For the second consecutive year Tromsø has become an interdisciplinary platform for a vivid discussion and research of young scientists and students who are interested in the future of the Arctic. The Arctic Student Forum (19 January – 25 January 2017) as a part of the Arctic Frontiers conference has united Bachelor- and Master students from around the world to go through a broad range of topics with the focus on the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Those goals are oriented towards ending the poverty, protecting the planet, and ensuring prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda.
During the forum students had a chance to visit Troms Fylkehuset, UNN, Nofima, Hurtigruten AS, Fram Centre, Polaria Experience Centre, and gain some insight for their joined projects which they presented on 25th January. Various range of topics were presented that day such as providing fiber-optic communication in the Arctic regions of Russia, removing plastic waste from the ocean, prospectives of commercialization of the seaweed from the Arctic Ocean the in the medicine and cosmetology and many other incredible ideas. The participants had to come up with a feasible idea during the workshop on sustainability and entrepreneurship provided by RYE Connect where they created their logos and slogans which turned out to be very well-thought and beautifully designed.
The program of the Arctic Student forum also included talks by invited scientists, politicians, business- and NGO representatives and attending Arctic Frontiers main venue conference events.
Text: Tamara Sizykh