The changing Arctic

Stylized graphic representation of the northern lights, the Danish, Faroe Islands and Greenlandic flags and the text 'The changing Arctic - security, environment and society'

Participate in a research policy conference

The conference is being held at The Royal Library, The Black Diamond, Copenhagen on 13-14 March 2024.

The Arctic is changing; climate change is driving dramatic environmental changes, geopolitical developments are accelerating, and there is a growing desire among the population for development, well-being and security. If we want to ensure sustainable development centred on people and the environment, readjustment is needed – both in society and for the individual. Research has a key role to play here.


Knowledge for the benefit of sustainable development throughout the Danish Realm

Together, the universities want to formulate visions for how research can best support sustainable development in the Arctic. We want to create the best knowledge base and consultancy within the fields of security, the environment and society for the benefit of the Danish Realm as a whole.

Our desire for a sustainable Arctic means bringing our knowledge into play and making it available in new ways. As universities, we must work together to develop and optimise our collaboration within education and research, and devise new ways of using and translating research results into value!

A day of dialogue and knowledge exchange

To find out more about this development and its direction, we are inviting researchers, decision-makers, cooperation partners and students to contribute to the discussions at the conference, where experts on Arctic security, the Arctic environment and social conditions in the Arctic will bring their knowledge to bear through exciting panel discussions and focused breakout sessions.

On the first day, which will be held in Danish, the focus is on Arctic research policy, while the second day, which will take place in English, will focus on new potential research collaborations and funding opportunities. It is possible to participate on only the first or second day.



March 13. 2024 - in Danish

Moderator Mira Kleist

Tid Aktivitet
11.30-12.00 Ankomst stående frokost



Velkomst ved dekan Katrine Krogh Andersen, SCIENCE Københavns Universitet

Visioner for arktisk forskning
Prorektor Magni Mohr Fróðskaparsetur
Direktør Josephine Nymand Grønlands Naturinstitut
Prodekan Ole Hertel Aarhus Universitet

12.30-13.00 Debat: Arktis i forandring – behov for politisk fokus
Repræsentationschef Jóannes V. Hansen Færøerne
Medlem af Inatsisartut Kuno Fencker Siumut
Medlem af Folketinget Flemming Møller Mortensen S
13.00-13.30 Debat: Hvordan hænger arktisk forskning og forsvar sammen?
Vicechef, brigadegeneral Poul Primdahl Arktisk Kommando
Rektor Per Michael Johansen AAU
13.30-14.00 Pause






Tid Aktivitet
16.30-17.30 Reception/ afrunding forhallen
18.00-22.00 Middag på Nordatlantens Brygge, Strandgade 91


March 14. 2024 - in English

Time Activity
08.30-09.00 Arrival


Introduction by prorector for Resarch David Dreyer Lassen, University of Copenhagen


A story of ice
Minister for Higher Education and Science Christina Egelund


Understanding and addressing the changing Arctic for societal resilience, effective defense and robust science,
Adrian Lema, Head of the National Center for Climate Research, DMI

09.45-10.15 Debate: How do we fund Arctic research? 
Tobias Kjeldgaard Danmarks Frie Forskningsfond, Troels Jørgensen Innovation Found Denmark
10.15-10.45 Break






Key note


Professor Kathrine Richardson University of Copenhagen,
”How do we fast-track research into societal transformation”


Good bye