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This year, the symposium will be webcast live. Registration is required for those planning to attend in person. Please register soon, as the 250-seat auditorium is typically filled to capacity. As of May 17, registration stands at 100 people.

Confirmed speakers at the Symposium include:

  • ADM Paul Zukunft, US Coast Guard
  • Congressman Don Young (R-AK)
  • Hon. Fran Ulmer, US Arctic Research Commission
  • Dr. Martin Jeffries, Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee
  • Dr. S. Bradley Moran, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Dr. Larry Mayer, University of New Hampshire, USARC
  • Ms. Marie Greene, US Arctic Research Commission
  • Dr. John Walsh, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Ms. Elizabeth Pierce, Quintillion
  • Maj. General, (retired) Randy ("Church") Kee, Arctic Domain Awareness Center
  • Dr. Lawson Brigham, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Ms. Helen Brohl, Committee on the Marine Transportation System


Originating in 2001, this biennial symposium focuses on naval and other maritime operations in an "ice-free Arctic" and brings together experts on arctic marine operations, the environment, science, policy, law, and governance. High-level opening remarks are anticipated from members of the Alaska Congressional Delegation, NOAA, Navy, USCG, USARC, industry, and other representatives from the US, Arctic nations, and international community.


The symposium talks are arranged to cover three general topic areas:

  • Latest research on observed and predicted changes in the Arctic sea ice environment
  • Present and future impact of these changes on Arctic operations
  • Emerging Arctic policy issues on national and international levels

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