International Conference Arctic Safety: Managing risks in a changing Arctic

13–15 May 2019

The first Arctic Safety Conference is an international conference organized by the Arctic Safety Center at the University Center in Svalbard (UNIS).

Field excursion AGF-212, March 2012. Photo: Jacob Abermann/UNIS

Photo: Jacob Abermann/UNIS

Register for the conference here   Abstract submission   Practical information   About Svalbard   Excursion possibilities

Scope

The aim of the conference is to bring together experts and practitioners to share experiences, new findings and best practices for safety in the Arctic. 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 welcome both practical experiences and research contributions on Arctic safety from industry, public sector and research institutions. Selected scientific papers will be invited to a special issue on Arctic safety in Safety Science.

From the Arctic Safety Centre pilot course “Safety Course for Arctic Field Stations” 1–8 October 2018. Photo: Ann Christin Auestad/UNIS

From the Arctic Safety Centre pilot course “Safety Course for Arctic Field Stations” in October 2018.
Photo: Ann Christin Auestad/UNIS

From the Arctic Safety Centre pilot course “Safety Course for Arctic Field Stations” 1–8 October 2018. Photo: Ann Christin Auestad/UNIS

From the Arctic Safety Centre pilot course “Safety Course for Arctic Field Stations” in October 2018.
Photo: Ann Christin Auestad/UNIS

Within an Arctic context (harsh environments, remote areas, lack of infrastructure), we welcome papers and/or presentations on the following topics:

  • Climate change and impact on safety
  • Human factors in harsh environments
  • Operational safety for human and industrial activities from fjords and ice to land, glaciers, and mountains
  • Preparing for and responding to crises
  • Learning from unwanted occurrences and successful operations
  • Methods, tools and data for safety management
  • Living with natural hazards – building resilience in Arctic communities
  • Industrial safety
  • New technologies: limitations and opportunities in safety work

Practical information

The conference starts Monday 13 May 2019 at 16:00 and ends Wednesday 15 May at 13:30.
The conference venue will be Svalbard Science Centre in Longyearbyen, Svalbard.

Conference participation, lectures and workshops
The conference fee of 6000 NOK includes:

  • All lectures and workshops
  • Conference dinner
  • Lunch x 2
  • Light evening meal
  • Coffee, tea

Flight and accommodation
Participants must book and pay rooms at the Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Longyearbyen. The price for a single room incl. breakfast is 3350 NOK in total (2 nights).
Direct flight from Oslo takes 3 hours and this must be booked and payed for by participants. The flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen is booked here: https://www.norwegian.no/. The return flight is via Tromsø and is booked here: https://www.sas.no/.

About the venue
The conference venue for the Arctic Safety Conference 2019 is the Svalbard Science Centre in Longyearbyen, Svalbard. 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 a walking distance from most hotels and restaurants in Longyearbyen. Further information can be found here.

Pay attention
Deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 Febuary 2019.
Deadline for submission of papers is 30 March 2019.
Deadline for registration at the conference is 18 April 2019.

Register for the conference here
AS-301 on their way to Nordenskioldbreen June 2018. Photo: Thorben Dunse/UNIS

AS-301 students on their way to Nordenskioldbreen, June 2018. Photo: Thorben Dunse/UNIS

AS-301 students on their way to Nordenskioldbreen, June 2018. Photo: Thorben Dunse/UNIS

AS-301 students during fieldwork, June 2018. Photo: Thorben Dunse/UNIS

Abstract submission

Arctic Safety Conference 2019 welcomes abstracts on both practical experiences and research contributions on Arctic safety.

Topics
The conference is focused towards the following topics:

  • Climate change and impact on safety
  • Human factors in harsh environments
  • Operational safety for human and industrial activities from fjords and ice to land, glaciers, and mountains
  • Preparing for and responding to crises
  • Learning from unwanted occurrences and successful operations
  • Methods, tools and data for safety management
  • Living with natural hazards – building resilience in Arctic communities
  • Industrial safety
  • New technologies: limitations and opportunities in safety work

Presentation
Approved abstracts will be placed in the conference program as oral presentations.

Template
Abstracts must follow the abstract template in order to ensure an evaluation by the review panel.
Download abstract template with guidelines here (.docx).

Submission
Submit your abstract via our presentation portal. Deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 February 2019.

Optional full paper
Authors of accepted abstracts will have the option of submitting a full paper, which will be considered for publication in a special issue of Safety Science. These selected papers will be peer reviewed and assessed for publication.

Terms and conditions
All accepted abstracts will be compiled in an abstract book which will be published electronic on the conference webpage. If you do not wish to publish your abstract in the abstract book, please notify the organizer at eirik.albrechtsen@ntnu.no.

Submit your abstract here

 

Organizing committee

The organizing committee is chaired by Ann Christin Auestad, project manager of the Arctic Safety Centre at the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS). Other committee members are Eirik Albrechtsen (Associate Professor at the Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management of NTNU); Are Kristoffer Sydnes (Professor at Department of Technology and Safety at UiT – The Arctic University of Norway); Martin Indreiten (Section leader of operations and field safety at the University Centre in Svalbard), and Inger Lise Næss (Information adviser at the University Centre in Svalbard).

Contact persons on behalf of the orgnizing committee are:
Project manager Ann Christin Auestad (UNIS)
Associate Professor Eirik Albrechtsen (NTNU)

About the Arctic Safety Centre

The Arctic Safety Centre is being developed to contribute to safe and sustainable human activity in the high Arctic by combining natural sciences, HSE and risk and safety theory in education, research and experience training. Visit the web site here.

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