Norges Vitenskapsakademi for Polarforskning (NVP) – 10 års Jubileumsseminar

Norges Vitenskapsakademi for Polarforskning (NVP) – 10 års Jubileumsseminar

Det Globale Arktis:

Mandag 26 November kl. 16:00

Det Norske Videnskaps-Akademi, Drammensveien 78, Oslo

 Arrangør: Norges Vitenskapsakademi for Polarforskning (NVP)

Møteleder og kommentator: Anton G. Kjelaas, Dr. Philos, tidligere president Norges Vitenskapsakademi for Polarforskning  (NVP)


16:00 – 16:05 Det norske vitenskapsakademi for polarforskning

Professor Grete K. Hovelsrud, president Norges Vitenskapsakademi for Polarforskning  (NVP)

Det globale Arktis: Endringer i politisk klima
16:05 – 16:20 Hovedtrekk i norsk Arktis-politikk. Bård Ivar Svendsen, UDs spesialrådgiver/ Ambassadør for Arktis og Antarktis.
16:20 – 16:40 Bakgrunnen for opprettelsen og NVPs roller i en verden i endring: Professor Gudmund Hernes, forsker 1 ved Fafo og professor II ved Handelshøyskolen BI.
16:40 – 17:00 On Thin Ice? Arctic Communities and Multiple Drivers of Change. Professor Grete K. Hovelsrud, president Norges Vitenskapsakademi for Polarforskning  (NVP)
17:00 – 17:20 Pause med forfriskninger.
Is, himmel og hav: Krefter og konsekvenser, muligheter og begrensinger.
17:20 – 17:40 Impact of thawing permafrost on the Arctic Ocean

Leif G. Anderson, professor, Universitetet i Gøteborg.

17:40 – 18:00 Polarnasjoner holder seg med polarinstitutter: Om Norsk Polarinstitutts dramatiske historie og utvikling

Ole Arve Misund, direktør for Norsk Polarinstitutt.

18:00 – 18:20 The Arctic: not just a canary, but a miner in the climate change coal mine.”

Cecilie Mauritzen, seniorforsker Norsk Meteorologisk Institutt.

18:20 – 18:40 Arctic Sea Ice and processes in the marginal ice zone

Ola M. Johannessen, professor Universitetet i Bergen/ Nansen Scientific Society

18:40 – 19:00 Stillehavets påvirkning på Arktis.

Lea Svendsen, Post doc. Geofysisk institutt, Universitetet i Bergen

Q & A

vennligst send email til:, senest den 21. november kl. 16:00

UNIS 25 years anniversary

Dear friends of UNIS, friends of the Arctic and colleagues

I am here not only as a friend of UNIS and Svalbard, but tonight I am also representing The Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research where I am now the President.

It is a close relationship between the Polar Academy and UNIS as UNIS is the home of the Academy here at Svalbard. UNIS is also represented in the board of the Academy by its director and UNIS also administrates our Office manager position, whom is also UNIS staff

25 years are not many years in a historical perspective, but it has been 25 years, where UNIS in many ways has significantly contributed to the positive changes which have taken place in Longyearbyen. It is not normal that somebody that young have a so great impact on society.

I have been following UNIS, from day one as I was present together with some of you who also are present here tonight, when the idea of something who could replace the Coal Industry was discussed. That something became UNIS and UNIS has grown to be a very important institution here in Longyearbyen. A great success thanks to forward-looking politicians, an excellent and professional staff and not at least good leadership.

Science is an international language and probably the largest social network in the world with a mission to provide knowledge benefiting the greater public and not merely special interest. The Polar Regions are laboratories where new knowledge can be developed, where novel modes of teamwork can be initiated, and where innovative modes of organizations can be tested.

And in the middle of this is UNIS providing “Research-based education for the next generation of Arctic experts.”

It could not have been better. Thanks again and good luck with the years to come and we look forward to continuing our close cooperation

Anton G. Kjelaas
President – Norges Vitenskapsakademi for Polarforskning

10 year’s anniversary activities in Longyearbyen

The Academy will celebrate ten years anniversary Longyearbyen between the 4th and 07th of June with a series of activities organized in cooperation with the The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, UNIS, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway and Nord University.

This is the complete program of activities:


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