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January 2018
Ilisimatusarfik.welcome & Happy New Year

Welcome to a brand new design of our monthly newsletter Ilisimatusarfik newsletter - Shaping the Arctic.

In this edition, you can read:

  • New rector receives the rector's chain
  • Our new Visiting Scholar Programme
  • Ilisimatusarfik's Strategic Research & Developmemnt pool
  • Article: "Native advertising is labeled incorrectly"
  • Webshop coming soon
  • New PhD student in "Arctic Aging"
  • Nurses graduate
  • and much more


We wish you all a very Happy New Year,


Gitte received the rector's chain

Monday 04 December, Ilisimatusarfik celebrated the official start of our new rector Gitte Adler Reimer - where Gitte received the 'Rector's Chain' by pro-rector Suzanne Møller.

Afterwards, our new rector held a speech and the whole event ended with a reception.

Read our new rector's speech in Greenlandic or Danish
Visiting Scholar Programme

At Ilisimatusarfik, we welcome visiting scholars - and for that reason we have developed our Visiting Scholar Programme.

As a visiting scholar part of the programme, you are considered a guest of the university for a temporary period of 01 - 06 months. 

If you would like to become a visiting scholar at Ilisimatusarfik, we can assist you.

Read more about our Visiting Scholar Programme
Ilisimatusarfik's Strategic Research & Development pool

This year, no less than 20 good applications were received for Ilisimatusarfik's Strategic Research and Development Pool.

Applicants to the pool received answers to their applications in the beginning of December, and out of a total of 20 applications, 16 projects have been allocated funds from the pool.

The pool corresponds to 2% of Ilisimatusarfik's total budget and is formed by the initiative of our board.

All employees and students at Ilisimatusarfik can apply for funds from the pool - and it is used for a number of activities that fall outside normal operation or strengthen areas that are particularly important for the following purposes:

  1. Research & education
  2. Interdisciplinary research and development projects
  3. Research and development relating to the relationship between education and the needs of the surrounding community
  4. Projects that optimize Ilisimatusarfik's administrative operations and development potential
See which applications were allocated funds
Native advertising is labeled incorrectly

Last week (Sermitsiaq, week 48), I made a contribution to the debate about the fact that Sermitsiaq.AG's newspaper supplements should be labeled clearer when the content is ordered, determined and paid for by a company or department.

Editor in chief and director of the media company responded. Thank you for that. However, I have to bring the following elaborations:

Christian Schultz-Lorentzen writes: "The media company Sermitsiaq.AG follows the recommendation by the Association of Danish Media".

The Association of Danish Media is an industry organization for all Danish (and Greenlandic) media companies. They have published a guide to their members about how the so-called native advertising is to be labeled to comply with the Marketing Act.

In the guide, the Association of Danish Media writes:

"The phrase "in cooperation with" will e.g., not comply with the demand of clarity in the marketing law, as this is too vague and does not indicate with sufficient clarity to the recipient that the advertisement is actually advertising - i.e., advertiser-paid content" [in Danish: "Formuleringen "i samarbejde med" vil f.eks. heller ikke opfylde markedsføringslovens klarhedskrav, idet dette er for upræcist og ikke med tilstrækkelig klarhed gør modtageren opmærksom på, at der reelt er tale om reklame  -  dvs. annoncørbetalt indhold"].

In some newspaper supplements, nothing indicates who has sponsored them, while the editorial is written by the editor in chief (Sermitsiaq & AG, week 35 just have the logo of the Danish Defence). In other newspaper supplements, it just states: 'Published in collaboration with ...' Therefore, I believe the media company needs to make clear when it uses sponsored content - both to comply with the legislation, to make it clear to readers and to maintain integrity.

Read Signe's article in full
Coming soon: webshop

We are currently developing a webshop - so very soon you can buy our research publications, merchandise etc. on our website.

More information soon.

For now, see how you can buy our publications
PhD student in 'Aging in the Arctic'

On 01 October, Mette Mørup Schlütter started as a PhD student in the project 'Aging in the Arctic'.

Mette is enrolled both at the Institute of Nursing & Health Science at Ilisimatusarfik as well as the Institute of Culture & Society at Aarhus University.

