Sharing Arctic Knowledge - finding sustainable solutions through cooperation across borders

Date Location Organiser
31 Jan 2023 Tromsø, Norway Interreg NPA and Interreg Aurora

Interreg NPA, Aurora and Tromsø and Finnmark County Council are jointly hosting a side event at the ARCTIC FRONTIERS on 31st January 2023 in Tromsø, Norway.

What can the Interreg cooperation programmes offer to Arctic communities, businesses and research?

The side event will share experiences and lessons learnt how cooperation across borders can provide better possibilities for sustainable solutions in a local, regional and Arctic perspective.

The programmes - Interreg Northern Periphery and Arctic and Interreg Aurora highlight the importance of cooperation across borders that shares vital Arctic knowledge. How can Interreg support sustainable development and find sustainable solutions for resilient communities in the Arctic?


Tuesday, 31st January, 15:45 - 17:15 CET 
Venue: Clarion Edge, Arbeidskontoret 1, Tromsø

Welcome and introduction
Ms Päivi Ekdahl, Development director, Regional Council of Lapland

Cooperation across borders with northern neighbours. Why is Interreg important to Norway?
Mr Ole Gustav Narud, State Secretary at the Ministry of Local Government and Regional development, Norway C

The brand of Skellefteå – the transformation of an Arctic community
Ms Helena Renström, Marketing Manager at Skellefteå Municipality, Sweden (participates digitally) 

Panel discussion  “Sharing Arctic knowledge”, experience from future oriented employment, sustainable tourism and research.
Ms Anja Márjá Nystø Keskitalo, Advisor EU unit, Saami Council, Norway 
Mr Jákup Sørensen, Senior Adviser at Nordic Atlantic Cooperation (NORA), Faroe Islands
Mr Niko Hänninen, Project manager, University of Oulu, Finland
Mr Ronald Wærnes, Executive Councillor for Finance and Culture, Troms and Finnmark County Government

Possibilities for cooperation across borders and programmes through clustering projects
Ms Iiris Mäntyranta, Programme Director at Interreg Aurora
Ms Kirsti Mijnhijmer, Head of Secretariat at Interreg Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme

Closing remarks
Mr Ronald Wærnes, Executive Councillor for Finance and Culture, Troms and Finnmark County Government

17.30 – 19.00 Arctic mingle
Let’s get together-mingling for the participants of the side event, including serving beverages and light snacks. 




Participation to this event is free. To register to this side event and all side events on 31st Janury, use this link and  enter the code/coupon S3D2 

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