The Agricultural University of Iceland, the "university of life and land", focuses on the conservation and sustainable use of land and animal resources, including traditional agriculture, horticulture and forestry, environmental planning, restoration sciences, rural development and sustainable development. It is the only university in Iceland with a vocational department, and also the only school in Iceland to teach agriculture on vocational level.
Hólar University (HU) in Iceland also has its roots in agriculture, in the agricultural school established in 1882, but nowadays HU is a centre of education and research in three specialized fields: equine sciences, tourism, and aquaculture and aquatic biology. HU is actively engaged in international research and education collaboration, including a joint Nordic Master in Sustainable Production and Utilization of Marine Bioresources.
Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) aims to contribute to securing livelihoods for future generations. With research and education in the fields of environmental and life sciences, bioproduction, veterinary medicine, technology, land-use planning and economics, NMBU wants to enable people to tackle big global challenges and create innovative solutions – solutions that can be found at the interface and in the interaction between NMBU's subject areas.
Alaska Pacific University (APU) places emphasis on experiential, place and culture-based, and student and community-centered education. APU offers programs on site and online in the fields of business and public policy, culture and environment, and health and wellness. Rooted in their mission to meet the educational needs of Alaska and Alaska Native peoples, APU is also moving towards becoming recognized as an Alaska Native-serving and Tribal University.
Anchorage Museum, the other new Alaska-based member for 2019, uses a combination of art and design, history, science and culture to connect people, expand perspectives, and encourage global dialogue about the North and its environment. It also operates programs to train artists and researchers committed to the Museum's mission. Their most recent initiative, the SEED Lab innovation center (Solutions for Energy and Equity through Design), blends art and public policy with design thinking and community engagement to address energy, equity and economic development challenges in Northern communities.
University College Copenhagen (UCC) offers studies and conducts applied research and development activities in welfare-sector subjects such as pedagogy, health, welfare technology, management, teaching and social work. Also, in order to create a safer society, UCC runs a program on Emergency and Risk Management with focus on how to prevent, how to manage and how to return to normal operations after a disaster or an emergency.
University of New Hampshire (UNH) is the state's flagship public research institution with education in more than 100 fields of study. The overarching question of their Arctic profile are the changes in the Arctic and what they mean for human communities. UNH's strategy for interdisciplinary Arctic research emphasises convergence research and focuses on two themes: "Arctic Feedbacks: Humans, the Water Cycle, and Carbon Cycles", and "Where People Live: Land-Coast Connections". UNH also has Arctic educational initiatives, including an Arctic Studies minor.
University of Southern Maine (USM) educates future leaders in liberal arts and sciences, engineering and technology, health and social services, education, business, law, and public service. USM's Maine North Atlantic Institute builds on the success of their North Atlantic Initiative that begun in 2015 and will continue to enhance collaboration with the North Atlantic Region. The mission is to prepare Maine’s future globally competent workforce who know how to work in and contribute innovative solutions in the changing Arctic and the North Atlantic region.
ARCTICenter at the University of Northern Iowa was established in 2015 with the mission to develop collaboration among faculty, staff and students who are engaged in research and educational activities pertaining to the Arctic, remote and cold regions. ARCTICenter runs various research projects related to social-ecological systems and sustainability in the Arctic, and also hosts the International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA) Secretariat.
Battelle Memorial Institute is a nonprofit, charitable trust formed in 1925. Battelle explores emerging areas of science, develops and commercializes technology, and aims to translate knowledge into innovative applications that have significant societal and economic impacts, also in the Arctic. Battelle also manages the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), designed to detect and enable forecasting of ecological change at continental scales over multiple decades.
National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR) is India’s premier R&D institution responsible for the country’s research activities in the polar realms. It facilitates the research activities of several national institutions and organizations in Antarctica, the Arctic and the Indian Ocean; manages the implementation of scientific activities and logistics related to the annual Indian expeditions to the Antarctic and Arctic; manages and maintains the Indian Antarctic research bases Maitri and Bharati, and the Indian Arctic base Himadri; and manages the research vessel ORV Sagar Kanya as well as other research vessels chartered by the Ministry of Earth Sciences.