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Date and time Topic Speakers
8 June 15:15-17:00 Arctic Frontiers Open – Smart Arctic – det nye Longyearbyen?
23 May 12:15-13:00 Lunch seminar: A story as clear as mud…how climate history is recorded in a Svalbard glacial lake Professor Mike Retelle
16 May Lunch seminar: Hyperspectral Imagers for Drones and Micro Satellites Fred Sigernes
13–15 May Arctic Safety Conference: Managing risks in a changing Arctic Stein P. Aasheim, Ilan Kelman + +
9 May Lunch seminar: Permafrost research across the Canadian north Ullrich Neuman
8 May MATLAB for Analyzing and Visualizing Geospatial Data
Read more and register here
Loren Shure
23 Apr BioCEED seminar: Flipped classrooms and team-based learning Pernille B. Eidesen
23 Apr Celebration of UNIS’ first Excellent Teaching Practitioner, Pernille B. Eidesen
29 Mar PhD trial lecture and disputation: Ecophysiological responses of sea ice algae and phytoplankton to a changing Arctic Ane Cecilie Kvernvik
29 Mar Lunch seminar: Drone operations at UNIS
Sara Cohen, Marius Jonassen, Marcos Porcires, Sebastian Sikora
28 Mar Master thesis presentation: The Advent River system, central Svalbard – A high-resolution analysis of sediment flux from a dynamic arctic river mouth
Martijn Rodenburg
28 Mar Lunch seminar: Arctic Clouds – ACLOUD campaign around Svalbard Prof. Susanne Crewell
19 Mar Open meeting: Framtidens klima: Hva kan vi lære av Svalbardsamfunnet? Jan-Gunnar Winther, Kjerstin Askholt, ++
18 Mar Lunch seminar: Cold origin of land plants Jakub Dan Zarsky
15 Mar Lunch seminar: The Lemming cycle: Myth, facts and population drivers Thomas Bjørnboe G. Berg
7 Mar Lunch seminar: The Importance of Pore Pressure Tom Birchall
4 Mar Lunch seminar: Internal waves as nutrient pump in the ocean John Grue, UiO
18–28 Feb Open afternoon course: The Stormy Sun and the Northern Lights Pål Brekke
21 Feb Lunch seminar: Confirming the role of sea-ice brines in carbon sequestration: A cold, dark journey Lisa A. Miller, Centre for Ocean Climate Chemistry, Institute of Ocean Sciences, Canada
20 Feb PhD disputation: Drivers of the marine CO2 system in the High Arctic – from the deep basins to the shallow fjords Ylva Ericson
19 Feb PhD trial lecture: Organic carbon in the Arctic Ocean and potential climatic feedbacks Ylva Ericson
4 Feb Framtidens klima på Svalbard og i Longyearbyen (folkemøte)
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21 Jan–1 Feb Open afternoon course: The History of Svalbard Thor Bjørn Arlov
15–29 Jan 2019 Svalbardseminaret (Svalbard Seminar Series) – See presentations on SlideShare Various
20 Jan 2019 Longyearbyen survival workshop for students The Student Counselling Centre, Tromsø
14–18 Jan 2019 SIOS Polar Night Week
7 Jan 2019 Spring semester opening


