Scottish-Arctic connections webinar series

One year from the release of "Arctic connections", Scotland's Arctic Policy Framework, the Scottish Government will host a series of online seminars from October 2020 to Febraury 2021.

Scotland and the Arctic share many features, outlooks and objectives. Links forged through history continue to spur rich collaborations across a range of areas, from invigorating rural economies and improving connectivity, to promoting sustainable growth and cultivating cultural heritage.

Moreover, Arctic countries and Scotland have long worked together through international cooperation programmes such as the Northern Periphery and Arctic.

In September 2019 the Scottish Government published "Arctic Connections," Scotland’s first Arctic policy framework, offering a prospectus for knowledge and policy exchange on the issues that Scotland and the Arctic have in common, which include:

  • mental health
  • climate change
  • rural healthcare
  • depopulation
  • science and research 
  • sustainable tourism

The policy framework reflects on shared challenges, sets out relevant Scottish expertise and encourages greater mutual learning with a view to improving the resilience and wellbeing of our communities.

Arctic Connections webinar series

Celebrating the first anniversary of  Scotland's Arctic Policy Framework, the Scottish Government is holding a series of digital events around the themes of the policy framework from October 2020 to early 2021. Confirmed events are below, more dates will be released in due course.

  • 24 November - Scotland’s Offer to the Arctic will be organised in conjunction with the Wilson Centre’s Polar Institute. Scotland’s Shetland Archipelago is a mere 400 miles south of the Arctic Circle. Due in part to this proximity, Scotland is seeking to establish itself as a European gateway to the High North. Similar rural and demographic features mean that Scottish and Arctic communities share many present-day priorities, from strengthening rural resilience to improving connectivity and promoting sustainable economic growth.


Email: Francesco Bertoldi, Head of Nordic and Arctic Unit at the Scottish Government

Twitter: @ScotGovInter