Tahnee Prior is a Trudeau Scholar, Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar and Ph.D. Candidate in Global Governance at the University of Waterloo, where her research examines the role of law in maintaining or hindering resilience in social-ecological systems, like the Arctic.

Tahnee has published her research on gender and the circumpolar North in various capacities, including as a team member of a Finnish Academy project on “Human Security as a Promotional Tool for Societal Security in the Arctic” and as a contributing author to the 2016 Arctic Resilience Report. Her published research can be found, here.

Tahnee is an avid ice hockey fan, coffee drinker and can often be found starting dance parties.

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Malgorzata (Gosia) Smieszek is a political scientist and a researcher at the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, and the Marine Research Center of the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE). Her research focuses on the effectiveness of international environmental regimes, Arctic governance and science-policy interfaces.

Between 2017-2018, Gosia was the chair of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) action group on communicating Arctic science to policy-makers.

Most recently, she worked on “Finland’s Arctic Council chairmanship in times of increasing uncertainty” for the Office of the Prime Minister of Finland.

Gosia loves wild, open spaces, trail-running, diving and everything ocean.



Leena is a project coordinator and designer at the Arktikum science exhibition of the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, where she specializes in communicating Arctic issues through exhibition design. Through this work, she has cooperated with exhibition centres throughout Arctic Fennoscandia.

Previously, she helped develop a new Arctic science exhibition centre aboard a decommissioned nuclear icebreaker in northern Russia.

Most recently, Leena was involved in developing map-based tools for communicating open source data.

Leena is passionate about combining art and science, and views science exhibitions as a key venue to inspire Arctic women to take care of their region.