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.

Latest news

Birds on top of the world, with nowhere to go

19 July 2016 Climate change could make much of the Arctic unsuitable for millions of migratory birds that travel north to breed each year, according to a new international study published in Global Change Biology.

Reindeer count in Adventdalen

28 June 2016 The department of Arctic biology at UNIS has for an extended number of years done research and education on the vegetation in Adventdalen and the species eating it  geese as well as reindeer. This year’s total count of reindeer in Adventdalen has just finished.

Outreach 2016

24 June 2016 From 9 until 15 June, the annual Outreach Cruise took place on board R/V Helmer Hanssen in the waters surrounding Spitsbergen. Business executives, politicians, researchers, and representatives from public management took part in the cruise to witness the changing Arctic and to learn about the research activity taking place in the archipelago and surrounding sea areas.

Seabird breeding timing at high latitudes

23 June 2016 Imagine an Arctic bird cliff in summer, teeming with fledging chicks and predators waiting below. Now fast-forward to a short time later and picture a quiet breeding cliff dusted in snow. What evolutionary adaptations and constraints shape when birds breed in seasonal environments? And when conditions change, will birds breed at the “right” time?

Longyearbyen live – 360 degree panorama

Live web camera from the roof of Svalbard Science Centre: