The Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research, NVP, and the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences, NTVA, invite to an open seminar on:

Technologies for Development of the High Arctic

Thursday March 17th 2011: 16:00 – 19:00, Lerchendal gård, Trondheim


15:30 – 16:00 Refreshments and registration
16:00 – 18:15 Presentations:

  • Challenges of the High Arctic / Gunnar Sand, Managing Director of UNIS, advisor to SINTEF and NVP General Secretary.
  • Sustainable Arctic & Coastal Marine Technology /Sveinung Løset, Professor at NTNU, Adjunct Prof. at UNIS, Head of SACME, NVP and NTVA members.
  • Perspectives of Norwegian-Russian Scientific Cooperation for Sustainable Development of Arctic Technology / Aleksey Marchenko, Professor at UNIS, Adjunct Prof. at NTNU and NVP member.
  • Sustainable Coastal Infrastructure in Arctic Areas / Svein-Willy Danielsen, Project Director at SINTEF.

18:15 – 19:00 Discussion

US Geological Survey states that more than 20 % of the world’s undiscovered petroleum resources may be located in the Arctic. The Arctic may also see an increase in marine resources and an opening of transport routes due to a milder climate. Because of extreme weather and climate conditions and a vulnerable environment, it is vital to develop robust technological solutions for a sustainable exploration of Arctic resources.

Svalbard is the perfect laboratory for studying and developing onshore and offshore technologies that satisfy the severe requirements of the Arctic. Svalbard is accessible all year, it has an advanced infrastructure, and it is the location of the University Centre in Svalbard, which provides expertise and field support for operating under the extreme conditions. NTNU, SINTEF and UNIS have jointly developed SACME (Sustainable Arctic and Coastal Marine Technology) as a center for research based innovation, funded by the Norwegian Research Council and industrial partners. The seminar is the first official presentation of SACME and is open to the general public.

Sign up by E-mail: or telephone 73 59 54 63, before Monday March 14th .

Longyearbyen / Trondheim February 21st 2011:

Gunnar Sand (General Secretary NVP)

Hein Johnson (General Secretary NTVA)