Final Report

The Calotte Academy is an annual travelling symposium, international scientific forum and doctoral school in the North Calotte, the northernmost region of Europe. It is designed to promote interdisciplinary discourse as well as academic and policy-oriented dialogue between senior researchers, early career scientists and advanced graduate students and other northern stakeholders, such as policymakers, civil servants and community leaders and planners. It is a “school of dialogue” and it is participatory by nature: the principle is to share knowledge and experiences between scientists and communities.

The Academy shed light on Arctic perceptions in the context of the regional and globalized Arctic theoretically and holistically from many angles and disciplinary approaches, from academic and policy-oriented ones – including indigeneity, development, exploration and exploitation, shipping and infrastructure, geopolitics and tourism. It discussed on Arctic perceptions from the perspectives of past(s), present(s) and future(s), and from global, or international, Arctic and local contexts in the European Arctic. By bringing researchers from all around the world together with local experts and other stakeholders, the Academy’s participants learned from the experience embedded in local cultures of the various stakeholders of the European Arctic.

Final reports of the Calotte Academy can be found on the Academy’s website.



  • High geopolitical stability in the Arctic region relies on, and could be deepened by, functioning interplays between science and politics, between scientific knowledge and local/indigenous knowledge, as well as between material and non-material values. It is thus important to maintain and further develop such interplays.
  • Adaptation to new technologies and standards offers opportunities but also challenges the social, economic, and environmental integrity of the Arctic region. It is important for local stakeholders and communities to have the means, expertise and capacity on contributing to their development in order to benefit from and strengthen their potential advantages.


Date and Location: 

4 - 10 June 2018 | Finland, Norway, and Russia


IASC Working Group / Committees funding the Project:


Project Lead

Gerald Zojer, Salla Kalliojärvi


Year funded by IASC



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