The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) is the world’s northernmost higher education institution, located in Longyearbyen at 78º N. We provide research-based education of the next generation of Arctic experts in biology, geology, geophysics and technology.

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Exhibition: Longyearbyen as a place and Svalbard as a fluid territory

5 February 2016 Scientists from Oslo School of Architecture and Design and Tromsø Academy of Landscape and Territorial Studies have, together with architecture and landscape architecture students, studied Longyearbyen as a place and Svalbard as a territory.

Try Geofacets

UNIS Library has started a trail of the database Geofacets. Try it out! The trail lasts until Feb 23rd. Geofacets is a database with a large collection of maps extraced from geological publications. Geofacets also provides functionality to integrate georeferenced maps into other tools, like ArcGIS. Read more about Geofacets here. If you have any […]

New Managing Director

2 February 2016 As of 1 February 2016, Dr. Frank Nilsen is acting Managing Director at UNIS. Dr. Frank Nilsen is professor in oceanography and comes from the position as departemental leader of the Arctic Geophysics department at UNIS. Nilsen is acting managing director until the UNIS board of directors appoints a permanent managing director.

Jan Christensen’s Fund 2016

26 January 2016 Jan Christensen's endowment fund is targeted at Norwegian Master and PhD students at UNIS and Norwegian scientific staff at UNIS, to support scientific projects, purchase of equipment, some types of travel costs, and other expenses.

Longyearbyen live – 360 degree panorama

Live web camera from the roof of Svalbard Science Centre: