Arctic Circle Assembly to hold in-person conference in October

Event flags outside of Harpa, the Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre, during the 2017 Arctic Circle Assembly. (Eilís Quinn/Eye on the Arctic)

The Arctic Circle Assembly, one of the biggest Arctic conferences in the world, will be holding an in-person event this October in Reykjavik. 

The Arctic Circle began in 2013 as a way to bring together those interested in the Arctic, whether in the North, or elsewhere in the world. It was established by former Icelandic President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson

The annual assemblies in Reykjavik draw more than 2,000 people and are attended by everyone from politicians and Indigenous leaders to NGOs, businesspeople and academics.

The Arctic Circle has gone on to regularly hold satellite forums throughout the year in regions around the world including places like Quebec City, Japan, Alaska and South Korea.

No one at the Arctic Circle Assembly was immediately available to comment on the details of the upcoming event, but said on social media more information would be released in the coming weeks.

But Michael Mann, the EU special envoy for the Arctic, said the EU would unveil its new Arctic policy at the event:

Registration for the 2021 conference will open in August.

The event will run from October 14-17.

Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)

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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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