Arctic safety – best practices and scientific knowledge

9 – 11 November 2021

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Photo: Stefan Claes/UNIS

Practical information Programme (PDF) About Svalbard Excursion possibilities


The aim of the conference is to bring together experts and practitioners to share new knowledge and best practices for Arctic safety. The Arctic Safety Centre is a hub for sharing knowledge regarding personnel safety related to natural hazards (climate, topography, and wildlife) in the Arctic. Safe operations in the Arctic require safety knowledge and skills in both planning and execution, increasingly important due to climate changes and an increased focus toward the high north within tourism, transportation and industry. We thus invite both researchers and practitioners to present at the conference.

The main theme of the conference is “Arctic safety – best practices and scientific knowledge,” and concerns practitioners’ experiences with safety in the Arctic as well as the research frontier in Arctic safety.

We welcome both practical experiences and research contributions on Arctic safety from industry, public sector and research institutions. Submission of full papers is optional. Selected papers are selected for publication in a special issue in Safety in Extreme Environments.

Previous conferences

In May 2019, we arranged the first Arctic Safety conference. The interest for the conference was good. We had  over 70 motivated participants and 45 presentations were given during the three-day conference in Longyearbyen.

Arctic Safety Conference 2019 – Programme – UNIS

AbstractBook_ASC_May2019.pdf (

Selected papers from ASC Conference 2019

Call for abstracts

Book of abstracts

Arctic safety is understood as safety in the operational context of the Arctic: harsh environments, remote areas, limited access to infrastructure, lack of experience data and climate change. Personnel safety, industrial safety and societal safety are all relevant within this context. Within this operational context of the Arctic, we welcome abstract on the following topics:

  • Climate changes in the Arctic and its impacts on safety
  • The use of sensors and other sources of knowledge to manage natural hazards and their potential consequences on critical infrastructure
  • Technology and human performance in harsh environments
  • Safety in Arctic field operations
  • Learning from successful operations and unwanted occurrences in the Arctic
  • Methods, tools and data for safety management in an Arctic context
  • Building resilient Arctic communities
  • Emergency preparedness and crisis response in the Arctic
  • Risk and resilience analysis and assessment in a complex and dynamic environment

Abstracts should not exceed 400 words.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 1 October, 2021.

Submit abstract


Abstracts are presented orally at the conference. Authors are furthermore invited to submit full-length papers which will be assessed for publication in a special issue of the journal Safety in Extreme Environments. The submission of a full paper is optional; it is possible to present an abstract without writing a full paper.

Call for special sessions

Initiatives to organize special sessions related to the conference themes are particularly welcomed. A special session must composed by 4 to 6 presentations/abstracts on a common topic. Symposium proposals must be submitted to the organizing committee ( by 15 of June 2021.

Author registration deadline

Submitting your abstract does not mean that you are registered for the conference. The organizers require the commitment of one of the authors to register for and attend the conference to present the paper. If none of the authors of an abstract have registered for the conference by 15th September 2021, the presentation will be removed from the conference program.

Practical information

Direct flight from Oslo takes 3 hours to Longyearbyen.
Flight and accommodation must be booked and paid for by the participants.
Funken Lodge has available rooms, and can be booked directly.
SAS flies to/from Longyearbyen Tuesdays/Thursdays. For other departure/arrival times, see also

Conference starts Tuesday 9 of November at 15.00
Conference ends Thursday 11 of November at 13.30

The participation fee for the conference is 4000 NOK.
50 % discount for PhD students.

The participation fee includes:

  • All Lecture and workshop
  • Lunches,
  • Excursion
  • Optional conference dinner at extra cost


Important dates:

  • Open abstract submission: 1 March 2021
  • Open registration: 1 May 2021
  • Submission of special sessions: 15 June 2021
  • Submission of abstracts: 1 October 2021
  • Early-bird registration for the conference: 1 August 2021. It will be possible to register at a later date
  • The deadline for submission of full papers for accepted abstracts is 15 December 2021

Updates about the programme will come on a regular basis. See link to the programme on the top of the page.

The Arctic Safety Centre follows the Covid-19-situation closely. The aim is a physical conference in Longyearbyen, but some of the presentations might be digital. For the latest quarantine- and testing regulations, see Helsedirektoratet’s website here.

About the venue

Svalbard Science Centre in Longyearbyen, Svalbard is the conference venue for the Arctic Safety Conference 2021. The Svalbard Science Centre hosts numerous scientific institutions such as the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), the Norwegian Polar Institute, EISCAT and Svalbard Science Forum. The venue is within walking distance from most hotels and restaurants in Longyearbyen. Further information can be found here.

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