Barents Summer School 2016


The third course in Barents Summer School for the PhD students was held in Oulanka Research Station in north-eastern Finland on August 1-6, 2016. The course gathered together 17 students and teachers from various fields of research to discuss sustainability and how to promote it on community level. Each of five course day contained a keynote from acknowledged professionals, after which doctoral students presented their research projects. The presentations covered a wide variety of issues from energy production and management to environmental philosophy as well as mental and physical wellbeing. Besides working, the participants took part to excursions into Kuusamo, Ruka and Natural Park of Oulanka.

Video from the BSS2016 course

Towards Sustainable Communities

Barents summer school is a doctoral course arranged in collaboration between the universities of Umeå, Oulu, Tromsø and Archangelsk. The hosting university of 2016 is the University of Oulu, Finland. The course is managed by the Aurora Doctoral Program together with Thule Institute. 

The third course in Barents Summer School program will be arranged in Oulanka Research Station in north-eastern Finland on August 1-6, 2016. The theme of the course, Towards sustainable communities, covers the whole complexity of sustainability of the communities in the Barents Region. 

The draft programme (updated 21 July) of the Barents Summer School 2016 is available at this link.

Course content and workload estimation

The course will consist of preassignments, own study, intensive perod and final assignment (learning diary or an essay). The intensive period will introduce the concept of sustainability and extend the procedure into the characteristic to the Barents Region. These issues include among others tourism, nature parks, mining, environmental impacts, human health and wellbeing. The desciption of the course with program outline and timetable for the intensive period is here.

All the students are expected to prepare in advance a short article and an oral presentation of their work, which will be presented during the summer school. The students have the responsibility to read and comment at least one article from a fellow student. In addition there will be a final examination in a form of a learning diary. The total workload of the course totals up to 3 ECTS.

How to apply

The number of students from each participating country is limited. Applications from each country should be sent to local coordinators, who will arrange the selection process together with their universities. 

Application documents

  • A short CV with your contact information, university etc. (max one page)
  • A motivation letter including a description of your research (max one page)

The applications should be send to the local coordinators. Deadlines may vary by university. Please contact your local coordinator for more information.

Contact persons 

  • University of Tromsø: Torkjel M Sandanger
  • University of Oulu: Arja Rautio, Riitta Kamula
  • University of Umeå: Lena Maria Nilsson  
  • Northern Arctic Federal University – Arkhangelsk: Marina Kalinina 
  • Northern State Medical University, Arkhangelsk: Yury Sumarokov

Local organizing committee in the University of Oulu

Dr Riitta Kamula (coordinator)
Research Professor Arja Rautio
Research Professor Kari Strand
Dr Eva Pongrácz
Director Riku Paavola

Last updated: 20.2.2017