Meetings and Workshops


CACCON Initiating Workshop, Copenhagen, Denmark (14-16 April 2014) The initial design and planning workshop for CACCON was held over a three-day period at the European Environment Agency in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Participants of the CACCON initiating workshop, Copenhagen, April 14-16 2014
Participants of the CACCON initiating workshop. From left to right: Don Forbes, Peter Schweitzer, Helene Amundsen, Paul Overduin, Nicole Couture, Trevor Bell, Joan Nymand Larsen, Andrey Petrov, Gleb Kraev, Rudy Riedlsperger, Tatiana Vlasova, Rasmus Ole Rasmussen. Missing from photo: Alona Yefimenko and Boris Radosavljevic.

Arctic Change Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (8 – 12 December 2014) CACCON hosted a side event during the Arctic Change conference in Ottawa. Together with academics from various disciplines, community leaders from Shishmaref, Alaska, and Nain, Nunatsiavut shared their experiences and discussed opportunities for CACCON to realize its goals. The workshop report can be found here.


2015 Arctic Science Summit Week, Toyama, Japan (23 – 30 April 2015) In April 2015, CACCON hosted a session/panel discussion as part of the 2015 Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW 2015) in Toyama, Japan. The session was entitled: ‘Circumpolar Arctic Coastal Communities Observatory Network (CACCON): knowledge Hubs for Northern Coastal Sustainability’.

2015 ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (7 – 11 December 2015) – During a session on ‘Community Adaptation & Vulnerability in Arctic Regions’ at the 11thArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM2015), Don Forbes gave a presentation on Indicators for sustainable circum-Arctic coastal communities. Given the limited experience in the development or application of effective adaptive capacity and sustainability indices in Arctic communities, this is one gap that CACCON intends to address collaboratively with our network partners. The abstract for this and all other presentations can be found in the conference book of abstracts.  


The Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Programme (CBMP) Coastal Expert Monitoring Group (CEMG) workshop, Ottawa, Canada (29 February – 3 March) – With the goal of developing a biodiversity monitoring program for coastal ecosystems across the circumpolar Arctic, this workshop brought together a diverse group of coastal experts from northern communities, industry, academia, government, Indigenous and non-government organisations. Conveying CACCON perspectives and experiences, Arctic coastal experts and CACCON co-founders, Trevor Bell and Don Forbes, participated in this meeting. It is anticipated that the Arctic Coastal Biodiversity Monitoring Plan will be completed and published in 2017. Find out more about this in the background document as well as the workshop summary, and final workshop report.

2016 Arctic Science Summit Week, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA (12 – 18 March) – CACCON convened a one-day workshop as a side meeting at the Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW 2016) in Fairbanks, Alaska, on Sunday 13 March 2016. The side meeting was sponsored jointly by CACCON, Future Earth Coasts, and Arctic-COAST, and was also supported by the Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge of the Arctic (ELOKA). It aimed to discuss approaches and progress toward a circumpolar network of knowledge hubs and the emerging global coastal engagement process under Future Earth Coasts. The meeting explored local priorities, challenges, and successes in creating and sharing knowledge-for-action, and insights relevant to sustainability efforts in the Arctic network and the global coastal futures process. Importantly, it also provided a venue for knowledge exchange between current and possible future network community leaders. Giving their perspectives, community leaders from Nunavut (Pond Inlet and Clyde River), Nunatsiavut (Nain) and Chukotka (Lorino) richly demonstrated the effectiveness of the CACCON approach to all workshop participants.

The CACCON workshop report includes the agenda as well as a list of participants.

2016 Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG) Meeting, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (30 May – 3 June) – Several CACCON members made presentations during a well-attended special session entitled ‘Shore-zone Responses and Human Adaptation to Environmental Change at the Coast’ at this year’s CAG conference. CACCON co-founder Donald Forbes gave a presentation on Networking Circum-Arctic Coastal Communities for Capacity Sharing, Co-learning, and Sustainability and Andrew Arreak, a community leader from Pond Inlet, presented A coastal adaptation tool to support sea-ice travel safety in northern communities. For the conference programme and book of abstracts, please visit the conference website.

XI. International Conference on Permafrost, Potsdam, Germany (20 -24 June) – Known as the premier event for permafrost research worldwide, CACCON was represented at the International Conference on Permafrost (ICOP 2016).

