The Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research’s International Summer School, held in the breathtaking archipelago of Svalbard from 28 May to 6 June 2023, received praise and positive feedback from participants. The summer school, known for its dedication to advancing interdisciplinary polar research and fostering international collaboration, gathered lecturers and 18 students from 14 different countries to delve into the complexities of the changing Arctic landscape.
The 2023 summer school addressed environmental, geopolitical, and socio-economic challenges posed by the rapidly evolving Arctic and Himalayan regions in a two-pole perspective. The programme was thoughtfully curated to cover a wide array of topics, from local tourism to the geopolitical implications of melting ice and climate change.
As lecturers, students, and committee members gathered in the pristine landscape of Svalbard, both in vibrant Longyearbyen and at the remote adventure hotel Isfjord Radio at Kapp Linné, they embarked on a journey of knowledge and discovery. The programme offered a diverse range of lectures, workshops, and field excursions, ensuring that participants gained both theoretical and practical experience. One standout adventure led the group on a 16-kilometer return hike from Isfjord Radio through sunlit terrain to explore a walrus colony.
The students’ feedback underscored the truly remarkable experience of spending time at Isfjord Radio, a unique setting that fostered bonds among participants, both within the student group and with the lecturers. This provided an exceptional setting to experience the Arctic’s captivating environment. Travelling by RIB boats from Longyearbyen was undoubtedly a highlight cherished by many, adding an adventurous touch to the overall experience.
The full summer school programme can be seen here.
The Summer School Coordinators
The Summer School 2023 was hosted by the Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research (NVP) in cooperation with The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS).
Bjørn Kaltenborn is the Vice President of NVP and Senior Research Scientist at the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA).
Lars-Otto Reiersen is a Marine Biologist and Professor with a long-term track record from working in the Arctic.
Thor S. Larsen is NVP’s Secretary General and Researcher at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU).
Anna Sveinsdòttir is a Senior Researcher at the Nordland Research Institute and holds a PhD in Geography.
Richard Davy is a Senior Researcher at the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NERSC).
Ragnhild Utne is NVP’s Office Manager and Management Consultant at UNIS.