Fostering convergence to address complex Arctic climate challenges: Identifying opportunities with the Navigating the New Arctic (NNA) Program
Tuesday, May 24 - 10:00am AKT / 12:00pm MT / 2:00pm ET
Convergence research brings together diverse participants to craft – together – new languages of understanding and form new perspectives and solutions pathways around complex societal challenges and opportunities. Convergence is an intentional, careful process requiring relationship building and open sharing of individual perspectives so that groups can create integrated pathways to make progress together, often towards community-level activities or applications. Rapid climate change in the Arctic is causing unprecedented environmental shifts that are intrinsically connected with complex social and community activities and concerns, from food security to infrastructure, conservation to geopolitics. The NSF-funded Navigating the New Arctic Community Office (NNA-CO) is supporting new and future Arctic-focused convergence research. One activity of support is development of four Convergence Working Groups that will bring together researchers, local experts, and engaged community representatives to work together on a focused, self-formed project; for example, hosting community workshops, creating shared Arctic Data Center portals, developing policy briefs, or crafting science storytelling products. The Convergence Working Groups themselves will attempt to apply convergence concepts and act as test beds and examples for best practices. The process for Working Group formation has already been available for community feedback, with an ongoing workflow aimed to solidify areas of focus and participation by early 2023. Webinar attendees learned about convergence research, formation and activities of upcoming Convergence Working Groups, and broader opportunities for cross-community interaction within the NNA-CO.
NNA-CO Broader Impacts Network (BIN) Meeting - April 2022
April 27, 2022 - 2pm-3pm Eastern / 12pm-1pm Mountain / 10am-11am Alaska, Virtual
The NNA-CO hosted a Broader Impacts Network (BIN) meeting on April 27, 2022, which focused on effective ways to use social media in broadening the reach of research and connecting with Arctic communities. A panel of communication experts discussed utilization of social media for sharing research with Arctic communities, impactful and culturally-relevant messaging, and actionable and tangible communication strategies. Panelists included Alice Glenn, Coffee and Quaq host and Alaska Native Media Group journalist, Sara Eckert, Communications from the Office of Polar Programs National Science Foundation, and Kristin Timm, expert in science and environmental communication from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Access the meeting resources here.
NNA International Meeting (side-event) at Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW2022)
Thursday, March 31, 2022 - 8-10am MT, (4pm-6pm Norway time) Hybrid event
The NNA-CO will be organized and facilitated an NNA International Meeting at ASSW 2022. This meeting focused on highlighting both existing international NNA research partnerships and opportunities for new international collaboration. NNA projects showcased their work, and discussed how they are approaching international collaboration in the Arctic, where they have seen progress and opportunity, and where persistent challenges may remain. This community meeting also coincided with the Arctic Observing Summit (AOS), which is a large part of ASSW 2022. Therefore, the NNA-CO additionally invited perspectives on how NNA research is contributing to Arctic observing systems. Current NNA researchers and collaborators were invited, along with anyone interested in learning more about NNA and related opportunities.
View the event agenda here.
Open Science: Best Practices, Data Sovereignty and Co-Production at Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW2022)
Tuesday, March 29, 2022 - 8am-12pm MT (4pm-8pm Norway time) Virtual event
This virtual workshop was a collaboration between the Arctic Data Center, ELOKA, and the NNA Community Office, and focused on the presentation of open science principles and best practices. Open science was explored from the lens of reproducibility of research, Indigenous data sovereignty, and community data management. The first half of this four hour session focused on FAIR Principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reproducible), ethical data practices, and community data management. During the second half, participants had the opportunity to explore data organization and principles of 'tidy' data structures through practical hands-on and small group activities.
View the event flyer here.
NNA-CO Convergence Working Group Open Comment Sessions
Session 1: February 24, 2022; 12:00pm Alaska / 2:00pm Mountain / 4:00pm Eastern
Session 2: March 16, 2022; 8:00am Alaska / 10:00am Mountain / 12:00pm Eastern
As a key part of NNA Community Office (NNA-CO) funded activities, the NNA-CO will facilitate the formation, implementation, and outputs of four Convergence Working Groups. The NNA-CO has established an initial set of Convergence Working Group functions and goals, but many elements of the Convergence Working Group (CWG) process are intentionally not yet fully defined to allow for community input. A concept document outlines foundational aspects of the CWG design, provides a potential roadmap for elements yet undefined, and invites open community comment for finalizing the CWG process. We invite community discussion on all aspects, with multiple paths for engaging. Deadline for comments is April 1, 2022.
