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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.



  • The Governor require electronic application and reporting through RiS

    From 1 January 2015, the Governor will require that all applications for research and monitoring in Svalbard, and research reports, are submitted through the Research in Svalbard Portal (RiS).

  • Arctic field Grant (AFG) allocations for 2015

    Good news for the new year! An extra Christmas gift of fieldwork funding for 2015 is now wrapped and ready for 22 master students, 12 PhD students and 11 researchers from 10 different nations!

  • 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.

  • Great interest in research cooperation in Svalbard

    The Research Council of Norway just received applications to two calls. 18 applications were submitted to the call dedicated to enhance cooperation between Norwegian and Russian researchers in Svalbard in 2015-2017. 15 applications were received to Svalbard Strategic Grant for international workshops and cooperation projects in 2015.

  • 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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