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Virtual Conference | COVID-19 Impacts in the Arctic

A virtual conference organized and hosted by the US Naval War College, the Wilson Center's Polar Institute, and the US Arctic Research Commission about the impacts of COVID-19 in the Arctic.


May. 19 – 20, 2020
12:00pm – 4:45pm ET


Virtual Conference


COVID-19 threatens the Arctic region with new challenges to human life, economic prosperity, and the fabric of communities. Ongoing climate and environmental change further compound the challenges facing Arctic communities.

In light of these unprecedented, intersecting challenges, the US Naval War College, the Wilson Center's Polar Institute, and the US Arctic Research Commission will co-host a virtual conference on the impacts of COVID-19 in the Arctic. Over two days, the conference will feature a series of panels focusing on Arctic community health, economic activities, US Coast Guard Operations, scientific research, international impacts, and more. Speakers will include leading voices from Arctic communities, federal and state agencies, academia, international entities, and the private sector.

Please click each individual day or panel to see the full list of speakers, which will evolve as they are confirmed. Please register to receive Zoom connection information, and updates to the program. Please contact Dr. Rebecca Pincus with any questions about the conference.

Day 1 Agenda

Day 2 Agenda

Note: all times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Hosted By

Polar Institute

Since its inception in 2017, the Polar Institute has become a premier forum for discussion and policy analysis of Arctic and Antarctic issues, and is known in Washington, DC and elsewhere as the Arctic Public Square. The Institute holistically studies the central policy issues facing these regions—with an emphasis on Arctic governance, climate change, economic development, scientific research, security, and Indigenous communities—and communicates trusted analysis to policymakers and other stakeholders.  Read more

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