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Volker Rachold
"Science Diplomacy in the Polar Regions"

The term “science diplomacy” refers to the use of scientific collaborations among nations to address common problems and to build constructive international partnerships. Firstly, this refers to improving bi- and/or multilateral diplomatic relations through scientific cooperation and secondly, it relates to using the knowledge created by international scientific research to enable informed policy-making. The Polar Regions can be considered a paradigm for science diplomacy. Though very different in terms of the geopolitical framework, the governance structures of both the Arctic and the Antarctic have always been driven by scientific cooperation. Today, the Antarctic Treaty preserves the south pole region as a continent devoted to peace and science. In the north pole region, the Arctic Council promotes cooperation between Arctic states, indigenous peoples and other Arctic residents, particularly with regard to sustainable development and environmental protection. From the foundation of the Antarctic Treaty, though the establishment of the Arctic Council after the end of the cold war, up to the most recent MOSAiC expedition, this presentation will analyze the development of the Polar Regions from a science diplomacy perspective.

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Volker Rachold, PhD is the Head of the German Arctic Office at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), which serves as an information and cooperation platform between German stakeholders from science, politics and industry. Before moving to the German Arctic Office in 2017, he served as the Executive Secretary of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) in Stockholm and Potsdam since 2006.

Volker graduated as a geochemist from Goettingen University, where he also obtained his Ph.D. in 1994. Since then he worked with the AWI. His research is focused on land-ocean interactions in the Siberian Arctic and he led several land- and ship-based Russian-German expeditions.


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