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 


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




Newsletter no. 19:
NORSAR and the seismic monitoring of the European Arctic
By Dr. Johannes Schweitzer, Senior Research Geophysicist, NORSAR and Assoc. Professor, University of Oslo.

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Newsletter no. 18:
Norwegian Arctic Ocean Geoscientific Program
By: Gunnar Sand, SINTEF

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Symposium in Longyearbyen: "Forskning og utdanning i naturbasert reiseliv"
Seminar hosted ny NVP, NMBU, NINA, AECO, UNIS and UiT.
Longyearbyen 7.-8. September 2016.

The symposium is arranged in relation to AECOs tourism conference "Friske Fraspark" 5.-7. September.


Invitation Symposium

AECOs "Friske Fraspark"



NORSAR - New Institutional Member
NORSAR is an internationally recognized, independent, not-for-profit, research foundation within the field of geo-science providing advanced, innovative products and solutions to customers in the public and private sectors.

We welcome them as a Institutional Member of the Academy.

NOSARs webpage



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

Introduction and references



Minutes Annual Meeting 2015
Minutes from the academy's Annual Meeting 22.10.2015 is now available.


Minutes Annual Meeting 2015



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.



Newsletter no. 17:
Science Diplomacy in the Arctic

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

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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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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 2016:


  Board Meeting August 23rd  
  Annual Meeting and Symposium November 17th, Bergen