Over a number of days, the Emerging Leaders programme of Arctic Frontiers gathered young professionals to meet with representatives from academia, business and the public sector in order to discuss and convey scientific and political issues related to the Arctic.

PhD student Babak Khodabandeloo represented ARCEx and NTNU in the program. The event took place on Hurtigruten from 18-24 January and gathered 23 participants from 11 nations to raise questions to the political leadership about Arctic policy. The overall topic for Arctic Frontiers 2017 is “White Space – Blue Future”, and the Emerging Leaders programme reflected this and included sessions on politics and security in the High North, new conditions for blue growth, technology development and Arctic business, as well as a workshop on preparing a presentation.

– Being a member of Emerging Leaders 2017, discussing wide range of arctic issues with a group of diverse backgrounds was an enlightening experience. Regardless of whom we are and what our field of expertise is, we had a great team work which our final presentation conforms this I believe. We got inspiring feedback from attendees. Furthermore, Arctic Frontier conference had gathered politicians, scientists, and decision makers and it was a unique opportunity to listen to their candid and straight discussions. I would like to thank our inspiring and knowledgeable mentors in Emerging Leaders group and the Research Council of Norway for covering the expenses, says Babak.

Babak Khodabandeloo, ARCEx PhD student based at NTNU, on Hurtigruten on his way to Tromsø.
Babak giving a presentation on the Emerging Leaders programme about his PhD project.