May 30 – 31 Pre-conference event

Optional event with separate registration fee (hosted by University of New Hampshire)

LOCATION: Portsmouth and Durham New Hampshire (in between Boston, Massachusetts – Logan Airport – and Portland, Maine)

May 30: 16:00 – 20:00 Pre-meeting session on small-town coastal resilience; light dinner on Gundalow sunset sail 

Gundalow With Ship Yard By Ralph Morang

May 31: 7:30 – 12:30  Breakfast and tour of Strawbery Banke with focus on “Water Has a Memory” exhibit. Lunch and pre-meeting session at University of New Hampshire on sustainability and collaboration.

Strawbery Banke Museum is dedicated to bringing American history to life through dozens of historic buildings on their original foundations, heirloom gardens, and hands-on traditional crafts.

May 31: 12:47 – 13:55: Travel by train (Down’Easter) to Portland, Maine


Detailed programs of each event available through the links on left side menu.

Map of the University of Southern Maine campus available on the right side column.

May 31(pre-conference day)

Parallel Program included in the General Admission fee:


LOCATION: University of Southern Maine, Abromson Center (Abromson Community Education Center, 88 Bedford St, Portland, ME 04101, United States)

8.00-8.30  Breakfast 

By invitation:

  • 8.30-12.30 North-American UArctic members 
  • 9.00-15.00 Mimir 
  • 12.00-13.30 north2north National Agencies 
  • 14.00-16.00 north2north strategy (institutional north2north contacts and National Agencies)

Open for all:

  • 11:00-12:00 Meet the Finnish-American Research & Innovation Accelerator
  • 15:00-16:00 New members and Newcomers session
  • 16:00-17:00 Meet UArctic
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17:30-19:30  Optional Evening Reception 
LOCATION: New England Ocean Cluster, Hús

Enjoy Maine oysters and take in the beautiful views of the working waterfront of Portland, Maine. 

June 1

8:00 - 14:30    Assembly - Business Meeting Sessions
LOCATION: University of Southern Maine, Abromson Center, Hannaford Hall (Abromson Community Education Center, 88 Bedford St, Portland, ME 04101, United States)

The Assembly meeting business sessions as well as information breakout sessions will be held throughout the day. Breakfast, lunch and breaks included.

18:00 - 21:00    Reception at the Portland Museum of Art (please register early)
Address: 7 Congress Sq, Portland, ME 04101

The PMA is the perfect setting to meet new and old friends, enjoy a sampling of Maine cuisine – have you ever tried a Whoopie Pie? – and refreshments, and view contemporary art of the North Atlantic region. This special exhibit, The North Atlantic Triennial: “Down North”, a collaboration of the PMA, Reykjavík Art Museum (Iceland), and the Bildmuseet (Sweden), will be open during the reception.


June 2

LOCATION: University of New England, Innovation Hall(772 Stevens Avenue, Portland, ME)
8:00 - 12:30  Assembly - Business Meeting Sessions 

The Assembly meeting business sessions as well as breakout sessions with networking and development from members' perspective. Breakfast, lunch and breaks included.

13:00-16:00  New England Arctic Network (NEAN) Research Symposium

The symposium is to celebrate the depth of NEAN research engagement in the Arctic and High North, as well as explore partnerships fro future collaboration with UArctic member institutions. Panel discussion and keynote speaker. 

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16:15 - 21:00 Lobster Bake (Optional activity with separate registration fee)
LOCATION: UNE’s seaside Biddeford campus 

A go-to activity for locals, the perfect way to savour the renowned Maine lobster. Bus transportation included.

Whether cooked in the sand or on the stove, a Maine lobster bake is a vital part of any trip to Maine and a great way to experience Maine’s iconic delicacy along its rocky shores!

June 3

LOCATION: University of New England, Innovation Hall (772 Stevens Avenue, Portland, ME)
8:00  Breakfast (inlcuded in registration)
9:00-10:30 Roundtable discussion: The New Future of the Arctic

High-level discussion session will be chaired by Senator Angus King of Maine – Co-Chair of the U.S. Senate Arctic Caucus.

11:00-15:15  Assembly - Business Meeting Sessions, Indigenous Youth session and Closing

The Assembly meeting business sessions as well as the closing of the meeting will be held throughout the day. Session to meet and discuss with the Indigenous youth. Lunch and breaks included.

N.B. The program is continuously updated and susceptible to changes