A collection of our high level panels at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos.

Arctic Basecamp at DAVOS

Arctic Basecamp is a team of Arctic experts and scientists who ‘speak science to power’ in order to encourage bold climate action. Their flagship event brings the Arctic to the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting at Davos where they set up a real polar science basecamp, with an expedition tent acting as a workplace during the day and a dormitory at night, camping in sub-zero temperatures calling for action from global leaders to apply responsive and responsible leadership to address global risks from polar change.

They participate in high level panels within the official Forum Congress Centre, at other venue sin Davos and of course at the Arctic Basecamp tent.

DAVOS 2024

In June 2023, scientists announced that the first major component of the Earth’s system has been irreversibly breached: Arctic summer sea ice. Consequences include accelerated global warming and extreme weather in the northern hemisphere amplifying a multitude of global risks affecting lives and livelihoods. 

What is needed to respond appropriately to increasing climate volatility unlocked at the poles? 

Speakers: Professor Gail Whiteman (moderator) Ruzica Dadic, Renata Koch Alvarenga, Professor Julienne Stroeve, Aslak Holmberg, Alexandra Baumann 

Watch the livestream from the Open Forum HERE.


Our high level panel at the SDG Tent in January 2024 looked at the connection between the impacts of climate change and Global Health Risks. Polar warming is accelerating at an alarming rate, creating increasingly extreme knock-on effects all over the world. These effects – drought, flooding, extreme temperature change, biodiversity loss, and much more – directly impact our health. 

Speakers: Dr. Catherine Sorbara, Dr. Arthi Ramachandran, Simon Van Wyk, Vanessa Grant, Professor Alexandra Gerbasi, Jemilah Mahmood, Gill Einhorn, Angela Zhong, Renata Koch Alvarenga 

For leaders focused on climate adaptation, leveraging technology will be the principal source of value creation and value protection. Mission-critical applications already exist in the form of AI-powered early warning systems, supply chain optimization, agricultural forecasting and more.

What frontier, novel applications are emerging that will transform adaptation efforts around the globe? 

Speakers: Naoko Ishii, Levent Cakiroglu, Laura Alber, Hiroaki Kitano, Professor Gail Whiteman


The Agriculture sector is massively vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. As a key topic in the COP28 discussions this year, the global threat to livelihoods, food security and health is not unknown. However, little discussed are the impacts of global tipping points on our crops, their capacity to grow, and potential for their total failure. 

During our Agriculture event at the SDG Tent, Arctic Basecamp’s Professor Gail Whiteman lead a panel discussion of field-leaders on the various threats, impacts and future available strategies which industry leaders are being confronted with. This session offers invaluable insights from the latest research projections, urging businesses to make science-based decisions for the future. 

Speakers: Professor Gail Whiteman, Professor Julienne Stroeve, Simon Van Wyk, Emeline Fellus, Stuart Brocklehurst, David Saddington FRGS, Tessa Varvares, Billy Cavanagh 

DAVOS 2023

Watch Professor Gail Whiteman speak on the polar crisis at the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 17, 2023.

The poles are warming up to four times faster than the rest of the planet, destabilizing permafrost, ancient glaciers and sea ice. As such, the Arctic and the Antarctic are the Earth’s “canary in the coalmine”.

Explore the connection between the health of the poles and the health of the planet and how Indigenous communities are promoting harmony with nature in their way of life.

Watch the full session with Professor Johan Rockström, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, Professor Gail Whiteman and Aslak Holmberg.

Host and Moderator: Professor Gail Whiteman, Founder – Arctic Basecamp & Professor of Sustainability – University of Exeter

Speakers: H.R.H Prince Jaime de Bourbon de Parme, Simon Sharpe, Director of Economics for the UNFCCC Climate Champions, Visiting Fellow – GSI Institute, University of Exeter, Halla Tómasdóttir, CEO and Chief Change Catalyst – The B Team, Professor Julienne Stroeve, Chief Science Officer – Arctic Basecamp & UCL Earth Sciences , Youth Ambassadors and Early Career Scientists from Arctic Basecamp

Climate change is an undeniable reality. Current lifestyles and organisational practices need to change if we hope to restore the health of the planet and protect the well being of current and future generations.

How do we mobilize action towards climate positive lifestyles?

Speakers: Professor Gail Whiteman (moderator), Emily Rhinow, Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Minister Marina Silva, Jenny Davis-Peccoud, Bastien Girod

Watch HERE.

The leading doctrine in economics and business ignored for too long the interdependencies between business, nature and society. Business schools need a sustainability makeover. Transforming business education is about a new leadership playbook: one that places sustainability, equity and accountability at its heart.

In January 2023, at the SDG Tent, during the World Economic forum in Davos, the Financial Times announced the winners of the  Sustainable Business School Award. Read more about the award here.

Watch the livestream HERE.

Listen to the science & hear the voices of our Youth. Speakers: Amália Garcez, Lim Hui Bing (Cindy), Fabien Moustard, Arthi Ramachandran and YouTube creator @WODEMAYA


Arctic Basecamp pitched at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos for the seventh time in January 2023.

This film shows the highlights of the week and why we raise awareness of Arctic change to encourage bold climate action from global leaders.

DAVOS 2022

At Davos, we believed that a serious discussion of “What will it really take to hold the +1.5°C line” needed to happen. A failure to look clear-eyed at the science behind these transition plans will be disastrous for the future of humanity, as the likelihood of limiting global warming to 1.5°C is already vanishingly small. How can closer and transparent discussions with the youth and scientific community provide a reality check on what it really takes to hold the 1.5°C line?

Conflict, climate and food insecurity hit at the very foundations of life as we know it.  The war in Ukraine is a horrifying example with estimates from the FAO that the crisis will push 12 million people into hunger globally. Experts warn that the world is facing an unprecedented global food crisis. Threats to global food security are also massively amplified by climate change, including shifts in the Arctic. What is often overlooked is the intersection between these risks as well as the significant hidden carbon emissions related to war and military operations.

There is a wealth of environmental and social-economic data that can be used to monitor our planet, but not enough in a usable form that provides businesses with the information they need to mitigate risks, adapt and develop solutions to climate change. There is a clear need for accessible digital platforms alongside scientific expertise to help businesses take effective action and plan ahead.  This session explores how scientists can work with technology and business leaders to fully integrate sustainability data with advances in data science, artificial intelligence and cutting-edge digital technologies and services to provide real-time, meaningful and actionable insights that will be crucial in addressing global risks.


A failure to look clear-eyed at the science behind these transition plans will be disastrous for the planet as the likelihood of limiting temperature rises to 1.5C is vanishingly small. How can closer and transparent discussions with the scientific community help business and finance leaders avoid a “Don’t Look Up” Ending? Speakers make the case that scientists must hold the world to account and ensure that net zero actions are firmly based on rigorous scientific foundations and the non-negotiable nature of the 1.5C target — if we wish to avoid fundamental tipping points, there is no room for spin.

In parallel, the ongoing situation in Ukraine provides a reality check on the human, economic and geopolitical catastrophe of fossil fuels. Climate change and conflict are not separate issues; the roots of both of these threats to humanity can be found in fossil fuels.

Two of our Youth Ambassadors, Cassidy Kramer and Helena Gualinga, were invited to participate inside the Forum in a session titled – Turning Words into Action.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) landmark report warns humanity that “it’s now or never” to avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis. What is needed from world leaders in 2022 to deliver meaningful action to reduce emissions and rejuvenate the natural world?

Watch the livestream HERE.

Arctic Basecamp pitched at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos in May 2022.

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DAVOS 2017-2020

Professor Gail Whiteman was invited into the main Congress Centre to present and participate in a panel discussion alongside Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin, Al Gore, Scott Minerd moderated by Elena Cherney (Wall Street Journal).

Our fourth year Davos brought many highlights watch below and find out more HERE.

Vice President Gore was a distinguished guest at Arctic Basecamp in 2017. Watch his inspiring speech here.