September 14 - 17

Pre-Council Tarfala Excursion 

Prior to the start of the Council meeting, an optional excursion to Stockholm University's Tarfala Research Station in northern Sweden is planned.

Visit the Pre-Council Excursion to Tarfala webpage for full program details, costs, transportation, and accommodation information. Participants to the excursion are scheduled to return to Stockholm on the 17th, before the evening reception.

Notice: There are currently no places available on the excursion, however if you wish to be placed on a waiting list please send an email ASAP to / Places will only be secured after the excursion fee has been paid in full.


Photo: Katja Kristoferson/Folio/


September 17

Council Pre-meetings / Stockholm University campus

Meeting and event Venues in Stockholm, follow this link for information on venue locations, addresses, maps and transportation routes.

In the afternoon, the following pre-meetings or information sessions related to UArctic activities will be held:


UArctic Academic Program: From 12:00 to 14:00, this session is open to all members interested in knowing more about the academic options and opportunities provided through UArctic.


Circumpolar Studies: From 14:30 to 16:30, this session is open to all members who are engaged or interested in knowing more about UArctic's Circumpolar Studies program.

Members and potential members of the Circumpolar Studies group are invited to meet as a group to discuss plans for future course development, online offerings and funding opportunities. We are particularly interested in meeting with existing partners as well as developing membership from institutions who would like to become involved in development and delivery of online curriculum, and in building effective models for enhancing the circumpolar studies project. Existing fund-raising and curriculum activities will be discussed with a view to identifying new possibilities for resourcing.


Indigenous Issues - discussion session: From 14:30 to 16:30 all interested participants are welcome to join in this session to discuss how UArctic could contribute to the development of educational and research oriented activities that are inclusive of the interests and concerns of the indigenous peoples of the Arctic.


UArctic Mobility: Open to all interested, the meeting will be held in two parts.

The first session (13:00 to 14:00) will begin with an introduction to UArctic's north2north Mobility Program, and is geared to new members and current members who want to know more about the program. We will go over the structure of the program, mobility rules, and exchange particularities for each country where UArctic members are located. This session will conclude with a Q&A.

After a break, the second session (14:30 to 16:30) will have special relevance to north2north institutional contacts and north2north National Agencies. During this session we will discuss some of the implications of the implementation of the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and the abandonment of the common north2north application form. We will also evaluate the 2019/20 north2north application round, and following discussions assess what modifications needed for the application process. We will also discuss some of the strategic challenges we see ahead for our mobility program, and what steps to take to address these challenges


Welcome Reception hosted by the Embassy of Canada to Sweden

Address: Klarabergsgatan 23, 111 21 Stockholm, Sweden



September 18

Council meeting sessions / Stockholm University campus

The 22nd Council meeting will begin with introductions and updates on UArctic’s activities, and will continue with Council business sessions.

In the evening participants are invited to a reception at the Stockholm City Hall, hosted by the City of Stockholm.

City Hall from Above

Photo: Henrik Trygg


September 19

Council meeting sessions / Stockholm University campus

The Council meeting will continue with a business session in the morning, and during the afternoon, there will be Council Breakout sessions where a number of important UArctic initiatives will be discussed.


Council Buffet Dinner

The Council Buffet Dinner will be held in Accelerator, a new exhibition space on Stockholm University campus. It is a meeting place for art, science, and societal issues located in the former underground Manne Siegbahn physics laboratory. Note: Manne Siegbahn was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1924 for his discoveries and research in the field of X-ray spectroscopy.


September 20

Council meeting - closing session / KTH Royal Institute of Technology campus

The Council meeting will concluding with a final business session held at KTH Royal Institute of Technology


Post-Council Tour - Swedish Parliament

Following lunch, the tour group* will travel by metro to the Swedish Parliament "Riksdag", located on the island of Helgeandsholmen in the Old Town of central Stockholm, for a private tour of the Parliament with its art and artifacts on display.


Parliament Building (Riksdagshuset)

Photo: Melker Dahlstrand/