With its geographical location facing both east and west, the University of Aberdeen has unique strengths in northern circumpolar research, ranging from 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.

Therefore, 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 all) 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.