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A thousand researchers from more than 200 institutions in 30 nations are doing science in Svalbard. The Svalbard Science Forum has overview of the scientific activities and promotes research cooperation and coordination. We fund fieldwork for young scientists, workshops and cooperation projects.



  • Scientific collaboration generates momentum in climate research

    Complex climate research is made easier by cooperation. Collaborative scientific efforts are now bringing us closer to an explanation of the observed warming spells at Svalbard. The RiS portal (Research in Svalbard) will be a central tool for facilitating such research in the future.

  • Ny-Ålesund seminar 2015 open for registration

    The Ny-Ålesund seminar 2015 will be hosted by the Norwegian Polar institute in Tromsø, 23-25th of September.

  • SIOS – Large-scale project for international cooperation on infrastructure in Svalbard to continue

    After four-years of preparations efforts are now underway to launch a new phase of the Svalbard Integrated Earth Observing System (SIOS), the large-scale collaborative research infrastructure project in Svalbard. The objective of the project is to gain a better understanding of the major environmental and climate-related challenges.

  • The RiS Portal: Open access to research in Svalbard

    Arctic research is demanding. Project leaders have to stay updated on on going research activity while planning for new field activities. The planning phase requires hours of browsing journals, submission of formal documents and booking of facilities. If you are conducting research in Svalbard, the improved version of the RiS Portal (Research in Svalbard) has now made your work a lot easier.

  • Norwegian-Chinese cooperation yields more reliable thermal readings of Arctic sea ice

    Arctic sea ice has diminished significantly in recent decades, particularly in summer. Researchers from Norway and China have collaborated on developing an autonomous buoy with instruments that can more precisely measure the optical properties of Arctic sea ice while also taking measurements of ice thickness and temperature.

  • 2 500 projects in RiS

    The Svalbard Science Forum is proud to announce that we now have 2 500 projects registered in the Research in Svalbard database (RiS).

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