Arctic Science Summit Week comes to UAF

Josh Hartman / Sun Star

Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW), which is held every year in a different country, will be at UAF this year. The summit includes International Arctic Assembly Day which is Tuesday, March 15. On this day “scientists, policymakers, technical experts and other stakeholders will discuss and share ideas and information to advance human well-being, security and technology in the Arctic,” according to the official program.

The summit will be held over spring break from Mar. 12-18 on the UAF campus and around Fairbanks. During this week, the Arctic Council will have their second meeting under U.S. chairmanship. There will be workshops and side sessions about science, technology and policies affecting the Arctic.

Online registration is now closed, however, on-site registration will be available. On Mar. 11 the registration desk will be at the UA Museum of the North from 6 – 9 p.m. Then it will be in the Wood Center ground floor from Mar. 12 to Mar. 14 from 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. On Mar. 15 and 16 the registration desk will only be open until 5 p.m.

Over the course of the week, there will be a wide range of speakers including Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallot, Fairbanks Mayor Karl Kassel and Director of the International Arctic Research Center Hajo Eicken.

Conference attendees can register for a tour of the Poker Flat Research Range on Mar. 14 from  – 5 p.m. There is a limit of 55 people and the cost tour costs $35. Poker Flat is a rocket-launching facility owned by the University. It is the only university-owned rocket range in the world.

ASSW also includes events for the general public such as: “Dark Winter Nights: North Through Our Eyes” on Mar. 11 from 7 – 9 p.m. Here live storytellers will tell “stories of northern adventure, culture and science,” according to the official program. This event is located at Pioneer Park Centennial Center Theatre. Admission is free.

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