The Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, with a location in the high Arctic and easy accessibility, represents a unique platform for high quality international research and education.

The Svalbard Science Forum, The Research Council of Norway and The Norwegian Polar Institute in cooperation with The Ny-Ålesund Science Managers Committee (NySMAC) invite researchers, research managers and stakeholders to the second Svalbard Science conference. The conference will focus on Svalbard in a pan-Arctic setting, aspiring to enhance cooperation and quality within Svalbard research, build and strengthen interdisciplinary and international networks and consolidate Svalbard as an attractive platform for Arctic research.

Together with updates on the new strategies for research and education in Svalbard and inspirational talks from invited key notes, we invite participants to take an active role in the conference through presentations, poster sessions and group discussions.

 

The conference will be at Scandic Fornebu, Oslo 5–6 November 2019

Registration is closed.

 

Dear Participant, Presenter, Chair and Key note.


Please scroll down and register your participation at Svalbard Science Conference 5-6 November 2019.

Practicalities

The participant fee for the conference is:

Participant - 2000 NOK/approx. 200 EURO

PhD or Master student - 1000 NOK/approx. 100 EURO (Send a copy of your student ID or a confirmation from your supervisor to ssf@rcn.no)

Chair / Key note / conference committee - no fee

The participant fee is paid by credit card when you register.

In case you have to cancel your registration, please contact Marie Eide (mei@rcn.no). We are unfortunately not able to refund the participation fee after 6 October 2019.

You cover your own accomodation and travel expenses. We encourage participants to stay at the conference hotel Scandic Fornebu (link).

Booking code for discounted rates: BRES051119 

(If you need a booking the night prior or after the conference you may contact the hotel to ensure that you get the discounted rate)


Registration is open for up to 250 participants and will be open till the conference is fully booked or up to 6 October 2019.


For questions regarding registration please contact Marianne Johansen (ssf@rcn.no)

 

Information

Time
From Tuesday November 5th 2019 at 08:00
To Wednesday November 6th 2019 at 16:00
Deadline
Friday November 1st 2019 at 16:00

Activity is finished and you can no longer register.


Oslo 5 – 6  November 2019

Download the programme for the conference here

Download book of abstracts here

 

 

  • Tuesday 5 November

  • 08:00-09:30

    Registration

  • 09:30-11:30

    Session 1 Setting the stage (Chair: Ruth Astrid Sæter)

  • 09:30-09:40

    Welcome to the conference Christina Abildgaard, The Research Council of Norway

  • 09:40-09:50

    Introduction by moderator, Ruth Astrid Sæter

  • 09:50-10:00

    Pan Arctic research, Ole Arve Misund, Norwegian Polar Institute

  • 10:00-10:10

    SSF through 20 years, Svalbard Science Forum

  • 10:10-10:30

    1026: Invitedtalk: Learning from Earth's History: The Unprecedented Need Now for International Collaboration, Julie Brigham-Grette, University of Massachusetts-Amhearst, US NAS Polar Research Board

  • 10:30-10:50

    1006: Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the study of Arctic Climate (MOSAIC), Anja Sommerfeld, Alfred Wegener Institute

  • 10:50-11:10

    2025: Invited talk: Is the past the key to the future? Holocene warming in the Arctic, present and future, Jan Marcin Weslawski, Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences

  • 11:10-11:30

    1001: Invited talk: "La Recherche" 1838 and 1839 - The first scientific expeditions to Svalbard, Per Kyrre Reymert, Kulturminnefondet

  • 11:30-12:30

    Lunch

  • 12:30-14:30

    Session 2 Svalbard > 0 degrees Celcius (Chairs: Harald Steen, Brit Lisa Skjelkvåle)

  • 12:30-12:50

    2026: Invited talk: The Arctic climate transformation and the effects on the cryosphere, Ketil Isaksen, Norwegian Meteorological Institute, 

  • 12:50-13:10

    5239: Plant diversity and species richness responses to climate warming in Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard, Yi-Feng Yao, Chinese Academy of Sciences

  • 13:10-13:30

    2011: Is the Svalbard tundra getting wetter? Evidence of vegitation change and its drivers over the last 20 years, Helen Anderson, University of Aberdeen

  • 13:30-13:50

    2015: Cultural Heritage Sites in Coastal Areas. Use, Monitor, Manage and Preerve Sites & Landscapes under Climate Change and Development Pressure (CULTCOAST), Vibeke Vandrup Martens, Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research

