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The Northern Research Forum (NRF) provides an international platform for an effective dialogue between members of the research community and a wide range of stakeholders including researchers, educators, politicians, business leaders, civil servants, community leaders, NGO representatives, and resource users and managers.

Mr. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, the President of Iceland (1996-2006), launched the idea of the NRF and it was formed a year later in 1999. The University of Akureyri and the Stefansson Arctic Institute in Akureyri, Iceland host the secretariat for the Northern Research Forum.

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 Main activities of the NRF include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Overseeing and implementing the NRF Fellows Program;
  • Administering UNAK’s bilateral or multilateral Arctic cooperation activities, including the Nansen professorship;
  • Aiding NRF Fellows in supporting the work of the Arctic Council working groups;
  • Supporting the presence of UNAK participants at the Arctic Circle Conference;
  • Facilitating and promoting UNAK’s participation in the UArctic network.

Main Arctic Projects

The NRF regularly organizes a biennial open meeting at which members of the research community and representatives of a wide range of other northern stakeholders can meet and exchange ideas. The first Open Assembly took place in Akureyri, Iceland in November 2000 and since then it has been held in Novgrod, Yellowknife, Oulu/Luleå, Anchorage and Hveragerði.

  • Further information about each assembly is to be found here.

Main publicatins and reports

Arctic YearBook 2018



The Arctic Yearbook is the outcome of the Northern Research Forum and the University of the Arctic Thematic Network (TN) on Geopolitics and Security. The Arctic Yearbook is intended to be the preeminent repository of critical analysis on the Arctic region, with a mandate to inform observers about the state of Arctic geopolitics and security. It is an international and interdisciplinary peer-reviewed publication, published online to ensure wide distribution and accessibility to a variety of stakeholders and observers.

Website of the Arctic Yearbook



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Contact information

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Name: Gunnar M. Gunnarsson
Job title: Project Manager
E-mail: gunnarmg[at]
Telephone: +354 515 5826

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