An overview diagram of the 2017 Council Meeting program is available for download HERE.
Prior to the start of the Council meeting, an optional excursion to the town of Sisimiut is planned from August 12 to 14. Hosted by the Arctic Technology Centre (ARTEK) -Technical University of Denmark, the excursion will include the choice of optional thematic workshops on science or a cultural excursion and hike, as well as local / historical visits, and social activity for all. Afterwards, participants can travel to Nuuk either by plane or by passenger ship that will depart on Monday (11:00 AM) and arrival early on Tuesday (7:30 AM). Visit the Pre-Council Sisimiut Excursion webpage for full program details, costs, transportation and accommodation options.
During the afternoon, various side-meetings or information sessions related to UArctic activities are being planned, including:
Circumpolar Studies: Open to all interested, this session will include a review of the Circumpolar Studies Program, current offerings, and discussion on the future potential of UArctic's flagship undergraduate program. Whether you and your institution are striving to implement or integrate Circumpolar Studies or simply want to know more about the program, please join us.
north2north Mobility: Open to all interested, this session will provide an overview of UArctic's north2north Mobility Program, including details on grants and waivers, application procedures, and establishing institutional contacts. Come join us to find out more!
The 20th Council meeting will begin with introductions and updates on UArctic’s activities, and will continue with Council business sessions until the late afternoon.
In the evening participants are invited to the Katuaq - Greenland Cultural Centre for a Cultural Medley. Katuaq is the home of Greenlands cultural events, highlighting the arts, music, and conferences. Opened in 1997, its astonishing architecture was inspired by waving Northern Lights, icebergs and reflections in the snow. The house has a special spirit, bringing the community together and serving as a cultural oasis in the middle of the city.
The Council meeting will continue with a business session in the morning, and during the rest of the day there will be Council Networking sessions where a number of important UArctic initiatives will be discussed.
The banquet will be held at the llimmarfik Campus.
The Council meeting will concluding with a final business session.
Following the closing of the Council meeting, participants will have the opportunity to take a bus tour of the city. The tour entitled "Nuuk in Ancient and Modern Times", will last two hours starting at 11:00, and will include a lunch.
The tour guide, Margrethe Sørensen, is a teacher of Sociology and International Relations at the University of Greenland.
The past and the present form a fascinating mix in the capital of Greenland. Nuuk the largest city in Greenland, and is located on a peninsula with access both to the Atlantic Ocean and to the spectacular hinterland. Established as a city 300 year-old ago, Nuuk is home of Greenland’s public administration, its government and many national institutions. The city also has a great deal to offer in business and commercial enterprises.
During the tour you will learn about Nuuk as a dynamic center of the Municipality Sermersooq, and hear about Greenland’s history, culture, growth, as well as its vision and strategies for the future. The tour buses will travel through Nuuk’s districts, where you will be able to observe the contrasts between the old and modern, for example, with housing and livelihoods.
Kangeq island is located where the Nuup Kangerlua fjord reaches the Atlantic Ocean (Davis Strait), and is a great area to observe seals, whales, walrus, and a variety of seabirds. Historically, as a stop on their migration route, the ancient coastal settlement of Kangeq was first occupied by the pre-Inuit Paleo Eskimo peoples during the Dorset Culture era. The Dorset people vanished from the Nuuk region before 1000 AD. The island is also the site of Hans Egede's first settlement in Greenland (1721). The sight still shows clear evidence of its past inhabitants, offering a feel of ancient Inuit life and the transition to modern Greenland.
Tentative arrangements for this optional boat tour are being made for the afternoon from 14:00 to 18:00. The price per person will be between 67 EUR and 80 EUR, depending on the total number of participants. Pre-booking and further tour details will be shared with all registered (Council meeting) participants after the May 15th registration deadline.