The Changing Arctic

April 14th, 2021 at 09:00 (in Norway) 10:00 (in Estonia)

The Arctic has gained increased interest over the last decade as global climate change continues to transform the region. Norway and Estonia are both maritime countries with a long history of polar exploration and research. Now we are looking into new opportunities of Arctic research cooperation. The webinar celebrates the 100th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Estonia and Norway.

The webinar celebrates the 100th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Estonia and Norway, and the Norwegian-Estonian cooperation in climate change under the EEA and Norway Grants. Researchers from Estonia and Norway offer an insight into the state of play and their work in the Arctic – the glaciers and the sea, the indigenous people and the governance, methane seeps, algal blooms and the fungi.

The Estonian Academy of Sciences, Tallinn University of Technology, the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research/University of Bergen and the Academia Europaea Bergen Knowledge Hub in cooperation with the Norwegian Embassy in Tallinn welcome you to a webinar on

The Changing Arctic – Strengthening the Arctic research cooperation between Estonia and Norway

on Wednesday, 14 April 2021 at 09:00 (in Norway) 10:00 (in Estonia)

See the program, and join the live streaming here.

The webinar is free of charge and open to all interested.


Arctic Marine Operations and Shipping: Green Initiatives and Challenges

Major economies aim to be carbon neutral by 2050. Such an ambition implies an almost full transition away from using fossil fuels to power the transport sector, including maritime transport. How will the maritime Arctic be influenced by global responses to climate change?

The webinar addresses maritime transport in the Arctic and will provide insights into a complex set of issues: the Arctic’s policy framework for marine safety and environmental protection; indigenous and conservation perspectives; green ship technology; marine infrastructure; and, what measures are needed to make Arctic marine operations and shipping more sustainable.

OrganizersAcademia Europaea Bergen Knowledge Hub (AE-Bergen), Pacific EnvironmentThe University of Bergen and Arctic Frontiers

Program: The program includes two keynotes followed by a moderated panel-debate with keynote speakers and panelists. The panelists will all give brief introductions between the keynotes and the debate. There will be opportunities for registered participants to ask questions in the debate by chat. Biographies of the contributors can be downloaded here.

Participation: The webinar is free and open to all. But participation requires registration. Before the webinar starts, you must log in to the Arctic Frontiers conference platform. Press a green button “Join as participant” in the top right corner. If you participated in the Arctic Frontiers 2021 conference, please choose the “LOG IN” option; If not, please select the “SIGN UP” option (a two-step process, which will allow attending future Arctic Frontiers events). The registration is open, and we recommend login/sign up ahead of the event.

The webinar will be streamed in the auditorium (enter the door from the lobby). It will be possible to ask participants questions on the auditorium’s live wall, which will be activated during the event.

Should you have any practical questions regarding the conference platform, please contact Alexey Pavlov ( at Arctic Frontiers.

When: 7th of April 2021, CET: 18.00-20.00 (Norway) and AKDT: 08.00-10.00 (Alaska)

Chair:  Jim Gamble, Arctic Programme Director of Pacific Environment

ModeratorEystein Jansen, Professor at the University of Bergen, the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research and Academic Director of Academia Europaea Bergen Knowledge Hub


Lawson Brigham, Wilson Fellow, Polar Institute of the Wilson Center
Challenges and policies for Arctic marine operations & shipping (20 minutes)

Morten Mejlænder-Larsen, Director of Arctic Operations and Technology, DNV
The green transition for arctic shipping (20 minutes)


Hege Økland, CEO at Maritime CleanTech
Green global shipping, status on technological aspects (5-7 minutes introduction)

Arild Moe, Senior Research Fellow, The Fridtjof Nansen Institute
Russian Arctic Shipping: Commercial and political drivers (5-7 minutes introduction)

Mellisa Johnson, Executive Director, Bering Sea Elders Group,
Community perspectives on Arctic shipping (5-7 minutes introduction)

Sian Prior, Lead Advisor to the Clean Arctic Alliance,
Sustainable Arctic Shipping – priorities from an environmental group perspective (5-7 minutes introduction)

Digital media in crisis situations: rethinking their role and function

What has been the role of the media, including social media and local news, on our public debate, attitudes and behaviour during the coronavirus pandemic?

Trends point in different directions. Science advisors have gained high public profiles, with frequent media appearances that emphasise that government policy is ‘science-led’. At the same time, the pandemic has coincided with a climate of populism, ‘post-truth’ and ‘fake news’, made easier by social media and other digital platforms that can spread misinformation, uncertainty and fear.

The webinar “Digital media in crisis situations: rethinking their role and function” is organized by the Academia Europaea Cardiff Knowledge Hub. Time: March 1th, 15.30-16.30 CET. Registration here:

Digital media in crisis situations: rethinking their role and function

Taking action on plastics pollution: are biodegradable plastics the answer?

February 4th, 2021. 15:00. Online webinar

In this SAPEA webinar, a distinguished panel of experts will explore the potential role that biodegradable plastics could play in our society, and what practical steps are needed next to shape European policy on the issue. The audience will be able to pose questions and contribute to the debate.

Registration here.

The 2021 SDG Conference

February 10. – 12. 2021, Bergen, online event

The 2021 SDG Conference considers the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on equality

While the world has united behind the 2030 Agenda, rising global inequalities have long threatened to derail the progress made so far. Adding to this, the outbreak of covid-19 has had devastating impacts across the world. Recognizing this global fundamental challenge, the 2021 SDG Conference Bergen focuses on tackling global inequalities, relevant for all of the goals, to achieve a new path for sustainable development, after the crisis.

The Arctic Frontiers 2021 conference: Building Bridges

February 1. – 4. 2021, Tromso, online event

The title of the Arctic Frontiers 2021 conference is Building Bridges. This is in recognition of the strength that is gained by safeguarding the Arctic as a region of peace and global example of cooperation in an age of growing tensions and world-wide uncertainty. It also represents the need for open, honest discussions on difficult topics to ensure that polarization of positions do not create further isolation for societies and degradation of business opportunities. The AE-Bergen Hub is an associated partner.

The Arctic Frontier 2021 – Building Bridges Plenary program will bring together decision makers, indigenous leaders, business and youth representative to discuss the most pressing issues facing the Arctic.

Fish to Mars, science opera at SDG Bergen 2020

February 5, 2020. 18:00-19:00. Teglverket, The Academic Quarter (Kvarteret), Olav Kyrres gate 49.

Fish to Mars is a unique collaboration, where true science meets true Norwegian metal with the goal of making an entire opera.

Metal music and marine research are inserted into the original story by author Peter Watts, the sci-fi writer known for keeping the underlying research correct.

This performance is part of Day Zero of the SDG conference and is open to all.