Press Releases

Feb
17

Internal investigation of boat incident concluded

17 February 2017

The internal investigation into the boat incident on 27 January 2017 is now concluded and the investigation group has delivered their report to the UNIS director.

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Jan
28

Incident with damaged UNIS vessel

28 January 2017

On Friday 27 January a UNIS vessel had motor malfunction during a transportation assignment between Barentsburg and Longyearbyen. On board were a group of 12 UNIS students and staff. The coast guard ship KV Svalbard arrived within two hours to assist and students and staff were transported by KV Svalbard to Longyearbyen. No one were hurt during the incident, which will be investigated thoroughly by UNIS in the coming days.

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Jan
10

Research and education strategy for Svalbard underway

10 January 2017

The Ministry of Education and Research has commissioned the Research Council of Norway to provide input on an overall strategy for research and higher education in Svalbard. The process will be inclusive and broad-based and UNIS will assist in the work on the education strategy.

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Dec
13

Temperature variations and trends at 90 km height in the Arctic atmosphere

13 December 2016

Silje Eriksen Holmen has investigated temperatures in the middle atmosphere (the mesosphere) over Longyearbyen and Tromsø and has found that temperature varies periodically according to atmospheric wind patterns and waves. Holmen will defend her PhD thesis at UNIS on 19 December 2016.

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Dec
09

Meroplankton in Svalbard waters

9 December 2016

Meroplankton are important in Arctic marine environment, but their dynamics and ecological role in marine coastal ecosystems are poorly understood. Eike Stübner has investigated these benthic invertebrate larvae and her research shed some light on the function of meroplankton in the Arctic. Stübner will defend her PhD thesis at UNIS on 14 December.

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Nov
10

Evacuation lifted

10 November 2016

Yesterday evening the Governor of Svalbard lifted the evacuation for parts of Longyearbyen, including Nybyen, where most UNIS students live. This afternoon 86 happy UNIS students embarked on the bus taking them home to Nybyen.

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Nov
08

Evacuation of Nybyen continues

8 November 2016

The Governor has decided to uphold the evacuation until further notice. The Governor and experts will evaluate the situation again tomorrow Wednesday 9 November. All evacuated UNIS students will stay in temporary housing until the evacuation is lifted.

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Nov
07

Evacuation of Nybyen student housing

7 November 2016

Due to the expected rain storm in the next 24 hours, the Governor of Svalbard has issued an evacuation order for parts of the Longyearbyen area, including Nybyen, where the majority of UNIS students live. UNIS together with Samskipnaden have implemented the evacuation of all students from Nybyen to the new student housing facility Sjøskrenten and the UNIS Guest House. The evacuation will take place within the next two hours.

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Oct
14

Opening the “black box” of the Polar night

14 October 2016

Miriam Marquardt has investigated the community composition, seasonality and diversity of marine microbial eukaryotes in Svalbard waters. Marquardt will defend her PhD thesis at UNIS on Tuesday 18 October.

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