Gateway to the Arctic VI in Bremerhaven

Gateway to the Arctic VI in Bremerhaven, 25 to 27 March 2019

For the sixth time, this year the German-French research workshop “Gateway to the Arctic” was held at the AWI in Bremerhaven, together with a movie night at the local cinema, Kommunales Kino Bremerhaven. The theme for this year’s workshop was

“Perceiving Arctic Change: Climate, Society and Sustainability”.

This format has been supported since 2013 by the German-French University (Deutsch-Französische Hochschule) of Saarbrücken, which has especially made the intensification of binational collaboration, and exchanges to support the next generation of researchers, its goals. At this year’s workshop, University Vice-President Prof Mentz was the guest of honour. In addition, the University made a video to document the event, so that the successful format could be made available to other interested parties.

The goal of the workshop is to bring together young researchers from various disciplines in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities who have an interest in the circumpolar regions. It provides a forum for intensive exchanges on diverse aspects of modern Arctic research and its political and economic dimensions, in the form of invited talks, discussion groups, and topic-specific workshops. As such, the workshop promotes transdisciplinary networking, especially among young and future researchers in these fields.

The event was jointly organised by the AWI Climate Office (Dr Renate Treffeisen), the Research Initiative for Regional Climate Change REKLIM (Dr Klaus Grosfeld), and the Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ) (Prof Jan Borm).

This year’s programme covered the following, highly topical issues concerning the role and influence of scientific research in the Arctic, which interlink the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities:

1) Science as a factor in international Arctic diplomacy (science diplomacy), to make the participants more aware of the effects that their efforts as future specialists and disseminators of Arctic expertise could have.

2) A further focus was on the social influences of climate change in the Arctic, as well as the importance of indigenous knowledge.

3) Lastly, the workshop addressed the topics of gender diversity and gender change in the Arctic – as well as indigenous views on and concepts of gender, which differ considerably from European-dominated, hetero-normative patterns.

Further guests included:
Eda Ayaydin (Université de Versailles)
Prof Rasmus Bertelsen, Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø
Dr Mészáros Csaba (Hungarian Academy of Science)
Dr Stephan Dudeck (Arctic Center, ULAP)
Prof J. Otto Habeck (Universität Hamburg, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology)
Dr Jean-Michel Huctin (UVSQ)
Dr Erich Kasten (Foundation for Siberian Cultures)
Elvira Kurmasheva (Université de Versailles)
Prof Rolf Teigler (DEKRA University of Applied Sciences, Berlin)

You can find the agenda for the three-day event here.

A special highlight of the workshop was a film night at the cinema Kommunales Kino in Bremerhaven together with young filmmakers from the DEKRA University of Applied Sciences, Berlin. The research initiative REKLIM has had an intensive collaboration with the DEKRA University of Applied Sciences since 2013, in the course of which the two parties have worked together on the topic of regional climate change, its causes and consequences, and have used innovative formats to make it tangible and relevant, especially for the young generation.

Film screening and discussion as part of the 6th Workshop GATEWAY TO THE ARCTIC

“I wish I lived in that world”
Young filmmakers addressed the effects of climate change in the form of short stories, and in the process, captured their highly personal visions and notions of the world of tomorrow on film. The content portrayed ranged from today’s political debates to fictional future scenarios characterised by sunken cities or parched trees.

Under the overarching motto “I wish I lived in that world”, the results were shown at Bremerhaven’s CineMotion cinema from 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm on 25 March 2019. The young filmmakers and several REKLIM experts were in attendance to discuss the films and related topics.

Event admission was free of charge.

You can find the event flyer here.

Mon, 25 March 2019
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

CineMotion, Karlsburg 1, 27568 Bremerhaven

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