(Umea University) Temperatures are rising, and life on earth changes. The fastest change takes place in the North, in the Arctic. That is a fact. But what societal challenges await? Is this a new hotbed for emerging diseases and conflicts? On June 8-12, 2017, world-leading researchers will gather in the hundreds at Umeå University in Sweden at the 9th International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences, ICASS IX, to discuss the future for people and societies in the North.