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The High North Centre for Business and Governance (HNC) is proud to present the High North Dialogue Academy – a one week academy for young ambitious future leaders with a particular interest in Arctic societies.  

Every year the HNC organizes the international conference, The High North Dialogue (HND). This conference is the largest in the Arctic with young people as its primary target group. Every year students from all over the world participate in the discussions about contemporary and future issues in the High North.

This year we invite students, business professionals, public employees, researchers etc., between the age of 18 to 40 and with a demonstrated interest in the Arctic to join us in Bodø for one week from the 17th-21st of April. The participants will follow a detailed program consisting of lectures, company visits and social activities, including participation at the HND conference the 19th and 20th of April.

High North Dialogue Academy does not provide study points, but you will get a certificate of participation.

Scenario planning

The title of the HND conference this year being “Business in the Arctic in Challenging Times – Spaces of Opportunities”, constitutes the thematic foundation for the content of the Academy program. Further, the students will be schooled in the methodology of Scenario Planning, a strategic tool used to foresee future changes. This is a widely used method in many sectors such as security politics and energy, and has been a thought subject at Nord University for many years. The Academy is an excellent opportunity to learn Scenario planning from some of the leading experts in Norway in this field.

Qualifications and how to apply

The Academy is open to people of all occupations between the age of 18 to 40 at the time of the academy. Send us your CV and a letter of motivation where you give a short description of you and your interest in the Arctic, whether it is through your studies, job, hobby, reads, future plans etc. Also, share one or more of your ideas about the future in the Arctic. What do you think the Arctic will be like in 2050? You can choose the theme/sector (Energy, international cooperation, business, governance, climate etc.). The motivation letter should not surpass 200 words.

Deadline: February 1st, 2023.


The HNC provides accommodation grants covering housing, several meals and conference fees (transportation to and from Bodø will be covered by participants).

Contact information

Maja Wolland Blomberg
Research Assistant and Project manager of HND Academy

Tentative program

Monday, April 17th

08.15 – 09.00: Welcome at the High North Centre, Nord University
09.00 – 12.00: Introduction to Scenario method (Course in International cooperation in the High North), and Scenario Workshop session related to Arctic challenges.
12.00 – 13.00: LUNCH
13.00 – 16.00: Company visit/lecture (tbc)
18.00: Dinner
Location: University campus

Tuesday, April 18th

09.00 – 12.00: Scenario group work
12.00 – 13.00: LUNCH
13.00 – 16.00 Company Visit/lecture (tbc)
Location: Salmon House (tbc)

18.00: Dinner and sauna at PUST (optional)

Wednesday/Thursday April 19th-20th

High North Dialogue conference
Location: SAS Radisson (city center)

Wednesday evening: Conference dinner
Thursday evening: Hiking trip to Keiservarden (optional)

Friday, April 21st

09.00 – 11.00: Presentation of scenarios and feedback
11.00 – 12.00: Guided tour at the Norwegian Jekt trade museum.
12.00 – 13.00: LUNCH
13.00 – 16.00: Company visit/lecture
Location: Jekt trade museum

18.00: Final dinner and social (downtown Bodø)