Bridging the Gap between Researchers and Policymakers

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Washington, D.C. – Fulbright Arctic Week, October 24-28, 2016, marks the third and final meeting of the 2015-2016 Fulbright Arctic Initiative cohort. The week provides the Fulbright Arctic Initiative scholars with an opportunity to share research findings and recommendations with each other, the public, and the broader policy network in Washington so as to help move their leading Arctic research from theory to practice.

A full series of events is underway including public education at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, panel discussions at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and a Fulbright Arctic Symposium at the National Academy of Sciences.

What is the Fulbright Arctic Initiative?

The Arctic is facing dynamic challenges due to the growing impact of climate change. As a result, there is an ever-increasing need for international collaboration and information sharing to arrive at swift and integrated policy approaches, capable of building both local and global resilience in the face of a changing Arctic. The Fulbright Arctic Initiative is an 18 month interdisciplinary and multinational program, sponsored by the US Department of State and the Government of Canada, which is designed to support this need. It has brought together 17 Arctic experts from the 8 Arctic Council member countries (Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States) to take part in residential exchange and collaborate to improve our approaches to and understanding of the Arctic.

As Fulbright Arctic Week progresses, the research is proving to grapple with important challenges such as, safeguarding the rights of indigenous people; promoting health and wellness in Arctic communities; and, building a sustainable energy and natural resource sector. So far, the week is proving to support exchanges of information that can lead to significant progress and lay the groundwork for a sustainable Arctic future.

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For more information contact:

  • Alanna Blackie DeMos
  • Coordinator – Recruitment and Alumni Relations
  • (613) 688-5514

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