FNI inviterer til miniseminar om Svalbard og internasjonal politikk (only in Norwegian)

Fridtjof Nansens Institutt (FNI) inviterer til et uformelt miniseminar om Svalbard og internasjonal politikk, 2. november kl 17:00, i Vinterhagen på Sentralen i Oslo (Øvre Slottsgate 3).

Svalbard er på den utenrikspolitiske agendaen. Den nye regjeringen trekker frem betydningen av øygruppen i Norges nordområdesatsing. Verden ser mot Svalbard som aldri før: Russland, Kina, EU og USA er i opptatte av hva som skjer på, og rundt, Svalbard. Samtidig ser vi økende grad av uenighet knyttet til Svalbard.

Vi ser på noen av disse problemstillingene i form av korte innlegg om Svalbard og internasjonal politikk:

  • «Svalbard i et stormaktsspill» ved Andreas Østhagen, seniorforsker ved Fridtjof Nansens Institutt
  • «Snøkrabben og Norges kjerneinteresser på Svalbard» ved Tiril Vold Hansen, ph.d.-stipendiat ved Nord Universitet
  • «Utfordrer Russland Norge i Fiskevernsonen?» ved Cecilie Stensrud, juniorforsker ved Fridtjof Nansens Institutt
  • «Fiskemottak og livet etter kull» ved Svein Vigeland Rottem, seniorforsker ved Fridtjof Nansens Institutt
  • «Svalbard i et europeisk perspektiv» ved Andreas Raspotnik, seniorforsker ved Fridtjof Nansens Institutt
  • Kommentarer og betraktninger fra Mr. Svalbard, ved Arne O. Holm, ansvarlig redaktør High North News

Mer informasjon og registrer deg for seminaret her.

For noen faglige innspill, se blant annet:

Arrangementet er en del av prosjektet «Svalbard Geopolitics and Social Science Network (GEO-SVALBARD)» finansiert av Norges Forskningsråd og arrangeres i sammenheng med Svalbard Science Conference i Oslo 2-3. november.


Debatt: Verden står foran en formidabel oppgave (only in Norwegian)

Debattinnlegg av Ola M. Johannessen, Nansen Scientific Society, Bergen.

  • Dato:  17. oktober 2021
  • Publisert i: Bergensavisen

Les debattinnlegget her. 



New portal for research-based information about the Arctic and Antarctic

After two years of project work, the University Library at UiT Norway’s Arctic University is proud to launch a search portal where you can find all available research-based information about the polar areas in one place, both scientific articles, reports, and datasets. The search portal is developed in collaboration with researchers from the Norwegian Polar Institute and UiT Norway’s Arctic University.

The Open Polar, The Global Open Access Portal for Research Data and Publications on the Arctic and Antarctic was launched in Tromsø on 1 September, 2021.

Link to news article about OPEN POLAR .

Visit the portal

The portal is found here.



Mohn Prize 2022 – Call for nominations

UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Academia Borealis – The Academy of Sciences and Letters of Northern Norway, and Tromsø Research Foundation welcome nominations for The International Mohn Prize for Outstanding Research Related to the Arctic (The Mohn Prize).

The Mohn Prize, which carries a cash award of 2 million NOK (approximately 195 000 €), is awarded biennially.

The prize is awarded to an individual or to a research group who has published excellent research related to the Arctic, who holds a leading position internationally in his/her/their field of research, and who has brought to light groundbreaking new knowledge related to nature and/or culture in the Arctic.

Nominees for the prize will be evaluated by an international scientific committee.

The recipient of the Mohn Prize will be announced in October 2021, and the award ceremony will take place in Tromsø in early 2022.

We hereby invite you to nominate candidates for the Mohn Prize 2022.

Nominations should be submitted using the nomination form available at

The deadline for nominations is the 31st of July 2021.

For further information, click on this link. 

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.

Annual Report 2020

Photo by: Johannes Lorentzen

The Annual Report for 2020 was approved by the Board in the board meeting on 11 March, 2021.

Click on this link to read the report.


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SARex reports from 2016, 2017 and 2018 are available on-line

The University of Stavanger and the Norwegian Coast’s guard have published the result of the SARex exercises from 2016, 2017 and 2018. Prof. Ove Tobias Gudmestad, academy member, is one of the authors.


Prof. Grete Hovelsrud has been elected as the new Academy’s President (2018-2020)

Prof. Grete Hovelsrud has been recently elected as the new Academy president for the period 2018 -2020. She is the first woman to assume this position in the Academy’s 10 years of history.

Prof. Hovelsrud is an anthropologist with a PhD from Brandeis University in Massachusetts, USA who has worked and travelled in the Arctic since 1980, as a research assistant, explorer and social scientist. Hovelsrud is Professor in Environmental Sociology, Nord University, at Nordland Research Institute Bodø, and CICERO Center for Climate Research, Oslo, Norway. She is an arctic anthropologist focusing on interdisciplinary studies of adaptation to changing climatic and societal conditions, adaptive capacity of coupled social-ecological systems, and on the transformation to a low-emission society in the context of climatic and societal change. She has extensive fieldwork experience from communities, primary sectors, such as fisheries, agriculture, reindeer herding, aquaculture, and municipalities in the Arctic and sub-Arctic. She has a particular interest in perceptions of risk, cultural theory of risk, co-production of knowledge and adaptive co-management of natural resources with respect to changing climatic, environmental and societal conditions. She has 6 years of experience in managing wildlife through her position as General Secretary of the North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission. She has led numerous major long-term research projects and published extensively in scientific peer reviewed journals and books. The emphasis on the local context is a critical starting point for understanding impacts, risks, adaptation, adaptive capacity, and change. While this research is critical for understanding the particularities of the local context, the processes and insights are highly relevant for other local communities and for national and international policy for governing risk.

With her background as an anthropologist with extensive fieldwork experience from many parts of the Arctic, she brings the need for a bottom up approach to studying societal transformation. She considers the local context as critical starting point for understanding impacts, transitions and change, and continues to conduct fieldwork in Arctic communities in parallel with linking the results to national and international processes. She currently leads a number of major research projects taking place in the northern regions.

Her main areas of interests include:

  • Interdisciplinary studies of adaptation and societal transformation to climatic and other changing conditions, and adaptive capacity of coupled social-ecological systems in the polar region; of the transformation of society and communities in the context of interacting climatic and societal change.
  • The role of culture in climate adaptation in a comparative frame, the adaptive capacity of local communities in multi-scalar context; barriers and constraints of adaptation in the northern regions.
  • The theoretical and methodological frameworks consider multiple stressors (factors) of relevance to the coupled systems (e.g. climate, and other environmental factors, globalisation, and socio-economic aspects).
  • Circumpolar studies, economic anthropology of natural resource use, political anthropology of the environment and ecology, cross-cultural cross-scale comparisons Cultural theory of risks; co-production of knowledge; perceptions of resilience and risks.


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