Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland
Arctic Centre is a national and international hub of information and centre of excellence that conducts multidisciplinary research in changes in the Arctic region. It is located in the Arktikum House, Rovaniemi, Finland.
The research focuses on five main themes. In each field of study a multidisciplinary team of researchers works under a research professor.
Arctic Studies Programme
Education is part of all the activities of the centre. The Arctic Centre proposes a one-year Arctic Studies Programme that serves as an introduction to issues that are relevant in the Circumpolar North.
The Arctic Centre’s science communications and library compile, popularize and communicate Arctic issues to increase the knowledge and understanding of experts, decision makers and the general public on Arctic issues.
The Science Centre is located in the Arktikum House together with the Provincial Museum of Lapland. Nearly 80 000 persons visit the Arktikum House every year, half of them tourists from abroad. The Science Centre exhibitions display the results of Arctic research interactively and inform about the nature and people in the Arctic region.
The Arctic Centre has an extensive multidisciplinary cooperation network around the world – it is a member of the China-Nordic Research Center among others. Members of the Arctic Centre staff serve as experts around the world.
Member of the European Polar Board
The Arctic Centre is a member of the European Polar Board which is an independent European Organization of Directors and Managers of the major European National Polar Programmes. It is concerned with major strategic priorities in the Arctic and Antarctic and has members from national operators and research institutes in 17 countries.