ArcticNet Hosts Canada's Largest Arctic Scientific Conference in Vancouver

VANCOUVER, Dec. 1, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Over 650 leading Arctic researchers, students, indigenous leaders, policy makers, northern community members and private sector representatives will gather at ArcticNet's Annual Scientific Meeting in Vancouver this December to address the numerous environmental, social, economical and political challenges and opportunities that are emerging from climate change and modernization in the Arctic.

"ArcticNet is pleased to once again welcome the Arctic research community to Vancouver for its Annual Scientific Meeting," said Dr. Martin Fortier, Executive Director of ArcticNet and Chair of the meeting's organizing committee. "The meeting will be a great opportunity to bring together our members and partners from the North and South to discuss and showcase the latest results in Canadian Arctic research."

Dozens of top Arctic researchers will be presenting as part of 48 thematic sessions addressing a wide range of Arctic issues such as the health and well-being of Arctic communities, the impacts of melting permafrost, food security, community adaptation and changing Arctic ecosystems.

"The Arctic is experiencing unprecedented change, affecting the livelihood of northern communities, altering Arctic ecosystems and opening new economic and development opportunities, said Dr. Louis Fortier, Scientific Director of ArcticNet. "Canada is at the forefront of tackling the major questions raised by this ongoing transformation, and informing policy and decision-making on adaptation issues.

ArcticNet is pleased to welcome The W. Garfield Weston Foundation to present the annual Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research during the conference on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.

The conference is presented by ArcticNet with support from The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, One Ocean Expeditions, the Northern Contaminants Program of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, Polar Knowledge Canada and the Nunavut Marine Council and will take place at The Westin Bayshore in Vancouver, British Columbia from December 7 to 11. For more information visit:

About ArcticNet

ArcticNet is a Network of Centres of Excellence of Canada that brings together scientists and managers in the natural, human health and social sciences with their partners from Inuit organizations, northern communities, federal and provincial agencies and the private sector to study the impacts of climate change and modernization in the Canadian Arctic. Over 150 ArcticNet researchers and 1000 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research associates, technicians and other specialists from 34 Canadian universities and several federal and provincial departments and agencies collaborate on 41 research projects with more than 150 partner organizations from 14 countries. For more information visit:


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