Past Events

Discussing Plans for Returning to & Initiating Field Research during the COVID Era

May 4 (Tuesday); 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.

Speakers included:

  • 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:

 

COVID Pandemic Guidance for Field & Community-Based Research

April 29 (Thursday); 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.

Speakers included: 

  • 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: