Wednesday, May 15th, 2019
Science and Technology


At the 2nd Arctic Science Ministerial (ASM2) meeting held in Germany in October 2018, the participant countries unanimously agreed to the proposal submitted by Iceland’s Minister of Education, Science and Culture Lilja D. Alfreðsdótti and MEXT Minister Masahiko Shibayama for the ASM3 to be held in Japan in 2020 and co-hosted by Iceland.

The ASM aims strengthen arctic observations and to highlight vital social issues in the Arctic. The meeting aims to strengthen collaboration in Arctic science among participant countries and indigenous peoples’ organizations.

Iceland’s minister Alfreðsdótti and Minister Shibayama affirmed to advance preparations based on close bilateral cooperation towards co-chairing the 3rd ASM.

The ministers also agreed to further promote measures to advance bilateral cooperation in science and technology. Minister Shibayama said he hopes to further strengthen bilateral ties through collaborative activities by introducing the ongoing Arctic Challenge for Sustainability (ArCS) project, and the conjugate observation of auroral phenomena between the University of Iceland and Japan’s National Institute of Polar Research.

Link to the contents of the 2nd Arctic Science Ministerial Meeting

Link to ArCS project


Iceland’s Minister of Education, Science and Culture Lilja D. Alfreðsdóttir pays courtesy visit to MEXT Minister


Iceland’s Minister of Education, Science and Culture Lilja D. Alfreðsdóttir pays courtesy visit to MEXT Minister


Iceland’s Minister of Education, Science and Culture Lilja D. Alfreðsdóttir pays courtesy visit to MEXT Minister