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Upcoming events:

Date and time Topic Speakers Venue
14 Nov 2017 18:00–20:00 Arctic Safety Centre, open seminar:

  1. Trygg ferdsel i naturen på Svalbard / Safe travel in Svalbard’s nature
  2. Skred og rasproblematikk: Hvilke vurderinger ligger bak når boliger i Longyearbyen evakueres? / Avalanches and landslides: What assessments are made when we evacuate houses in Longyearbyen?

Seminars are held in Norwegian, but with an English summary.

  1. Audun Tholfsen / Fred Skancke Hansen, UNIS
  2. Morten Dyrstad, Longyearbyen Community Council
Møysalen, UNIS, Svalbard Science Centre
15 Nov 2017 18:00–21:00 Arctic Safety Centre, open seminar:

  1. Isbjørn, museparasitt og virussykdommer / Polar bears, mouse parasite and virus diseases
  2. Hvordan skal vi oppføre oss i møte med isbjørn? / How to behave in polar bear encounters?
  3. Hvordan unngå å utsette dyrene for stress? Hvilke vurderinger gjøres ved varsel om isbjørn? / How to avoid exposing the animals to stress? What assessments are made when polar bears are observed close to town?

Seminars are held in Norwegian, but with an English summary.

  1. Magnus Andersen, the Norwegian Polar Institute
  2. Fred Skancke Hansen, UNIS
  3. Representative from the Governor of Svalbard
Møysalen, UNIS, Svalbard Science Centre
16 Nov 2017 18:00–22:00 Arctic Safety Centre, course at the shooting range:

How to handle polar bear encounters

Practical training and practice of differens scare aids. The participants should be familiar with rifle shooting and basic weapon handling. Registration by e-mail to Anne.Ellingsen@unis.no.

Instructions are given in both Norwegian and English. Transportation from UNIS at 17:30.

Fred Skancke Hansen, UNIS The shooting range
5 Dec 2017 18:00–21:00 Arctic Safety Centre, open seminar:

Skred og skredfare – hvordan ferdes tryggere i skredterreng?
Avalanche and avalanche hazard – how to move more safely in exposed terrain?

The seminar is held in Norwegian from 18:00–19:00 and in English from 20:00–21:00.

Martin Indreiten, UNIS & Sigmund Andersen, Arctic Nature Guide Møysalen, UNIS, Svalbard Science Centre
16–30 Jan 2018 (Tuesdays and Thursdays) 19:00–21:00 Svalbardseminaret / Svalbard Seminar Series TBA Møysalen, UNIS, Svalbard Science Centre
11–16 Jun 2018 ESA Cryosphere Remote Sensing Training Course 2018 TBA UNIS, Svalbard Science Centre