Annual Meeting 2021

The Board welcome all Academy members, both individual and institutional, to this years annual meeting.

  • Date: Wednesday 1 December 2021
  • Time: 15:30 – 16:30 (GMT+2)
  • Location: Possible to attend in-person in Longyearbyen, Svalbard (at the University Centre in Svalbard) or attend online. More information will follow.
  • Registration: Information will be forthcoming.
  • Agenda: Information will be forthcoming.

Matters that members wish to discuss at the Annual Meeting must be submitted by email to within 1 October , 2021.

More information can be found here. 

A new book published by the BBVA Foundation presents the multidisciplinary vision of 30 leading experts on the Arctic meltdown and its global repercussions

Strategy 2021 – 2025

Photo by: Eva Therese Jenssen/UNIS

It is a great pleasure to introduce the Norwegian Academy for Polar Research Strategy 2021 – 2025.

The interest in the Arctic is continuing at full strength and many new nations, scientists and institutions are in line to study, enjoy and explore the multiple Arctic. At the same time anthropogenically driven climate change is relentlessly altering the socio-political, economic, and environmental conditions in the Arctic, and our activities in the region are in turn exacerbating these effects. In our Strategic Vision we talk about the duality of the global Arctic; the impacts on the region have a global origin and the changes in the Arctic affect the globe. We have boosted our knowledge about the Arctic significantly in the past decade, but we still need to push forward with our science to keep abreast with the ongoing processes, feedback mechanisms and change. Our membership reflects the needed scientific diversity, and the new strategy calls for broad involvement of our members in defining research areas that are also relevant for policy makers.

Bodø, April 2021
Grete K. Hovelsrud


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Invitation to join on April 28, 2021 the B2BI North Atlantic—Arctic Science Initiative Seminar Series

About the seminar

Fisheries and other human activities – inclusive processes, expertise and evidence provided in the North East Atlantic, and adjacent seas

The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) is an intergovernmental marine science organization, meeting societal needs for impartial evidence on the state and sustainable use of our seas and oceans.

​​​Our goal is to advance and share scientific understanding of marine ecosystems and the services they provide and to use this knowledge to generate stat

e-of-the-art advice for meeting conservation, management, and sustainability goals. We are a network of nearly 6000 scientists from over 700 marine institutes in our 20 member countries and beyond. Over 2500 scientists participate in our activities annually.

Through strategic partnerships our work in the Atlantic Ocean also extends into the Arctic, the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea, and the North Pacific Ocean.


The Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research is associated with B2BI and wants to support it as and when possible.

Announcement of chosen topics 2021

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We are happy to announce that our call for “topic areas where NVP may have a positive impact in the coming year” resulted in a total of ten proposals. It was of course hard to choose, but at the board meeting on March 11, 2021, the Board decided to select the two following topics for analysis in 2021:

Topic 1:

Problems of forming of more appropriate ways of economic activities in Arctic – ie based on interaction of unique indigenous practices and new technological opportunities (including housing, transportation etc). Proposer: Valeriy Kryukov. (Including Green shift and how new industries in the north will impact local economies. Proposer: Anatoli Bourmistrov). Board supporters: Grete K. Hovelsrud and Tina Bringslimark.

Topic 2:

Development of Norwegian policy for Svalbard. Proposer: Arild Moe. Board supporter: Bjørn Kaltenborn.

Moving forward

We now wish to establish two teams, one for each topic, to assess the status of research and policy action. The process will primarily be online, but if we are lucky we can meet in person at a workshop in the fall. The goal is to present our conclusions and recommendations at a public event in early 2022.

Members who wish to participate in one of the teams are asked to indicate this at the earliest convenience, but at the latest by May 1, 2021 to


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Member and stakeholder survey 2021

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The new Academy Strategy 2021-2025 (to be formally accepted by the Board this spring), calls for deeper member involvement in the Academy’s activities. A central part of this effort is developing an annual cycle of identifying issues of high importance for the Polar Regions where the Academy can make an important contribution. Quoting the Strategy (emphasis added):

“Survey members and key stakeholders to identify topic areas where NVP may have a positive impact in the coming year, particularly for issues that are emerging or might be slipping under the radar.”

