About bamboo, ghost shrimps and a changing Arctic

16 January 2017 Now in the midst of the dark period, it may be appropriate to ask what we really know about life in the north and whether we have enough knowledge to manage resources and waters in a good way. For example, what do we know about bamboo and ghost shrimps on Svalbard?

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 on Svalbard. The process will be inclusive and broad-baseed and UNIS will assist in the work on the education strategy.

Icebergs in broken sea ice

6 January 2017 Drifting icebergs can be a serious threat to Arctic and subarctic offshore activities. PhD candidate Renat Yulmetov analysed the drift of icebergs in broken sea ice and investigated the possibility of iceberg towing in sea ice to protect offshore structures. Yulmetov will defend his PhD thesis on 12 January 2017 at UNIS.

Svalbardseminaret 2017

6 January 2017 The annual happening Svalbardseminaret (Svalbard Seminar Series) is organized by UNIS in collaboration with the Norwegian Polar Institute and the Governor of Svalbard. This year's seminar series starts on 17 January and offers lectures in polar history, research, and fine arts.

2016 in snapshots

29 December 2016 As 2016 comes to a close, we would like to share some glimpses of fieldwork and student life from the past year with you. We wish you a wonderful 2017!

Opening hours Christmas 2016

19 December 2016 The UNIS reception will have the following opening hours before and after Christmas:

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.

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.

UNIS Library holiday opening hours

Dec 9th – 16th : 9 – 16 Dec 17th – 27th : Closed Dec 28th – 30th : 10 – 14 Dec 31st – Jan 1st : Closed From January 2nd we’re back to our normal opening hours: Mon – Fri 9 – 16 Print PDF

International Permafrost Association (IPA) secretariat opened at UNIS

1 December 2016 The International Permafrost Association (IPA) and The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) are pleased to announce that the IPA Secretariat will be officially located and hosted at UNIS from 1 December 2016 until 2020.