Anchorage Arctic Research Summit (ANCARS) Call for Presentations
Anchorage Arctic Research Summit 2019:
Transforming Research and Scholarship in the North
May 2, 2019

The Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS), the University of Alaska Anchorage, the Anchorage Museum, and the University of Alaska Arctic Domain Awareness Center are pleased to announce the third annual Anchorage Arctic Research Summit (ANCARS) to be held in Anchorage, Alaska, May 2, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Anchorage Museum.

The Anchorage Arctic Research Summit is an opportunity for Anchorage researchers to share their knowledge and work in order to spur innovation in how we study and understand the North. This year’s conference theme is “Transforming Research and Scholarship on Arctic Economic and Environmental Security.” We are seeking 2 keynote speakers and 6-8 panelists willing to present on this year’s summit key topic areas: economic and environmental security in the Arctic.

Keynote speakers and panelists will be chosen to ensure a diversity and balance of perspectives, including those with perspectives rooted in Indigenous world views, non-traditional research methods, and/or framed in terms of gender. Similarly, all presenters will be asked to present their work in transformative ways – see below.

Keynote Presentations:

The agenda will feature two keynote speakers; each will be asked to present a 15-minute talk on Transforming Research and Scholarship in the North. The first session will focus on the topic of “Arctic Economic Security” and the second session will focus on “Arctic Environmental Security”. We are seeking keynote speakers who can share innovative ways to address these issues, and we are interested especially in hearing from scholars who approach these topics from Indigenous and gendered perspectives.

Keynote speakers will work with a professional communications team to create their presentation in a transformative and accessible format. The communications specialist will be provided by the conference organizers at no cost to the presenter.

Panel Presentations:

Two panels will be structured in an IGNITE style ( The panel themes will also focus on “Arctic Economic Security” and “Arctic Environmental Security”—both broadly defined. Panelists will be asked to limit their presentations to 5 minutes with a maximum of 15 slides (with no words). More information about the panel themes can be found on the full agenda - linked below.

Additional Information:

-Note that selected speakers will be asked to provide a square headshot photo, which will be used in promotional materials for the event.

-To submit an abstract, please fill out the form below.

-The deadline for abstract submission is 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 1, 2019.

-More information, including registration, will be available soon through the Anchorage Museum website.

-The tentative full agenda for the event is available here:

-For questions or more information, please email Daniel Ahrens at

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