In their meeting, the Board approved the 2021 financial statements, annual report and auditor’s report, and discussed governmental and philanthropic fundraising development. The Board also approved a joint statement on Russia. The Board student representative Juho Kähkönen from the University of Lapland presented the three student representatives’ joint proposals for future development of UArctic. In addition, the Board decided on items to be proposed for approval of the Assembly of UArctic, the annual meeting of UArctic members. These decisions include e.g. amendments to UArctic Bylaws and various nominations. The Assembly will meet on 1-3 June in Portland, Maine.

This Board meeting was the last one chaired by Peter Sköld (Umeå University) who will conclude his two terms as the Chair in the Assembly meeting in June.

Besides their formal meeting program, the Board visited the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN), as well as met the representatives of Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) and the Swiss Polar Institute.