Event Type
Conferences and Workshops

Climate Change and the Future Generations

Event Dates
2019-11-12 - 2019-11-13
Rovaniemi, Finland

The Rovaniemi Arctic Spirit Conference, fourth in a series, focuses on climate change in the Arctic, especially from the point of view of young people. The conference wants the voices of the future generations to be heard.

We no longer need to prove that Arctic climate change is a fact. Instead, we need to talk about what it really means for the future. For this reason, young people have an important role in the conference, says Markku Heikkilä, Head of Science Communications of the Arctic Centre, who coordinates the event preparations.

The first conference day will feature expert speeches and panel discussions, and the second day will focus more on scientific presentations. The side events of the conference may also raise other themes.

The main organizers of the conference are the Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland and the City of Rovaniemi. During the event, Arctic Centre will celebrate its 30th anniversary.

Rovaniemi Arctic Spirit has been organized in Rovaniemi every two years since 2013 and is the only regular international Arctic conference in Finland. The 2019 conference will bring continuity to Finland's Arctic activities after the end of Finland’s chairmanship of the Arctic Council.

Conference registration will open in May 2019.

Organizers of the Rovaniemi Arctic Spirit conference would like to invite papers and presentations covering one of the following themes:

  • Climate change as a challenge for organizations in the Arctic
  • Climate change and the rights of present and future generations
  • Live, work or leave? Youth-wellbeing and the viability of Arctic towns and cities
  • Polar regional change: physical, social-ecological and economic feedbacks
  • Arctic entwinements of energy, climate and politics

Abstract should be sent before August 23, 2019 by email to rovaniemi.arcticspirit [at] ulapland.fi