Feature Interview: Arctic focus at Transatlantic Science Week in Toronto

The Northern Lights near the city of Yellowknife in Canada's Northwest Territories. (iStock)
The Northern Lights near the city of Yellowknife in Canada’s Northwest Territories. (iStock)
Transatlantic Science Week was held this week in Toronto , Canada from October 27-29.

The annual event is organized to promote cooperation between Canada, Norway and the United States on issues around research and higher education.

This year, the focus was on challenges and opportunities in the Arctic, with discussions on everything from climate and indigenous issues, to resource development and safety.

This year’s conference also put pan-Arctic cooperation in the spotlight.

Norway's Ambassador to Canada Mona E. Brøther. (Courtesy Norwegian Embassy, Ottawa)
Norway’s Ambassador to Canada Mona E. Brøther. (Courtesy Norwegian Embassy, Ottawa)

For this week’s Eye on the Arctic feature interview, we spoke with Mona Elisabeth Brøther, Norway’s ambassador to Canada on the importance the conference, Canadian-Norwegian cooperation in the North and why closer circumpolar relations are needed in everything from security to business:

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Canadian web documentary highlights Arctic science, Eye on the Arctic

Finland:  Northern lights could be visible from southern Finland this weekend, Yle News

Iceland: NASA satellite imagery reveals the Arctic at night, Blog by Mia Bennett

Sweden:  Swedish space experiment successful, Radio Sweden

United States: Auroral research rocket blasts into space from Alaska range, Alaska Dispatch News

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is a journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic circumpolar news project. At Eye on the Arctic, Eilís has produced documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the circumpolar world. Her documentary Bridging the Divide was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards. Eilís began reporting on the North in 2001. Her work as a reporter in Canada and the United States, and as TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China" has taken her to some of the world’s coldest regions including the Tibetan mountains, Greenland and Alaska; along with the Arctic regions of Canada, Russia, Norway and Iceland.

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