What happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic

Davos 2019

The third Arctic Basecamp at Davos took place at during the World Economic Forum Annual Summit 22-25 January 2019.

We showed that the Arctic Basecamp is an innovative science-communication impact platform. Over four days, Arctic scientists, global business leaders, policymakers, innovators and disruptors came together for a series of events, debates and discussions on the Arctic.

We hosted a series of events and science briefings for the decision makers at Davos to kickstart innovative policy decisions and to find real-world global situations to the climate crisis.

Arctic Basecamp at Davos 2019 was made possible with the financial support of the Fort Foundation.


The melting of Arctic sea ice will make life very difficult for younger generations. I’m here to make sure that action is taken on their behalf and that we remain ambitious about the future

The Speakers

Thank you to all the speakers and participants who made this event so successful!

Speakers from the science team including Gail Whiteman, Jeremy Wilkinson, Jan-Gunnar Winther, Julienne C. Stroeve, Konrad Steffen and Lovro Valcic.

High profile guest speakers were also present, such as Christiana Figueres, Ellie Goulding and Greta Thunberg.

Arctic Basecamp, a team of scientists who aim to alert the world to the changes occurring in the Arctic, have returned to the World Economic Forum Annual Summit, Davos, for a third year to demand urgent action on climate change. We are proud contributors to the World Economic Forum, through blog posts.

4 reasons why the Arctic is key to our planet's survival

09 Jan 2019

by Eddy Carmack, Gail Whiteman, Jeremy Wilkinson & Jan-Gunnar Winther

Last year will be remembered for many things, both good and bad. But one thing that seems undeniable is the mesmerizing impact of Sir David Attenborough’s BBC TV series Blue Planet II, which showed both the breathtaking beauty of our oceans as well as the global threats they face. Who will forget the closing scenes with all those shocking images of ocean plastic?

The shrinking Arctic ice protects us all. It's time to act

09 Jan 2019

by Juliette Stroeve, Gail Whiteman & Jeremy Wilkinson

Each January many of us think about what old habits we can let go of and what new things can we bring into our world. Arctic scientists think about things in a different way: how can we hang on to the old and better understand the new?

"What gives me hope is the activism and collaborative work I’ve seen among young women from diverse backgrounds”.

– Christina Figueres, Mission 2020, former Executive Secretary UNFCCC

Davos 2019 Ice Core Samples

Live demonstrations with 700-year-old ice core samples were carried out to show how tiny air bubbles reveal our past climate history.