Arctic Circle delegates are invited to the final of the Mon projet nordique/My Northern Project competition, which brings together eleven PhD students from Québec (Canada) and the Nordic countries. These remarkable student researchers are challenged to present a five minute summary of their projects in layman’s terms to a large international audience using a maximum of ten slides. With their innovative vision, these young researchers explore a range of topics that are sure to improve Our understanding of Arctic development.

Come listen to the students’ five-minute talks, choose the most eloquent and impactful presentation and vote for the “People’s Choice Award”.

Our session takes place on Saturday, October 12th at 17:30-19:00, in the room Björtuloft, Harpa Fifth Level. 


Winners of the competition, Québec


  • Thomas Pacoureau, PhD student, Earth Sciences, INRS-ETE, Québec,
    Canada: How Does the Nature of Organic Matter Influences its
    Biomineralisation in Arctic Ponds
  • Élisa Gouin, PhD student, Architecture, Université Laval, Québec,
    Canada: Community-Academic Partnership in an Indigenous Context:
    Does it Really Work?
  • Lisa Zoé Auclert, PhD student, Microbiology, Université Laval, Québec,
    Canada: Virus Hunting in the Canadian North
  • Marta Moreno Ibàñez, PhD student, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences,
    Université du Québec à Montréal, Québec, Canada: Small but Full of
    Energy: Polar Lows are Anything but a Storm in a Teacup!
  • Laurent Ferrier, PhD student, Engineering, Université du Québec à
    Rimouski, Québec, Canada: Design of a Stand-Alone
    Telecommunications Station in an Isolated and Constrained
  • Anaïs Remili, PhD student, Natural Resource Sciences, McGill
    University, Québec, Canada: Dual Approach to Understanding Killer
    Whale Feeding Ecology in the North Atlantic Ocean


Winners of the competition, international students


  • Marina Titova, PhD student, Cultural Studies, Northern (Arctic) Federal
    University (NArFU), Archangelsk, Russia: The Idea of the Arctic as a
    Means of Cultural Adaptation to the Far North Environment
  • Martin Mohr Olsen, PhD student, Management Engineering, University
    of the Faroe Islands and the Technical University of Denmark:
    Developing Operational Frameworks Suited for Small Arctic
    Universities Wishing to Tackle Issues of Sustainability
  • Imran Riaz Chohan, PhD student, Education, University of Lapland,
    Rovaniemi, Finland: Do we Provide what the Changing World of Work
    Necessitates? A Longitudinal Mixed Methods Study on Facilitating
    University Graduate Employability in the Arctic
  • Marcus Przybyl, PhD student, Northern Cultures and Natural Resource
    Politics, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland: Studies on Sámi
    Shamanism – With Special Attention to the Phenomenon of Unity in
    Diversity and its Relationship to Natural Cycles
  • Cecilia de Bernardi, PhD candidate, Multidimensional Tourism Institute,
    University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland:
    The Role(s) of Authenticity and Certifications in Sámi Tourism


Round table discussion with the participants and vote for the People's
Choice Award
○ Jean-Éric Tremblay, Professor, Biological Oceanography,
Laval University Québec, Canada
○ Pirkko Pulkkanen, Manager, International Projects, UArctic
International Secretariat, Rovaniemi, Finland

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