet mellom vern og vekst når klimaendringene merkes bedre i Arktis enn mange andre steder?


  • Karoline Andaur, Interim CEO, WWF Norway
  • Ørjan Nergaard, Sourcing Manager, Lerøy Seafood AS
  • Martin Henriksen, Representant for Troms 2017-2021, Arbeiderpartiet
  • Haakon Hop, seniorforsker, Norsk Polarinstitutt

Tor Eldevik, Professor, Universitet i Bergen og Bjerknessenteret