Date and time Topic Speakers
6 Dec 2018 15:30-18:00 Dialogue café: Communication between science and Longyearbyen local community
6 Dec 2018 13:15 PhD defense: Holocene glacier history of Svalbard Wesley Farnsworth
21 Nov 18:00–21:00 Praktisk kurs: Unngå konflikter med isbjørn / Practical course: Avoiding polar bear close encounters and conflicts Fred Skancke Hansen
21 Nov 13:15– PhD defense: «Shock Compression and Fractures in Laboratory Rock Blasting» Liyuan Chi
20 Nov 18:00–21:00 Åpent seminar: Isbjørn og sikkerhet / Snøskred Magnus Andersen, Ole Jakob Malmo, Sigmund Andersen
19 Nov 18:00–21:00 Åpent seminar: Zoonoser og naturfarer på Svalbard Eva Fuglei, Jorun Jarp, Knut Madslien
7 Nov 13:15–14:00 Master’s thesis presentation: “Experimental methods to study the process of snow-ice formation induced by saltwater rise” Yannick Kern
7 Nov 10:15–11:00 Andøya Space Center: Ongoing, upcoming and possible future activities Kolbjørn Blix, Director of Space Systems
20 Oct 2018 11:00–14:00 UNIS 25 years: Open Day (see programme)
19 Oct 2018 15:00–18:45 UNIS 25 years: Anniversary seminar: UNIS into the future (see programme, PDF) Various
7 Sep 2018 12:00–13:00 Open Seminar: Ocean Acidification in the Arctic Ylva Ericson
4 Sep 2018 10:00–11:00 Open seminar: Modeling Polar Bears for Recovery Decisions
Bruce traces the procedure of evaluating major stressors, environmental conditions, and potential climate change impacts on circumpolar polar bear populations, for conservation planning.
Relevant article on the topic (PDF)
Bruce Marcot
23 Aug 2018 12:15-13:00 Lunch Seminar: Where land meets sea: Effects of terrestrial inputs on Svalbard’s coastal ecosystems (More info) Amanda Poste, Norwegian Institute for Water Research
6–16 Aug 2018 Svalbardkurset
26 June 2018 12:15–13:00 Lunch Seminar: Volcanology of polar and subpolar regions (Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland, Antarctica) (More info in PDF) Lukáš Krmíček
26 June 2018 10:15–11:00 Master thesis presentation: Sedimentary architecture of sand bodies in the shallow marine Endalen Member, Firkanten Formation (Paleocene) of the Adventdalen Area, Svalbard Øystein Grasdal
22 June 2018 12:15–13:00 Lunch Seminar: Sedimentation processes in the Arctic: A comparison between a glaciated and non-glaciated fjord on Spitsbergen Max Holthuis
11–16 June 2018 ESA Cryosphere Remote Sensing Training Course 2018 Various
13 June 2018 12:15–13:00 Lunch Seminar: OceanSeaIceNPI social media experience (download presentation, PDF) Jean Negrel
4 June 2018 12:15–13:00 Lunch Seminar: Master thesis presentation: ‘Snow mechanical properties and risk of avalanche triggering derived from measures of snow penetration resistance’ Markus Richter
3 June 2018 17:00–18:00 Open seminar: What is happening with the polar bears in Svalbard: Surveys and observations over 50 years Thor Larsen
24 May 2018 12:15–13:00 Lunch seminar: Assessment of the influence of structural features on rift propagation in the Larsen C Ice Shelf, prior its calving event Cristina Gerli
11 May 2018 12:15–13:00 Lunch seminar: Evolution and structural style of transtensional basins in a transform margin setting / Svalbox: a geoscientific database for teaching and research Niklas Schaaf / Kim Senger
4 May 2018 13:15– PhD defense: Late Weichselian ice-sheet dynamics and deglaciation history of the northern Svalbard margin
Oscar Fransner
4 May 2018 10:15–11:00 Trial lecture: The role of the Svalbard–Barents deglaciation history in understanding future melting associated to climate change Oscar Fransner
2 May 2018 14:15–16:00 Open Lecture Session: Ecology, Evolution and Management of Natural Resources (see attached PDF for details) Jean-Michel Gaillard, Marcel Visser and John M. Fryxell
2 May 2018 12:15–13:00 Lunch seminar: Sources of individual soot agglomerates in Svalbard (see abstract, PDF) Dr Stephan Weinbruch
18 April 12:15–13:00 Lunch seminar: Engagement and learning through practical training in novel contexts Gaute Velle, University of Bergen
22 March 12:15–13:00 Lunch seminar: Energy transition in Germany and the role of coal Prof. Carsten Drebenstedt, Bergakademie Freiberg
21 March 13:15– PhD defense: Faults affecting the Triassic Barents Shelf: Syn-kinematic deposition, deformation mechanisms and driving forces Mark Mulrooney
21 March 10:15–11:00 Trial lecture: Gravity driven growth faults: from the outcrop to the seismic scale, with examples from the Gulf of Mexico and the Niger Delta Mark Mulrooney
12 March 12:00–13:00 ​Lunch workshop: A Generic Peer Review Concept Roy Andersson
27 Feb 2018 10:00–12:00 Open seminars: Research and education in Svalbard
(see programme, PDF)
5–19 Feb 2018 Evening course: The Stormy Sun and the Northern Lights Dr Pål Brekke
16 Feb 2018 12:15-13:00 Lunch seminar: The interplay between field and laboratory research: insights from the Svalbard Rock Ptarmigan Dr Jonathan Codd
6 Feb 2018 12:15–13:00 Lunch seminar: The value of integrating sedimentology, ichnology, and high-resolution imagery in outcrop investigations Dr. Pete Flaig, University of Texas, Austin
22 Jan–5 Feb 2018 Evening course: The History of Svalbard Thor Bjørn Arlov
1 Feb 2018 12:15–13:00 Lunch seminar: Space Weather: the hidden dangers of the aurora Dr. Michael Hesse
16–30 Jan 2018 (Tuesdays and Thursdays) 19:00–21:00 Svalbardseminaret / Svalbard Seminar Series
(see programme here)
Presentations from the seminars can be found on SlideShare.
18 Jan 10:15–11:00 Guest lecture: Permafrost geotechnical characterization and mapping in support of climate change adaptation in Inuit communities of Canada Michel Allard, Université Laval, Canada
17 Jan 2018 13:15– PhD defense: “Cryostratigraphy and sedimentology of high-Arctic fjord-valleys” Graham Gilbert
17 Jan 2018


