The Arctic Biodiversity Congress 2018



What's on the agenda?

Where to stay?


Book your hotel by August 28 to take advantage of block booking discounts.

List of registered participants

Download a list of registered participants. Current as of September 19.

Instructions for presenters

Are you speaking at the event? Find out more details on how to submit presentations.

 Plenary Panels

The Arctic Biodiveristy Congress will feature three plenary panels, and will be moderatued by independent Danish journalist, Martin Breum.

Plenary panel 1: Our knowledge, our actions: Addressing biodiversity conservation in a changing Arctic


  • Vladimir Kattsov, World Climate Research Program, Russian Federation 
  • Mike Gill, Group on Earth Observations - Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON), Canada
  • Gunn-Britt Retter, Saami Council, Norway
  • TBC: Arctic Youth Ambassador

Plenary panel 2: The Arctic in a global context: biodiversity targets, Sustainable Development Goals and a post-2020 agenda


  • Bradnee Chambers, Executive Secretary, Convention on Migratory Species
  • Alexander Shestakov, Head of Division, Scientific and Policy Support, Convention on Biological Diversity
  • Martha Rojas Urrego, Secretary General, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
  • Dalee Sambo Dorough, Inuit Circumpolar Council
  • Hannele Pokka, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of the Environment, Finland


Plenary Panel 3: Arctic Environment Ministers

Panelists: TBD


The Arctic Biodiversity Congress 2018 has been extended for a half-day on October 12 to accommodate an overwhelming demand for program content. The event now runs from October 9-12, 2018 in Rovaniemi, Finland. It previously ended on October 11.

Congress organizers have received an overwhelming amount of material and are putting together a very exciting and diverse program. Organizers are currently reaching out to those who have submitted content and will finalize program details in the coming weeks.



Thanks all who has sent in abstracts, organize session and submitted poster.

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