This year's event is organized together with the European Observation Network for Territorial Development and Cohesion (ESPON) and their project entitled Evidence in a North European Context project (ENECON).

The aim of the event is to turn our attention towards this aspect of territorial challenges for European regions by organizing a conference where the focus will be on existing evidence and the need for future research in the northernmost regions of Europe and the Arctic, and the challenge of translating scientific knowledge into action.

The idea is that this conference will bring together researchers which have similar background but have been focusing on different problems and situations and applied different methodological approaches. Regional and local stakeholders as well as state politicians and policymakers are also target groups for this conference.

For further information on the main theme and Thematic Program, please go to

Funding Eligibility
Young researchers and professionals who have passed their MA and are undertaking a doctoral degree or have recently completed a doctoral degree, are eligible to receive full or partial travel funding from the NRF in order to participate in the 7th NRF Open Assembly in Akureyri, Iceland.

- Anyone who has completed a Master’s degree in the past 2-3 years and has plans to complete a doctoral degree
- Current terminal degree students (e.g., PhD, J.D)
- Post doctoral students/professionals (up to 5 years past terminal degree completion)

Application Process
If interested, please apply by filling out the online application form on the NRF web site before April 1st, 2013.

NOTE: All applicants will be required to demonstrate their skill in academic English and electronically submit a version of their presentation by the 15th of April 2013. Only complete applications will be considered.

For specific questions and additional information, please email the NRF Secretariat,

The Northern Research Forum (NRF) is a UArctic Institute, with the NRF Secretariat is located in University of Akureyri, Iceland.