The suspense was high when the nine finalists presented themselves and their research during the National Conference on Polar Sciences at India’s National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR) in Goa last week. The Royal Norwegian Embassy together with NCPOR is sponsoring 2 young scientists that will attend the Arctic Frontiers Emerging Leaders 2020 in Norway. Selection was made through a tough competition where Femi Anna Thomas and Sourav Chatterjee came out on top convincing the panel that they would able to bring back to India great knowledge and connections by attending Emerging Leaders. They will both be travelling to Norway in January 2020 to take part in a combination of technical, social and cultural events accompanied by mentors from business, politics and academia related to the Arctic.
Every year Arctic Frontiers invite 30 selected young candidates to participate in the Emerging Leaders Program. The program takes place in January in the Norwegian Arctic and starts in the city of Bodø, then continues on board the coastal cruise M/S Hurtigruten to Lofoten and ends in Tromsø, “the gateway to the Arctic”. Topics and adventures that will be explored are specific to the Arctic mindset and engage in crucial and contemporary discussions on environment, resource management, security, the development of business and technology in the Arctic.
We congratulate the two winners and wish you both a successful visit to Norway and the Emerging Leaders program!