Upcoming Arctic events at UAA

UAA will be hosting several major arctic gatherings this fall. They are: 

Eight Polar Law Symposium, September 25–26


The Eighth Polar Law Symposium is co-hosted by Alaska Pacific University (APU), the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the University of Alaska Anchorage (through its Justice Center and its Institute of Social and Economic Research), the University of Washington School of Law, and Vermont Law School, in cooperation with the Arctic Law Section of the Alaska Bar Association. The symposium will be held on both campuses of the University of Alaska: The theme is: “The science, scholarship, and practice of polar law: Strengthening arctic peoples and places.”

The symposium starts at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Wood Center September 23–24 (Wed–Thu) and continues September 25–26 (Fri—Sat) at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

2015 Arctic Science Conference, October 1-3


The conference theme is “Healthy Estuaries: Sustainability and Resilience.”

As the eight Arctic nations become more prominent due to trade and commerce routes for the 21st century, the importance of near shore zones and estuaries to Arctic and Subarctic populations is becoming more explicit. Of the world’s four most geographically vast nations, three are found in the Circumpolar North. Resource development and associated infrastructure may impact the demands on ecosystem services underscoring the necessity to observe, document, understand and respond to climate change.

Conference foci include traditional scientific disciplines, science education, arctic social sciences, biomedical research, and artistic interpretation of the evolving North.

Relate North 2015: Culture, Community and Communication Symposium & Exhibition, November 4-6, 2015


The symposium and exhibition is a collaboration between the University of the Arctic ASAD thematic network, the University of Alaska Anchorage, the University of Lapland and the Kimura Gallery. The event will address several questions including: What role can art play in representing a northern sense of culture, community and identity? How can art stimulate debate about indigenous issues and other northern and Arctic ways of living in challenging environments? What role can art play in communication of northern issues?