Prime Minister visit to UNIS
Top image: Director Misund (left) guided Prime Minister Solberg around the UNIS building. Photo: Eva Therese Jenssen / UNIS
On Sunday 2 November the Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg visited UNIS. Together with Minister of Justice, Anders Anundsen and Minister of Health, Bent Høie, she got an orientation about the UNIS HSE work and some of our research areas.
3 November 2014
Text and photos: Eva Therese Jenssen /UNIS
The Norwegian Prime Minister visits Svalbard these days in connection with a national preparedness exercise in Svalbard. The preparedness exercise will take place on 4–5 November 2014, and several of UNIS employees and students are partaking in the exercise.
Mrs. Solberg, together with her cabinet colleagues, had meetings with several institutions, including UNIS.
The focus of the UNIS visit was to give the prime minister an introduction to the special study environment UNIS offers and the emphasis put on safety training and fieldwork routines by director Ole Arve Misund and HSE director Fred Skancke Hansen. In addition, the ministers got a brief about the new Centre of excellence in biology education (bioCEED) that UNIS is part of, and an orientation about our glaciology research with focus on glaciers as climate indicators by PhD candidate Heïdi Sevestre.
The latter orientation was received well, especially in light of the release of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change synthesis report.