Left to right : Mathieu Leporini (Science and Higher Education Attaché for the French Institute of Finland), Ambassador Aleksi Härkönen (Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials under the Finnish Chairmanship of the Arctic Council), Prof. Kathy Law (CNRS), Prof. Jérôme Fort (CNRS, La Rochelle) and Prof. Sébastien Gadal (Aix-Marseille University, CNRS)

L’Institut Français de Finlande en collaboration avec l’Ambassade de France en Finlande, le German Arctic Office, l’Ambassade d’Allemagne en Finlande et la Ministère finlandais de l’Environnement organisent le 10 octobre prochain à la Maison des Etats à Helsinki un séminaire sur les sciences de l’environnement en Arctique.

La protection de l’environnement est au cœur du travail du Conseil de l’Arctique et c’est aussi l’une des priorités de la Présidence finlandaise du Conseil de l’Arctique. Les groupes de travail du Conseil de l’Arctique jouent un rôle essentiel dans la compilation d’informations scientifiques sur l’évolution de l’environnement en Arctique. Plusieurs organismes de recherche contribuent à la recherche de haute qualité en Arctique et leurs résultats sont importants pour les travaux du Conseil de l’Arctique.

Ce séminaire invite la communauté scientifique à en apprendre davantage sur le travail effectué par le Conseil de l’Arctique et sur les liens entre les sciences arctiques menées par d’autres institutions. Il sera également l’occasion de montrer l’expertise et l’excellente coopération avec la France et l’Allemagne, deux pays observateurs du Conseil de l’Arctique qui participent activement aux travaux de recherche. A cette occasion, plusieurs experts français interviendront, soutenu par l’Institut Français de Finlande et le Ministère de l’Europe et des Affaires Etrangères.

Program :

09:00 – 09:30 Opening Session: Environmental science in the Arctic and in the Arctic Council
Minister of Housing, Energy and the Environment, Mr. Kimmo Tiilikainen
Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials, Mr. Aleksi Härkönen

9:30–10:45 Session 1: Protecting arctic flora and fauna and use of renewable resources or natural resources

11:00–12:45 Session 2: Monitoring arctic environment, climate change and harmful substances and assessing their impacts

13:45–15:00 Session 3: Protecting arctic marine environment and the impacts of increasing human activities

15:15–16:30 Closing Session: From environmental science to action in the Arctic


Jérôme Fort, PhD in Biological Sciences, CNRS research scientist at the LIENSs (Littoral, Environment and Societies) institute (La Rochelle, France).
My main interest lies in understanding how the Arctic marine biota is threatened by environmental modifications, whether climatic or anthropogenic. My current research more specifically aims to enhance our knowledge of the mercury contamination of Arctic seabirds and marine food webs. Since 2015, I coordinate the ARCTOX international network to monitor, at the pan-Arctic scale, mercury in marine ecosystems. I am also co-leader of ADACLIM, a long-term monitoring programme of the French Polar Institute on seabirds in East Greenland.


Sébastien Gadal is a Professor of Geography in Geomatic and Spatial Analysis at Aix-Marseille University, CNRS ESPACE UMR 7300. The area of research concerns the questions of urbanisation, territorial development, and socio-environmental impacts by Remote Sensing, GIS and Simulation in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic regions, mostly in Siberia.


Kathy Law is CNRS Director of Research at the Laboratoire Atmosphères, Milieux, Observations Spatiales (LATMOS) in Paris, France. She worked for >35yrs in the field of atmospheric chemistry including chemistry-climate feedbacks, long-range transport of pollution. Since 2005, she focused on transport of pollution to the Arctic (POLARCAT-IPY), local Arctic pollution and their impacts on climate and human wellbeing. She is co-chair of the international PACES initiative on Arctic air pollution, coordinator of the French PARCS (Pollution in the Arctic System) project involving 19 research groups and has been involved in many international assessments (e.g. AMAP Black Carbon and Ozone report, 2015).

 

From left to right : Serge Tomasi (Ambassador of France in Finland), Kimmo Tiilikainen (Minister of Housing, Energy and Environment), Detlef Lingemann (Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Finland)

 

Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister of Housing, Energy and Environment

 

Aleksi Härkönen, Ambassador for the Chair of the Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials

 

Detlef Lingemann, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Finland

 

Serge Tomasi, Ambassador of France in Finland

 

French expert Jérôme Fort, PhD in Biological Sciences, CNRS research scientist at the LIENSs (Littoral, Environment and Societies)

 

Panel discussion with experts from France, Finland and Germany about Arctic biodiversity and science