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Arctic Frontiers: New toolboxes for Arctic Development

Kan teknologien redde Arktis? Kan den bidra til en robust og bærekraftig framtid? Konferansen Arctic Frontiers samler politikere, næringsliv og akademia for å skape tettere samarbeid, og gi bedre grunnlag for beslutninger som skal tas i Arktiske strøk. I år er NITO en viktig medspiller som arrangerer en egen del av konferansen.


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 Arctic Frontiers samler mange internasjonale aktører, konferansen foregår derfor på engelsk. NITO har i år en egen del på konferansen. Det er mulig å bare melde seg på den. 

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Nearly four million people live in the Arctic. Human settlements are at risk by direct impacts of climate change. At the same time these changes offer new economic opportunities for the region.

With an annual economy of USD 230 billion (2014), the Arctic holds significant opportunities for economic growth.
  • How do we secure resilient Arctic societies?
  • What are the competence advantages in the high north?
  • How can cooperation between academia, business and policy contribute to a resilient and sustainable Arctic future?

The direct impacts of climate change, like earthquakes and tsunamis, hurricanes and tidal surges, sea-level rise and coastal erosion, melting permafrost, bio-diversity reduction, and the sea ice extent in both Polar regions is expected, creates a completely new environment to adapt to.

Norway has already, in Svalbard especially, seen the devastating effects of climate change. At the same time these changes is offering new economic opportunities and a potential for new emerging urbanisation and industry.

The Arctic holds significant opportunities for economic growth, science, and innovation. It has the potential to ease the world's growing need for energy and food, as well as being host to vast deposits of mineral resources. Additionally, as the polar ice cap recedes new sea routes are opening up.

Sustainable Arctic Future

Governance, institutions, business development, technology and digitalisation are key holders to the development and adaptation. The goal is to build resistant societies and good lives for people in the Arctic. To this goal we need tools and recourses, and people are the main recourse necessary for the future.

NITO - The Norwegian Society of Engineers and Technologists, is the largest organisation for engineers and technologists with Bachelor, Master or higher qualifications in Norway. NITO have over 85.000 members and we know that toolboxes for the future need to contain engineering, both as individual career choices, tool for technology development and industry/business- and societal building, and for bridging regional and central development. In the roadmap for northern Norwegian and Arctic competitiveness, cooperation is key.

The road into working life is difficult, especially for young people. The experts believe robotization will make "average jobs" redundant within 26 years. Recent investigators, on the other hand, show that norwegians thinks it will take 70 years before our jobs are taken over by robots.

In Sweden, a survey of the Foundation for Strategic Research showed that 53 % of our jobs could be taken over by computer programs or a robot by 2034.

TNS Gallup and HR Norway have calculated the figures from Sweden and estimates 26 years in avrigde before the 64 occupations from the Swedish survey will disappear. In other words, we need to plan ahead, and we need to build on our human resources, education for the future and a strong tripartite cooperation between business, labour, and state.

  • How can technology development and cooperation create a future for the Arctic youth and create jobs, business and competence advantages in the high north?
  • How can the tripartite cooperation contribute to a resilient and sustainable Arctic future?


Moderator and introductoryakers: Christin Kristoffersen, UN-Habitat/former Mayor of Longyearbyen and Trond Markussen, President, NITO

 Trond Markussen

President NITO

 Curt Rice, Rector, HiOA

 Arve Ulriksen

Mo Industripark AS and Chairman NHO Nordland.

How attract and develop new jobs in the Arctic?
What are the needs and possibilities?
How do we prepare for the advanced technological future?