Arctic Frontiers brings together academia, government and business to create a foundation for decision-making in the Arctic. The conference takes place annually in Tromsø.
Guest and speakers included Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg and ministers Børge Brende (Foreign Affairs), Per Sandberg (Fisheries) and Vidar Helgesen (Climate and Environment), in addition to political and business leaders from Russia, Canada and several other countries.
“The Arctic provides huge opportunities, but any activity in this area has to be well balanced with environmental challenges and concerns. That is the key message from the conference,” says Marit Dolmen, RD&I Manager at GCE NODE.
The conference discussed prospects for Arctic business development through cross-sector technology transfer and development in ocean industries. This includes a focus on sectors like energy, aquaculture, fisheries, marine tourism and their related maritime industries.
Fittingly, Dolmen gave a presentation titled “Crossover technologies from oil & gas to new blue ocean industries”, on NODE companies’ exploration of how existing competence and technology can be utilized in new markets.
“We see increased focus on both ocean technologies, communications and infrastructure in the Arctic, and I am convinced that participants in GCE NODE has the know-how and technology to play an important role in this,” says Dolmen.
Anita Krohn Traaseth, CEO at Innovation Norway