Trial lecture: “The temperature regime of permafrost in the light of climate change” Graham Gilbert
16 Jan 2018


Trial lecture: Terrestrial Biology Dr. Roland Pape
8 Jan 2018 Semester Opening (see programme, PDF)


Date and time Topic Speakers
6 Dec 2017 12:15–13:00 Lunch seminar: So, what actually is SIOS?!
Are you confused, curious or just want some cake? Here is your chance to finally understand what SIOS is about and how it relates to your work! We will give a brief introduction to the recent developments of SIOS, relevant for researchers, logistics and administration. A variety of cakes and treats will be served.
Christiaane Hübner
6 Dec 2017 09:15 PhD defense: “High resolution sea ice monitoring using space borne Synthetic Aperture Radar” Stefan Muckenhuber
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. Download Norwegian programme (PDF) / Download English programme (PDF)

Martin Indreiten, UNIS & Sigmund Andersen, Arctic Nature Guide
5 Dec 2017 10:15–11:00 PhD trial lecture: “How is the Arctic sea ice cover influenced by Atlantic Water inflow and sea ice export?” Stefan Muckenhuber
5 Dec 2017 10:00–10:45 Trial lecture: Terrestrial biology Dr. Simone Lang
29 Nov 2017 11:15–12:00 Trial lecture: “Deciphering the evolution and dynamics of past ice sheets” Dr. Anna Hughes
25 Nov 2017 11:00–14:00 Open Day in Svalbard Science Centre:
Arctic biology, geology, geophysics and technology, open canteen/café, fun for kids and grownups!
Students and staff
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 different scare aids. The participants should be familiar with rifle shooting and basic weapon handling. Registration by e-mail to Price per person: NOK 300,-

Instructions are given in both Norwegian and English. Transportation from UNIS at 17:30. Download Norwegian programme (PDF) / Download English programme (PDF)

Fred Skancke Hansen, UNIS
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. Download Norwegian programme (PDF) / Download English programme (PDF)

  1. Magnus Andersen, the Norwegian Polar Institute
  2. Fred Skancke Hansen, UNIS
  3. Representative from the Governor of Svalbard
15 Nov 2017 12:15–13:00 Lunch seminar: Spatiotemporal patterns of shrub growth in a warming high Arctic: a tale of diminishing regional spatial synchrony (Summary in PDF) Mathilde Le Moullec, PhD fellow, NTNU
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. Download Norwegian programme (PDF) / Download English programme (PDF)

  1. Audun Tholfsen / Fred Skancke Hansen, UNIS
  2. Morten Dyrstad, Longyearbyen Community Council
31 Oct & 1 Nov 2017 Seminar: Svalbard Reindeer 2017 (more info in PDF) Various
30 Oct 2017 14:15–15:00 Lunch Seminar: Muskox movement ecology: Past, present and future (more info in PDF) Floris M. van Beest, Aarhus University
24–26 Oct 2017 Learning Forum Various
9 Oct 2017 18:00 Information meeting (in Norwegian): Studentboliger: Samskipnadens planer i Nybyen og på Elvesletta Norges arktiske studentsamskipnad
28 Sep 2017 13:15–14:00 Lunch Seminar: Operational Arctic weather forecasting: Description and application of the AROME-Arctic model Teresa Valkonen and Eivind Støylen, Norwegian Meteorological Institute
28 Sep 2017 12:15–13:00 Lunch Seminar: Surges of tidewater glaciers initiated at the terminus: observations and mechanisms Heïdi Sevestre
19 Sep 2017 13:15– PhD defense: Glacier dynamics in the fjords of Svalbard, inferred from submarine landforms and marine sediment cores Anne Elina Flink
19 Sep 2017 10:15–11:00 PhD trial lecture: Current and future sea level rise in the context of past global ice dynamics and sea level histories Anne Elina Flink
12 Sep 2017 16:00–17:00 Master thesis presentation: The heat of the glacier or should I pee in the ice cave? (more info, PDF) Andreas Alexander
6 Sep 2017 10:15–11:00 Lunch Seminar: Microplastics
Part 1: “Plastic and microplastic in the Northern Arctic; Svalbard: First results and a quest for reliable methods”
Part 2: “Fibers, fish and food: the microfiber pollution problem and solution”
Part 1:
Dorte Herzke, Norwegian Institute for Air Research and Jan H. Sundet, Institute of Marine Research
Part 2:
Rachael Z. Miller, The Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean
5 Sep 2017 19:00– Folkemøte: Mikroplast (in Norwegian)
Hvert år slippes det ut flere millioner små plastfibre gjennom avløpsvannet fra Longyearbyen. Hvordan kan vi redusere dette utslippet?
Les mer om prosjektet
Dorte Herzke, Norwegian Institute for Air Research and Jan H. Sundet, Institute of Marine Research
1 Sep 2017 13:15–14:00 Lunch Seminar: Periglacial environments in Japan: Comparison with Svalbard Tatsuya Watanabe (Kitami Institute of Technology): Permafrost and perennial ice in Hokkaido, northern Japan
Norikazu Matsuoka (University of Tsukuba): Seasonal frost and needle ice in central Japanese Mountains
18 August 14:15–18:00 Semester Opening
7–17 August 2017 Svalbardkurset
31 July–5 August 2017 NVP International Summer School 2017
3 Aug 2017 18:30-19:30 NVP Public lecture: Canadian Arctic Policy – A Careful Balance Bob Paquin, Canadian International Arctic Centre
2 Aug 2017 18:30-19:30 NVP Public lecture: GoNorth – Geosciences in the northern Arctic – a national research initiative Matthias Forwick
University of Tromsø
20 July 2017 Brown Bag Lunch Seminar: Human impact and the Arctic environment – using microbes as environmental engineers. Read abstract (PDF) David Pearce
14 June 2017 Brown Bag Lunch Seminar: The role of permafrost and ground ice in Arctic slope processes Graham Gilbert
12–13 June 2017 Seminar: Fremtidens energiforsyning i Longyearbyen (see programme and info here)
26 May 2017 13:15 Master thesis presentation: Glacial history and Geomorphology of Trygghamna, western Svalbard Nína Aradóttir
22 May 2017 SVALGREEN workshop (Svalbard–North Greenland cooperation) See programme (PDF)
5 May 2017 12:15–13:00 Brown Bag Lunch Seminar: Changing Arctic sea ice: implications for climate, ecosystems and society
Sebastian Gerland
5 May 2017 09:15–10:00 Trial lecture: Glacier mass balance – methods, drivers and trends Jakob Abermann
3 May 2017 12:15-13:00 Brown Bag Lunch Seminar: Thermodynamics of firn layer at Lomonosovfonna (more info in PDF)
Sergey Marchenko
24 April 2017 13:15–14:00 Trial lecture for open position in glaciology: Unlocking the secret drainage systems of Svalbard glaciers with inverse deduction Prof. Andy Hodson
31 March 2017 10:00–10:30 Open discussion: Independant research and independant art? (Organised by Artica Svalbard) William Nygaard, UNIS students
29 March 2017 Brown Bag Evening Seminar: Snow science and decision making (more info in PDF) Jordy Hendrikx
23 March 2017 Open seminar: The Meaning of Life / Part Music for Double Bass by John Lely Einar Duenger Bøhn / Michael Francis Duch
21 March 2017 Brown Bag Lunch Seminar: Polar ice – at the edge of science and politics Ingrid Bay-Larsen
20 March 2017 12:15–13:00 Brown Bag Lunch Seminar: Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) – Turn ALL Students Into Scientists

The seminar was streamed and can be seen here:

Sehoya Cotner
13 March 2017 16:30–17:30 Open seminar: Prerequisites for further development in the north Sturla Henriksen
13 March 2017 13:15–14:00 Brown Bag Lunch Seminar: When is all the sea ice gone? Dirk Notz
7 March 2017 12:15–13:00 Brown Bag Lunch Seminar: PhD learning hurdles in STEM disciplines

The seminar was streamed and can be seen here:

Anders Ahlberg
2 March 2017 09:00–12:30 Dialogue meeting: New strategy for research and higher education in Svalbard Norwegian Research Council
28 Feb 2017 15:30–18:30 PhD defense: “A study of dayside open/closed field line boundary dynamics using simultaneous ground-based optical and HF radar observations Xiangcai Chen
28 Feb 2017 14:30–15:15 Trial lecture: “Challenges in radio wave communication and navigation at auroral latitudes” Xiangcai Chen
25 Feb 2017 16:00–17:35 Longyearbyen sykehus 100 år: Populærvitenskapelige foredrag Kristin Furu Grøtting, Ulf Aasebø, Mads Gilbert, Tore Dahlberg
6–20 Feb 2017 General course: AGF-216 The Stormy Sun and the Northern Lights Pål Brekke
16 Feb 2017 18:30–21:30 Polar bear safety: Practical training on the shooting range
Download programme (PDF)
15 Feb 2017 19:00–22:00 Public seminar: Parasitic and viral diseases in Svalbard
Download programme (PDF)
Mads Forchhammer, Eva Fuglei and Torill Mørk
14 Feb 2017
Public seminar: Polar bears and safety
Download programme (PDF)
Jon Aars and Magnus Andersen, the Norwegian Polar Institute /
The Governor of Svalbard
7 Feb 2017 19:00–22:00 Public seminar: Avalanche awareness – a seminar on how to avoid avalanche risk
Download programme (PDF)
Martin Indreiten and Holt Hancock
23 Jan–6 Feb 2017 General course: SH-201 The History of Svalbard Thor Bjørn Arlov
1 Feb 2017
Lunch Seminar: Higher Education for Sustainable Development (more info, PDF) Astrid T. Sinnes, associate professor in science education, NMBU
31 Jan 2017 19:00–21:00 Svalbardseminaret (see PDF of full programme)
Fangstmenn og fangstkvinner /
Andrée-ekspedisjonen: Å løse en gåte
Per Kyrre Reymert og Tora Hultgreen/
Bea Uusma
27 Jan 2017 14:00–14:45 Lunch Seminar: A View from Space
Kevin A. Ford, former NASA astronaut and
former commandor of the
International Space Station
26 Jan 2017 19:00-21:00 Svalbardseminaret (see PDF of full programme)
Imagining the Arctic (presentation in English) / Lyden av Arktis
Jérémie McGowan /
Cathrina Roos Bilsbak og Lasse Thoresen
24 Jan 2017 19:00–21:00 Svalbardseminaret (see PDF of full programme)
Polish Polar Station Hornsund (presentation in English) / Geodesistasjonen i Ny-Ålesund
Adam Nawrot /
Per Erik Opseth
19 Jan 2017 19:00–21:00 Svalbardseminaret (see PDF of full programme)
Tragedien i Svenskhuset /
En rotur i historisk kjølvann
Kjell Kjær og Ulf Aasebø /

Tommy Sjöö Frantzen

17 Jan 2017 19:00–21:00 Svalbardseminaret (see PDF of full programme)
Om hval og hvalforskning på Svalbard
Servering av mat og salg av drikke i UNIS-kantina
Christian Lydersen
12 Jan 2017 10:15–11:00 Trial lecture: “Oil and Gas in the Arctic: Past, Present and Future – Technological challenges with respect to fixed versus floating structures” Renat Yulmetov
12 Jan 2017 13:15 PhD defense: “Observations and Numerical Simulations of Icebergs in Broken Ice” Renat Yulmetov
9 Jan 2017
Semester opening
See programme (PDF)


