Funding for new high-arctic, interdisciplinary field laboratory

15 January 2019 UNIS associate professor in Arctic biology Pernille B. Eidesen has gotten funding of NOK 1.35 million from the Olav Thon Foundation to develop a high-arctic, interdisciplinary field laboratory for research and teaching.

Jan Christensen’s Endowment 2019

11 January 2019 Jan Christensen's endowment has a number of scholarships available to Norwegian students and researchers at UNIS.

Nybyen student housing evacuated

Update Friday 11 January 15:00: The Governor of Svalbard has lifted the evacuation of Nybyen as of 15:00 today. The evacuated students will get transportation back to Nybyen in the next hours. 9 January 2019 Due to the expected snow storm in the next 24 hours, the Governor of Svalbard has issued an evacuation order for parts of Longyearbyen, including Nybyen, where the majority of UNIS students live. UNIS, together with Samskipnaden, have effectuated the evacuation order and all students in Nybyen will be moved to Sjøskrenten student housing and UNIS Guest House within the next couple of hours.

2018 in snapshots

3 January 2019 Here are some snapshots of the UNIS year 2018. We hope you enjoy them and wish you all a very happy 2019!

Welcome to Svalbardseminaret 2019

21 December 2018 The annual happening Svalbardseminaret (Svalbard Seminar Series) is organized by UNIS in collaboration with the Norwegian Polar Institute and the Governor of Svalbard. The 2019 seminar series starts on 15 January and offers lectures in polar history, research, and search and rescue in the Arctic.

Merry Christmas from UNIS

21 December 2018 We would like to wish all previous and future students, our collaborating partners, our neighbors in Longyearbyen, Barentsburg, Hornsund and Ny-Ålesund and all university people worldwide a merry Christmas and a happy new year! We look forward to 2019!  

Dialogue Café: Communication between science and Longyearbyen local community

3 December 2018 On Thursday 6 December we invite the public to an open dialogue café where scientists and local actors discuss societal challenges and possibilities in the ongoing climate change. The dialogue café will take place in “Møysalen” at UNIS 15:30–18:00.

Holocene glacier history of Svalbard: Retracing the style of (de-)glaciation

27 November 2018 UNIS PhD candidate Wesley Farnsworth has studied the Holocene glacial history of Svalbard through detailed mapping and compiling a mosaic of data from terrestrial, marine and lacustrine sedimentary archives. Farnsworth will defend his doctoral thesis on 6 December at the University Centre in Svalbard, UNIS.

Understanding better fundamental mechanisms of rock fracture by blasting

14 November 2018 UNIS PhD candidate Liyuan Chi has investigated the shock compression of rock in the vicinity of an exploding charge and rock fracturing on a free surface parallel to the blast hole. Chi will defend his PhD thesis at NTNU on Wednesday 21 November at 13:15.

Extended application deadline – Bachelor and Master/PhD courses spring 2019

8 November 2018 Would you like to study in Svalbard next spring? We have extended application deadline for some courses in Arctic Biology, Arctic Geophysics, and Arctic Technology. Apply now – first come, first serve!  
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