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Welcome to The Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research (NVP)

His Majesty King Harald is the Academy's patron

NVP is the world’s only scientific academy that concentrates on the polar regions and related challenges within all scientific disciplines and in an international perspective. The academy is located in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, on 78° north and welcomes distinguished researchers from all over the world as members.

Academy history 

Overall strategy 2015 - 2020 


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Collaboration Agreement with Russian Geographical society
The Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research has recently signed a Collaboration Agreement with the Russian Geographical Society.
The Society’s Board of Trustees is chaired by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and plays an increasingly important role in Russia.

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Cancellation: MFA/ NVP seminar September 12th

We regret to inform you that the seminar to be hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and NVP "Arctic politic: From hegemonic conflict to multilateral cooperation" on September 12th has to be cancelled. We have been informed that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Børge Brende is unable to participate and to speak as planned.

We regret any inconvenience this may cause at this late stage.





Seminar hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and NVP
In relation to Arctic Council's 20 years anniversary, we invite all public to a seminar regarding "Arctic politic: From hegemonic conflict to multilateral cooperation".

Speakers: Børge Brende, Thorvald Stoltenberg, Elana Wilson Rowe and Willy Østreng.

The lecture will be held in Norwegian.
Welcome to the University of Oslo, Karl Johans gate, central building, Auditorium 13 ("Gamle Anatomen"), September 12th at 18:00.

Please send your registration to post@polar-academy.com within Friday Sept 9th.

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Birkeland Lecture 2016:
Our Dynamic Sun

This year's lecture will be led by Professor Eric Priest from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.
The lecture will be held in English and is open to all public.
Welcome to DNVA September 22nd at 17:30.

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Link to DNVA's event



INTAROS: Integrated Arctic Observation system
Professor Stein Sandven at the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NERSC) is the coordinator for the research project INTAROS (Integrated Arctic Observation System), which has received funding of more than 15 million EUR from the EU framework program Horizon 2020. The project is  implemented in partnership with the following Norwegian institutions: NERSC, UiB, IMR, UNIS, NORUT, NIVA and DnV GL, as well as with 41 partners from other countries world wide.

The overall objective of INTAROS is to develop an integrated Arctic Observation System (iAOS) by extending, improving and unifying existing systems in the different regions of the Arctic. INTAROS will have a strong multidisciplinary focus, with tools for integration of data from atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere and terrestrial sciences, provided by institutions in Europe, North America and Asia.




Newsletter no. 20:
Mineral Resources of the Russia's Arctic - Not Only Hydrocarbons.
By Valeriy A. Kryukov.
Deputy Director, Institute of Economics and Industrial Engineering, Siberian Division of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IEIE RAS)  (Novosibirsk), Corresponding Member of the RAS, Professor, Doctor of Sciences (Economics)

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Svalbard White Paper
Follow the link to read the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security's recommendations for Svalbard's development:




Newsletter no. 19:
NORSAR and the seismic monitoring of the European Arctic
By Dr. Johannes Schweitzer, Senior Research Geophysicist, NORSAR and Assoc. Professor, University of Oslo.

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Newsletter no. 18:
Norwegian Arctic Ocean Geoscientific Program
By: Gunnar Sand, SINTEF

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Symposium in Longyearbyen: "Forskning og utdanning i naturbasert reiseliv"
Seminar hosted ny NVP, NMBU, NINA, AECO, UNIS and UiT.
Longyearbyen 7.-8. September 2016.

The symposium is arranged in relation to AECOs tourism conference "Friske Fraspark" 5.-7. September.


Invitation Symposium

AECOs "Friske Fraspark"



NORSAR - New Institutional Member
NORSAR is an internationally recognized, independent, not-for-profit, research foundation within the field of geo-science providing advanced, innovative products and solutions to customers in the public and private sectors.

We welcome them as a Institutional Member of the Academy.

NOSARs webpage



Marine Policy publication
A tale of summer and ice: Manuscript evaluating the Declaration on unregulated fishing under ice-free conditions in the Central Arctic published in Marine Policy by NVP-NERSC-UNIS summer school students.

Link to the article in Marine Policy

Introduction and references



Minutes Annual Meeting 2015
Minutes from the academy's Annual Meeting 22.10.2015 is now available.


Minutes Annual Meeting 2015



New constitution of the Board
We are proud to present Anton G. Kjelaas as the Academy’s new President and Pål Brekke as a new member of the Board.
The Academy is thankful for Willy Østreng’s seven years of valuable contributions and achievements for the Academy.



Newsletter no. 17:
Science Diplomacy in the Arctic

By Prof. Paul Arthur Berkman, University of California Santa Barbara

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The New Interactive Strategy of the Academy 2015-2020
We are pleased to present our new five-year strategic plan for the polar regions.

The President's introduction
NVP's interactive strategy 2015-2020 



Newsletter no. 16:
Space - An Integrated Tool of Polar Research

By Bo Andersen, Norwegian Space Center.

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Newsletter no. 15:
ALPEX - Preparing Leaders for the Challenges of the Arctic
By: Norwegian Shipowners' Association and Duke CE.

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News Archive



NVP disclaimer.

Most of the NVP’s members will publish under the name of the institutions where they

are employed. To use the Academy as institutional reference may nevertheless

sometimes be preferred. If so, the NVP disclaimer must also be published:

«The viewpoints expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the stand of the Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research.”

And in Norwegian: “De synspunkter som kommer til uttrykk i denne artikkelen

er forfatterens egne og deles ikke nødvendigvis av Norges Vitenskapsakademi for Polarforskning.» 

Upcoming events 2016:


  Annual Meeting and Symposium November 17th, Bergen