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A look back at the NVP Summer School 2022

After a long wait, which included a pandemic, we could finally again invite students to the NVP International Summer School in Longyearbyeb on 17–26 June. 17 PhD and Post-Doc students from all corners of the world came to Svalbard to participate on lectures on the Global Arctic – Reaching out to the Third Pole: The role of climate change, geopolitics, and resource availability for global sustainability.

The school’s programme included both theoretical and practical lectures by 13 lecturers of different backgrounds, student group work, and interactive sessions in preparations of an interdisciplinary scientific article.

Students were divided into two working groups, however decided to merge to foster interdisciplinarity among them. During autumn, they will prepare an interdisciplinary article in consultation with the summer school coordinators.

In addition to the lectures, participants of the summer school took part in social gatherings. These included a BBQ at NVPs property Isdammen east of Longyearbyen, as well as an optional boat excursion to the Billefjord and the renowned ghost town of Pyramiden. The latter offered stunning views of glacier fronts and different wildlife.

See the full programme here.

The Polar Academy received inspiring feedback from the students.

“I would like to use this opportunity to let you know that the Polar Academy Course was probably the best course I have participated in for the past few years. The organization was impeccable, the overall course atmosphere was truly interdisciplinary (and that is something you do not see in many courses), and the treatment I received from the university, the lecturers and you, was one of the best. I felt respected, secure and welcome at all times. Having participated in many courses, […], I must say, the course you offer is one of best quality, organization and learning outcome – I learned a lot during the course, through the experience of Svalbard everyday life and am still learning through the continuous work for the essay we are preparing.”

Elena Kavvatha, student at the NVP Summer School 2022

 

Safety briefing in Longyearbyen

Students attending a safety training held by Fred S. Hansen, Director of HSE and Infrastructure at the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS).

Varden Longyearbyen

During the safety briefing, participants were shown around town by the Arctic Safety Centre. The walk concluded a hike to Varden, one of Longyearbyen’s popular hiking destinations.

Bus ride to Svalbard Satellite Station

A 15-minute bus ride from Longyearbyen took us to the world’s largest commercial ground station, Svalbard Satellite Station (SvalSat).

NVP Summer School students

Students and coordinators gathering for a group photo at Svalbard Satellite Station.

The ghost town of Pyramiden in Svalbard

After an intense week, students and coordinators had the pleasure of participating on an optional boat excursion to Pyramiden and the Billefjord.

Seal Nordenskiöld Glacier in Svalbard

The boat excursion offered stunning views of glacier fronts and different wildlife.

 

The Summer School Coordinators

The Summer School 2022 was hosted by the Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research (NVP), The Nansen Scientific Society, and the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS).

Bjørn Kaltenborn is Vice President of NVP and Senior Research Scientist at the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA).

Lars-Otto Reiersen is Marine Biologist and Professor with a long-term track record from working in the Arctic.

Anton Kjelaas is former president of NVP. He has a long track record in geophysical research linked to the Arctic and other regions.

Thor S. Larsen is NVP’s Secretary General and Researcher at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU).

Ragnhild Utne is NVP’s Office Manager.

NVP’s comments on the proposed amendments to the environmental regulations in Svalbard

The Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research (NVP) has given a written consultation statement to the proposed amendments to the environmental regulations in Svalbard.

Click here to read our statement.

Call for NVP members’ input on the proposed amendments to the environmental regulations in Svalbard

On behalf of the Ministry of Climate and Environment, the Norwegian Environment Agency is distributing for comment the proposed amendments to the environmental regulations in Svalbard. The proposals entail new rules on access and passage in the natural environment and sea-based tourism. Read more here.

The Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research (NVP) has been invited to give a consultation statement.

Input from our members should be sent to post@polar-academy.com no later than Tuesday 1 March 2022. 

The deadline for sending our consultation statement is 1 May 2022.

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.

 

The 2021 International Summer School is cancelled and postponed to 2022

Photo by: Eva Therese Jenssen/UNIS

 

It is with a heavy heart that the Academy Board has decided to cancel the NVP International Summer School 2021 and postpone to summer 2022.

After cancelling the 2020 International Summer School due to Covid-19, the Academy planned to arrange a physical International Summer School on Svalbard during the autumn/winter of 2021. For a long time we hoped to be able to arrange the 2021 Summer School, but unfortunately, we must cancel due to implications of Covid-19.

All students accepted to the 2020 and 2021 summer schools, will be offered to attend the 2022 Summer School that will be arranged in Longyearbyen, Svalbard. In late 2021 or early 2022 we will contact all students regarding dates for the 2022 Summer School. The 2022 Summer School will most likely be arranged in June 2022.

The Board of directors and the organizing committee have decided to keep the program and structure of the three years’ project «The Global Arctic». This means that the program will be the same, with minor changes, and moves forward in time for 2022‐2024.

Whether the Academy will open for new applications for the 2022 Summer School has not been decided. More information will follow in early 2022.

The Board of Directors and the organizing committee are sincerely sorry that we yet again are in a position where we must postpone the International Summer School due to the Covid-19 situation.

Questions?

Please do not hesitate to contact us on post@polar-academy.com if you have questions.

Decision regarding the 2021 International Summer School

Photo by: Eva Therese Jenssen/UNIS

Decision regarding the 2021 International Summer School

As previously informed, The Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research decided to cancel the 2020 International Summer School and postpone to 2021 due to the global outbreak of Covid-19.

Unfortunately, the Covid-19 situation is still changing rapidly, and the global situation is highly uncertain. Thus, the Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research has decided to not arrange the 2021 International Summer School during the summer months of 2021.

The Academy has considered arranging the summer school digitally, but decided not to do this. Experiencing Svalbard and field activity are two key components in our summer school, as well as we believe that meeting physically is an important ground stone for the interdisciplinary joint peer reviewed article that the students will publish as a result from the work at the summer school.

Moving forward, the Academy will plan for a physical International Summer School on Svalbard during the autumn/winter of 2021.

All qualified students from 2020 have been kept in the Academy’s records and contacted in February 2021, and will be contacted again as soon as new dates for the 2021 International Summer School have been decided. A decision is expected in mid-May 2021.

Whether the committee will open for new applications for the 2021 Summer School has not been decided.

The Board of Directors and the organizing committee are sincerely sorry that we yet again are in a position where we must postpone the International Summer School due to the Covid-19 situation.

Questions?

Please do not hesitate to contact us on post@polar-academy.com if you have questions.

The politics of research presence in Svalbard

The Polar Journal

The full article can be read or downloaded here.

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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.

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