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Panel participants discussing on science diplomacy and the Arctic
Panel participants discussing on science diplomacy and the Arctic

The presentations of the Science Diplomacy and the Arctic seminar are now available. The seminar was organized by Council of Finnish Academies on March 3rd, 2015.

The seminar introduced the concept of science diplomacy to Finnish academic and foreign policy discourses. The significance of science diplomacy in solving “wicked problems” of our time was presented through examples relating arctic governance.

Programme and presentations:

The event was hosted by Secretary General of Council of Finnish Academies Päivi Tikka.

13.00-13.15    Chancellor emeritus Kari Raivio: Science as a tool for diplomacy

13.15-13.45    Minister for Foreign Affairs Erkki Tuomioja: How to utilize scientific knowledge in foreign policy?

13.45-14.15    Professor Paul Berkman (Cambridge): Science Diplomacy and Sustainable Infrastructure Development in the Arctic Ocean

14.15-14.45 Coffee break

14.45-15.00    Director of the Arctic Centre Paula Kankaanpää: Role of Science in linking knowledge with action in the Arctic

The presentation by Paula Kankaanpää was based on her articles Innovative Environmental Protection: Lessons from the Arctic (2015) and Knowledge structures of the Arctic Council for Sustainable Development (2012).

15.00-17.00     Panel discussion: The role of science in Arctic negotiations

The panel discussion was moderated by Chancellor emeritus Kari Raivio

Panelists: Acting Director for Policy Planning and Research Petri Hakkarainen (Ministry for Foreign Affairs), Professor Lassi Heininen (University of Lapland), Rodney Hunter (Embassy of the United States), Professor Markku Kulmala (University of Helsinki), Professor Nikolay Vakhtin (European University, St.Petersburg)

Thank you to all of our excellent speakers and participants!