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 2012 - 2014 


 Latest News:



The Northern Areas: Downfreeze or downmelt?
NVP helds a meeting at DNVA April 27.

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Summer school announcement:
"Arctic Ocean Governance as a Multifunctional Challenge"
The Summer school 2015, in cooperation with NERSC and UNIS,  will be organized in Longyearbyen at Svalbard from 2nd to 9th of August.
Application deadline: 30th of April 2015.




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

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Proposing new members 2015

The New Members Committee hereby opens for proposals of new individual members for 2015. Proposals must be supported by two Academy members and should be forwarded to the Secretay General between March 1st and May 15th 2015.


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Minutes Annual Meeting 04.11.2014

Approved and signed Minutes from our Annual Meeting 04.11.2014 are now available.


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Newsletter no. 14:
Norwegian Polar Research
- Inspirational forerunners and integrative challenges

By: Willy Østreng, President of The Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research

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New Vice President of NVP

We are proud to present Grete K. Hovelsrud as the Academy's new Vice President.
Grete is Professor at the University of Nordland and Research Director of Nordland Research Institute.
Please see her substantial CV for an insight in her broad experience.

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Newsletter no. 13:
Interdisciplinary Training in High Latitudes

The Summer Schools of the Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research.
By Willy Østreng, President, NVP and Lasse H. Pettersson, Director International cooperation, NERSC.

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The Nordic Seas - gold mines for the future?

Seminar in connection with the "Cold Water - Hot Issues" exhibition.
Bryggen Museum, Bergen, November 28th at 3 p.m.

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Werewolfs in the Polar Night

Seminar arranged in cooperation with NTVA.
Lerchendal gård, Trondheim, November 25th at 4 p.m.
The seminar will be held in Norwegian.




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Symposium 2014

Streaming and changes in the Agenda.
For those who will not have the opportunity to attend our Symposium in Tromsø November 4th at 6 p.m., please follow the Symposium by streaming.

Please be aware of the following change in the program: Harald Solberg, Director of industrial policy and Communication at Norwegian Shipowners' Association, will replace Sturla Henriksen.

Updated Agenda with streaming details are attached.

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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 (2015):