Let`s Innovate the Future Together!

 Have you heard about Rovaniemi Arctic Spirit Conference?

It offers the opportunity to reflect on Arctic cooperation and it´s future. The year 2017 provides exceptional framework for the conference: Finland assumes the two- year rotating chairmanship position of the Arctic Council and celebrates its centennial anniversary. Rovaniemi Arctic Spirit is the first large scale public Arctic event of the chairmanship period. The conference builds on the heritage of “Rovaniemi process”, the first step in official cooperation between the Arctic states. The Arctic Spirit aims to offer interesting and relevant content which are not too often discussed in Arctic events. This is where the Arctic community meets to exchange, learn and be inspired. However, twelve side events will be given during the Conference, we listed one of the most incredible one below.


Sustainable Development in the Arctic

Rovaniemi Arctic Spirit Conference´s innovative Arctic Youth Forum side event will be held on 13th of November 2017 from 6 pm to 8:30 pm at Hostel Café Koti. Such fascinating opportunity of introspection is organized by our students of InnoBarentsLab to give a platform for young people to express their opinions and ideas concerning the future of the Arctic while connecting them with influencers and decision makers.

Students came up with six different topics, that people are most interested about according to our surveys. Discussion will be about Economic and Business Development, Cross-border cooperations, Arctic industries, Circumpolar wellness, the Future of Rovaniemi and last but not least Let’s innovate the future together!

The Youth Forum is free of charge and is held in English.

Mikaa Mered – Professor of Arctic/Antarctic economics & geopolitics – Free Institute of International Relations Studies (ILERI, Paris) and
Anzelika Krastina – Director International Relations, School of Business and Culture, Lapland UAS and leader of Arctic Young Innovative Entrepreneurs network

Confirmed panelists:
René Söderman, Senior Arctic Official, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Anna Reetta Rönkä, Researcher, University of Oulu
Teppo Säkkinen, a Lapland University student and a former head of Centre party national youth organization

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