The Board’s plan is to select 1-3 of the suggested topics, establish teams to assess the status of research and policy action through the year (including a workshop in the fall), with the goal of issuing our conclusions and recommendations at a public event in early 2022.

So the question to you, as a member or stakeholder of the Academy, is:

What do you see as an emerging issue that would be particularly interesting, timely and important for the academy to highlight this year? We don’t mean obvious issues like the shrinking sea ice, but rather issues that perhaps are interdisciplinary, perhaps complex, perhaps things you wonder about but are too complex to figure out on your own? And things that you think will be relevant this year and the next. You don’t need to be an expert on the topic you suggest.

Examples from recent years might have been:

  • How will changes in the Arctic Ocean affect the magnitude and geographic distribution of primary productivity, and what implications will any changes have for human activity and policy?
  • What is the likelihood that geopolitical tensions in other regions will spill over into Arctic affairs, for example US-China trade conflicts, or tensions over Crimea?

We would appreciate your response before March 1 2021. Click on this link to send your response.


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New members admitted in 2020

Six (6) people were admitted as new members at the Board’s meeting on November 16th 2020, and presented on the Academy’s 2020 annual meeting.

The Academy now has 166 individual members in addition to the six institutional members who contribute with relevant knowledge and expertise.

The new members in 2020 are:


Geir Ottersen


Bodil A. Bluhm


Marie-Anne Blanchet


Hyoung Chul Shin


Maaike Knol-Kaufmann


Ping Su

Oppfølgingsplan for norsk polarforskning (only in Norwegian)

Foto: NVP / Marry K. Sandstå

I 2017 evaluerte Forskningsrådet norsk polarforskning, og nå har en komite bestående av eksperter innen norsk polarforskning fulgt opp.

Akademiets president og flere av akademiets medlemmer har vært medlemmer av oppfølgingskomiteen:

  • Jørgen Berge, leder UiTs Polarforskningskomité, UiT, Tromsø
  • Hanne Hvidtfeldt Christiansen, visedekan for utdanning, UNIS, Svalbard
  • Grete Hovelsrud, professor, Nord universitet, Bodø
  • Sveinung Løset, professor, prodekan forskning og innovasjon, NTNU
  • Ole Arve Misund, direktør, Norsk Polarinstitutt, Tromsø
  • Brit Lisa Skjelkvåle, instituttleder, Institutt for Geofag, UiO, Oslo

Klikk her for å lese oppfølgingsplanen der de anbefaler nye polare satsinger og koordineringstiltak.

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

13 new members have been elected during the Annual Meeting 2017

It is a pleasure to inform that thirteen (13) new members were elected  during the Academy’s Annual Meeting in Trondheim, Norway 1st December 2017.

The Academy has now 148 individual members from 19 countries in addition to the eight institutional members who contribute with relevant knowledge and expertise.

The new members are:

Name Institution Department
Boetius, Antje Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research
Borch, Odd Jarl Nord University Nord University Business School
Bourmistrov, Anatoli  Nord University Department “Economic Analysis and Accounting”, Nord University Business School.
Fer, Ilker University of Bergen Geophysical Institute
Kramvig, Britt UiT The Arctic University of Norway Department of Tourism & Northern Studies
Laberg, Jan Sverre UiT The Arctic University of Norway Department of Geosciences
Lovecraft, Amy Lauren University of Alaska Fairbanks Department of Political Science
Lynch, Amanda Brown University Institute at Brown for Environment and Society
Nilsson, Annika Stockholm Environment Institute
Poppel, Birger University of Greenland Institute of Social Science, Economics & Journalism
Sagen, Hanne Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center
Schomacker, Anders UiT The Arctic University of Norway Department of Geology
Tennberg, Monica University of Lapland Arctic Sustainable Development Research Group

It is our intention that the Academy shall be the central node in the network of international academies and scientific organizations related to research and education in the Polar Regions, both north and south. The Annual Meeting 2017 therefore challenged the members to participate in the nomination of membership candidates, thereby assisting us in seeking gender balance and diversity in expertise within both Polar Regions. There is a need to strengthen membership with expertise from Antarctica and to encourage cooperation with the private sector for exchange of information and views and development of joint projects for ultimate mutual benefits.

The Academy’s ambitious vision is enhancing polar science for the benefit of mankind. We look very much forward to a fruitful cooperation on this.