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Welcome to the last edition of Ilisimatusarfik news - shaping the Arctic before the Summer vacation .. next edition is published 01 September

8 new nurses

Today, Monday 26 June, eight new nurses graduated from the Institute of Nursing & Health Science at Ilisimatusarfik - all with fine exam grades.

The eight nurses are now ready to work in the Greenlandic health service.

Our graduating nurses are: Birthe Magdaline Tabia Rasmussen, Karen Mette Zeeb, Lisa Ivalu Lind Jensen, Nielsigne Petrine Petersen, Nivi Maline Magdaline Sara Willumsen, Paninnguaq Carla Willumsen Lyberth, Paarma Egede Lund & Tupaarnaq Pauline Lennert Evaldsen.

Congratulations to all of you.

New teachers

Friday 16 June 2017 is a great day - because here we graduated our new teachers at the Institute of Learning.

Our graduates are: Ajaaja Gabrielsen, Amma Kvist, Aviâja Thorin, Christina Knudsen, Erik Pedersen, Hanne Dorph, Helga Løvstrøm, Kunuunnguaq Kleist, Maaliaaraq Nielsen, Ludvig Nathansen, Nive Kielsen, Nivi Fly, Nivi Frederiksen, Nukanngiuaq Jensen, Kristine Olsvig, Paneeraq Jensen, Pilunguaq Olesen, Paana Frederiksen Lund, Rita Nielsen Mørch, Rita Stidsen & Samuel Lange.

Ann Eileen Lennert's PhD defense, 27 June 2017 | watch it now on our YouTube channel

Briefing note #5

Rachael Lorna Johnstone & Anne Merrild Hansen, Professors of Arctic Oil and Gas Studies and Directors of the Arctic Oil and Gas Research Centre
In May 2017 we traveled to Qaqortoq and Narsaq, South Greenland to meet with locals and to learn about the aspirations and concerns of the residents regarding development of the area. These towns are close to two mining projects, respectively the Tanbreez project and the GME Kvanefjeld project. We talked to people in the region about their perception of future prospects in relation to the mining projects as well as other opportunities for economic development.

In total we met with 17 persons including representatives of South Greenland municipality (Kommune Kujalleq), the mining industry, farming, tourism, other local businesses, education, culture, police, community services, a local NGO (Urani Naamik! e. Uranium: No Thanks!) and other members of the local community.

We found that although neither mine has yet proceeded beyond the exploration stage, the projects have already had a significant impact on the local communities. In particular, the prospect of the mining operations coupled with a protracted licensing (or rejection) process has created frustration and passivity amongst local residents. Both those in favour of the planned mining operations and those opposed are keen for a decision to be made or at least to be advised as to when they should expect a decision. The uncertainty makes it difficult to make future plans or investments in either complementary or potentially competing industries. This effect is more pronounced in Narsaq than in Qaqortoq. 

Read the entire Briefing note #5 on our website ..

Andreas Møller Jørgensen's PhD defense

Friday 18 August, Andreas Møller Jørgensen defends his PhD titled ”The power inherent in e-democracy – Greenlandic Experiences, Practices and Visions”. 

The defense takes place at 13.00 in the auditorium at Ilimmarfik.

Research presentation

During July and August, we present some of our researchers' research projects.

You can view posters about these research projects:
More research projects will be included.

The presentation of our researchers' research projects can be seen on the first floor at Ilisimatusarfik campus Ilimmarfik.

Everyone is welcome.

The exhibition #HereIStand

On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of The Reformation, in July and August we present the exhibition #HereIstand on Martin Luther, the Reformation and its Consequences.

The exhibition is kindly on loan from the German Embassy's Cultural Department.

The exhibition about Martin Luther can be seen on the first floor at Ilisimatusarfik campus Ilimmarfik.

Everyone is welcome.

Public panel debate

In connection with Ilisimatusarfik hosting the UArctic Council meeting (14/08-17/08), we also organise a public panel debate on "Language in relation to internationalization and nation building" - Monday 14 August.

The panel will seat a number of people with different professions, inputs and interests to the subject.

The debate will take place at 20.00 to approx. 21.30 (in the canteen at Ilimmarfik).

Everyone is welcome.

Share your knowledge - course in research communication

Learn how to make your bachelor project on the constitution interesting for the Greenlandic population. Learn how to find interesting stories in complicated crime statistics. Try explaining the economic and historical significance of the shrimp from the deck of a trawler.

In August 2017, Ilisimatusarfik organizes a course in research communication. Here participants learn journalistic methods in how to communicate academic knowledge to the general population. In collaboration with KNR, students will learn how to produce radio and podcasts on self-selected scientific topics.

The course is open to Ilisimatusarfik students who can receive ECTS credits, as well as external people.

Read more and sign up on the Greenlandic or Danish site ..

Find publications

On our website, we now introduce a brand new feature to our users: you can search among our researchers' publications.

You can search for subject, title, author etc.

Our publication site is updated regularly - so have a look and get inspiration.

Find researcher

Do you need professional expertise - for example for an article or the like?

Then help is very close by.

On our website, we have developed an interactive catalogue of subjects, where you can find a researcher in different disciplines.


Regularly, we have different events at Ilisimatusarfik - and there is something to everybody's liking.

In the near future, these events are on the programme:
Remember, you can always bring yourself up to date on future and past events on our website.

Remember: We also live-streame many of our public lectures.

In the media

In the past months, Ilisimatusarfik has been mentioned in the media various places:

You can always find an updated and complete outline of our media coverage on our website.
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