In the framework of the EU Climate Diplomacy Week and in the context of the Finnish Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, the Institut Francais in Finland, the Embassy of France to Finland, the Finnish Ministry of the Environment, the Embassy of Germany and the Embassy of the UK will organize in cooperation with the UArctic congress, a public conference on “Arctic and Education”. Indeed, education represents one of the four priorities of the Finnish Chairmanship of the Arctic Council. Speakers from Finland, France, Germany and UK will share their expertise on the challenges and perspectives of education in the Arctic in the climate change context and will also present concrete programs and projects of education.

This public conference will be organized on the 6th of September 2018 from 4pm to 6pm in the conference hall at Aleksanterinkatu 7.

This public conference is free, but registration is required:


16h00: Opening session

Hannele POKKA, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Environment

Aleksi HÄRKÖNEN, Chair of the Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials

Outi SNELLMAN, Vice President of the University of the Arctic, Chair of the UArctic Congress International Steering Committee

Hans KOEPPEL, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany


16h30-16h40: Short movie: Changing environment – Stories above the Arctic Circle


16h40: Panel Discussion 1: Challenges and perspectives of education in the Arctic in the climate change context

Prof. Dr. Jan BORM, Vice-President International Affairs, University of Versailles Saint-Quentin, France

Prof. Dr. Florian STAMMLER, Research Professor Anthropology, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland

Dr. Gareth REES, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, UK

Moderation: Prof. Veli-Pekka TYNKKYNEN, University of Helsinki


17h15: Panel Discussion 2: Implementation of programmes, concrete projects of education

Mika AROMÄKI and Janne NÄKKÄLÄJÄRVI, Sámi Education Institute, Finland

Dr. Stéphanie LEFRÈRE, Climate change and Arctic exhibition, France

Dr. Rainer LEHMANN, Polar Educators International, Germany

Dr. Mhairi BEATON, Carnegie School of Education, Leeds Beckett University, UK

Terhi HAKKARAINEN, Helsinki School of Natural Sciences, Finland

Moderation: Liisa ROHWEDER, WWF


18h00: Closing remarks

Tom DODD, HM Ambassador to Finland

 Opening words Gaelle Hourriez-Bolatre
 Hannele POKKA
Panel Discussion
Closing remarks Tom Dodd