Brussels (BE) - 11/10/12
Conference "Mapping Scientific Needs in the Arctic and Northern Areas"
The initiative "Mapping Scientific Needs in the Arctic and Northern Areas" organised by the JRC and the Mission of Norway to the EU aims at highlighting science and research needs within a European context to tackle the challenges and realise opportunities in the Arctic and Northern Areas. The initiative will map out the potential for increased knowledge cooperation, focusing on three selected priorities relevant to the Arctic:
- Climate Change and Climate Adaption (Session I),
- Sustainable Management of Oil and Gas Resources (Session II)
- Renewable Energy Technologies (Session III).
The environmental impact will be discussed throughout the different topics.
SESSION I: Climate Change And Climate Adaption In The Arctic And Northern Areas
- Jos Delbeke, Director-General, Directorate General for Climate Action, European Commission 'Adapting to climate change across Europe, up to the Arctic'
- Grete K. Hovelsrud, Research Director, Nordland Research Institute and Senior Researcher at the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research (CICERO) 'On thinner ice: The dynamics of human adaptation in the Arctic'
- Elisabetta Vignati, Head of Unit, Air and Climate, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Joint Research Centre, European Commission 'Tackling near-term climate change in the Arctic'
- Morten S. Olsen, Programme Coordinator at the Danish Energy Agency and Chair of the Snow, Water, Ice and Permafrost in the Arctic (SWIPA) Assessment 'Key findings of the SWIPA assessment and implications for scientific needs in the Arctic'
- Nalan Koç, Research Director, Norwegian Polar Institute 'Understanding and predicting an Arctic in transition to a new state: regional and hemispheric perspectives'
- Annika E. Nilsson, Senior Research Fellow, Stockholm Environment Institute 'Arctic governance and learning in the Anthropocene'
SESSION II: Sustainable Management Of Oil And Gas Resources
- Fridtjof Fossum Unander, Executive Director of the Division for Energy, Resources and Environment, The Research Council of Norway 'Oil and gas operations in the High North – R&D challenges and funding instruments'
- Marcelo Masera, Head of Unit Energy Security, Institute for Energy and Transport, Joint Research Centre, European Commission 'Lessons from the policy initiatives on offshore safety'
- Henrik Steine Madsen, Vice President & Head of Siemens Subsea Systems, Siemens 'Subsea Power Technology - A key factor in order to unlock the Artcic in a sustainable manner'
- Morten Karlsen, Manager Arctic Technology, Statoil 'Arctic Innovation from a Statoil Perspective'
SESSION III: Renewable Energy Technologies
- Gunnar Sand, Vice President Projects, Foundation for Scientific and Industrial Research (SINTEF Group) 'Supplying Energy in the High North – Opportunities and Challenges'
- Efstathios Peteves, Head of Unit Energy Systems Evaluation, Institute for Energy and Transport, Joint Research Centre, European Commission 'Opportunities for harnessing the renewable potential in Northern Europe; the option of energy storage'
- Jan-Fredrik Stadaas, Technology Manager Offshore Wind, Statoil 'Challenges taking offshore wind to the next level: Hywind, Floating Offshore Wind Turbines'
- Jeroen Dillingh, Senior Scientist, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland 'Challenges in exploring wind energy for arctic and northern areas'