Summer school announcement; “Shipping in Arctic Water”



The NVP-Nansen summer school 2013 “Shipping in Arctic Water: The interaction of sea ice, ship technology, climate change, economy and other operational conditions” will be organized in Longyearbyen at Svalbard from 18th to 25th August. Graduate & postgraduate students are invited to submit applications for participation by 31st May 2013.


The Arctic Ocean obtain increased international attention due to the occurring changes in its sea ice conditions facilitating the accessibility as well as the exploitation of its natural resources - minerals, oil and gas and fisheries -, energy, new sailing routes etc. that opens up for new challenges. Increased shipping and navigation in the Arctic will require new multi- and cross-disciplinary knowledge addressing e.g. the sea ice and climate conditions and present and in the future, the state and possible change of the environment, navigation conditions and requirements to Arctic shipping, ship technology in cold waters, economy, legal aspects, geopolitics and other operational conditions. The NVP-Nansen international summer school will have a multi- and cross-disciplinary thematic approach to meet the challenges and opportunities increased shipping in the Arctic waters generates.

15 scientists and experts from Norway and abroad will address the scientific topics according to the NVP-Nansen summer school 2013 program, including lectures and interactive student and teacher sessions. The participating students will be challenged to draft a joint publication during the course of the summer school.

The venue for the NVP-Nansen 2013 summer school is “Isdammen” - the premises of the Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research outside Longyearbyen - and The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS). The organizers will provide air travel from Oslo, Norway (OSL-Gardermoen) on Sunday 18th August to Longyearbyen (LYR) and return to Oslo on Monday 26th (tbc) August. The participants must cover their own transport to/from and eventual accommodation in Oslo. The organizers will cover accommodation (shared double rooms), meals during the scheduled duration and a Svalbard excursion trip on Saturday. A participation fee may (tbd) be charged to each participant, pending on the amount of sponsor funding becoming available.

Participation is based on individual applications from Ph.D. students and Post-docs in the fields of Arctic Climate, Arctic Resources, Maritime Transport and Geopolitics. The relevance of current studies, including personal motivation and relevant experiences related to shipping in the Arctic, is an important selection criterion. A tentative title of a poster to present current studies should be included in the application (see also attached program). Up to 30 graduate and post-graduate students from different countries and research topics will be selected based on an evaluation of their applications. The application deadline is 31st May 2013 (EXTENDED APPLICATION DEADLINE)

Applications should be sent to with Subject: “Application summer school 2013”. The selected candidates will be notified by mid June.




The NVP-Nansen 2013 summer school is organized jointly between the Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research (NVP), Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NERSC), Nansen Scientific Society and The University Centre on Svalbard (UNIS), who organized a similar summer school in 2011 with participation of 30 students for 13 countries.

The NVP-Nansen 2013 summer school organizing committee:

  • Willy Østreng, Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research,

  • Stein Sandven, Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center, Bergen,

  • Lasse H. Pettersson, Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center, Bergen,

  • Ole Arve Misund, The University Centre in Svalbard,

  • Thor Larsen, Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research,

  • Synnøve Vetti, Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center, Bergen,

  • Bente E. Johannessen, Nansen Scientific Society, Bergen,

  • Kine Stiberg, Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research,

Published 26.04.2013 by Kine Stiberg