Arctic Educators Fair
February 16, 2022; 4:00pm Alaska / 6:00pm Mountain / 8:00pm Eastern
The NNA-CO hosted a virtual Arctic Educators Fair on February 16, 2022. This year's fair was focused on Alaska, with outreach fairs with an international focus planned for future years. The goal of this event was to help disseminate great ideas in education, learning products (curricula, videos, learning activities), or opportunities for student or educator engagement (REU, RET, community science, meet-the-scientist video calls, etc.) produced by NNA project teams.
View the recorded flash talks and resources here.
Arctic Outreach Fair - Alaska Forum on the Environment
February 8, 2022; 2:00pm Alaska / 4:00pm Mountain / 6:00pm Eastern
The NNA-CO hosted an NNA virtual Arctic Outreach Fair that took place as part of the Alaska Forum on the Environment. The goal of this event was to share NNA projects with community members across Alaska to encourage new connections and community engagement. Recordings of the flash talks given during this event will be made available as resources for the community on the NNA-CO website soon.
AGU Fall Meeting Session - Arctic Education & Outreach - Effective Ways of Engaging Diverse Learners in Arctic Science | Oral (ED52A)
December 17, 2021; 6:45am-8:00am Alaska / 8:45am-10:00am Mountain / 10:45am-12:00pm Eastern
The changing polar environments have created important scientific and societal concerns in high and lower latitudes. In this session effective approaches, frameworks and examples of how to promote a broad understanding and awareness of the changing Arctic and the related societal implications were shared. The session highlighted effective strategies to inspire learners in both formal and informal learning contexts as well as communities. The presenters also invited papers on effective ways of community engagement, co-design of educational and outreach activities, and fostering intergenerational or cross-cultural learning through Arctic Indigenous knowledge, science and observation.
AGU Fall Meeting Session - Coordination for Use-Inspired Convergence Research and Equitable Collaboration in the Arctic: A Navigating the New Arctic (NNA) Community Town Hall (TH45I)
December 16, 2021; 3:15pm-4:15pm Alaska / 5:15pm-6:15pm Mountain / 7:15pm-8:15pm Eastern
The NNA Town Hall at AGU provided an overview of the NNA Community Office (NNA-CO) and shared information about ways to get involved in the NNA community, including participating in the design and implementation of Convergence Research Working Groups, involvement in the NNA Broader Impacts Network, or participation in upcoming NNA trainings on data management, education and outreach, and Arctic community engagement. Current and prospective NNA researchers and collaborators were invited, along with anyone interested in learning more about convergence research and approaches for equitable research collaboration in the Arctic.
Find the presentation slides here.
NSF Navigating the NNA Proposal Preparation and Merit Review Process Workshop
December 9, 2021; 10:00am-12:00pm Alaska / 12:00pm-2:00pm Mountain / 2:00pm-4:00pm Eastern
The National Science Foundation (NSF) held a Navigating the New Arctic (NNA) proposal writing workshop on December 9, 2021, hosted virtually by the NNA Community Office. The first hour of the workshop consisted of an overview of the NSF review process and Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts criteria, as well as most common mistakes made by investigators when submitting a proposal. The second hour was structured around breakout rooms with NSF program officers.
A link to the recording and presentation slides can be found on this page.
NNA Annual Community Meeting Side Event: Filmmaking Workshop
November 23, 2021; 9:00am-10:30am Alaska / 11:00am-12:30pm Mountain / 1:00pm-2:30pm Eastern
The NNA-CO hosted a filmmaking workshop with Ryan Vachon (Provare Media) as a side event for the NNA Annual Community Meeting. Participants learned about identifying a project mission statement, methods for storyboarding and communication, discussing camera and audio gear, approaches to filming, and basics in editing.
NNA Annual Community Meeting 2021
November 8-10, 2021; 8am-1:30pm Alaska / 10am-3:30pm Mountain / 12pm-5:30pm Eastern
The NNA-CO hosted the 2021 NNA Annual Community Meeting for investigators and partners on November 8-10, 2021. This meeting, held in cooperation between the NNA-CO and the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) NNA Working group, provided an important opportunity for NNA project teams, Arctic community members, Indigenous and Traditional knowledge holders, decision makers and other experts to gather to discuss and highlight progress, opportunities, and challenges across the NNA initiative.