Arctic-COAST I: Indicators, Resilience, and Governance in Arctic Coastal Social-Ecological Systems, Murmansk, Russia (23 – 25 June) – Two of CACCON’s co-founders, Donald Forbes and Trevor Bell, were both invited to give keynote presentations at the first Arctic-COAST workshop, held in Murmansk, Russia, which provided (albeit virtually) an excellent opportunity for CACCON to introduce its vision and demonstrate success stories to a new audience. With a number of other CACCON co-founding members and supporters present at the workshop, including Rudy Riedlsperger, Andrey Petrov (Arctic-COAST network lead), Tatiana Vlasova, Gleb Kraev, and others, Arctic-COAST provided a wonderful opportunity for CACCON ambassadors to re-connect and discuss the current state and future of pan-Arctic knowledge sharing. Rudy Riedlsperger wrote a short blog about the meeting.

Future Earth Core Projects Meeting, Bern, Switzerland (June 27-28) – At a two-day joint meeting of the Future Earth (FE) Secretariat, Future Earth Science and Engagement Committees, and Future Earth Core Projects, the Executive Officer of Future Earth Coasts, Martin Le Tissier, presented CACCON as a practical example of co-design and co-production of knowledge, leading to successful outcomes. As the Arctic Regional Engagement Partner of Future Earth Coasts, CACCON’s approach to mobilising knowledge to improve community resilience, well-being, and enhance sustainability is one potential model for establishing knowledge networks in other coastal regions globally.

Ocean Innovation 2016, Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada (October 4-5) – The theme of this year’s Ocean Innovation conference is Adapting to a Changing Circumpolar North:Traditional and New Ocean Technologies. SmartICE, a community-partnered, solutions-oriented research project that integrates on-ice technology, remote sensing and Inuit Knowledge to inform safe sea-ice travel in northern coastal environments, will be presented by Professor Trevor Bell. It represents a unique example of an adaptation technology that combines Traditional Knowledge and state-of-the-art technology, and is a project that clearly demonstrates CACCON’s principles of community engagement and co-design of research for addressing community priorities.

Inuit Studies Conference, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada (7-10 October) – A special session on Inuit Science: Bridging Traditional Knowledge and Western Science to Address Community Research Priorities, was co-convened with community partners from Arviat and Pond Inlet, Nunavut, at the Inuit Studies Conference.

Workshop on Transdisciplinary Research and Co-Design in Practice, Stockholm, Sweden (22-23 November 2016) – This interactive and hands-on workshop, organised by the European Alliance of Global Change Research Committees, Future Earth, Swedish National Committee for Global Change Research, and the Swedish Secretariat for Environmental Earth System Sciences (SSEESS), was attended by researchers from Future Earth Core Projects, national committees, and early career scientists from  the circumpolar north, and as far south as New Zealand. A short blog about the meeting can be found here.

Arctic Futures Symposium, Brussels, Belgium (30 November 2016) – The focus of the 2016 Arctic Futures symposium was the future of sustainable Arctic communities. As the Arctic Council celebrates its 20th Anniversary, this meeting provided an opportunity to highlight Arctic Council achievements, and examine some of the shared challenges going forward. While the meeting largely examined new partnerships made possible under the EU Integrated Arctic Policy, existing platforms, networks and research programmes (many of which have just begun, or will commence in the coming months as part Horizon 2020) a clear take away message was that in spite of geopolitical tensions, the Arctic Council is one arena in which the European Union and Arctic nations still have rather good and productive collaboration.

ArcticNet 2016 Annual Science Meeting, Winnipeg, Canada (5-9 December 2016) – In addition to presentations and panel discussions, SmartICE shared in the 2016 Arctic Inspiration Prize at this year’s ArcticNet ASM for the co-design of its knowledge-to-action plan with partner communities in Nunavut and Nunatsiavut and its vision to expand these efforts to a wider network in a financially sustainable way. More specifically, the vision is to establish a northern social enterprise, SmartICE Inc., to support community ice awareness knowledge products through the manufacturing of sensors by youth at risk in a northern community, development of a data management centre in the north, and funding of the enterprise through the sale of sensor equipment to other communities and of data products to industry or other institutions.