Arctic Cooperation programmes sharing Arctic Knowledge at ARCTIC FRONTIERS 2023

What can the Interreg cooperation programmes offer to Arctic communities, businesses and research? Join the discussion at the ARCTIC FRONTIERS Moving North 2023 conference.

"Sharing Arctic Knowledge – finding sustainable solutions through cooperation across borders"

This 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?

Emphasis on the needs of indigenous peoples, women and the youth.

Date: 31st January, 15.45-17.15 (venue Clarion Edge)

Registration code: Participation to this event is free, but registration is necessary. Use code/coupon S3D2 to gain free access.


Organisers: Troms and Finnmark County Council and Arctic Cooperation (Interreg Aurora Programme and Interreg Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme)


Welcome and introduction
Hostess of the event: 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 

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

“Sharing Arctic knowledge”, experience from future oriented employment, sustainable tourism and research - Panel discussion
Hostess: Ms Päivi Ekdahl

  • Ms Anja Márjá Nystø Keskitalo, Advisor EU unit, Saami Council, Norway
  • Mr Jákup Sørensen, Senior Adviser at North 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 by clustering projects
Ms Iiris Mäntyranta, Programme Director at Interreg Aurora
Ms Kirsti Mijnhijmer, Head of Secretariat at Interreg Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme

Final words by 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.

More information about Arctic Frontiers 2023:



Arctic Frontiers provides a platform for knowledge-based discussions and dialogue between science, policy makers, businesses, and communities in the Arctic.

It brings together over 2000 participants, in Tromsø and digitally, from more than 40 countries for a pan-Arctic discussion. The theme of Arctic Frontiers 2023 conference is Moving North. Today, everything is on the move and so is the Arctic. The globe is more connected than ever and yet also more divided. Climate change impacts, geopolitical tensions, sea ice edge, technology hubs, businesses, flora and fauna – all are moving North, presenting unprecedented challenges and opportunities for sustainable development and for the peoples of the Arctic who are also on the move to and from the region.

Don’t miss out, join the first Arctic event in the annual calendar from January 30th to February 2nd, 2023.