Arctic Sustainability Summit

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 08:00 to Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 19:00

As a major component of the G7 Research Summit Series throughout 2018, the Arctic Sustainability Summit will occur on May 23 and 24 at the Palais des Congrès in Montreal. The objective of the summit is to gather domestic and international leaders to envision a future of Arctic sustainability that gives life to the G7 Science Academies’ declaration entitled “The Global Arctic: the sustainability of northern communities in the context of changing ocean systems”.

On May 23, the programme will begin with the International Council for Science (ICSU) and Future Earth providing a global perspective, and then shifts to Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami President Natan Obed (invited) to describe the impact of climate change on Inuit in Canada and an emerging research agenda for the Arctic that includes all ways of knowing – natural, social and indigenous. Oceans have immense impact on the climate, and these implications – biophysical and socio-economic – are explored in the morning of Day 1.

In the afternoon, a panel will examine the ways that the natural environment increasingly demands closer collaboration – across countries, across cultures, and across disciplines. Day 1 of the Summit closes with the Royal Society of Canada’s Romanowski Lecture. Following the context-setting on Day 1, Day 2 turns our focus to the future.

Taking stock of the scientific legacies of the Arctic, Day 2 features the voices of students and scientists who are envisioning the ways that, together, we will address pressing challenges in the Arctic through education, training, and preparing the next generation of science and scientists. The morning will begin with the Rutherford Memorial Lecture, followed by a shift in focus to training capacity and accessible science.

The afternoon foregrounds emerging student voices, as well as representatives of agencies that play lead role in relation to science and its application in the Arctic. The day will close with a keynote that emphasizes the interconnectedness of the Arctic, as well as the formal presentation of the G7 Arctic declaration to the Government of Canada.