International Arctic Assembly

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Davis Concert Hall, UAF Campus
Larry Hinzman, UAF Vice Chancellor for Research

The International Arctic Assembly will demonstrate an innovative approach to multi-disciplinary, cross-sectoral dialogue that will feature local, national and international speakers from business, policy and research. Plenary panel discussions will focus on Arctic policy, Alaska’s unique role in informing and influencing state, national and international policy, scientific research, indigenous leadership and culture, and social-economic development.

This will be a great opportunity to explore a broad range of perspectives and objectives related to Arctic research. International discussions will help improve understandings of the role of science in addressing gaps, in enabling understanding of the Arctic system, and in implementing policy that will benefit all nations.

Thank you to our generous event sponsor: U.S. Arctic Research Commission



Coffee at 7:30AM. Doors open at 7:45AM.

Introduction and Background

8:00AM  Welcome and introduction

  • Larry Hinzman, Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Alaska Fairbanks

8:10     Traditional welcome

8:15     University of Alaska Welcome

  • Dana Thomas, Chancellor, University of Alaska Fairbanks

8:20    Welcome to Alaska

  • Byron Mallott, Lieutenant Governor, State of Alaska

Session A: Facilitating Collaboration in Arctic Science: The Role of the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee

8:30   Martin Jeffries, IARPC Executive Director

Session B: Fostering Knowledge Co-Production; Best Practices for Co-Management

How is critical knowledge produced and used in managing resources and the environment? This panel examines examples in the circum-Arctic and beyond that illustrate best practices, challenges, and potential ways forward. Panelists will discuss how scientists and community members relate to one and other to produce vital information. They will also discuss how layers of governments—tribal, municipal, state, federal, and international—integrate science and indigenous knowledge in management decisions.

9:00AM  Facilitator Welcome: Fran Ulmer, Chair, U.S. Arctic Research Commission


  • Catherine Coon, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, USA

  • Raychelle Daniel, Tuntutuliak, AK, USA

  • Finn Danielsen, Nordeco, Denmark

  • Reggie Joule, Kotzebue, USA

  • Lene Kielsen Holm, Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, Greenland

  • Rodd Laing, Nunatsiavut Government, Canada

  • Mike Miller, Sitka Tribal Council, USA

  • Greg Poelzer, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

  • Atsushi Sunami, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Japan

BREAK: 10:15AM - 10:30AM

Session B (CONT.): Fostering Knowledge Co-Production; Best Practices for Co-Management

10:30AM  Panel Continuation

11:30AM – 1:00PM  |  No-Host LUNCH – Located in Dine 49, Wood Center

Session C: Arctic Infrastructure – Planning, Development, and Risk Mitigation

With an estimated US$1 trillion in new infrastructure needs and growing risks to the current built environment, posed by extreme events and a warming climate, the Arctic faces real challenges. Home to 4+ million people and an annual economy of more than US$230 billion, the region’s environment and economy is increasingly playing an important global role. This panel session examines issues related to infrastructure planning and development. Panelists will discuss issues related to risk assessment and mitigation, investment, economic impacts, and adaptation.

1:00PM  Facilitator Welcome: Craig Fleener, Moderator, Arctic Policy Advisor, State of Alaska


  • April Melvin, National Academy of Sciences

  • Arne Instanes, Geotechnical Engineer, Instanes Polar

  • Billy Connor, Alaska University Transportation Center

  • Lori Parrott, Atmospheric Sciences, Sandia National Laboratories

BREAK:  3:00PM – 3:20PM

Session D: The Arctic - A Global Perspective

The Arctic is no longer an emerging region of interest; rather it is a dynamic landscape of change and dialogue. With the Arctic continuing to warm, and evidence of rapid social, political, and economic change, the Arctic is now a region of global interest, challenge, and opportunity. The Arctic Council continues to address these and other important issues through its well-established framework for international cooperation. However, the Arctic Council is not the only venue where Arctic issues are discussed and addressed. Indigenous and First Nations peoples, local, regional, and other nation states are actively engaged in policy and planning initiatives and activities to address the ever-evolving Arctic landscape.

3:20PM   Climate and Security in a Changing Arctic

  • Mike Sfraga, Facilitator, Woodrow Wilson Center

3:25     The US Coast Guard’s Role in a Changing Artic: A National and International Perspective

  • Captain Hamilton, Commander of the USCG Cutter Healy

3:35    Iceland: Global Crossroads, Challenges, and Opportunities

  • Tomas Orri Ranarsson, Arctic Counselor, Office of the Foreign Minister, Iceland

3:45     Greenland – Opportunities in a Changing Arctic

  • Ms. Mira Kleist, Special Advisor, Department of Foreign Affairs, Greenland

3:55     The Arctic as a Venue for Sustained Economic Investment

  • Mr .Tero VaurastePresident and CEO, Arctia Shipping Ltd., and Chairman, Arctic Economic Council

4:05     US Chairmanship of the Arctic Council: Accomplishments and Transitions

  • Ambassador David Balton

4:15     Panel Discussion

Closing Session

4:35PM    Closing Remarks

  • Jim Johnsen, President, University of Alaska

4:45    In person closing remarks

  • Larry Hinzman, Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Alaska Fairbanks