19 Dec 2016 10:15–11:00 Trial lecture, Arctic Geophysics: “From PMSE to PMWE, related phenomena or not? Our current understanding” Silje Eriksen Holmen
19 Dec 2016 12:30 PhD defense, Arctic Geophysics: “Trends and variability in polar mesopause region temperatures attributed to atmospheric dynamics and solar variability” Silje Eriksen Holmen
14 Dec 2016 10:15–11:00 Trial lecture, Arctic Biology: “What are the forces that form seasonality in the marine organisms?” Eike Stübner
14 Dec 2016 13:15 PhD defense, Arctic Biology: “Seasonality of Meroplankton in Svalbard Waters” Eike Stübner
6 Dec 2016 20:00–22:00 Operafjellulykken Tore Dahlberg and Erik Nygaard
23 Nov 2016
Lunch Seminar:
Life on Glaciers
Alexandre Anesio
23 Nov 2016 19:00 Informasjonsmøte: Skred NVE, Sysselmannen, Longyearbyen Lokalstyre
15–17 Nov 2016 Learning Forum
15–16 Nov 2016 seminar
9 Nov 2016
Lunch Seminar:
Genome protection in a stressful environment – from sea urchins to fish
Helena Reinardy
28 Sep 2016 PhD Trial lecture:
Feedback loops in the ice sheet-climate interaction and associated time scales
Thomas Gölles
22 Sep 2016
  • Research opportunities at Villum Research Station, Station Nord, Greenland (see PDF of presentation)
  • Air pollutants and climate studies at Villum Research Station
  • Infrastructure and logistics at Villum Research Station (see PDF of presentation)
Henrik Skov


Jørgen Skafte

21 Sep 2016 Lunch seminar: Innovation Norway in Svalbard Marit Karlsen Brandal
20 Sep 2016 Guest lecture: Beyond bases: Scaling up conservation in the polar regions Tom Hart
12 Sep 2016 Lunch seminar: The Russian Scientific Center, Barentsburg (see PDF of presentation) Anna Nikulina
9 Sep 2016 Semester opening (see programme in PDF)
8 Sep 2016 Discussion forum: Marine litter around Svalbard (more info in PDF) Jannike Falk-Andersson
5–7 Sep 2016 AECO Tourism Conference
12 Aug 2016 Lunch seminar: Rewilding is the new Pandora’s box in conservation David Nogués-Bravo
30 Jul–9 Aug 2016 Svalbardkurset
4 Jul 2016 09:15-10:00 Trial lecture for open position in Boundary Layer Meteorology: Aspects of modeling the atmospheric boundary layer in polar regions: from turbulent flux measurements to operational weather forecasting Teresa Valkonen
22 Jun 2016 09:15–10:00 Trial lecture for open position in Boundary Layer Meteorology:
“Eddy covariance measurements over the ocean: results from ship- and UAV-based systems, and their potential role in future ACSI research”
Dr. David Tupman
21 Jun 2016 08:45–12:00 EPOS (European Plate Observing System) Norway Seminar
See programme (PDF)
21 Jun 2016 09:15–10:00 Trial lecture for open position in Boundary Layer Meteorology:

“Measuring turbulent fluxes in the atmospheric surface layer: basics of the eddy covariance technique”

