Scotland's Arctic Policy Framework - Official Launch

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Orkney Research and Innovation Campus

Back Road

Stromness

KW16 3AW

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Official launch of Scotland's first Arctic Policy Framework: a prospectus for Scottish-Arctic cooperation and knowledge-exchange

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Scotland is among the Arctic region’s closest neighbours; we share many features and have long looked to each other for inspiration, solutions and cooperation. Connections forged through history continue to spur joint collaboration in a wide range of areas.

From tackling climate change to invigorating rural economies, from making sustainable use of marine resources to cultivating cultural heritage, Scotland and the Arctic face a number of common challenges. There is a lot we can work together on for the mutual benefit of our communities.

The Scottish Government's first Arctic Policy Framework (APF) illustrates existing Scottish-Arctic links, showcases Scottish expertise that is relevant to Arctic issues and sets out how Scotland can pursue even greater cooperation and mutual learning with Arctic partners going forward.

Organised by the Scottish Government in conjunction with Orkney Islands Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, this event will serve as the official launch of the APF. With its longstanding links to the Arctic, Orkney is an excellent location to reflect on the past, present and future of Scottish-Arctic relations.

As well as launching the framework, the event will provide a platform for wider discussions on Scottish-Arctic connections and similarities.

Event programme (click here for the full list of speakers)

11:00 Doors open, refreshments served

11:30 Event starts

11:50 Key-note speech by Ms Fiona Hyslop MSP - Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs

12:10 Roundtable discussion: Expeditions and Explorations. Scots in the Arctic.

13:10 Lunch and networking

13:40 Roundtable discussion: Sustainable Tourism. Rural and Island Perspectives

14:40 Closing remarks

Please note - Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Registrations will close earlier if the limit is reached. Only those who have registered will be granted access to the venue.

Venue

The development of the Orkney Research and Innovation Campus (ORIC) has involved the refurbishment and extension of the Old Academy and former Stromness primary school buildings. As ORIC is not yet listed on Google Maps, we recommend a search for the European Marine Energy Centre, which is located in the immediate vicinity.

Transport

Bus: On the day of the event, a coach transfer to and from Kirkwall Airport will be provided free of charge to those travelling from outside Orkney. It will leave the airport at 10:45 and depart from the venue at the end of the event. Please indicate whether you will require such transport and we will be in touch with more information closer to the time.

The X1 local service connects Kirkwall with Stromness. The timetable is available here.

Flights: Loganair fly to Orkney from several Scottish airports. Flights are available from Glasgow (60 minutes), Edinburgh (60 minutes), Inverness (45 minutes), Aberdeen (50 minutes) and Shetland (35 minutes).

Ferry: NorthLink Ferries connect Orkney with both the Scottish mainland and Shetland. Pentland Ferries operate a service between St Margarets Hope and the Gills Bay Ferry Terminal (near John O' Groats).

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Orkney.com allows visitors to search and book accommodation. It also provides useful tips and information for those who are looking to explore Orkney.

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Orkney Research and Innovation Campus

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