Arctic Collaborative Workshop 2016

The 2016 Arctic Collaborative Workshop (ACW) was conducted 18-21 April 2016 at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). The ACW is an important event designed to operationalize Arctic plans and provide a forum to develop an engagement plan to combat Arctic challenges. The ACW is a biennial venue that allows an international group of experts to examine the Arctic as an operational environment. UAF hosted the first day’s events at their International Arctic Research Center. UAF is recognized as the world’s most published and cited Arctic research institution. This day served to highlight ongoing initiatives in Arctic research, especially those that formed a baseline for the following days’ discussions.

78 people from four countries and 34 organizations attended the Workshop including participants from Norway, Denmark, Canada, and the United States. Attendees representing dozens of organizations that focus on the Arctic came together to develop an international Community of Interest approach comprised of government, industry and academia to confront Arctic challenges in the areas of defense, environmental safety, and Arctic capability advocacy. This approach facilitated cooperative efforts between Arctic nations to focus on ways to share strategies, plans, and capability development efforts. This effort improved the ability of the respective nations to meet the defense, security, safety and high impact environmental threats and challenges associated with combined operations as climate change opens the Arctic to more maritime shipping, tourism, and resource extraction activities. Participants also explored ways to improve readiness and future cooperation through exercises and information sharing.

Download the After Action Report.

View photos from the event on Flickr.


Event Details and Logistics

Session Dates
April 19-21, 2016
University of Alaska Fairbanks Campus (Map)
Wood Center (Map)
505 South Chandalar Drive
Registration Fee
Draft Agenda
Download the ACW 2016 Scenarios

Administrative Information

There will be a $90 conference fee for this event. This fee will cover lunch each day and snacks throughout the workshop. There is very little time available and limited lunch options on campus for a group our size, so UAF will provide catered lunches on all three days. The fee will also cover a social event that will be held at Pike’s Waterfront Lodge the evening of April 19. You can pay this fee online when you complete your registration.

There will be an optional UAF Day on April 18. UAF is one of the premier Arctic organizations in the world, and this day will allow individuals with an interest in the University to attend a series of briefings on UAF capabilities and a tour of selected facilities. The University is working out details, which will be available soon. This will be an exciting day you won’t want to miss. You can sign up for this option online when you complete your registration.

The current agenda, a campus map, workshop requirements, and other links that might be important to your trip planning are available on this website.

Contact Information
For questions or if you need additional information, please contact Dan Torweihe at or (719) 556-7086, or Veronica Clark at or (907) 552-7766.

For questions related to UAF or Fairbanks, please contact Troy Bouffard at or (907) 474-5480.

Lodging Information

Rooms have been blocked for ACW attendees at Pike's Waterfront Lodge at a discounted rate of $75 per night.

Please Note: All blocked rooms will be released on April 1, so please book at your earliest convenience.

Pike's Waterfront Lodge
- 1850 Hoselton Road, Fairbanks, Alaska 99709
- Discounted Room Rate is $75 per night plus 8% bed tax
- The Lodge has a full restaurant and bar on site

Room Reservations
To reserve a room, visit the Pike's website or call 1-877-774-2400.
Use code ACW/0418 if booking by phone.

To book your room online:
1) Select "Reservations" from the website menu
2) Click the button labeled "book a room"
3) Select the dates and fill out additional information; ACW rooms are blocked from April 18-22, 2016
4) Click on the item labeled "Do you have a 
group code?"
5) Enter ACW/0418 for the code; this will direct you to the ACW block of rooms
6) Complete the rest of the reservation as directed

Transportation Information

  • A 24-hour shuttle is available from the airport to hotel (one mile)
    • Use the courtesy phone at the airport to call for the shuttle
  • Distance from the Lodge to the conference venue is about three miles
    • Pike’s will shuttle participants to and from UAF
    • As an alternative, taxi fare is about $11
  • Rental cars will need a parking pass to park at UAF
    • Parking passes will need to be purchased by attendees; they will not be provided by the conference
    • Visitor parking passes are available at parking passes near visitor parking lots
    • Review the UAF Campus Map to locate visitor parking lots and parking permit kiosk locations

Additional Planned Activities

  • UAF Day - April 18 (Optional)
    - Download the UAF Day Schedule
  • Day 1 - April 19
    - Hosted Evening Social (Location TBD)
  • Day 2 - April 20
    - Optional tour of UAF Museum of the North during lunch hour (details pending)
    - No-Host Evening Social at Pike’s Waterfront Lodge in the restaurant/lounge area
  • Day 3 - April 21
    - Optional visit to Permafrost Tunnel in the morning; bus transportation will be provided from UAF to venue and back to UAF

Foreign Visitor Special Requirement
The Permafrost Tunnel requires passport information for all non-U.S. citizens well in advance of the tour. Foreign visitors wishing to go on the tour should email a scanned copy of their main passport page (showing name, photo, and passport number) to Dan Torweihe ( no later than March 15, 2016

Permafrost Tunnel Information
The tunnel was excavated from 1963–1969 for the study of permafrost, geology, ice science, and the mining and construction techniques specific to permafrost environments. The facility offers a unique research platform for scientists and engineers who wish to study a frozen environment over 40,000 years old. The US Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory maintains and operates this unique research facility.

  • More information is available on the Permafrost Tunnel website
  • Tours are approximately 30-45 minutes in length
  • Tunnel temperature is approximately +25F (-4C) - please dress appropriately
  • Open-toed shoes are not allowed; all visitors must wear a provided hard hat
  • Visitors will be able to move off the catwalk to examine features up close; the tunnel floor is dusty, so appropriate hiking or outdoor footwear is suggested (but not required)
  • Cameras with flash are acceptable; flash photography often captures air suspended particles that can be noticed in photos

Important Date Reminders

  • March 15: Non-U.S. citizens who would like to go on the Permafrost Tunnel tour need to have a copy of their passport to Dan Torweihe
  • April 1: Last day to get special room rate at Pike’s Waterfront Lodge

Fairbanks Information
Fairbanks is home to the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is Alaska’s second largest metropolis. It is known as the “Golden Heart City,” a testimony to the warmth of the people. Information on things to do in the Fairbanks area can be found on the Explore Fairbanks Visitor Guide
Watch the video below to see scenes and images from Fairbanks! 
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