The first ASIAQ workshop aimed at identifying scenarios where scientists from all disciplines represented in ASIAQ could work together in an endeavour to jointly advance research and education for a sustainable Arctic, focusing specifically on Arctic waters- those on land and the Arctic Ocean.
In order to arrive at such scenarios, intensive group work was carried out in three successive exercises. A total number of thirteen targets, listed under five different Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provided the basis for all exercises. SDG_13relevant_targets_for ASIAQ workshop.
The outcome of the group work exercises are a number of cooperation areas/projects for which support was expressed from all ASIAQ disciplines: Arctic Engineering Sciences – AET, Arctic Physical Sciences – APS, Arctic Medicine and Health – AMH, and Arctic Social Sciences –ASS. These project ideas can be grouped as follows: Research Project Ideas (RPs), Mapping Project Ideas (MPs), and Strategic Project Ideas (SPs), and can be downloaded here Project Ideas ASIAQ .
As announced at the workshop, we are now looking for volunteers who will carry these project ideas farther, to fill them with interdisciplinary content, and to hopefully to report on initial progress at the forthcoming ASIAQ meeting at the University of Tokyo in October.
Taking the lead on one of these project ideas is a great leadership training opportunity for early career scientist. Co-leadership is encouraged, and some funding for visits and exchange is available through the ASIAQ mobility grants.
Please let us know by June 23 if you want to lead and/or be contact person for one or more of the jointly formulated ASIAQ projects.
Nina Kirchner and Elisabet Idermark
Programme and practical information
The workshop 24-25 May 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden, was the first of a series of workshops for researchers from the four ASIAQ science branches to meet, share and discuss knowledge and excellence in their fields and to develop strategies to jointly contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDGs 3, 6, 13, 14, but also others.