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 and The Research Council of Norway in cooperation with The Norwegian Polar Institute and The Ny-Ålesund Science Managers Committee (NySMAC) invite researchers, research managers and stakeholders to the third Svalbard Science conference. The conference will focus on achieving excellent science through cooperation; 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 2–3 November 2021.

Registration will open 15 March.

Abstract submission deadline is 1 June.


Dear Participant, Presenter, Chair and Key note.

Please scroll down and register your participation at Svalbard Science Conference 2-3 November 2021.


The participant fee for the conference is:

Participant - 2000 NOK/approx. 195 EURO

PhD or Master student - 1000 NOK/approx. 97 EURO (Send a copy of your student ID or a confirmation from your supervisor to

Chair / Key note / conference committee - no fee

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

The registration fee covers lunch both days, coffee breaks and dinner 2 November.

In case you have to cancel your registration, please contact Marianne Johansen ( We are unfortunately not able to refund the participation fee after  2 October 2021.

If the conference has to be postponed due to the corona situation the registration fee will be refunded.

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: BSVA011121

(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 2 October 2021.

For questions regarding registration please contact Marianne Johansen (



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To Wednesday November 3rd 2021 at 16:30
Saturday October 2nd 2021 at 23:59
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Oslo 2 – 3  November 2021

Download full session descriptions here



  • Monday 1 November

  • 20:00 -

    Informal Social gathering, Scandic Fornebu.

  • Tuesday 2 November

  • 08:00 - 09:00


  • 09:00 - 10:30

    Session 1 Opening of the conference

  • 10:30 - 11:00


  • 11:00 - 12:30

    Session 2 Geohazards, biohazards and other hazards

  • 12:30 - 13:30


  • 13:30 - 15:00

    Session 3 Science for society

  • 15:00 - 15:30


  • 15:30 - 16:15

    Session 4 A bear ate my Zodiac. 
    3 min lectures on what went wrong.

  • 16:15 - 19:00

    Session 5 Poster session and mingling 16:00– 19:00

  • 19:00 -


  • Wednesday 3 November

  • 09:00 - 10:30

    Session 6 Summit to sea

  • 10:30 - 11:00


  • 11:00 - 12:30

    Session 7 Parallel sessions
    Session 7.1 Back to the future
    Session 7.2 From the ground up
    Session 7.3 How to develop science-based higher education
    Session 7.4 Arctic Observation and Data Systems


  • 12:30 - 13:30


  • 13:30 - 15:00

    Session 7 Parallel sessions
    Parallel sessions continue

  • 15:00 - 15:30


  • 15:30 - 16:30

    Session 8 closing session

  • 16:30 -

    End of Conference, Side meetings? Social gathering?

Dear Svalbard Science Conference participant!

Thank you for submitting an abstract! The overall theme of the 2021 conference is cooperation and coordination to make research in Svalbard even better. When preparing your contribution please keep in mind that this is not meant to be only a presentation of your individual results. Focus on how your research contributes to answer questions of global importance and interest. Please read the descriptions of the session you are contributing to carefully to ensure that your presentation or poster is addressing that topic.

The submission deadline is 1 June 2021. The presentations will be evaluated by the scientific committee and oral presentations for the individual sessions are selected to give examples of current research relevant to the session and the overarching topic.


Download abstract template here

Abstract submission deadline 1 June 2021.


We only accept abstracts from people that attend the conference
Please note that submitting an abstract does not secure you a seat on the conference. You need to register and pay the participant fee to secure a seat at the conference.