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Human Rights and the Arctic

The seventh Human Rights and Science Symposium is hosted by the Council of Finnish Academies. It belongs to a symposium series managed by the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and is organized in collaboration with all Finnish science academies.

The 7th symposium “Human Rights and Science” discusses the human rights dimension in the Arctic studies. The focal themes revolve around the rights of the indigenous peoples, preconditions of scientific research in the Arctic, and the human rights perspectives in research and utilization of natural resources. The theme “Arctic” is especially topical in Finland, as Finland will assume the two-year rotating chairmanship position of the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum addressing sustainable development and environmental protection in the Arctic, in May 2017. The scientific coordinators of the symposium are Professor Jukka Kekkonen, Chair of the Human Rights Committee of the Council of Finnish Academies in Helsinki and Dr Judith Miggelbrink, Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography in Leipzig.

The symposium is part of the programme for the centenary of Finland’s independence in 2017. The guests are welcome to an official reception by the City of Helsinki in the Old City Hall after the symposium. Symposium registration is free of charge, complimentary coffee and lunch are served for all registered guests. The guests are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements.

The event on 29th September is open to public. Registration is, however, needed for necessary preparations. On 28th September, the symposium program consists of a closed meeting of European science academy representatives.

On Friday 29 September, European Researchers’ Night is held in around 300 cities simultaneously across Europe. Events in Helsinki can be found from the Finnish Researchers’ Night webpage.

Earlier Event: September 26
2017 Annual Hitachi Lectureship at AAAS
Later Event: September 29
ARCUS D.C. Arctic Research Seminar Series