  • 13:50-14:10

    2016: Ecological plasticity - a key skill to survive in th changing Arctic, tested on Calanus, Emilia Tudnowska, Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences

  • 14:10-14:30

    2017: Ecological resilience of Arctic marine food webs to climate change, Gary Griffith, Norwegian Polar Institute

  • 14:30-15:00

           Break

  • 15:00-16:00

    Session 2: Panel discussion, Svalbard > 0 degrees Celcius (Moderator, Ruth Astrid Sæter)
    Julie Brigham-Grette, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, US NAS Polar Research Board
    Sergei Verkulich, Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute
    Hanne H. Christiansen, The University Centre in Svalbard
    Ketil Isaksen, Norwegian Meteorological Institute
    Nuncio Murukesh, National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research
    Thomas Hylland Eriksen, University of OSlo
    Radovan Krejci, Stockholm University

  • 16:00-19:00

    Session 3: Poster session and mingling (Chair SSF)

  • 16:30-17:00

    Session 3.1 A bear ate my zodiac, 3 min lectures on what went wrong. (Pecha Kucha style, in seperate room) (Chair: Pernilla Carlsson)

  • 19:00

    Conference dinner. Welcome by Kirsten Broch Mathisen, The Research Council of Norway

  • Wednesday 6 November

  • 09:00-11:00

    Session 4: Svalbard in the dark (Chairs: Maarten Loonen, Børge Damsgård)

  • 09:00-09:20

    4012: Invited talk: Exploring the dark in the spirit of Nansen, Marit Reigstad, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

  • 09:20-09:40

    4013: Invited talk: International Collaboration in order to address Grand Challence Questions in Earth System Science, Jøran Moen, University of Oslo

  • 09:40-10:00

    4001: Dark season observation of methane dynamics in seepages across Svalbard, clear signals and less noise, Andy Hodson, The University Centre in Svalbard

  • 10:00-10:20

    4002: Micro- and macroalgae during the Polar night, Eva Leu, Akvaplan-niva

  • 10:20-10:40

    4007: Zooplankton in Svalbard waters during the polar night, Malin Daase, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

  • 10:40-11:00

    4010: Synergistic Investigation of Arctic Aerosol in the darkness: remote sensing and in-situ perspectives, Konstantina Nakoudi, Alfred Wegner Institute

  • 11:00-12:00

          Lunch

  • 12:00-15:00

    Session 5: Parallel sessions

  • Session 5.1 Toobox (Chairs: Bo Anderen, Harald Steen)

  • 12:00-12:10

    Introduction by Chairs

  • 12:10-12:30

    5104: Near-Remote Sensing of Svalbard's Vegetation, Elisabeth Cooper, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

  • 12:30-12:50

    5106: Experiences, challenges and future perspectives of meteorological observations in the Arctic, Kjetil Stiansen, Norwegian Meteorological Institute

  • 12:50-13:10

    5109: Glacier Mapping and Wind Estimation with UAVs on Svalbard, Richard Hann, Norwegian University og Science and Technology (NTNU)

  • 13:10-13:30

    5118: Mapping plant functional groups, traits and degradation in the High Arctic using multispectral UAV imagery, Elanor Thomson, University of Oxford

  • 13:30-13:50

    5122: Improving our understanding of Arctic clouds: multi-instrument, multi-frequency, and combined modeling observation approaches, Kersin Ebell, University of Cologne

  • 13:50:14:10

          Break

  • 14:10-14:30

    5124: ALADINA - a mobile, flexible tool to study the spacial distribution of aerosol particles in the Arctic environment, Birgit Wehner, Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research

  • 14:30-15:00

    Discussions

  • Session 5.2 Long term monitoring (Chairs: Kjetil Tørseth, Pernilla Carlsson)

  • 12:00-12:10

    Introduction by Chairs

  • 12:10-12:30

    1018: 50 years of observations from the official meteorologial station in Ny-Ålesund, Mareile A. Wolff, Norwegian Meteorological Institute

  • 12:30-12:50

    5242: Long-term decline of spring AOD in Ny-Ålesund, Christoph Ritter, Alfred Wegner Institute

  • 12:50-13:10

    5217: The demography of polar bears in Svalbard, Jon Aars, Norwegian Polar Institute

  • 13:10-13:30

    5226: The Bayelva High Arctic permafrost long term observation site: an opportunity for joint international research on permafrost, atmosphere, ecology and snow, Sebastian Westermann, University of Oslo

