All Things Norway
It has been a while since our last newsletter as the APECS leadership recently decided to switch to a quarterly newsletter to be published in March, June, September and December. We hope that you enjoy this new format with updates from a lot of APECS activities that have happened in recent months, and announcements of new events being planned right now.
I especially want to highlight the APECS Nordic workshop "Connecting Early Career Researchers and Community-Driven Research in the North" that is organised next week (7 / 8 April) in Helsinki, Finland (http://www.apecs.is/research/apecs-norden/apecs-norden-workshop). This workshop is part of a larger APECS project funded in-part by the Nordic Council of Ministers on "Bridging Early Career Researchers and Indigenous Peoples in Nordic Countries" and will bring together 50 participants and 6 mentors from 12 countries. The workshop will focus on the following themes: "Guidelines / policies for working with indigenous groups", "Effective communication skills", "Successful collaboration efforts with indigenous groups" and "Broader Impacts - Communicating results and outreach". A special thank you goes to the additional support received from the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the United States, and the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat for providing additional travel funds that made is possible for so many early career researchers to attend the workshop.
For my Norwegian piece for this newsletter, I thought I'll highlight the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry (ICR) in Kautokeino (Norway). It was established in 2005 by the Norwegian Government "as a contribution to the unique international cooperation of circumpolar reindeer herding peoples." The centre "is to be a knowledge base for providing, exchanging and developing information and knowledge between different reindeer people, national authorities and research - and academic communities at the national and international levels". It aims to "contribute in maintaining and developing a sustainable reindeer husbandry in the north; strengthen the cooperation between reindeer herding peoples; document and take care of the traditional knowledge of reindeer herders and contribute to knowledge development; communicate knowledge about circumpolar reindeer husbandry" to their target groups which include "reindeer herders, national authorities, research, education and knowledge institutions, organisations and industrial interests." The ICR is also a member of the University of the Arctic. The Secretariat of the Association of World Reindeer Herders (WRH) is also hosted at the ICR. More information can be found on their website http://reindeerherding.org/about-us/