The UArctic Congress will take place May 15–18, 2021, in Reykjavik, Iceland in conjunction with the Arctic Council Ministerial meeting (May 19–20).
Moving the Congress to the spring of 2021 allows to organize the Assembly (the annual general meeting of UArctic members) during Congress, with the 2022 Assembly meeting taking place in Portland, Maine, USA (dates to be confirmed).
The program content of Congress is focused on the Icelandic chairmanship priorities of the Arctic Council, and will also examine the new realities of circumpolar higher education and research in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the Assembly meeting, keynotes and parallel program sessions, there will be a Rectors meeting organized for the heads of UArctic member institutions, in partnership with the Icelandic chairmanship.
The Congress will start with pre-meetings and side-events on the morning of May 15, with the Assembly meeting from the afternoon of May 15 and concluding the following day. Keynotes, parallel sessions and the program for UArctic rectors will take place May 17–18. In an effort to make the Congress program more accessible to those unable to participte in person, we will be announcing plans for how sessions can be accessed online.
Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic will also participate.