Dr. Ivan Mammarella
9–15 Jun 2016 UiT Outreach 2016 Cruise
26 May 2016 14:00–14:45 Brown Bag Lunch Seminar:
Acclimation, adaptation and sensitivity to global change in marine invertebrates
Piero Calosi, Professor, Département de biologie, chimie et géographie, Université du Québec à Rimouski, Canada
24 May 2016
Brown Bag Lunch Seminar:
How to put monetary values on marine and coastal ecosystem services and biodiversity? Valuing environmental damage costs from marine oil spills.
Ståle Navrud, Professor, School of Economics and Business, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
4 May 2016
Brown Bag Lunch Seminar:
Svalbard Science Destination – Science tourism starting up
Eivind Trondsen and Håvard Tjora
2 May 2016
Campus development plan: Open meeting Statsbygg/Juul Frost Architects
25 Apr 2016 13:15–14:00 Trial lecture: How water flow on top of glaciers impacts their climate sensitivity Carl E. Bøggild
20 Apr 2016 12:15–13:00 Brown Bag Lunch Seminar:
NORMAP (Norwegian Satellite Earth Observation Database for Marine and Polar Research)
Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center
20 Apr 2016 13:15–14:00 Trial lecture: The analogue revolution – future direction for Svalbard glacier research? Dr. Thomas Schuler
20 Apr 2016 17:30–21:30 Open day: Kjell Henriksen Observatory and EISCAT LySEF – Longyearbyen Science and Education Forum
19 Apr 2016
Brown Bag Lunch Seminar:
The hidden life in the Arctic sea ice: Algae, animals and many challenges
Rolf Gradinger, Professor in Arctic and marine biology, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway
14 Apr 2016
Seminar: Exploration of the Arctic Ocean (seminar in Norwegian) Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center & The Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research
12 Apr 2016 Brown Bag Lunch Seminar:
Oil and gas in Arctic – Challenges and opportunities (Pdf)
Bengt Lie Hansen, NLH Energy Consulting and The High North Center, Nord University
5 Apr 2016
Information meeting, University of Stavanger:
Studies and student life in Svalbard
UNIS students/staff
4 Apr 2016
Information meeting, University of Agder:
Studies and student life in Svalbard
UNIS students/staff
31 Mar 2016
Information meeting, University of Oslo:
Studies and student life in Svalbard
UNIS students/staff
3 Mar 2016
Horizon2020 and funding opportunities Janicke Giæver, Norwegian Research Council
18 Feb  2016 12:15–13:00 Brown Bag Lunch Seminar:
Geoscience Atlas of Svalbard – some highlights
Winfried Dallmann, UNIS
8–17 Feb 2016 Exhibition:
Longyearbyen as a place and Svalbard as a fluid territory
Oslo School of Architecture and Design & Tromsø Academy of Landscape and Territorial Studies
8–17 Feb 2016 Open course:
The Stormy Sun and the Northern Lights
Pål Brekke
17 Feb 2016 Lunch seminar:
The Disaster of Franklin: 19th Century Exploration in the 21st Century Arctic
Adriana Craciun, Professor of English, UC Riverside, USA
11 Feb 2016 20:00–22:00 Svalbard Seminar Series (presentations in Norwegian):
1) Snøskredvarsel på Svalbard
2) Reiselivets gjesteundersøkelse 2014–2015
2) Visit Svalbard
9 Feb 2016 20:00–22:00 Svalbard Seminar Series (presentation in Norwegian):
Erik Nygaard (former sergeant, The Governor of Svalbard) and Tore Dahlberg, former senior medical consultant, Longyearbyen hospital
5 Feb 2016
SH-201 The History of Svalbard:
The development of permanent settlement and the local history of Longyearbyen
Thor Bjørn Arlov, NTNU/UNIS
4 Feb 2016 SH-201 The History of Svalbard:
Svalbard in national and international politics: problems of strategy and sovereignty
Thor Bjørn Arlov, NTNU/UNIS
3 Feb 2016 SH-201 The History of Svalbard:
The development of governance and environmental protection
Thor Bjørn Arlov, NTNU/UNIS
2 Feb 2016 SH-201 The History of Svalbard:
The industrialization of Svalbard: Exploration and mining from Søren Zakariassen to Svea Nord
Thor Bjørn Arlov, NTNU/UNIS
2 Feb 2016 Svalbard Seminar Series (presentations in Norwegian):
1) FRAM-2014/15 – en helårs isdrift i det 21. århundre
2) Jordens eldste isbjørn – et geologisk drama (See presentation on SlideShare)

1) Yngve Kristoffersen, Professor emeritus, University of Bergen
2) Ólafur Ingólfsson, Professor, UNIS

1 Feb 2016 SH-201 The History of Svalbard:
The great (and not so great) polar expeditions from Svalbard
Thor Bjørn Arlov, NTNU/UNIS
29 Jan 2016 SH-201 The History of Svalbard:
The scientific exploration of Svalbard and modern polar research
Thor Bjørn Arlov, NTNU/UNIS
28 Jan 2016 Svalbard Seminar Series (presentations in Norwegian):
1) Norwegian Young sea ICE cruise (N-ICE2015) (See presentation on SlideShare)
2) Store Norske, Staten og Svalbard (See presentation on SlideShare)

1) Harald Steen, Norwegian Polar Institute
2) Thor Bjørn Arlov, NTNU/UNIS

26 Jan 2016 Svalbard Seminar Series (presentations in Norwegian):
1) Miljøgifter på Svalbard (See presentation on SlideShare)
2) Plast på Svalbard (See presentation on SlideShare)
1) Solvår Reiten, Adviser, The Governor of Svalbard
2) Geir Wing Gabrielsen, Norwegian Polar Institute
21 Jan 2016 Svalbard Seminar Series (presentation in Norwegian):
Sjøfugler på Svalbard (See presentation on SlideShare)
Hallvard Strøm, Norwegian Polar Institute
11 Jan 2016 Spring semester opening See programme here


17 Dec 2015 Lunch Seminar:

1) Warming-induced tree expansion in the Arctic – mycorrhizal effects on N cycling and C sequestration

2) Conservation of EM fungi in boreal forests – the value of retention forestry and Red Lists


1) Karina Clemmensen, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

2) Anders Dahlberg, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

16 Dec 2015 Disputation:

“Richness and community structure of High Arctic fungi through space and time explored using high-throughput sequencing”

