Øyvind Stokke, Consul General of Norway, gave a short welcome speech, followed by four themed lectures given by experts from arctic institutions in Norway and China. The seminar ended with a round table discussion. Marc Lanteigne, senior research fellow of NUPI (Norway's foreign policy institute), and Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen, professor of Tromsø University in Norway, were invited to the green saloon as guest speakers; they talked about China’s strategies in the Arctic and the role of science diplomacy. Iselin Stensdal, research fellow of FNI (Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Oslo), now working on her PhD at Fudan, joined the round table discussion. Zhao Long, assistant director of Institute for global governance studies of SIIS, and Sun Haiyan, chief editor of Business Ecology magazine, told about their trips to Tromsø and Svalbard last winter and shared their views on China’s role in the Arctic.
Over 50 audience joined the saloon. They were from NGOs of sustainable development, green business companies, media, and university students. It is evident that the Chinese audience are very interested in various Arctic topics, both within natural sciences and social sciences, and are keen to find out more about what China and Norway in the Arctic.
This seminar is a further collaboration between the Consulate and the Business Ecology magazine since its last trip to the High North for the Arctic Frontier conference in Jan/Feb 2015. Sun Haiyan, the chief editor of the magazine, recorded a short film of the trip, which was shared during the seminar. An Arctic photo exhibition was also set up alongside the seminar to show the arctic environment and living experience in Tromsø.