PhD Summer School in Greenland

Health, Society and Environment in Relation to Large-Scale Industrial Projects

Nuuk, Greenland, 5-9 September 2013

A PhD Summer School will be held in association with the NUNA MED 2013 conference in Nuuk. The school will take “Health, Society and Environment in Relation to Large-Scale Industrial Projects” as its theme. Given the prospect of the growth of extractive industries in Greenland, we will seek to explore the consequences and implications for personal and community health and well- being, as well as the impacts of large-scale projects on society and environ- ment. Taking as a point of departure an iron ore mining project in the Nuuk Fjord as a case study (, we will consider and explore a range of issues in wider Greenlandic and circumpolar context.

The Summer School will include 2 days of lectures from leading Arctic scientists, together with workshops that explore the themes in depth. All students are then expected to participate in a parallel workshop during the three days of the NUNA MED conference, in which they will present aspects of their own PhD research. The Summer School is open to PhD students in health sciences and social sciences at any level in their programme and whose work relates to the themes of the school.


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  • Mark Nuttall, Henry Marshall Tory Chair, University of Alberta, Canada and Professor of Climate and Society, Ilisimatusarfik/University of Green- land and Greenland Climate Research Centre
  • Søren Rysgaard, Professor and Head, Greenland Climate Research Centre
  • Henning Sloth Pedersen, MD PhD, Queen Ingrid Health Care Center, Nuuk, Greenland
  • Sangita Sharma, Professor and Endowed Chair in Aboriginal and Global Health, Aboriginal and Global Health Group, Department of Medicine, University of Alberta.



Local organizing committee:

Greenland Institute for Health Research
Michael Lynge Pedersen MD PhD, Gert Mulvad MD,
Suzanne Møller Head of Institute for Nurse and Health Science, Steven Arnfjord PhD student, Tine Aagaard PhD student.

For further information:
Gert Mulvad,

For registration:
Suzanne Møller,

The language at the PhD summer school will be English.

NUNA MED 2013 is held from 7th to 9th September 2013 in Nuuk, Greenland. Nuna Med is a conference on medicine, health and wellbeing in Greenland and the Arctic Countries and is arranged every third year in Nuuk. The language at the NUNAMED conference will be parallel sessions in Greenlandic, Danish and English.

Registration for NUNA MED 2013 is mandatory for participation in the PhD summer school.