Arctic Conference on Educational Sciences (ACCESS)

Purpose of the project ACCESS

The project ACCESS is to host an international conference to strengthen the wide network of educational researchers in the circumpolar north.

The project aims to address the need for a space in which scholars across the north who are studying educational issues in Arctic can meet, share their research, and determine how best to advance the field. The synergy resulting from a gathering focused specifically on education in the Arctic will serve the needs of the communities involved in a focused manner. It will strengthen a wide and growing network of educational researchers in
the circumpolar North - within our UArctic Thematic Network on Teahcer Education and also outside of it.

Organising this conference will provide all Arctic educational researchers a platform for presenting their research to an engaged and relevant audience, and will facilitate connections and networking with other people with similar interests. The conference themes will focus on critical educational issues in the circumpolar North such as indigenous education, inclusive education, online teaching and learning, and the challenge of providing education in rural and remote places. 



Project milestones 

  1. setting up a local organisation committee and scientific board, 
  2. publishing the conference website and call for abstracts, 
  3. the conference event and 
  4. publishing the video interviews. 

Target audience

The project has three key target audiences - network contact persons, network member universities and Arctic educational science community - who will benefit of the stronger connections, platforms of sharing knowledge, and engagement to UArctic and the Thematic Network on Teacher Education

Project partners

  • UiT The Arctic University of Norway (applying institution)
  • University of Lapland (project lead institution)
  • Nord University
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • University of Manitoba
  • University of Alaska Anchorage
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Mongolian National University of Education
  • Leeds Beckett University


  • the University of the Faroe Islands
  • Ilisimatusarfik/University of Greenland
  • University of Akureyri
  • University of Iceland
  • UmeĆ„ University
  • LuleĆ„ University of Technology
  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Prince Edward Island
  • Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius

The overall goal of the project ACCESS is to strengthen the wide network of educational researchers in the circumpolar north


Project funding

The project is funded by UArctic project funding for Network Activities on Arctic Research and Education. The grant is managed and administered by UiT The Arctic University of Norway in accordance with the recommendations from the Ministry of Education and Research in Norway.