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Towards an Inclusive Arctic Research Community: Inclusion, Racism and Systemic Bias in Arctic Sciences panels team up for #ASSW2021

Towards an Inclusive Arctic Research Community: Inclusion in Northern Research, Racism and Systemic Bias in Arctic Sciences panels set for #ASSW2021

Arctic Science Summit Week 2021 is just around the corner! Join us virtually on March 19, in Lisbon.

Following on from IASC’s 2020 Statement on Tackling Racism and Systemic Bias, acknowledging that ‘Arctic science still suffers from systemic bias that marginalizes and excludes people who are Black, Indigenous, or from other under-represented minorities in the Arctic region and around the world’, this panel session aims to discuss these issues facing our community, and also some practical solutions that are being taken to tackle them. Through hearing from speakers in an interactive discussion, the session aims to foster future efforts to help make our community more inclusive.

The panel is intended to start a discussion across disciplines that will be further built on during a workshop at the ASSW 2022 aiming to provide specific recommendations and actions for IASC and other Arctic research organizations as well as the Arctic research community in general. 

The panel is being organized in cooperation with the #InclusiveNorth – the Inclusion in Northern Research Project’s session following immediately afterwards in the ASSW 2021 program and we encourage participants to attend both sessions.

The Inclusion in Northern Research Project, which was developed through the course of the last year and premiered at the Arctic Change 2020 virtual meeting, began with the creation of videos highlighting the varied journeys of our colleagues, and grew into an online discussion that included over 1000 people in 35 countries, starting important conversations about inclusion in our research community in a safe and open space. T

his initiative will continue through the year ahead with a series of video dialogues on important topics in Inclusion within the northern research community, the first of which will be screened for the 2021 Arctic Science Summit Week.

For more information on how you can register, participate and support the many circumpolar youth involved in this international collaboration, please contact: Sammie Buzzard (, IASC Fellow 2020 or Marie-José Naud (

To register for Arctic Science Summit Week 2021, visit their web site at: