ASIAQ is the name of the weather goddess in Inuit mythology.
The ASIAQ project unites six universities from three continents and four countries (Russia, Japan, USA and Sweden) in an endeavour to jointly advance research and education for a sustainable Arctic. The ASIAQ partner universities are Stockholm University, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Umeå University, Northern (Arctic) Federal University, University of New Hampshire and University of Tokyo.
Specifically, ASIAQ focuses on Arctic waters: those on land and the Arctic Ocean. Their well-being is of fundamental importance in the times of rapid climate change and its impacts on not only global climate, economics, politics, but also on health and well-being of indigenous and local communities in the Arctic. However, responsibility for a sustainable Arctic cannot be confined to people in the Arctic. Neither does water recognize geographic, political or disciplinary boundaries. Therefore, researchers from four disciplines will work together in ASIAQ in order to address the fundamental challenges facing the Arctic ecosystem and its inhabitants through the common link of Arctic waters:
- Arctic Engineering and Technology (AET)
- Arctic Physical Sciences (APS)
- Arctic Medicine and Health (AMH)
- Arctic Social Sciences (ASS)
The ASIAQ project plans activities in 2018, 2019 and 2020:
- Integrative Arctic Research Seminars hosted at the participating universities with the aim to work towards an integrated perspective
- Arctic Science Workshops to disseminate ongoing work and connect researchers
- Integrated Arctic Science Outreach Activities to communicate research and to enhance public awareness
- Mobility grants to encourage mobility of researchers
The ASIAQ project is funded by STINT, The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education, and the participating universities.