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Sharing knowledge and establishing professional networks related to energy resources for remote Arctic communities.

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News & Announcements

Accepting Applications for 2022 Program

The ARENA program is now accepting applications for the 2022 program. Read more here.

COVID-19 Program Delays

The ARENA 2020 program been postponed until 2022 due to Covid-19. Read more here.

In Memory of Lene Kielsen Holm

We are very saddened to share that ARENA cohort member and renowned Arctic researcher Lene Kielsen Holm passed away from cancer in early January 2021. The ARENA team was heartbroken to hear this news. Her interview was so inspiring. We all agreed that even if we delivered the best possible rural energy program in history, that meeting and working with Lene still would have been the highlight for the participants. Read more about Lene's lasting legacy in Arctic research and the co-production of knowledge.

ARENA 2020 Cohort

The ARENA selection committee has completed interviews and made their final selection. After receiving 33 applicants and conducting 20 interviews, 16 individuals representing four Arctic states were selected for the 2020 cohort. Learn more about this year's cohort here.

In making their final selections, the committee endeavored to balance professional and personal backgrounds, including relationships to indigenous groups and remote communities, with suitability of projects to remote arctic and subarctic communities. All the candidates we interviewed were exceptionally strong and we're thrilled to announced this year's cohort in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

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Thoughts from 2017 Participants

  • “ARENA has helped us a lot to move our project forward and have resources for our questions. Throughout the way, I’ve been able to draw from folks in the group and my own energy literacy.”

    ARENA participant, Yukon Territory, Canada
  • “The biggest benefit of ARENA was being a part of a diverse co-hort. Meeting peers from across the Arctic and traveling together built lasting connections that continue to inform my work today – perhaps more so now than ever.”

    ARENA Participant, Alaska, United States
  • “The site visits enabled us to appreciate the commonalities as well as the differences between our regions, to get to know each other, our strengths and our interests, and to develop lasting friendships that are much more than professional networking. These friendships have already borne fruit.”

    ARENA participant, Ontario, Canada
  • “ARENA gave me the knowledge and confidence to successfully apply for a grant, and a network of peers to call with specific project and administration questions. Connections to ARENA participants helped catalyze this and other projects. I would not have been successful without ARENA.”

    ARENA participant, Alaska, United States