The University of Aberdeen was honoured and delighted to host the 2017 Rectors’ Forum of the University of the Arctic. Distinguished delegates were welcomed to King's College Conference Centre, Aberdeen to discuss the Forum theme: The Inhabited Arctic: Lands, Peoples and Scholarship in the Circumpolar North.
An associated International Conference, (open to the public) immediately followed the Forum on the theme of Conversations from the North: Scholars of many disciplines and inhabitants of many places in dialogue with one another, with animals and plants, and with the land, held in King's College Conference Centre.
The UArctic Rectors' Forums provide an unique opportunity for leaders of the UArctic's Higher Education Institution members to share common dialogue and focus on topics of special relevance. Principal Sir Ian Diamond along with some Rectors' Forum delegates in August 2017 Institution leaders, Rectors, Chancellors, Presidents, Provosts, Vice-Rectors, Vice-Chancellors, Vice-Presidents, Vice-Provosts and formal delegates who participated in the Aberdeen Rectors’ Forum. Several delegates brought along experts, specialist advisors and/or support staff including Student Forum delegates.
The 11th UArctic Rectors' Forum was held in conjunction with the inaugural UArctic Research Analytics Institute Meeting. Immediately followed by an International Conference: Conversations from the North.
The Rectors' Forum concluded with a discussion session between the rectors and Student Forum delegates who presented their own Declaration to the assembled participants.
The Student Forum Declaration highlighted many issues, as a direct result of the Forums. Particularly the main challenges facing universities with research and higher education in the North today. Coupled with the importance of partnerships between institutions in the "near North" within the Circumpolar North and the UArctic network.
"With its geographical location facing both east and west, the University of Aberdeen has unique strengths in northern circumpolar research, in fields ranging from the geosciences and environmental biology to archaeology, anthropology and Scandinavian studies. No other University in the UK currently comes close to being so heavily invested in research in the region, and in none are the prospects for its future development so promising. We were therefore honoured and delighted to host the 2017 UArctic Rectors' Forum and welcome its distinguished delegates to Aberdeen." according to Professor Tim Ingold