the arctic circle 2017

  • Arctic Circle 2017

The Arctic Circle Assembly will take place for the fifth time in Harpa, Reykjavík Iceland on October 13th to 15th 2017. Verkís participates in organizing the program in collaboration with EFLA, Mannvit og Landsvirkjun Power and is one of the sponsors for the conference. 

The Arctic Circle is the largest network of international dialogue and cooperation on the future of the Arctic. It is an open democratic platform with participation from governments, organizations, corporations, universities, think tanks, environmental associations, indigenous communities, concerned citizens, and others interested in the development of the Arctic and its consequences for the future of the globe. It is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization.

Saturday, October 14th
Breakout Session: Ilulissat - Infrastructure as a start point for further growt
Kl. 11:20 am – 12:20 pm, Björtuloft

  • Þorvaldur Guðjónsson, verkefnastjóri hjá ISTAK: 
    The Ilulissat hydropower plant planning and construction history: Implementatio of a Hydropower Plant Under Extreme Arctic Conditions
  • Svend Hardenberg, director, Mannvit Greenland: 
    Challenges of Switching to Local Green Energy in a Small Isolated Community: Impact of The Implementation of Hydropower For Local People and Local Industry Such as Fisheries and Tourism
  • Svend Hardenberg, director, Mannvit Greenland: 
    First-hand experience: How the Implementation of the Ilulissat Hydropower Plant Impacted the Local Community With Increased Tourism
  • Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council's Global Energy Center; former Minister of Industry and Commerce of Iceland:
    Looking further – How to Create the Conditions For Sustainable Development of Such Societies?: Infrastructures and Legal Framework Required to Create Sustainable Conditions for Development, Fisheries and Other

Sunday, October 15th
Plenary Session: Developing a society under extreme weather conditions
Kl . 14:30 am – 15:10 am, Silfurberg

  • Guðni A Jóhanneson, Director GeneralOrkustofnun: 
    A History of Icelandic Infrastructure Development
  • Guðmundur Pétursson, Senior Project Manager, Landsvirkjun:
    Building up Knowledge in a Small Society: The Hydropower Example
  • Helga Jóhannsdóttir, Managing Director of Operations, RARIK
    Operating Energy Facilities/Utilities in Harsh Weather

See the program here