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Arctic workshop

Are you an upcoming Arctic expert?

We are pleased to invite students and young professionals to participate in an Energy Security Forum & Arctic Workshop on October 15th 2015. 


The workshop offers a unique opportunity to discuss Arctic issues such as energy security, the environment and international collaboration with leaders in this field. Esteemed participants include Dr. William Moomaw (Tufts University), Dr. Charles Ebinger (Brookings Institution), Dr. Ignacio Pérez Arriaga (MIT), Dr. Friðrik Már Baldursson (Reykjavík University), and Cristine Russell (Harvard).

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Program opening remarks are provided by H.E. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, the President of Iceland.

The program is hosted by Iceland School of Energy at Reykjavík University.

The hashtag for the event is #EnergySecurityRU

Please note that preregistration is necessary due to limited number of seats. For registration please send name, short bio and contact information to Cari Covell at by October 12th, 2015.


Part 1: Energy Security Forum (Open Session)

Room V101, Thursday October 15th, 13:30-15:30 GMT

  • Welcome - Dr. Ari Kristinn Jonsson, President of Reykjavik University
  • Opening remarks - H.E. Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, President of Iceland
  • The challenge of Energy Security Supply in Iceland - Dr. Ignacio Pérez-Arriaga, Professor at MIT
  • The Future of Global Energy Security - Dr. Charles Ebinger, Senior Fellow and former Director of Brookings Energy Initiative
  • Iceland as an Isolated Energy System - Dr. Oli Gretar Blöndal Sveinsson – Executive Vice President of Research and Development at Landsvirkjun
  • Intermittent Renewables and Reliability of Electricity Supply - Dr. Fridrik Mar Baldursson, Professor at Reykjavík University
  • Energy Security, Climate and the Media: Improving Global Communication - Cristine Russell, Senior Fellow, Environment and Natural Resources Program, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
  • Aspects and Measures in the Area of Security of Electric Supply - Mrs. Iris Baldursdottir, Executive VP System Operations and ICT, Landsnet
  • Is the Renewable Energy Transformation Possible and What Would it Mean? - Dr. William Moomaw, Professor at Tufts University

Meeting Chair: Halla Hrund Logadóttir 

Director of Iceland School of Energy at Reykjavík University


Part 2: Workshop for students and young professionals (Pre-registation Required)

Round Table Discussions

Invitation Holders Only, Room V206

15:30 - Light Refreshments and Workshop Registration

16:00 - Workshop Introduction

16:15 - Round Table Discussions

Speakers from the Energy Forum, faculty members and industry experts participate in a set of round table discussions, with students and young professionals.

The round table discussion themes are:                                   

  • Energy Security and the Arctic: Economics and Policy                      
  • Energy Security and the Arctic: Technical Feasibility and Renewable Resources
  • International Collaboration in the Arctic
  • Environment and Natural Resources of the Arctic


17:20-17:30 - Round table presentations of final conclusions

17:45 - Bus to Welcome Reception at the Reykjavik Art Museum           

18:00-20:00 - Welcome reception Arctic Circle Conference, Reykjavik Art Museum, in the Harbour House (Google maps).


Round Table Discussion Themes

Thursday October 15th, 15:30-17:45

Round table 1

Energy Security and the Arctic: Economics and Policy     

  • Is it economically feasible to extract oil and gas from the Arctic, considering all direct and indirect costs and benefits?
  • Will greater access to Arctic natural gas and oil reserves increase or decrease the need for an international energy security policy?
  • Can Arctic countries count on renewables in their aim to create sustainable energy security as Iceland?
  • How does military presence in the Arctic influence energy security of the Arctic countries?


Round table 2

Energy Security and the Arctic: Technical Feasibility and Renewable Resources

  • What are the attributes that make energy security of supply in isolated communities a challenge?
  • What are specific technical challenges of securing stable access of electricity in such contexts?
  • Considering transformation towards renewables, what resources are available and what is feasible to implement?


Round table 3

International Collaboration in the Arctic

  • Are there any unresolved issues on sovereign entitlement of resources in the Arctic, and if so, how can they be solved?
  • Are there sufficient conflict resolution systems in place for potential developments of arctic resources?
  • What are the main challenges for multilateral policy makers and public stakeholders including the media, in building sustainable energy policies for the Arctic?


Round table 4

Environment and Natural Resources of the Arctic

  • What environmental perspectives need to be considered for future developments in the Arctic?
  • What are the main impacts and threats on ecosystems during extraction of natural resources in the arctic?
  • What measures can societies take on to mitigate environmental impacts, restore degraded ecosystems and promote positive outcomes?