8:15                              REGISTRATION  

9:00 - 10:30            INTRODUCTORY SESSION

Collapse! Immersive audio experience by Luc Jacquet
Remarks from convening partners
Keynote address by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco


Inspiration and setting the scene

  • Short film Made in Monaco: Venturi Antarctica, the first electric polar exploration vehicle
  • Keynote remarks by Prof Dr Antje Boetius, Director Alfred Wegener Institute
  • Keynote remarks by Prof. Jane Francis, Director British Antarctic Survey
  • Remarks from Blaine Mirasty, University of Saskatchewan, Arctic University of Norway, APECS, Nehiyaw (Cree) tribe

Live connections with Tara Ocean Foundation scientific schooner

Signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of the Polar Initiative

11:00-13:00       Session  1         

Understanding polar changes

Arctic and Antarctic regions are changing rapidly. Scientific evidence of the changes feeds IPBES, IPCC and global assessment reports and points to unprecedented and rapid altering of geophysical and living features of the polar regions. Speakers will address and discuss issues of changes in Arctic and Southern Ocean chemistry, temperature and carbon pump function, changes in ice regimes, permafrost and glaciers, changes in terrestrial and ocean species, food webs and ecosystems in the polar regions and resulting changes in human communities’ living conditions.


Introduction from Jan-Gunnar Winther, Director, Norwegian Centre for the Ocean and the Arctic at UiT the Arctic University of Norway and Specialist Director at the Norwegian Polar Institute 



  • Rob de Conto, climate scientist and glaciologist at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst USA 
  • Julie Brigham-Grette, Former Chair of the Polar Research Board of the U.S. National Academy of Science, glaciologist and professor of geosciences at University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • Gabriela Schaepman-Strub, Associate Professor of Earth System Sciences, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich
  • Bruce Forbes, Research Professor in Global Change at the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland

Moderated by Antje Boetius, Director Alfred Wegener Institute


Remarks from Early Career Scientists:

  • Gwenaëlle Gremion, Université du Québec à Rimouski-Institut des Sciences de la mer, APECS
  • Cristina Genovese, Université Libre de Bruxelles

14:30-16:30       Session  2        

Contributions of polar changes to global climate

Over the last decades, global warming has led to widespread shrinking of the cryosphere, in particular with mass loss from ice sheets and Arctic Sea ice extent and thickness. In turn, impacts of climate change on the cryosphere is posing great challenges and, at times, globally straining the resilience of ecosystems and societies that are already affected by climate change. Speakers will discuss how increased polar ice melting is driving global sea level rise all the way to small island states, how interconnectivity of Arctic and Southern oceans with other ocean basins is bringing about altered oceanic circulation of temperature, carbon and nutrients, how extreme weather events at all latitude could be linked to polar changes and how, more generally, changes in the poles are amplifying global climate changes.


Short film from OceanX


Introduction from Eric Rignot, Chancellor Professor of Earth system science at the University of California, Irvine, and Senior Research Scientist for the NASA Radar Science and Engineering Section



  • Markus Rex, Mosaic expedition leader, and senior researcher, Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany
  • Julienne Stroeve, Professor of Polar Observation & Modelling, UCL London
  • Michael Meredith, oceanographer, and Science Leader, British Antarctic Survey
  • Gustaf Hugelius, Vice-director of the Bolin Centre for Climate Research at Stockholm University

Moderated by Pam Pearson, Director International Cryosphere Climate Initiative


Remarks from Early Career Scientists: 

  • Casimir de Lavergne, CNRS, Sorbonne Université
  • Susana Hancock, APECS



8:30 – 10:30       Session  3         

Effects of polar changes upon global human societies & economies

Impacts of changes in the polar regions increasingly challenge the notion and extent of risks and create opportunities in the polar regions and beyond. Pillars of local and global economies associated with the polar regions are being reconsidered, whether in terms of fisheries, extractive resources, shipping or tourism, and changes are projected to affect income, livelihoods and food securities of dependent communities and societies. International governance efforts are being challenged. Speakers will discuss some of these issues with a particular focus on assessing and mitigating risks.


Short film from Tara Ocean Foundation


Introduction from Gim Huay, Director Climate and Nature, World Economic Forum



  • Klaus Dodds, Professor of geopolitics at Royal Holloway, University of London (online)
  • Karin Buhmann, Professor, Head of the Centre for Law, Sustainability & Justice (CLS&J), University of Southern Denmark , Professor in Business & Human Rights, Copenhagen Business School

  • Gunn-Britt Retter, Head of the Arctic and Environment Unit of the Saami Council
  • Dmitry Yumashev, Small World Consulting (online)
  • Yousra Makanse, Wageningen UniversityAPECS

Moderated by Gail Whiteman, Professor of Sustainability at the University of Exeter Business School, Executive Director at Arctic Basecamp


Remarks from Early Career Scientists: 

  • Harmony Wayner, University Centre of the Westfjords, APECS

  • Jillian Galloway, Fullbright Fellow Iceland

11:00 – 13:00        Session 4     

Management responses … in the face of uncertainties

The far-reaching services and options provided by polar-related ecosystems can be supported by protection, restoration, precautionary ecosystem-based management of renewable resource use, and the reduction of pollution and other stressors. However, ecological, financial, institutional and governance constraints for such actions exist, and at times, could be exacerbated by uncertainties in climate trajectories as well as increased risks in the face of prospective business opportunities. Speakers will discuss these various management responses and actions.


Liam Neeson is Ice, short film from Conservation International


Introduction from Jane Francis, Director, British Antarctic survey



  • Elizabeth McLanahan, Director International Affairs and Senior Advisor NOAA, USA
  • Susie Grant, Marine biogeographer at British Antarctic Survey (BAS), chief officer, SCAR standing committee on the Antarctic Treaty System
  • Jerome Chappellaz, Director, Institut polaire français Paul-Émile-Victor (IPEV) and Chair, Ice Memory foundation
  • Lars Kullerud, President UArctic
  • Thorsten Markus, Program Manager for the Cryospheric Sciences Program, NASA

Moderated by Thomas Reilly, Covington’s Head of UK Public Policy


Remarks from Early Career Scientists:

  • Prem Gill, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge; British Antarctic Survey; World Wildlife Fund
  • Helen Millman, International Cryosphere Climate Initiative (ICCI)

14:30 – 16:30        CLOSING SESSION

  • Fireside chat with Frederik Paulsen
  • Feedback from session moderators
  • Next Steps facilitated by Larry Hinzman
  • Closing Remarks