Niels EinarssonChanging human relationships with whales on BBC Radio 4  (24.11.2015)
Dr Níels Einarsson, director of the Stefansson Arctic Institute, appeared on a BBC Radio 4 programme contributing with research findings on whale watching, changes in Arctic coastal communities and socioeconomic impacts of tourism, in a series called Natural Histories, in an episode on Whales.

Call for papers: 5th International Polar Tourism Research Network Conference (19.10.2015)
Conference website.
Date: 29 August - 2 September 2016
Place: Raufarhöfn, Iceland
Deadline: 29 February 2016. More info here.

Conference theme: Tourism, People and Protected Areas in Polar Wilderness. This fifth conference of the International Polar Tourism Research Network (IPTRN) will be hosted at the edge of the Arctic in the community of Raufarhöfn (pop. 200) in Northeast Iceland by the Icelandic Tourism Research Centre. Alongside the conference, a community workshop on tourism development will be held in collaboration with local stakeholders, with the input from conference participants, scholars from the Stefansson Arctic Institute, students of polar law and scholars from the Northern Research Forum in an effort to focus on tourism in the polar regions.

President of Iceland to open the Arctic Biodiversity “Through the Lens” photography exhibit
in advance of the Arctic Circle Assembly
Mr. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, president of Iceland, will open an outdoor photography exhibition displaying the beauty of the Arctic outside of Harpa in advance of the Arctic Circle Assembly  on October 15 at 17:30. The event will feature: Mr. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, president of Iceland, Eiríkur Björn Björgvinsson, mayor of Akureyri and Kári Fannar Lárusson, program officer, CAFF International Secretariat.

The 15 images to be displayed are the winning results of the Arctic Biodiversity “Through the Lens” photography competition, held by the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council. The competition received over 1800 entries from photographers from across the globe.

This showcase is part of a travelling exhibit that is raising awareness of the importance of Arctic wildlife and ecosystems, bringing attention to the multiple challenges facing Arctic nature and celebrating Arctic diversity. Furthermore the competition is intended to increase the visibility of the Arctic Council’s Arctic Biodiversity Assessment as well as the ongoing implementation of its recommendations.

The competition and touring exhibition have been made possible by sponsors including the Alcoa Foundation, the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network, and 14 Icelandic Arctic organizations. See more information here.

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