The Joint North Atlantic-Arctic Ocean Science Programme Initiative (B2B)

The Joint North Atlantic-Arctic Ocean Science Programme Initiative (B2B) is evolving from within the scientific community to innovatively transform international scientific research and related education programs in an era with new expectations for science in the 21st century. B2B is proposed as a “Programme Initiative” with “Priority Projects” in the spirit of IGBP, WCRP, and other international scientific programs, with an explicit scope and charter. An ad hoc B2B Steering Committee has evolved that engages several dozen scientists, science academies and other relevant experts. The B2B team is seeking support among key individuals in the research and policy-interested communities within the B2B nations. The Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research is associated with the project and wants to support is as and when possible. Academy members who are interested in the project should contact the secretariat:

More information can be read in the following documents:


Nomination of candidates for membership 2020

Individual Norwegian members to NVP are Norwegian citizens who have carried out independent scientific work in polar research or specifically have contributed to the advancement of polar research (§5.2.) Individual foreign members may be admitted by the same criteria (§5.3.)

The recruitment of new individual members to NVP shall seek a balance between disciplines and expertise. Strengthening of interdisciplinary expertise and expertise on Antarctica is recommended. Female membership is to be enhanced.

Members of NVP may nominate candidates for individual membership. Such candidates must be persons who have carried out independent scientific work in polar research or who specifically have contributed to the advancement of polar research.

Nominations has to be supported by at least two members and must be submitted according to the template for the process to NVP’s Secretariat, e-mail, before October 15 each year. The Secretariat shall forward the nominations to NVP’s New Members Committee. The Committee shall consider the nominations and present its recommendations to NVP’s Board no later than two weeks prior to NVP’s Annual Meeting. Admission of new members is decided by the Board and presented to the Annual Meeting.

The Board looks forward to receive your nominations for 2020.

Call for Papers – Changing Svalbard

Alexandra Meyer and Zdenka Sokolickova will be guest editing a special collection focusing on Svalbard. Deadline for Abstracts indicating interest is 1 July 2020!

The Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard draws attention. It is of high geopolitical relevance, is considered a “canary in the coal mine” for climate change, and its communities are undergoing profound structural changes as coal mining is complemented with or even replaced by tourism and research.

We invite papers for a collection of articles on the human and societal dimensions of the various economic, social and cultural processes changing Svalbard. This collection of articles will use the momentum of the current great interest of the social science/humanities in Svalbard and provide a platform for displaying recent findings and discussions.

Svalbard’s communities are economically diverse, based on tourism, research and education, and coal mining, and they are non-indigenous, with international and transient populations, playing important geopolitical roles. Being specific in many aspects, Svalbard is simultaneously undergoing changes of global relevance, reflecting challenges faced by many Arctic communities, be it impacts of tourism, climate change, geopolitics, structural economic change or mobility.

We welcome contributions to a collection of articles that address these different aspects of a “Changing Svalbard” from different angles and disciplines, ranging from social anthropology through sociology, archaeology and political science to human geography, cultural studies and arts, as well as papers from the environmental sciences that include a clear focus on the societal impacts of environmental changes.

We encourage case studies that include a focus on the local scale and lived life on Svalbard. They should examine the specificities of Svalbard’s different communities and simultaneously contribute to broader theoretical debates concerning topics such as sustainability, identity, globalization and climate change, challenging dichotomies such as local/global, human/more-than-human, nature/culture, transience/attachment to place, and path dependency/transformation. While the focus is on change in its various aspects, and Svalbard’s communities are easily perceived as ever-changing and extraordinary places, this issue will also trace continuities and shed light on the “ordinary” in life on the archipelago.

We are aiming for a separate collection of articles that form part of the special topic and will be made available online as a block. Please visit our collections for current examples.


Abstracts of potential contributions can be submitted per email to guest co-editor Alexandra Meyer by July 1st. Invitations for full submissions (including research articles, short communications, commentaries and review papers) will be sent to respective authors by July 15th.

Completed manuscripts can be submitted between September 1st and November 15th 2020. All manuscripts must be submitted online through ScholarOne, choosing the special issue “Changing Svalbard” when prompted.

Detailed information for authors can be found here.

The word limit for full papers and review papers is 12,000 words (including references), while commentaries and short communications should have a maximum of 4,000 words.

