Feature Interview: ArcticNet’s 2015 scientific meeting

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ArcticNet2015 took place this year in Vancouver, B.C. (Martin Fortier/ArcticNet)
ArcticNet2015 took place this year in Vancouver, B.C. (Martin Fortier/ArcticNet)
The ArcticNet scientific meeting took place in Vancouver, British Columbia from December 7-11.

There, hundreds of Canadian scientists and researchers gathered to give presentations on everything from Inuit health to climate change in the North.

The meeting also coincided with the last week of the United Nations climate change summit in Paris, something that put the spotlight on the situation in the North and the kinds of adaptation and mitigation strategies that need to be put in place in Canada’s Arctic communities.

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Martin Fortier, executive director of ArcticNet. (Keith Levesque/ArcticNet)
Martin Fortier, executive director of ArcticNet. (Keith Levesque/ArcticNet)

At the end of conference, Eye on the Arctic checked in with the University of Laval’s Martin Fortier, ArcticNet’s executive director, to find out more about where northern science in Canada is headed and the importance of incorporating traditional Inuit knowledge and partnerships into the research being done:

Related stories from around the North:

Canada:  Canada & Sweden cooperate on Arctic science, Eye on the Arctic

Norway:  Norway’s polar satellite centre, Deutsche Welle’s Iceblogger

Sweden:  Sweden developes new space strategy, Radio Sweden

United States:  Better technology stretches Arctic Alaska’s shrinking tundra travel season, Alaska Dispatch News

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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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