51 researchers recently gathered in a workshop. Never before has so many scientists gotten together to create a better overview of research in Greenland.
By Ole Ellekrog
Greenland is a popular destination among researchers from across the world. More and more come to research the country’s unique nature and culture. But when so many arrive each year, it can be difficult to create an overview of what all the scientists are researching – even for the researchers themselves.
For this reason, Naalakkersuisut (the Government of Greenland) wishes to create a better overview of research in Greenland. This is among the most important tasks for the Nuuk-based Arctic Hub secretariat. Recently, a big step on the journey towards a better overview was taken.
On April 17th, the online workshop Arctic Hub Connect took place. Here, 51 researchers from different branches of science and from different parts of the world were gathered. It is the first time that so many local and international researchers participated in such a workshop.
The researchers shared experiences and discussed their upcoming fieldwork. And, as part of the workshop, they plotted their projects onto a map. Click through the map here.
“An event like Arctic Hub Connect is an important step on the way towards a better overview of all the exciting research taking place in the country.” Jula Maegaard-Hoffmann.
Demand for a better overview
Arctic Hub has previously gathered researchers doing field work in Greenland for a coordination workshop. Until now, however, the workshop has been reserved for researchers from the social sciences and the humanities. At this year’s workshop, the natural sciences and health sciences were invited as well.
“We are delighted that there has been such a great interest for Arctic Hub Connect,” says Jula Maegaard-Hoffmann: “It reflects the great demand for an overview of research in Greenland. It is not only Naalakkersuisut and us at Arctic Hub who want a better overview – it is also the researchers themselves.”