All submissions will be externally reviewed.

Editors and Guest Editors

The guest editors Zdenka Sokolickova (University of Hradec Králové / University of Oslo / Svalbard Social Science Initiative) and Alexandra Meyer (University of Vienna / UNIS / Svalbard Social Science Initiative) will handle the manuscripts and be the primary contacts for the authors.

Final acceptance of papers for publication will be vetted by the journal’s co-editors-in-chief, Trevor McIntyre (University of South Africa) and Nikolas Sellheim (Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS), University of Helsinki).


If you have questions regarding the call, please contact the guest editors Alexandra Meyer and cc/Zdenka Sokolickova.

GoNorth – exploring the Arctic Ocean

13 Norwegian research and education organizations, collectively known as GoNorth, have promoted a comprehensive, cross-disciplinary program to investigate the Arctic Ocean.

The Norwegian Government has defined the Arctic as its most important strategic foreign policy area. The government’s Ocean Strategy, Blue Opportunities, addressing knowledge building and sustainable development, adds a new dimension to the policy.

The mission of GoNorth is to organize and launch a series of scientific expeditions – on its own and through international collaboration. The GoNorth consortium proposes a wide-ranging and cross-disciplinary program to acquire new and essential knowledge about the oceanic areas, from the sea floor and subsea geology, through the water column, to the surface sea ice. Education will be an important part of the program.

GoNorth adopts a stepwise approach, starting in the coastal areas north of Svalbard, before gradually moving northward. These are the areas covered by the extended Norwegian continental shelf, which got the support of the United Nations’ Continental Shelf Commission in 2009.

Collaborative cruises with international partners are vital, for scientific, logistical and financial reasons. Ice breakers will be necessary in the northernmost areas. We are already in dialogue with several international partners who share our ambitions and goals in the Arctic Ocean.

GoNorth has the support of the Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research.

Opening up a new era in Norwegian polar research, the coast guard icebreaker KV Svalbard reached the North Pole on 21st of August 2019, 125 years after Fridtjof Nansen tried to drift across the North Pole with his sailing vessel Fram. The picture shows commanding officer Geir-Martin Leinebø and expedition leader Hanne Sagen from the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center. (Photo: Håvard Sagen)

The GoNorth consortium includes the following universities and research institutes:
UiT: The Arctic University of Norway (UiT)
University of Bergen (UiB)
University of Oslo (UiO)
University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS)
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Geological Survey of Norway (NGU)
Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NERSC)
Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)
Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI)

Annual Report 2019

The board has approved the annual report from 2019, presented and discussed during the last board meeting on February 27th, 2020. You can read and download the report on the link below.

10 new members were elected during the Annual Meeting 2019

It is a pleasure to inform that ten (10) new members were elected  during the 2019’s Academy’s Annual Meeting in Bodø Norway ; November 26th 2019.

The Academy has now 160 individual members from 19 countries in addition to the six institutional members who contribute with relevant knowledge and expertise.

The new members are:

1Birgitta Evengård
2Brit Lisa Skjelkvåle
3Henry Huntington
4Jennifer Francis
5Lars Kullerud
6Lars-Otto Reiersen
7Susan Crate
8Tatiana Vaslova
9Torbjørn Pedersen
10Kristine Bakke Westergaard

Change will be the constant– future environmental policy and governance challenges in Svalbard

Bjørn P. Kaltenborn, Willy Østreng & Grete K. Hovelsrud

Sea Ice in the Arctic – Past, Present and Future

This book provides in-depth information about the sea ice in the Arctic at scales from paleoenvironmental variability to more contemporary changes during the past and present centuries. The book is based on several decades of research related to sea ice in the Arctic and its variability, sea ice process studies as well as implications of the sea ice variability on human activities.

The chapters provide an extensive overview of the research results related to sea ice in the Arctic at paleo-scales to more resent scales of variations as well as projections for changes during the 21st century.

The authors have pioneered the satellite remote sensing monitoring of sea ice and used other monitoring data in order to study, monitor and model sea ice and its processes.

Editors (view affiliations)

Part of the Springer Polar Sciences book series (SPPS)

The Norwegian Climate Foundation — report no. 02/2019


Climate change, international trade, and the oil & gas industry
SOPHIA MATTHEWS, Brown University
Nansen Scientific Society

Nansen Scientific Society