Sunil Mundra, UNIS/UiO
23 Nov 2015 Lunch Seminar:

Observing aurora with a radio telescope

Derek McKay, PhD student
16 Nov 2015 Lunch Seminar:

Conjugate hemisphere observations of auroral sunstorms

James Weygand, University of California, Los Angeles
6 Nov 2015 Disputation:

“Geological controls on fluid flow and seepage in western Svalbard fjords”

Srikumar Roy, UNIS/UiB
4 Nov 2015 Lunch Seminar:

The mysteries of Research in Svalbard (the RiS database)

Thorbjørn Gilberg, Senior Adviser, Svalbard Science Forum
21 Oct 2015 Lunch Seminar:

Svalbard to the Himalayas – Improving glacial lake outburst flood prediction

Sarah Thompson, Postdoc, UNIS
14 Oct 2015 Lunch Seminar:

Transitioning from coal – an invitation to use Svea as a base for research and academic work (download PDF of presentation)

Aleksander Askeland, Director of Sales & Business Development, Store Norske (SNSK)
13 Oct 2015 Disputation:

“Surge-type glaciers: controls, processes, distribution”

Heïdi Sevestre, UNIS/UiO
7 Oct 2015 Lunch Seminar:

Regional auroral forecasts – Why is it so difficult to predict the aurora?

Noora Partamies, Associate Professor in Middle Atmospheric Physics, UNIS
18–24 Sep 2015 Interdisciplinary Polar Studies in Svalbard (IPSiS) meeting
10 Sep 2015 Lunch Seminar:

Reclamation processes at the largest surface coal mine in USA (North Antelope Rochelle Mine, Wyoming). Reclamation principles, rules, and processes occurring at the mine on a daily basis.

Anna Krzyszowska Waitkus, Environmental consultant, Laramie, Wyoming, USA
27 Aug–1 Sep 2015 2nd Boreal Triassic Conference 2015
27 Aug 2015 Disputation:

“Late Quaternary paleoceanography of the northern continental margin of Svalbard”

Teena Chauhan, UNIS/UiT
9 Jul 2015 Lunch Seminar:

Zoonotic parasites in Arctic wildlife. Is there a lot of parasites in “terrestrial” wildlife (mainly carnivores) in Svalbard? Running research on parasites that could have zoonotic potential in Svalbard.

Eva Myšková, PhD student at Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic
2 Jul 2015 Lunch Seminar: 

Polar Ecology Courses under the auspices of the Czech Arctic Research Infrastructure.

Jakub Ondruch, PhD candidate, Department of Geography at Masaryk University, Czech Republic
24 Jun 2015 Lunch Seminar:

The history of the Institute of Marine Research/
Aquaculture in Norway

Erlend Moksness/Ole Torrissen

Institute of Marine Research, Norway

20 May 2015 Lunch Seminar:

Effects of terrain movements in ice-rich permafrost landscape

Jaroslav Obu, PhD Candidate, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Germany
15 May 2015 Lunch Seminar:

Does Atlantic mackerel visit Svalbard for pleasure or out of need?

Leif Nøttestad, Institute of Marine Research, Norway
13 May 2015 Lunch Seminar:

Develop your research career with a Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellowship

Thorbjørn Gilberg, Senior adviser at Svalbard Science Forum and former national contact point for Marie Curie Actions
20 Apr 2015 Lunch Seminar:

Avalanche Forecasting

Greg Johnson, Avalanche Safety Consultant and snowboard guide, Canada
23 Mar 2015 Lunch Seminar:

National Parks: The International Perspective

Bill Youngs, Professor of History, Eastern Washington University
11 Mar 2015 Lunch Seminar:

Unconventional Proteomics. The use of proteomic methods in biological and environmental research.

Radovan Hynek, Ass. Prof., Dep. of Biochemistry/ Microbiology, University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague, Czech Republic
11 Feb 2015 Lunch Seminar:

Nutrition in plankton ecology in coastal Norwegian waters – a brief review

Yngvar Olsen, Professor in marine biology, NTNU
4 Feb 2015 Lunch Seminar:

Sea Ice Meiofauna and the Benthic Connection

Kyle Dilliplaine, University of Alaska Fairbanks
30 Jan 2015 Lunch Seminar:

Assessing mining impacts from dust and black carbon on Arctic snow in Svalbard

Alia Khan, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, Boulder, Colorado, USA

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