Barents summer school 2014
- Epidemiology in the High North
Welcome to the first “Barents PhD School” in June 2014! The Summer School will focus on environmental stressors in the North and the challenges involved in studying human health effects of such external factors.
When: 16. – 20.June 2014
Where: Thon Hotel, Kirkenes, Norway
For those who arrive on Sunday 15. June: Individual check in at the hotel. We meet for an informal gathering at 8pm in the hotel lobby. Snacks and drinks will be served.
David Leon, Professor
Workplace: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Andy Gilman, PhD
Workplace: MacLaughlin Institute
Field:Arctic and aboriginal
Evert Nieboer, Professor
Workplace: McMaster University
Field: Toxicology & Environmental Medicine
Torkjel M. Sandanger, Associate Professor
Workplace: UiT - Arctic University of Norway
Erik Eik Anda, Postdoc
Workplace: UiT, the Arctic University of Norway
Tormod Brenn, Associate Professor
Workplace: UiT - The Arctic Univerity of Norway
The Course (3 ects)
The main topics of the course will be human health related to environmental impacts, lifestyle choices, food security, climate change and practical statistical methods. One of the major obstacles to overcome when working in the high north is the lack of subjects which to study effects on, simply because there are few of them. This calls for extraordinary measures related to study design, sampling and statistical methods. With those measures overcome, the populations of the high north are among the most vulnerable in the world when it comes to the changing environment and the effects on human health will be the earliest noticeable and most easily detectable in these areas, underlining the importance of proper scientific investigations.
Social activity Thuesday, King Crab Cruise
Meet and eat the King crab from our crab traps, as we visit Boris Gleb – An Icon of the Norwegian-Russian border history. You follow our riverboats from Kirkenes to our facility at the Russian borderline. We serve you a King Crab dinner with white wine, cloudberries with cream, followed by coffee or tea. While the crabs are being prepared, you’ll learn that the cultural history of the Laplanders and the Orthodox church of Russia are closely connected to the border area. You’ll be as close to the border that you can almost touch it! However, trespassing is illegal.
- University of Tromsø – Institute of Community Medicine - Norway
- University of Oulo - Finland
- University of Umeå – Sweden
- Northern State Medical University – Russia
Norway - Tormod Brenn firstname.lastname@example.org
Sweden – Lena Maria Nilsson email@example.com
Finland - Arja Rautio firstname.lastname@example.org
Russia - Yury A.Sumarokov email@example.com
The main goal is to prepare young scientists (PhD students) for particular challenges related to conducting science in the high north. Other goals are to create an arena where these young scientists may interact with senior scientists that are experienced in high north issues and interact (as well as building networks) with other international students that have similar challenges. Specifically, senior scientists will be available to supervise on specific requests the students might have.