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 


 Latest News:



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.



Symposium 2015
On, Under and Near the Melting Polar Ice:
Human activities, management and the environment

Time:October 22nd 2015 at 13:00 p.m.
Place: University of Nordland, Bodø
The Symposium will be held in English. Free entrance.

Streaming: https://mediasite.uin.no/Mediasite/Play/


Invitation and program



Annual Meeting 2015
Our Annual Meeting will be held in Bodø October 22nd at 10:30 am.


Agenda 2015
Financial Statements 2014
Board's Report 2014
Auditor's Report 2014
New Members 2015



Polar Research Program
Information regarding the Polar Research Program (POLARPROG) under the Norwegian Research Council can be found here: POLARPROG. Unfortunately in Norwegian only.




Passive microwave measurements of sea ice
NERSC/NVP Lecture in Bergen October 7th.
Speaker: Leif Toudal Pedersen.

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Newsletter no. 17:
Science Diplomacy in the Arctic

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

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Scientific paper published in Polar Geography
"Commercial Arctic shipping through the Northeast Passage: Routes, resources, governance, technology, and infrastructure".
Scientific paper produced at NVP summer school 2013.

Formal information, abstract and permanent link 



Scientific article in Ocean Yearbook, vol. 28
"Transdisciplinarity and Training Engaged Researchers".
Scientific paper produced at NVP summer school 2011.

Formal information and permanent link 



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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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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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):


October 7th, Bergen
  Annual Meeting and Symposium October 22nd, Bodø