Indigenous Gathering Virtual Open House
November 3, 2021; 1pm-3pm Alaska / 3pm-5pm Mountain / 5pm-7pm Eastern
The NNA-CO Alaska Pacific University Community Extension Office invited Tribal leaders, Indigenous knowledge holders, culture bearers, Elders, students and community members to meet the team, learn about the Extension Office, and provide feedback on how the NNA-CO can best serve and support community needs, priorities and research interests.
NNA Broader Impacts Network Meeting #3 (for NNA-funded projects)
September 23, 2021; 9am-10am Alaska / 11am-12pm Mountain / 1pm-2pm Eastern
The NNA-CO invited NNA Broader Impact Network members to work together through networking and through building awareness around culturally sensitive work with Arctic communities and discuss how to incorporate these strategies into broader impact plans.
NNA Broader Impacts Network Meeting (for NNA-funded projects)
July 22, 2021; 9am AKDT (11am MDT/1pm EDT)
The NNA-CO invited NNA Broader Impact Network members to meet for networking via breakout rooms and case study discussions guided by an Indigenous community member. Participants left with resources and strategies to include in their own research plans.
NNA Broader Impacts Network Kickoff Event (for PIs/Co-PIs of NNA-funded projects)
May 20, 2021; 8am-9:30am AKDT (10am-11:30am MDT/noon-1:30pm EDT)
The NNA-CO invited PIs/Co-PIs and outreach and engagement associates of NNA-funded projects to a virtual kickoff meeting of the NNA Broader Impacts Network (BIN). The BIN is designed to support, coordinate, and leverage community outreach and education efforts across all NNA projects.
Discussing Plans for Returning to & Initiating Field Research during the COVID Era
May 4, 2021; 10am-12pm AKDT (2-4pm EDT)
This virtual gathering focused on the state of NNA research field-season planning and community-based activities. Through a panel discussion and break-out groups, participants discussed approaches from across the Arctic for community collaborations, longer-term planning, and dealing with project pivots during the COVID era.
- Andrey Petrov (International Arctic Social Sciences Association) discussed building resilient Arctic science amid the COVID 19 pandemic
- Shari Fox (National Snow and Ice Data Center) offered a perspective from Nunavut, Canada and the Ittaq Heritage and Research Centre
- Roza Laptander (University of Hamburg) shared her journey as a remote researcher collaborating with reindeer herding communities in Siberia
- Sveta Yamin-Pasternak (University of Alaska Fairbanks) discussed patchwork ethnography as a theoretical framework for field work under COVID
A recording of the panel is available on our YouTube channel.
Resources from the event:
- Petrov et al.'s Nature journal article on "Building Resilient Arctic Science amid the COVID 19 Pandemic"
- The Ittaq Heritage and Research Centre's FaceBook Page
- Information on the CHARTER Project's work-package 3 (WP3) focused on Socio-Economic Impacts of Arctic Environmental Changes on Indigenous Populations and Local Communities
- More information on patchwork ethnography: "A Manifesto for Patchwork Ethnography" from the Society for Cultural Anthropology
COVID Pandemic Guidance for Field & Community-Based Research
April 29, 2021; 10am-12pm AKDT (2-4pm EDT)
This virtual event featured a panel of experts who discussed and shared timely information for those planning fieldwork in 2021 regarding COVID-19 related protocols, guidance, and restrictions at local and regional levels across the Arctic. The panel discussion was followed by break-out groups organized to discuss regional contexts, resources, and evolving situations.
- Dr. Robert Onders — Director, Alaska Native Medical Center; State of Alaska COVID Rural Response Team
- Dr. Frank Rack — Research Support & Logistics, Arctic Sciences, National Science Foundation
- Matt Irinaga — UIC Science
- Krystal Murphy — Health, Safety, and Environmental Manager, Arctic Research Operations, Battelle
A recording of the panel is available on our YouTube channel.
Resources from the event:
- Dr. Frank Rack's slides "Overview of the Arctic Research Support & Logistics Program’s Approach to Fieldwork Safety and COVID-19"
- Battelle's Arctic Research Support & Logistics Services Gateway