Arctic Science Forum

The Arctic Science Forum on the first day of the 2nd Arctic Science Ministerial (ASM2) will showcase the latest achievements based on the deliverables agreed under the thematic areas as defined by the First Arctic Science Ministerial (ASM1). Scientific advances presented in the ASM1 deliverables, as well as necessary future commitments, will be the core of the discussions which are open to many different Arctic stakeholders, policy-makers, NGOs, the media and scientists. These discussions will prepare the ground for the high-level segment that takes place on the second day.

Format and Participation

The Arctic Science Forum will be a symposium-type event, including short keynote presentations and panel discussions, all arranged in plenary. Participation will be limited to 280 scientists, representatives of indigenous organizations and science policy-makers from the participating countries and relevant international science organizations. Each participating country has been invited to nominate up to 10 delegates. The six indigenous peoples’ organizations, which are Permanent Participants of the Arctic Council, have been invited to send up to 5 participants each. Relevant international organizations have been invited to nominate 1 delegate each.


The forum will be structured according to the three themes of ASM2:

  1. Strengthening, integrating and sustaining Arctic observations, facilitating access to Arctic data, and sharing Arctic research infrastructure;
  2. Understanding the regional and global dynamics of Arctic change;
  3. Assessing the vulnerability and building resilience of Arctic environments and societies.

The participating governments and indigenous peoples’ and international organizations were invited to provide input to these themes, with regard to both progress made since ASM1 and new activities related to ASM2. The agenda will be based on the input received.


A Science Advisory Board, established to analyse the input and compile it into a synopsis, will support the development of the agenda and the choice of speakers. The Board will develop a summary of the Science Forum that the Chair will present to the Ministers the following day.

Communication and Media

The forum will be broadcast in a live webcast via the ASM2 website. The footage will be used to compile a short film for the opening session of the Ministers´ Meeting the following day. Interviews with prominent scientists for national and international press representatives during the Arctic Science Forum will be organized upon request.