Mette is an anthropologist from Aarhus University and specializes in Arctic health.

Read more about the project 'Aging in the Arctic'
Nurses graduate

On Wednesday 06 December 2017, Ikuala Clasen and Aviaaja Josvasen graduated from the Institute of Nursing & Health Science at Ilisimatusarfik.

Read more
Find publications

On our website, we have a great feature for our users: you can search among our researchers' publications.

You can search for subject, title, author etc.

The site is updated regularly - so have a look and be inspired.

Search among our researchers' publications


Do you need professional expertise - for example for an article or the like?

Then help is very close by.

On our website, we have an interactive catalogue of subjects, where you can find a researcher in different disciplines - e.g.:

Action research
Centre for Children, Youth & Family Research
Chronically ill patients & next of kin
Climate change in the Arctic
Collective learning
Community mobilization

The catalogue is updated on a regular basis - so visit the site once in a while.

Ilisimatusarfik.participation in conferences, seminars

The World

Our researchers often participate in conferences, seminars, teaching etc. around the world. 

During the last month, and this month - e.g.:

2nd International Top Forum on Overseas China Studies - New Development after 19th CPC National Congress in China: Center for Contemporary Overseas China Studies, Central Compilation and Translation Bureau (CCTB), College of Marxism & Fujian Normal University (Mariekathrine & Birger Poppel, 11/12/17 - 12/12/17)
1st China-Nordic High-Level Think Tank Forum: Central Compilation and Translation Bureau (CCTB), Fujian Normal University (FNU) & Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP) (Mariekathrine & Birger Poppel, 12/12/17)
Erasmus+ teaching: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Ebbe Volquardsen, 06/01/18 - 12/01/18)

You can easily find contact info for all our staff on our website.

Ilisimatusarfik.research projects


At Ilisimatusarfik we have various ongoing research projects - e.g.:

Greenland Perspective
Arctic Oil & Gas Research Centre
The social dynamics of homelessness in Nuuk
Qimmeq - a hunt for the soul of the Greenland sled dog
Tusagassiuutit 2018 - Mapping the media in Greenland
Social policy massakkut
Rockwell Kent
Centre for Children, Youth & Family Research
Survey of living conditions in the Arctic

On our website, you can read more about all our current research projects.


Regularly, we have different events at Ilisimatusarfik - and there is something to everybody's liking.

In the near future, these events are on the programme:

Ilisimatusarfik: Semester start, Spring 2018
Conference: Economics and development in microstates, islands, and the Arctic (also live on YouTube)

Remember, you can always bring yourself up to date on future and past events on our website.


In the past month, Ilisimatusarfik has been mentioned in the media various places - here is a brief selection:

Research mobility to Nuuk and Ilulissat (, 21/12)
Not a word about .. society: Jane P. Lantz (AG, week 51, page 46 - in Greenlandic and Danish)
The desire for self-determination is necessary (AG, week 51, page 34 - in Greenlandic and Danish)
The commission’s recommendations (Sermitsiaq, week 50, page 37 - in Greenlandic and Danish)
Ilisimatusarfik: Reconciliation is on the school timetable (, 13/12 - in Greenlandic and Danish)
Nurses graduate (AG, week 50, page 53 - in Greenlandic and Danish)

You can always find an updated and complete outline of our media coverage on our website.

Ilisimatusarfik.did you know?
Contact info

Did you know that you easily can find contact info for all our staff on our website?

Find contact info
Conference facilities

Did you know that you can rent rooms, auditorium etc. for conferences and the like at Ilisimatusarfik?

Book conference facilities
Greenlandic art

Did you know that we have Greenlandic art by Aka Høegh, Anne-Birthe Hove, Julie Edel Hardenberg, Miki Jacobsen, Hans Lynge and Harald Moltke at Ilimmarfik campus?

View our Greenlandic art at campus Ilimmarfik
American Corner

Did you know that we have an American Corner with many books, magazines, movies about American culture, history and society?

Visit our American Corner
Korea Corner

Did you know that we also have a Korea Corner with books, DVDs, CDs, musical instruments related to Korean culture, history and society?

Visit our Korea Corner
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