  • 13:30-13:50

    5214: The detailed seismic monitoring of Svalbard and adjacent areas, Andrey Fedorov, Kola branch of Geophyical Survey of Russian Academy of Sciences

  • 13:50-14:10

          Break14:10

  • 14:10-14:30

    5206: Long-term (1985-2019) changes of High Arctic environment in the Svalbard climate gradient, Alfred Stach, Institute of Geoecology and Geoinformation, Adam Mickiewicz University

  • 14:30-15:00

    Discussions

  • Session 5.3 An ocean of plastic (Chairs: Ingeborg Hallanger, Amy Lusher)

  • 12:00-12:10

    Introduction by Chairs

  • 12:10-12:30

    5306: Arctic marine litter: A circular approach, Eelco Leemans, Wageningen University and Research

  • 12:30-12:50

    5309: Plastic pollution contributions by major rivers within the Greater North Sea Region, Boglarka Baksay, Marine Scotland, University of Stirling

  • 12:50-13:10

    5311: Studies of Microplastic Distributions in the Arctic Seas in Septermber-October 2018 during the 73 cruise of RV "Akademik Mstislav Keldysh", Evigeniy Yakushev, Norwegian Institute for Water Research

  • 13:10-13:30

    5305: Point sources and accumulation zones of anthropogenic microliter in Arctic waters a synthesis of several studies in Svalbard and Greenland, Maria E. Granberg, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute

  • 13:30-13:50

    5307: Microplastics pollution in the sediments of Kongsfjorden, Eswara V. Ramasamy, School of Environmental Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University

  • 13:50-14:10

          Break

  • 14:10-14:30

    5301: Marine littering in the Barents area: fishers' attitude, Julia Olsen, Nordland Research Institute

  • 14:30-15:00

    Discussions

  • Session 5.4 Rocks, mud and ice (Chairs: Brit Lisa Skjelkvåle, Jacek Jania)

  • 12:00-12:10

    Introduction by Chairs

  • 12:10-12:30

    5427: Svalbard as a key to ichthyosaur evolution, Lene Liebe Delsett, Natural History Museum, University of OSlo

  • 12:30-12:50

    5423: Recent progress in Svalbard coastal change research - advances and remaining questions, Matt. C. Strzelecki, University of Wroclaw

  • 12:50-13:10

    5406: Diversity and ecological functions of biological soil crusts in High Arctic ecosystems (Billefjorden, Central Svalbard), Josef Elster, University of South Bohemia

  • 13:10-13:30

    5434: Lake sediments with Azorean tephra reveal unglaciated areas existed on coastal northwest Spitsbergen during Last Glacial Maximum, Willem Van der Bilt, University of Bergen

  • 13:30-13:50

    5411: The frozen archives in a warming climate, Elisabeth Isaksson, Norwegian Polar Institute

  • 13:50-14:10

          Break

  • 14:10-14:30

    5411: Past sea ice variations: reference values for a changing climate in Svalbard, Katrine Husum, Norwegian Polar Institute

  • 14:30-15:00

    Discussions

  • 15:00-16:00

    Session 6: Looking to the future (Chair: The Research Council of Norway/Svalbard Science Forum)

  • 15:00:15:20

    6001: Invited talk: The next generation of Polar scientists, Pernille Bronken Eidesen, The University Centre in Svalbard

  • 15:20-15:50

    Reflections from the chairs of the parallel sessions 4 x 5 min

  • 15:50-16:00

    Ending remarks, Harald Steen, Norwegian Polar Institute

  • 16:00

    End of Conference

Side events to Svalbard Science Conference 2019

Monday 4 November

  • CANCELLED: Svalbard Geoscience Alumni Workshop, Andrew Hodson, UNIS.
  • SIOS workshop to discuss and develop a strategy for SIOS RI development – all day, Scandic Fornebu, Inger Jennings, SIOS.
  • SIOS SESS report editorial board meeting, Scandic Fornebu, Christiane Hübner

 

Tuesday 5 November

Svalbard Science Conference, Scandic Fornebu

 

  • Kongsfjorden Flagship get-together at 17-18 at Scandic Fornebu. No need to sign up, just show up. Agenda on Flagship webpage

 

Wednesday 6 November

Svalbard Science Conference, Scandic Fornebu

 

 

Thursday 7 November

  • NySMAC meeting (by invitation only), afternoon, Research Council of Norway, Lysaker, Christina A. Pedersen, NPI.

 

Friday 8 November

  • NySMAC meeting (by invitation only), Research Council of Norway, Lysaker, Christina A. Pedersen, NPI.