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.


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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.


Please do not hesitate to contact us on 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.

Svalbard og havområdene – nye utenrikspolitiske utfordringer for Norge? (Svalbard and the Surrounding Ocean Spaces – New Foreign Policy Challenges for Norway?)

Internasjonal Politikk, No 4, Vol 78, 2020, pp. 511-522. 

Article available only in Norwegian, but with an abstract in English.

The full article can be read or downloaded here.

Article by:

  • Arild Moe Fridtjof Nansens Institutt, Norge
  • Øystein Jensen Fridtjof Nansens Institutt og Universitetet i Sørøst-Norge, Norge

Call for Papers – Changing Svalbard

Alexandra Meyer and Zdenka Sokolickova will be guest editing a special collection focusing on Svalbard. Deadline for Abstracts indicating interest is 1 July 2020!

The Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard draws attention. It is of high geopolitical relevance, is considered a “canary in the coal mine” for climate change, and its communities are undergoing profound structural changes as coal mining is complemented with or even replaced by tourism and research.

We invite papers for a collection of articles on the human and societal dimensions of the various economic, social and cultural processes changing Svalbard. This collection of articles will use the momentum of the current great interest of the social science/humanities in Svalbard and provide a platform for displaying recent findings and discussions.

Svalbard’s communities are economically diverse, based on tourism, research and education, and coal mining, and they are non-indigenous, with international and transient populations, playing important geopolitical roles. Being specific in many aspects, Svalbard is simultaneously undergoing changes of global relevance, reflecting challenges faced by many Arctic communities, be it impacts of tourism, climate change, geopolitics, structural economic change or mobility.

We welcome contributions to a collection of articles that address these different aspects of a “Changing Svalbard” from different angles and disciplines, ranging from social anthropology through sociology, archaeology and political science to human geography, cultural studies and arts, as well as papers from the environmental sciences that include a clear focus on the societal impacts of environmental changes.

We encourage case studies that include a focus on the local scale and lived life on Svalbard. They should examine the specificities of Svalbard’s different communities and simultaneously contribute to broader theoretical debates concerning topics such as sustainability, identity, globalization and climate change, challenging dichotomies such as local/global, human/more-than-human, nature/culture, transience/attachment to place, and path dependency/transformation. While the focus is on change in its various aspects, and Svalbard’s communities are easily perceived as ever-changing and extraordinary places, this issue will also trace continuities and shed light on the “ordinary” in life on the archipelago.

We are aiming for a separate collection of articles that form part of the special topic and will be made available online as a block. Please visit our collections for current examples.


Abstracts of potential contributions can be submitted per email to guest co-editor Alexandra Meyer by July 1st. Invitations for full submissions (including research articles, short communications, commentaries and review papers) will be sent to respective authors by July 15th.

Completed manuscripts can be submitted between September 1st and November 15th 2020. All manuscripts must be submitted online through ScholarOne, choosing the special issue “Changing Svalbard” when prompted.

Detailed information for authors can be found here.

The word limit for full papers and review papers is 12,000 words (including references), while commentaries and short communications should have a maximum of 4,000 words.

All submissions will be externally reviewed.

Editors and Guest Editors

The guest editors Zdenka Sokolickova (University of Hradec Králové / University of Oslo / Svalbard Social Science Initiative) and Alexandra Meyer (University of Vienna / UNIS / Svalbard Social Science Initiative) will handle the manuscripts and be the primary contacts for the authors.

Final acceptance of papers for publication will be vetted by the journal’s co-editors-in-chief, Trevor McIntyre (University of South Africa) and Nikolas Sellheim (Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS), University of Helsinki).


If you have questions regarding the call, please contact the guest editors Alexandra Meyer and cc/Zdenka Sokolickova.

The Svalbard Alumni Workshop

The Svalbard Alumni Workshop, by invitation, will identify, define, and develop a network of Svalbard-related young scholars.

Each year, over one thousand researchers from approximately 30 nations participate in research studies, projects, and monitoring programs in Svalbard. The vast majority of these students and research professionals only spend a finite time conducting activities in Svalbard and engaging on-the-ground with the Svalbard research community before returning to their home countries and institutions.

The workshop will fill this gap by creating the first-ever Svalbard alumni network focused on early career scholars (graduate and post-doctorate) across various disciplines. The end goal of this workshop is to identify, define, and develop a network of Svalbard-related young scholars.

To do this, the Svalbard Alumni Workshop will take place on 7 November 2019, around the Svalbard Science Forum, organized and implemented by the Fridtjof Nansen Institute in collaboration with The Arctic Institute.

Current and past researchers who have or will do programs in Svalbard, or who examine Svalbard in their research, from a diverse array of disciplines, countries, and professions and are interested in attending please contact Senior Fellow Andreas Østhagen at ao@fni.noTravel funds are available to partake in the workshop, by application.

More information…

Svalbard Science Conference 2019 – Svalbard in a pan-Arctic perspective

The Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, with a location in the high Arctic and easy accessibility, represents a unique platform for high quality international research and education.

The Svalbard Science Forum, The Research Council of Norway and The Norwegian Polar Institute in cooperation with The Ny-Ålesund Science Managers Committee (NySMAC) invite researchers, research managers and stakeholders to the second Svalbard Science conference. The conference will focus on Svalbard in a pan-Arctic setting, aspiring to enhance cooperation and quality within Svalbard research, build and strengthen interdisciplinary and international networks and consolidate Svalbard as an attractive platform for Arctic research.

Registration is open for up to 250 participants and will be open till the conference is fully booked or up to 1 September 2019.

More information…


NVP Board meeting – 2021

This board meeting will take place on December 1 at 12:30 – 14:30. The meeting will be held physically at The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS). Digital participation will also be possible.

Board meetings are open to institutional members as observers with rights to speak and to provide recommendations and proposals.

For more information about this board meeting, please contact: