August 31, 2015

1,500 participants with a vested interest in the Arctic expected

Arctic Change 2017, a major international conference on Arctic science confirmed for Québec City

Arctic Change, one of the largest international Arctic research conferences in Canada, will be held at the Québec City Convention Centre from December 11 to 15, 2017.

The event will bring together some 1,500 researchers, students, decision makers, and stakeholders in every field of Arctic research from around the world. They will discuss the multiple challenges and opportunities brought about by climate change and modernization of the Arctic.

The event, whose goal is to stimulate discussion and foster collaboration between people with a vested interest in the Arctic and its peoples, will help mark the tenth anniversary of ArcticNet, whose objective is to study the impacts of climate change and modernization in the coastal Canadian Arctic.

ArcticNet Scientific Director Louis Fortier, an oceanography research professor in the Biology Department at Université Laval, is a key figure in the organization. Renowned for his scientific leadership in Arctic research, he heads the pan-Canadian consortium of Arctic specialists that recommissioned the research icebreaker CCGS Amundsen.

This is the second time that the Québec City Convention Centre will host the international Arctic Change conference, after a successful first edition held in 2008. Mr. Jocelyn Guertin, International Sales Manager at the Québec City Convention Centre, worked to obtain this important conference. The economic spinoffs from the event are estimated at over $3.5 million.

ArcticNet is a Network of Centres of Excellence of Canada, whose Administrative Centre is based at Université Laval, that brings together scientists and managers in the natural, human health, and social sciences with their partners from Inuit organizations, northern communities, federal and provincial agencies, and the private sector. The objective of ArcticNet is to study the impacts of climate change and modernization in the coastal Canadian Arctic. Over 150 ArcticNet researchers and 1,000 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research associates, technicians, and other specialists from 34 Canadian universities and 20 federal and provincial agencies and departments collaborate with more than 150 partner organizations in 14 countries.