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UK’s approach to Arctic research and policy examined

12 July 2018

The Environmental Audit Committee holds an evidence session for its inquiry, The Changing Arctic. The inquiry will assess the Government’s Arctic policy, and whether the UK, as one of the Arctic’s nearest neighbours, should be doing more to protect this vulnerable region.

Purpose of the session

The session will begin with a panel discussion on the how UK Arctic research feeds into UK Arctic policy, clarifying research streams and addressing potential gaps in UK Arctic research.

The Committee will ask how the UK can continue to produce world leading scientific Arctic research after leaving the EU. The session will also explore how the changes in the Arctic are affecting the commercial sector and wider economy.

Witnesses

Wednesday 11 July 2018, Committee Room 16, Palace of Westminster

At 2.15pm

  • Henry Burgess, Head of the Arctic Office, British Antarctic
  • Professor Duncan Wingham, NERC Executive Chair, Natural Environment Research Council
  • Dr Richard Powell, University Lecturer and Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge

At 3:15pm

  • Edda Falk, Communications Manager, Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators
  • Michael Kingston, Lawyer, Specialist Advisor to the Arctic Council’s working group PAME, Advisor to Lloyd’s of London, Advisor to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Polar Regions
  • Dr Dmitry Yumashev, Senior Research Associate, Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business, Lancaster University Management School.        

Further information

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