Espen and Øystein had a presentation on the first day of the course about the reasons for a doing a course on mining in the high north. The mining industry is in an expansive mode due to unprecedented consumption. It is forced to venture into uncharted territories such as underwater mining and the circumpolar areas. The north, and particularly northern Norway is emerging as the new frontier. The course will contribute to a needed public debate on mining as a local and global system. The second part of the presentation introduced a series of maps explaining the changes happening in the Arctic.
Lastly the presentation went through the four phases of the course and the aims for each of them.