Closer cooperation between UNIS and IMR

Closer cooperation between UNIS and IMR

Top image: UNIS director Ole Arve Misund (left) and IMR research director Harald Loeng sign the cooperation deal. Photo: Eva Therese Jenssen/UNIS.

The Institute of Marine Research (IMR) and UNIS enter a formal agreement of cooperation this week. Tomorrow the IMR will open its new office in the Svalbard Science Centre. – This will open up new possibilities for us, says UNIS director Ole Arve Misund.

26 November 2012
Press release from UNIS and IMR

By having an office in Longyearbyen, the IMR hopes to strengthen its presence in Svalbard, says IMR research director Harald Loeng. Climate change means that the Arctic Ocean is an increasingly important element in the management of the ecosystems, according to him.

– The IMR is the largest polar research institute in Norway and it is important for us to have a close and fruitful cooperation with UNIS, Loeng says.

Important fields
UNIS students gain knowledge about the Arctic oceans within a number of fields.

– They study oceanography, marine biology and fish biology – all important fields for the IMR. With an office in Longyearbyen, it will be easier for the IMR scientists to contribute to the teaching at UNIS, in addition to the added benefits of research cooperation and data exchange. We expect that closer cooperation with UNIS will result in a better understanding of the polar marine ecosystem, says Loeng.

New courses
This will open up new possibilities for us, says UNIS director Ole Arve Misund. Misund highlights the possibilities of developing new courses within the framework of the cooperation agreement with IMR.

– We see possibilities in Arctic biology, especially within ecosystem-based research, management and industry, he says.

The strengthened cooperation will ensure UNIS student participation in the IMR scientific cruises in Arctic waters. In addition, it will be an important element in utilizing the new ice-going research vessel.

– UNIS educates the Arctic experts of tomorrow in cooperation with the mainland universities. The IMR conducts research- and surveillance activities in Arctic waters. Together we will be of mutual benefit for each other, Misund concludes.

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