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.

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Arctic Frontiers 2017
The marginal ice zone. Cross-cutting challenges which require interdisciplinary research, management and policy

Time: January 26th 2017 at 14:00-16:00
Place: UiT - Auditorium UB

In cooperation with The University Centre in Svalbard, the University of Tromsø / the Arctic University, the North-University, the Norwegian Polar Institute, the University of Oslo and the Nansen Environmental Centre, the Academy hosted a side-event during the Arctic Frontiers in Tromsø on january 26th: "The marginal ice zone. Cross-cutting challenges wooden require interdisciplinary research, management and policy."

This initiative focuses on interdisciplinarity and current challenges in the Arctic, including biology, law, policy, regulations, technology and the interactions between politics/ academia and business.

These were the presentations held during the event:

The Academy has since 2011 hosted international summer schools in Longyearbyen every second year. The summer schools are interdisciplinary with broad international participation and are focusing on contemporary challenges in the polar regions. More details can be found here.

The summer school 2017, which is scheduled for the first week of August, has the same theme as the side-event at the Arctic Frontiers. The summer school can accommodate +/- 30 students who mainly are young researchers at the PhD level or PhD students. We want to hear from you if the summer school 2017 can be of interest to you and your students.




Presentations from the Symposium 2016
Where is Bergen in Arctic Research?

Time: November 17th 2016 at 17:00-20:00
Place: University of Bergen, Geophysical Institute.

The symposium was held in Norwegian with English slide shows.

These were two of the persentatiosn during the symposium:




Minutes from the Annual Meeting 2016

NVP's Annual Meeting was held in Bergen November 17th, 2016 at 14:00 and the minutes from the 2016's annual meeting can be found here





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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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



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.



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 

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 2017:


  Arctic Frontiers 2017 January 26th, Tromsø  
  The marginal ice zone. Cross-cutting challenges which require interdisciplinary research, management and policy



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