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 is open till the conference is fully signed.

Abstract submission deadline was 1 June.

If you are not present at the conference it will be possible to see a stream from the conference, but you cannot give presentations, present posters or participate in discussions online.


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 used online 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. The hotel rooms can be cancelled up to 48 hours before your stay)

Registration for the conference 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 (



From Tuesday November 2nd 2021 at 08:00
To Wednesday November 3rd 2021 at 16:30
Saturday October 2nd 2021 at 23:59
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Oslo 2 – 3  November 2021

Tentative program here

Full session descriptions here

Information letter to SSC participants here

Book of abstracts here

Overview abstracts by last name here

Overview abstracts by number 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!


Side events to SSC2021 are under planning.

Per 1 September we know the following is planned:

Event When Where Contact person Comment
SSC2021 2-3/11 Scandic Fornebu Open to registered participants
NySMAC 4-5/11 RCN Oslo  By invitation only/ Website for event
Nutrients in the Arctic WS 31/10 Scandic Fornebu Website for event
Kongsfjorden FS 1/11 Scandic Fornebu   Website for event
Terrestrial ecosystem FS 1/11 Scandic Fornebu   Website for event
Atmosphere FS 1/11 Scandic Fornebu   Website for event
Glaciology FS 4/11 Scandic Fornebu   Website for event
SIOS GA 1/11 Scandic Fornebu Christiane Hübner By invitation only
APECS 1/11 Tøyen hovedgård Registration for event


This page will be updated as we receive more information about side events.