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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EU-PolarNet - Public consultation for EU priorities on polar research

Deadline: June 2nd, 2017

The EU-PolarNet is the world's largest consortium of expertise and infrastructure for polar research. Seventeen countries are represented by 22 of Europe's internationally-respected multi-disciplinary research institutions. An overview os the institutions can be found here

The EU-PolarNet has launched a survey which may be of interest to our members. The survey aims at giving you a chance to state where you see challenges and opportunities arising in the Polar Regions (especially in the region you live or work in), which should be solved by future research, the survey is available in the following languages: English, Swedish, Finish, Norwegian, Danish, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian

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Summer school 2017 announcement

The Arctic Ocean and the marginal ice zone (MIZ). Interdisciplinary research, management practices and policy developments.

Time: July 31st - August 05th 2017
Place: Longyearbyen

Hosted by the Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research (NVP), in cooperation with the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), UiT – the Arctic University of Norway, the Nord University, the Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI), Akvaplan-niva, the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NERSC), and the Russian Geographical Society (RGS).

The official announcement can be found here:





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

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.

The presentations held during the event can be found here:





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.




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




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

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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 2017:


  NVP International Summer School July 31st - August 05th 2017, Longyearbyen  



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