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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Annual Meeting 2014

The Annual Meeting will be arranged in Tromsø 4th of November at 01:00 p.m.
Please find attached the Agenda and related documents.

Annual Meeting Agenda
Financial Statements
Notes to the Annual Accounts
Directors' Report
Auditor's Report
New Members
Recommendations from the Election Committee



Symposium 2014

Tromsø, 4th of November.
The theme is global warming, including the political caution and the consequences for the arctic areas.

The Symposium will be held in Norwegian and is open for all public. Information regarding direct streaming will be further announced.

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Newsletter no. 12:

The limits of the continental shelf in the Arctic Ocean

By: Harald Brekke, Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, former member of CLCS

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The Academy's Patron

His Majesty King Harald of Norway has accepted the patronage for the Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research. The Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research is honoured and welcomes His Majesty King Harald of Norway as the Academy's patron.




Seismometer installed at Isdammen

A network of 12 seismic stations was installed in the Adventdalen area, in order to record the ambient seismic wave field (microearthquakes, icequakes, anthropogenic activity, seismic noise). The stations will be removed in September 2014.

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Newsletter no. 11:

New Institutional members

We are proud to announce that The Arctic University of Norway (UiT), the University of Nordland (UiN) and the Norwegian Shipowners' Association (NSA) have joined the Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research as institutional members.

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Changes in protection regulations

A new management plan for Eastern Svalbard has now been approved, with new regulations for travel and landings. See http://www.regjeringen.no/en/dep/kld/press-centre/Press-releases/2014/Endringer-i-verneforskrifter-pa-Svalbard.html?id=755290 Unfortunately, in Norwegian only.



The 26th Annual EAIE Conference

The European Association for International Education (EAIE) is the European centre for expertise, networking and resources in the internationalisation of higher education. EAIA holds its 26th Annual Conference in Prague, Sept 16–19, 2014. For details, see: http://www.eaie.org/home/conference/prague


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.» 


Willy Østreng – February 2013 - Shipping in Arctic Waters


Paul Arthur Berkman and Alexander N. Vylegzhanin - Jan 2013 - Environmental Security in the Arctic Ocean


Prof. Ola M. Johannessen-Nansensenteret - August 2010 Petermanns flytende isshelf ”brekker opp”

Upcoming events (2014):


Spring (date not set)
Open lecture/seminar in Trondheim
  November 4th


Annual Meeting 2014

Symposium 2014


December 8th