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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Linking plant nutrient dynamics and ecosystem processes in a warmer Arctic

21 July 2017 What effect will a warming climate have on plants in Svalbard? What about the increase of pink-footed goose population due to recent climate changes? Will a heated and more grazed Arctic mean more carbon emission or the opposite? UNIS PhD candidate Matteo Petit Bon aims at finding out.

Funding secured for SIOS infrastructure development

29 June 2017 The Research Council of Norway has singled the out the Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System – Infrastructure development of the Norwegian node (SIOS-InfraNor) project for funding.

UNIS teachers awarded the The Joanna Renc-Roe Award

9 June 2017 Chris Borstad, Mads Forchhammer and Tove M. Gabrielsen from UNIS was awarded The Joanna Renc-Roe Award – for pushing the boundaries of SoTL  at the 2nd EuroSoTL conference, 8-9 June 2017,  in Lund, Sweden.

Glacier detective Lis is the winner!

7 June 2017 Lis Allaart is this year's winner of geoforskning.no dissemination competition with her contribution as "glacier detective". The winning contribution, “What happened to the glacier?”, is based on the master’s thesis she completed at UNIS in 2016.
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Longyearbyen live – 360 degree panorama

Live web camera from the roof of Svalbard Science Centre: