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 is an award-winning journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project. Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the murder of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received the silver medal for “Best Investigative Article or Series” at the 2019 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The project also received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her report “The Arctic Railway: Building a future or destroying a culture?” on the impact a multi-billion euro infrastructure project would have on Indigenous communities in Arctic Europe was a finalist at the 2019 Canadian Association of Journalists award in the online investigative category.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Her work on climate change in the Arctic has also been featured on the TV science program Découverte, as well as Le Téléjournal, the French-Language CBC’s flagship news cast.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

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