The event took place following the Rectors' Forum business meeting, where among other issues, the university leaders in attendance learned about the progress of the UArctic Research Analytics Task Force and the plans for next year's Rectors' Forum at the University of Aberdeen.

Thematic Networks are a primary activity of UArctic, where the most cooperative activities of our members take place. Meeting together for the first time during the UArctic Congress, representatives of the UArctic Rectors' Forum and Board learned first hand from Thematic Network leaders. These presentations highlighted current challenges involved in organizing and getting support for the work of Thematic Networks as well as a select number of highlights from individual Thematic Networks. These included Arctic Telecommunications and Networking, Working in the Arctic, and Energy in New Time.

In addition, the joint meeting discussed and reviewed the draft of the UArctic Congress Declaration. The feedback provided by the participants will form the basis of the final draft that goes forward to the Council for approval.