Circumpolar Agricultural Conference October 6th – 8th 2016


Ólafur Reykdal

Project Manager

The 9th Circumpolar Agricultural Conference is approaching fast and will be held in Reykjavík October 6th-8th.

The conference fee will increase by 25% September 1st. The conference committee encourages you to register and book a hotel as soon as possible. The number of hotel rooms is limited. Please follow the guidelines at the conference website.

Conference program

October 6th 2016
9:00 – 12:00 – Session 1 – Local Production Contributing to Rural Development

  • Welcome
    Government minister, Iceland
  • Welcome
    Torfi Jóhannesson, Circumpolar Agricultural Association
  • Keynote Talk – The need for a green shift – Possibilities for circumpolar agriculture
    Arne Bardalen, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO), Norway
  • Keynote Talk – Arctic Bioeconomy: New opportunities and biological solutions for agriculture
    Lene Lange, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
  • Rural development in Iceland
    Thóroddur Bjarnason, University of Akureyri, Iceland
  • Human-animal adaptations to the Arctic environment: natural and folk selection practices – A Lapland view
    Päivi Soppela, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, Finland
  • Research in agriculture with a focus on climate change at the University of Alaska Fairbanks
    M.P. Shipka, University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA
  • Discussions
  • 13:00 – 16:00 – An exhibition of local production developed under the Icelandic Chairmanship Programme NordBio will be visited at Harpa Concert Hall.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet local producers and taste products.

  • 19:00 – 21:00 – Conference dinner.

October 7th 2016
9:00-12:00 – Session 2 – Arctic Foods and New Opportunities Including Tourism

  • Keynote Talk – Arctic Foods and Health
    Bryndís Eva Birgisdóttir, University of Iceland, Iceland
  • Assessing the potential for increased production and added value of food from the Arctic – Presentation of the Arctic Food project
    Ingrid Kvalvik, NOFIMA, Norway
  • Agriculture, bioeconomy and the Trondek Hwech’in
    Kimberly A. Joseph, Trondëk Hwëch’in, Yukon, Canada
  • Arctic trademark – promoting arctic food quality in Northern Norway
    Grete-Liv Olaussen and Anne Karine Statle, North Norwegian Agriculture Council, Norway
  • Engineering specialized food products for the population working in the Arctic
    Vladimir Popov, Tyumen State Oil and Gas University, Russia
  • New opportunities in food production in Iceland
    Guðjón Thorkelsson, Icelandic Food and Biotech R&D (Matis), Iceland
  • High-Efficiency Food Production in a Renewable Energy Based Micro-Grid Power System
    David Bubenheim, NASA Ames Research Center, USA
  • Success stories and lessons from Canada
    Karen Tanino, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

13:00-16:40 – Session 3 – New Crops and Innovative Use of Resources to Respond to Climate Change and Strengthen the Bioeconomy

  • Keynote Talk – Natural resources and climate change
    Joan Nymand Larsen, Stefansson Arctic Institute, Akureyri, Iceland
  • Bioeconomy, Climate Change mitigation and adaptation in the Norwegian Agricultural sector
    Arne Bardalen, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO), Norway
  • Adjusting Our Bearings: Changes in the geographic location of models for agricultural development in Newfoundland and Labrador
    Ivan Emke, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
  • Known and unknowns in plant agriculture in Newfoundland and Labrador
    A. Unc, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
  • Searching for new plant genetic resources for the marginal areas
    Áslaug Helgadóttir, Agricultural University of Iceland
  • Possibilities and challenges of wild berry production in Northern Europe
    Laura Jaakola, Arctic University of Norway
  • Northern Cereals
    Saemundur Sveinsson, Agricultural University of Iceland
  • Discussions and conclusions
  • General Assembly Meeting of the Circumpolar Agricultural Association

October 8th 2016
9:00-18:00 – An excursion with cultural experience to agricultural regions of South-Iceland.

The tour will take us to Thingvellir, the old parliament site, and through a mountain road to Laugarvatn geothermal area, the Golden Waterfall and Geysir. At the farm Fridheimar a visit to greenhouses is planned and we take a look at the Icelandic horse and have a lunch. See The final destination is the Thorvaldseyri farm, very well known from the Eyjafjallajökull eruption. We take a look at the eruption and agriculture exhibitions.

For additional information please contact Ólafur Reykdal at Matís.