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The purpose of the conference is to provide a forum for policy-makers and academics to deliberate on how the security, resilience and sustainability of the globalized Arctic region and its peoples may be enhanced, and what instruments of governance may most suitably contribute. The conference will spell out (1) how the different relevant dimensions of security (military, economic, environmental, energy and human security) manifest themselves in the governing / governance arrangements in the Arctic; (2) how the challenges associated with each manifest themselves, individually and together; and  (3) what forms of governing arrangements can best help to address the challenges. The conference will also focus on (4) how the Nordic countries and nations, including Greenland, the Faroe Islands and Aaland Islands, may contribute to the peace, stability and prosperity of the Arctic region through collaborative efforts based on their shared social, human, environmental and democratic values. 

Among invited plenary speakers and debaters: Prof. Michael Byers (University of British Columbia), Prof. John Mearsheimer (University of Chicago), Prof. Rob Huebert (University of Calgary), Prof. Alexander Sergunin (University of St. Petersburg), Prof. Lassi Heininen (University of Lapland), Prof. Kirstine Offerdal (Norwegian College of Defence Studies), Prof. Else Broderstad (University of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway),  Prof. Minik Rosing (Copenhagen University), Prof. Stephane Roussel (École nationale d’administration publique, Montreal), Prof. Anders Mosbech (Aarhus University), Prof. Ellen Margrethe Basse and Prof. Søren Rysgaard (Aarhus University/Manitoba). A number of other distinguished speakers have been invited to contribute to the panels and workshops.

Prof. Michael Byers
Prof. John Mearsheimer
Prof. Robert Huebert


The Arctic region has risen on the global agenda during the last two decades. As the ice is thinning and shrinking, it is opening the Arctic for more activity – including the extraction of oil and gas, sea transportation, fishing, mining and energy intensive industries – but also challenging the military, environmental, social and human security of the Arctic region and its peoples.

Therefore it is important to examine the background and conditions for Arctic cooperation on matters of security and governance, including issues of sovereignty, self-determination and social, economic and environmental sustainability, and human security.   

The Nordic dimension

The conference will, among other things, focus on how the Nordic countries, including Greenland and the Faroe Islands, may contribute to the peace, stability and prosperity of the Arctic region through collaborative efforts on issues of military, environmental and human security based on their shared social, human and democratic values.  

What motivates this agenda is the conviction that, by virtue of their legacy of environmental, social welfare and human rights policies and their geographical position, the Nordic countries and peoples have a unique potential to play a proactive role in the Arctic and the North Atlantic which will benefit the global community, the Arctic peoples and their own interests. Due to increased tensions and contradictions in international politics there is growing concern that the high stability of the Arctic region, which has greatly benefited the region, its states and its peoples, deteriorate.

Organizers and institutional partners 

The conference is organized by a number of Nordic universities and academic research academies. It is connected with the GlobalArctic project initiated by the Northern Research Forum devoted implementing an interplay between science and politics.  Among its institutional partners are also the Danish ministries of foreign affairs, defence and research, the Folketing and the Nordic Ministerial Council.  

Photo: Lars Holst Hansen/Aarhus University

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Deadline for proposals and abstracts

Proposals and abstracts must be submitted by June 15 2015 at the latest.

Proposals should be sent directly to the organizer of the relevant workshop or panel. See Programme for session titles and contact details.

Length of submissions cannot exceed 300 words and must include submitter's contact details in the document.

Photo: Lars Holst Hansen/Aarhus University

Hosts, organisers and partners

Aarhus University and City of Aarhus

Aarhus University (Arctic Research Centre and INTRALaw)
Aalborg University (Circla)
Copenhagen University
Northern Research Forum
Royal Danish Defence College
University of Oslo (ARENA)
University of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway
University of Iceland
Ilismatusarfik/University of Greenland
University of Lappland

Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Higher Education and Science
Nordic Council of Ministers,
Embassy of Canada
Det Udenrigspolitiske Selskab
Folkeuniversitet i Aarhus


Inquiries regarding the academic programme please contact:
Michael Böss 
Mobile: +45 2093 4818

Inquiries regarding logistics, etc. please contact:
Lone Jørgensen
Aarhus Universitet
Fredrik Nielsens Vej 5
8000 Aarhus
Telephone.: +45 8715 3105
Mobile: +45 2030 1440

Inquiries regarding accommodation and registration etc. please contact:
KongresKompagniet A/S
Pakhus 13
Nordhavnsgade 4
DK-8000 Aarhus C. 
Telefon: +45 86 29 69 60
CVR nr.: 32 16 15 88

What is MatchPoints Seminar?

The MatchPoints Seminar is an annual, international and interdisciplinary conference presenting high profile speakers and addressing subjects relevant to contemporary public debates.
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