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The objectives of Scottish Arctic Network are:

Establishment of a formal network of Scotland-based scientists and academics whose expertise and research interests revolve around Arctic matters and Scottish-Arctic collaboration;

Improved inter-institutional collaboration and communication on Arctic research in Scotland, with more agile responses to new opportunities and an increase in collaborative grant applications;


Increased international and domestic awareness of Scotland’s contribution to Arctic research;

Enhanced promotion of Scotland’s Arctic academic expertise both in Scotland and internationally;

Increased engagement with similar academic networks in Arctic countries;


Encourage and support further Scottish higher education institutions to join the University of the Arctic network.

ScAN is run by a steering group with a membership comprising;

Chair (on rotation annually)

  • 1 representative from:
    • Robert Gordon University
    • St Andrews University
    • Glasgow Caledonian University
    • Strathclyde University
    • University of Edinburgh
    • University of Aberdeen
    • University of the Highlands and Islands
    • Herriot Watt University
    • The Glasgow School of Art
  • Representative of Scottish Alliance for Geoscience and Society
  • Early Career Researcher
  • Representative of the Scottish Government Nordic and Arctic Unit