Join us at the 6th International St Magnus Conference. Student Travel Bursaries now open for applications

Book you place at the 6th International St Magnus Conference, The Northern Isles and the Arctic. Environment, Heritage and Tourism, in Lerwick, Shetland 18 to 20 April 2024

The Northern Isles have long had an intimate connection with the Arctic. In the Middle Ages they were part the same polity Norgesveldet along with Iceland and Greenland. In the 19th century explorers like the Orcadian John Rae pioneered new routes across the Arctic, while whalers from the isles frequented the Davis Straits hunting the whale and interacting with the indigenous population. Currently, their geographical position provides justification for Scotland to regard itself as the most northerly non-Arctic nation. The Scottish Government’s Arctic Policy was launched in Orkney in 2019 highlighting the centrality of the islands to Scotland’s Arctic ambitions. The Institute for Northern Studies UHI with its involvement in the University of the Arctic carries out Arctic research, exploring these deep and abiding connections. This conference seeks to share knowledge of, and celebrate the Northern Isles relationship with the Arctic, past, present and future.

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Student Travel Bursaries

We have two travel bursaries of £250 for any students attending our conference. Please email with your application of a 1000 word essay about the how you will benefit from attending the conference.