FAIRBANKS — Scientists and world leaders in Arctic research from around the globe are converging on Fairbanks starting Saturday for the 2016 Arctic Science Summit Week, but the convocation boasts more than just a week of wisdom limited to experts in the field. The week also includes a slate of entertainment and family-friendly options all related to Arctic science.
The week is a gathering of scientists, researchers, industry and government agencies, and policy makers specializing in the field of Arctic knowledge. While the week is heavy on science, organizers wanted to expand the summit to include events for families that showcase the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
“One thing we decided early on in hosting Arctic Science Summit Week is we really wanted to raise awareness about Arctic science, and we wanted to get the public involved,” said Kristin Timm, the public events and outreach coordinator for summit.
To do that, science week organizers reached out to university departments to include activities that help explain the goings-on behind the conference.
“A lot of public events highlight UAF artists and scientists and even our film department,” Timm said. “We also wanted to show the conference participants what we do here at UAF and give them opportunities to participate in things when they’re not in meetings or seminars.”
The following events listed here are open to the public, and most are free to attend but these aren’t the complete list of activities going on around campus and in Fairbanks. For a complete list of event, visit the summit’s website at www.assw2016.org. You can also search social media for related activities and topics using the hashtag #assw2016. For more information, call 474-7064.
Here are some of the public events that are expected to draw large crowds.
Dark Winter Nights: North Through Our Eyes
7-9 p.m. Friday, the theater in the Pioneer Park Centennial Center, 2300 Airport Way. The community is invited to celebrate the 2016 Arctic Science Summit Week with an evening of live storytelling with stories of northern adventure, culture and science. Produced by Dark Winter Nights at the UAF College of Liberal Arts with support from UAF’s Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy program.
Arctic Cinema & Science
8-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Salisbury Theater, UAF Fire Arts Complex. The community is invited to celebrate the 2016 Arctic Science Summit Week with an evening of films that explore art, science and culture of the Arctic. Produced and sponsored by the Department of Theatre and Film at the UAF College of Liberal Arts.
Symposium: Do We Speak the Same Language of Science?
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Davis Concert Hall, UAF Fire Arts Complex. Scientists, decision makers and other interested individuals are invited to celebrate the 2016 Arctic Science Summit Week during this symposium about communication and collaboration between the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Sponsored by the International Arctic Science Committee.
Healing and Wellness: Addressing Historical Trauma through Indigenous Knowledge and Practices
6-8 p.m. Sunday, Schaible Auditorium, Bunnell Building, UAF. The community is invited to join the conversation during the 2016 Arctic Science Summit Week with presentations and a panel discussion about Alaska’s indigenous peoples, the impacts of colonization and current efforts in indigenous knowledge and healing. Sponsored by the UAF Department of Alaska Native Studies & Rural Development.
Why does the Arctic Matter? Tips and Tools for Effective Communication
9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Duckering Building, room 252, UAF. Scientists, decision makers, and other interested people are invited to join in the spirit of the 2016 Arctic Science Summit Week and participate in an interactive science communication workshop for all experience levels. Sponsored by the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Art Show: Arctic Perspectives
5-7 p.m. Monday, University Art Gallery, UAF Fine Arts Complex. The community is invited to celebrate the 2016 Arctic Science Summit Week with a gallery opening and reception. Scientists and artists will display collaborative works of art inspired by the Arctic and research to improve Arctic understanding. Sponsored by Arctic Science Summit Week, the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy program, and the Art Department at the UAF College of Liberal Arts.
One Arctic Student Art Show
5-7 p.m. Monday, Arctic Java Coffee Shop, UAF Wood Center. The community is invited to celebrate the 2016 Arctic Science Summit Week and view original student artwork created by youth from around the world. Artwork was created on the theme “Many Lands, One Arctic.” COSEE Alaska and the Arctic Science Summit Week sponsored the contest and show.
Visualizing the Relationships that Shape our Work
6-10 p.m. Monday, Where: Schaible Auditorium, Bunnell Building, UAF. Celebrate the 2016 Arctic Science Summit Week and the memory of Archana Bali with films and panel discussions on the intersection of art and science with visual research from Chukotka, Kamchatka and Alaska. Sponsored by the Anthropology Department at the UAF College of Liberal Arts.
International Arctic Assembly Banquet
6-10 p.m. Tuesday, Carlson Center, 2010 Second Ave. Celebrate the 2016 Arctic Science Summit Week at a banquet with cultural performances, live music, remarks from local leaders and a meal with many Alaska-sourced foods at the Carlson Center. Purchase tickets at assw2016.org. Seating is limited.
Family Game Night
6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Great Hall, UAF Fine Arts Complex. Bring the whole family to celebrate the 2016 Arctic Science Summit Week with an evening of interactive activities and games to learn about the Arctic. There will be light refreshments. Sponsored by UAF’s International Arctic Research Center and Arctic Science Summit Week.
Coastal Bathtub Rings: What Ancient Shorelines Tell Us About Future Sea Level Rise
7-8 p.m. Thursday, Wedgewood Resort Ballroom, 212 Wedgewood Drive. The community is invited to celebrate the 2016 Arctic Science Summit Week at a Science for Alaska lecture from scientist and chairwoman of the U.S. Polar Research Board, Julie Brigham-Grette. She will talk about the Bering Land Bridge, the ancient shorelines of the Bering and Chukchi seas, how previous shorelines are measured and how the shorelines we live along today will change in the future. Sponsored by the UAF Geophysical Institute.