Listed below are sessions organised by or featuring speakers from SEI. Find the full programme on the Arctic Circle website.

Arctic journalism at the crossroad of technology, economy and politics

When: Saturday 20 October, 08:00–09:00
Where: Akrafjall, Harpa Fourth Level
Organiser: SEI

Arctic images, news stories, and longer features have become increasingly common and reach far. Research on Arctic journalism has also expanded. What role can new media platforms play in conveying a more multifaceted picture of the Arctic? What are challenges of providing both in-depth and timely reporting? How is Arctic reporting affected by the declining trust in media and growing concerns about fake news?

In this roundtable session, speakers with different experiences of Arctic journalism will discuss the potentials and constraints in their reporting about the Arctic and how the interlinkages between technological, economic and political changes impact the stories and images that are projected.



  • Alice Rogoff, Publisher and Editorial Director of Arctic Today
  • Martin Breum, Journalist/author
  • Thomas Nilsen, Editor of the Barents Observer
  • Eilís Quinn, Specialized Reporter, Eye on the Arctic/Regard sur l’Arctique, Radio Canada International

Concluding reflections

  • Miyase Christensen, Professor of Media and Communication Studies, Stockholm University

The Arctic Resilience Action Framework

When: Saturday 20 October, 11:30–12:30
Where: Skarðsheiði, Harpa Third Level
Organisers: Harvard Kennedy School Arctic Initiative and SEI


  • Joel Clement, Senior Fellow, Harvard Arctic Initiative:
    The Role of the Arctic Resilience Action Framework
  • Kuupik Kleist, Greenlandic Commissioner, Pikialasorsuaq Commission, former Premier of Greenland:
    Resilience in Action: The Pikialasorsuaq Vision
  • Rene Söderman, Senior Arctic Official, Finland:
    Reflections on Finland’s Arctic Resilience Forum
  • Jannie Staffansson, Advisor, Arctic Environmental Unit, Saami Council:
    The Role of Indigenous Communities in Supporting the Arctic Resilience Action Framework
  • Leigh Welling, PhD, Associate Regional Director for Science, Communications, and Partnerships, National Park Service, Alaska Region, United States:
    Sustaining Place-based Knowledge and Cultural Vitality in Communities of Northwest Alaska
  • Marcus Carson, SEI:
    Taking Stock of Resilience Progress and Opportunities in the Arctic

More sessions with SEI

Session topic Time Location SEI speaker/s
The interplay between science, politics and business Friday 19 October, 11:15–12:15 Akrafjall, Harpa Fourth Level Annika E. Nilsson
The future of the Arctic Council Friday 19 October, 15:30–17:00 Björtuloft, Harpa Fifth Level Annika E. Nilsson
Research for societal benefit Friday 19 October, 17:15–18:45 Hafnarkot, Harpa Ground Level Marcus Carson
Contentious years in Arctic politics Friday 19 October, 17:15–18:45 Háaloft, Harpa Eighth Level Annika E. Nilsson

Details and registration

Register, book a meeting room, or find the full programme at the Arctic Circle’s event website.

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