Breakout Sessions

The program will be updated as new sessions are confirmed.

Tuesday March 17th

09:00-15:00: MAREC project meeting – Organized by the High North Center for Business and Governance
What: The workshop will gather MAREC project participants and discuss  project status and further development.
Where: Nord University, room 3003
Contact: Andrey Kazakov / +47 41 41 28 10 /
Closed event – By invitation only.


13.00-17.00: High North Security Workshop – Organized by Fridtjof Nansen Institute / Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
What: The workshop will discuss key challenges seen from different parts of the Arctic, as well as the nature of the concerns and how are these challenges interlinked. Prominent speakers are invited to the seminar.
Where: High North Center (Nordavind), Nord University. Room 135
Contact: Andreas Østhagen / +47 47 33 03 49/
Closed event – By invitation only.


March 17 –21 March: Polar Hack – Organized by Liceo Statale Scientifico “Blaise Pascal” di Pomezia (Roma) and The High North Center in cooperation with Bodø High School
What: Polar Hack is the very first edition of a school hackathon dedicated to the polar regions development and innovation:
An international competition for interdisciplinary young students aimed at generating solutions with a significant impact on the Polar Region.
Participants are invited to develop innovative ideas, projects, services and/or tools capable of meeting international requirements and presenting sustainable responses. 30 participants.
Where: To be confirmed
Contact: Bård Borch  Michalsen /
Closed event – By invitation only.

Wednesday March 18th

09:00-11:00: High North Geopolitics Session – Organized by the High North Center for Business and Governance
 The discussion at will cover several topics connected to security and defence field in the Arctic area, such as cooperation/conflict dichotomy in the Arctic, Arctic Council and security in the Arctic, China’s activities in the Arctic and cooperation with Russia on security issues. Another topic will touch security in the prism of North American and European Arctic perspectives.
Where: Stormen Library (Litteratursalen, 1st floor)
Contact: Andreas Østhagen / +47 47 33 03 49 / 
Open event, but limited to 80 participants. Program added later.
Please register here.

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11:00-12:30: AlaskaNOR Report Launch – Organized by the High North Center for Business and Governance
What: Alaska and North Norway share similar characteristics, particularly regarding the  regions’ economic dependence on maritime industries and their potential for blue economy development. However, no knowledge has been shared or even attained yet concerning the opportunities for both regions to mutually tackle the manifold challenges of regionally developing their blue economy. The three-year project AlaskaNor (2018-2021) aims to improve knowledge concerning the blue economy in Alaska and North Norway and in turn enhancing related knowledge among relevant stakeholders and amongst decision-makers.
We will present our four work package reports on opportunities for cooperation within fisheries/aquaculture, energy, maritime transportation and overall governance issues. We will further discuss blue economy cooperation between Alaska and North Norway with relevant stakeholders from both sides of the Arctic Ocean.
More information on the project can be found here:
Where: Stormen Library (Litteratursalen, 1st floor)
Contact: Andreas Raspotnik / 
Open event, but limited to 80 participants.
Please register here.

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Thursday March 19th

09:00-12:00: Significance of Eurasian Arctic transshipment hubs for Arctic shipping: Implications for regional planning – Organized by Centre for High North Logistics, Nord University
What: Transhipment hubs in the northern latitudes could add a new dimension to global trade and be a catalyst for increased regional and industrial development in the High North. Increased transhipment simplifies the transport network allowing it to deal with increased volume resulting in reduced shipping costs. Such hubs could provide cargo storage facilities and various port and industrial services for shipping in the Eurasian Arctic.
The seminar has two parts. During the first part CHNL will present work in progress connected to port infrastructure development in the Arctic. During the second part, the discussion will open out to the audience in order to provide feedback to current research progress.
The research results as well as the audience discussion will focus on the following aspects:
What makes a port an important Arctic transhipment hub; and what is the socio-economic significance of Eurasian Arctic transhipment hubs for future development of shipping in the Arctic and in promoting regional and industrial development?
Where: Scandic Havet Hotel (meeting room “Energi”)
Contact: Roberto Rivas Hermann / +47 75 51 78 39 /
Open event, but limited to 26 participants. Program added later.
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For those who want to host a breakout session as part of High North Dialogue 2020 in Bodø:

High North Dialogue 2020 is held at the Scandic Havet in Bodø 18th -19th of March 2020 and we the public are welcome to attend both the conference and host breakout sessions / meetings during the conference and the HND week.

As host of breakout sessions during HND, we offer the following:

  • Registration for the event
  • Booking of rooms
  • Discount for the conference for up to two people
  • The event is published on with the registration link
  • Recruitment
  • The event is part of the promotion package of the conference and HND week both online, on social media, in email invitations and in print.

Please contact Andrey Kazakov, advisor at High North Center regarding accommodation, prices (organizer covers premises on an hourly basis) or other information

E-mail: / tel: +47 75 51 71 76.

Deadline for registration: 31st of January 2020.