Strengthening polar research cooperation between Norway and Japan – Japan-Norway Arctic Science and Innovation Week 2016

Norway and Japan share common interests in the Arctic and collaborate closely on research activities. Increased cooperation will be in focus when Japan-Norway Arctic Science and Innovation Week kicks off in Tokyo at the beginning of June. The countries also have shared interests in the areas of shipping and management of marine resources.

Sustainability will be a recurring theme throughout the programme for Japan-Norway Arctic Science and Innovation Week. The main topics will be the challenges related to infrastructure and Arctic maritime operations, the scope of climate change and links between the climate in the Arctic and in Asia, marine resources and marine biology. One session will also be dedicated to Norwegian-Japanese cooperation in the Antarctic.

The programme is a result of cooperation between Norwegian and Japanese actors: the Japanese participation is being coordinated by Japan’s National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR) together with the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) and Hokkaido University. The conference itself is being organised by the Research Council of Norway in cooperation with the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Tokyo, the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education and Innovation Norway.

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