Aim: The MAC simulates an international negotiation on pressing challenges the Arctic region and its inhabitants face, so students learn about both issues and the Arctic Council itself. Second, participants develop an understanding of the interplay among science, politics, and economics through practice. Finally, the program prepares participants to engage in decision-making processes and to exercise leadership and diplomacy skills in the Arctic, emphasizing active listening, public speaking, and training of oral skills.

Preparation: Students will prepare for their participation independently by examining the basic documents of the Arctic Council and its working groups (e.g., Declarations of Ministerial meetings; Vision for the Arctic 2013), and through courses and extra-curricular programs at their home universities. Program organizers will assign roles. Each participant must also carefully examine the policies, strategies, agendas, and statements of her/his actor in the simulation.

Funding: The University of Akureyri will cover on-site costs in Akureyri, including shared accommodation (based on double occupancy), local transportation, and some meals. Students are responsible for obtaining funding for their transportation to/from Akureyri as well as some meals. We encourage applicants to seek funding through their universities´ administrations or countries´ ministries of foreign affairs, or organizations/institutions working on the Arctic/ Arctic affairs.

Hosts: The Model Arctic Council 2020 will be hosted by the University of Akureyri, and led by Professor Rachael Lorna Johnstone. It will be organized with the cooperation of Icelandic ministries, as one of the activities of the Icelandic Chairmanship of the Arctic Council (2019-2021). Moreover, the event will be a collaborative effort with the Model Arctic Council Thematic Network, a continuing program organized under the University of the Arctic and led by Professors Mary Ehrlander and Brandon Boylan at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

For more information and to submit an application, visit the Model Arctic Council website.

Important Dates:  
Applications are due by November 8, 2019.    
Students will be notified of their acceptance by December 3, 2019.