World leading Arctic researchers meet in Bergen
During the week 22-28 March 2009, nearly 300 researchers working with Arctic questions met in Bergen, Norway. The occasion was the Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) where scientists meet to discuss how to improve plans and coordinate research in the Arctic regions.
New this year, an international symposium focusing on Arctic Connections – the results of 150 years of research, was included in ASSW. Eight world leading scientists in the field gave keynote talks, and 150 other scientists gave oral presentations.
The purpose of ASSW is to provide opportunities for international coordination, collaboration and cooperation in all areas of Arctic science and to combine science and management meetings. The ASSW also offers insight into Arctic research undertaken by the host country. 17 different side meetings organized by other groups with interests in Arctic science and policy will take place at the same time and place.
ASSW 2009 was hosted by the Institute of Marine Research, the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research and the Research Council of Norway.