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.

Svalbard Science Conference focuse on achieving excellent science through cooperation; enhancing cooperation and quality within Svalbard research, building and strengthening interdisciplinary and international networks and consolidating Svalbard as an attractive platform for Arctic research.

We now invite researchers, research managers and stakeholders to the fourth Svalbard Science Conference.
The organizing committee for SSC2023 will be The Research Council of Norway, The Norwegian Polar Institute, Norwegian Institute for Air Research, The Norwegian Meteorological Institute and Svalbard Science Forum.

There will be inspirational talks from invited keynotes and we invite participants to take an active role through presentations, poster sessions and group discussions  

The conference will be held at Scandic Fornebu, Oslo 31 October - 1 November 2023.


Registration to the conference is now open 



Dear Participant, Presenter, Chair and Key note.

Please scroll down and register your participation at Svalbard Science Conference 31 October-1 November 2023.



The participant fee for the conference is:

Participant - 2500 NOK/approx. 250 EURO

PhD or Master student - 1250 NOK/approx. 125 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 31 October.

In case you have to cancel your registration, please contact Svalbard Scinece Forum ( We are unfortunately not able to refund participation fees.


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

Booking code used online for discounted rates: BSVE301023  Book rooms with dicounted rates at the hotel using the booking code here

(You can book discounted rates with this code till 29 September. The hotel rooms can be cancelled up to 48 hours before your stay)

Registration for the conference is open for up to 300 participants and will be open till the conference is fully booked.

For questions regarding registration please contact Svalbard ScienceForum (


From Tuesday October 31st 2023 at 09:00
To Wednesday November 1st 2023 at 17:00
Sunday October 1st 2023 at 00:00
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A more detailed program will be available here soon.

  • Day 1: Tuesday 31 October

  • 09:00

    Opening Session

  • 09:25

    Session 1: Four times faster

    Recent publications show that the Arctic is warming faster than anticipated. The summer season is getting longer, the winter shorter, sea temperatures are on the rise, sea ice is disappearing, glaciers are melting, and the permafrost is thawing. Svalbard and its surrounding ocean may go into a spiral of changes that will drastically change the archipelago. Climate change is happening all over the Arctic. Svalbard may be unique in some respects and typical for the Arctic in others. When can Svalbard research help us understand the future of the Arctic system and when can it not? 

  • 10:45


  • 11:15

    Session 2: Earth System Science and Svalbard

    Svalbard is an excellent platform for Earth System Science focusing on the changing Arctic environment, to understand and predict the Arctic’s impact on climate change globally as well as extreme events regionally. Understanding the Earth System in and around Svalbard on process-and system levels requires empirical approaches (monitoring and experimental) and modelling. Integration and collaboration between these approaches is highly beneficial and is something that has been gaining traction in the previous years. 

  • 12:30


  • 13:30

    Session 3: Svalbard and its Neighbours

    The Fram Strait, the region between Svalbard and Greenland, is a key region for meridional transport in ocean and atmosphere. The northward inflow of warm Atlantic water contributes to sea ice melting and is associated with heat release into the atmosphere. Sea ice export from the Central Arctic is happening through the Fram Strait, and cold polar water masses flow southwards along the East Greenland coast. Changing conditions in sea ice and water properties affect the overlying atmosphere, and consequently have an impact on the adjacent terrestrial and glacier environment.  

  • 14:45


  • 15:15

    Session 4: How to bring it all together

  • 16:15

    A Polar Bear ate my Zodiac

    We have all been there; something, some things, nothing worked out as planned... 

    As a recurrent feature of the SSC this fast-moving mini session explores the unexpected. Take the chance to get your 3 minutes of fame. It can be related to anything extraordinary; wild animals or colleagues, equipment or experiments that did not work out exactly as their description said, weather and vessels not co-operating as you wanted. Present your 3 minutes story together however you wish, for example with 3x3 pictures or in combination with a video. 

    What can we all learn from your story? How to avoid troubles in the future or how to have a good laugh together? 

  • 16:45

    Poster Session (Poster prize APECS)

  • 19:00


  • Day 2: Wednesday 1 November

  • 09:00

    Parallel session 5a: Polar ocean

    The ocean is important in determining the local climate and we need to understand the inflow and outflow of water masses into and out of the Arctic Ocean to understand, explain and predict ecosystem responses, sea ice dynamics, local weather, sea ice extent and volume. There are many interactions, and some are poorly understood. Changes are often associated with detrimental effects, but they may also open new opportunities and challenges.  

  • 09:00

    Parallel session 5b: Toolbox

    Novel technologies can provide improvements to current ways of observing, enhancing the tools available to scientists and science communicators. It could be in terms of better coverage in space or time, or perhaps adding a previously unavailable dimension through using UAV-mounted instrumentation. Newly developed algorithms can improve analysis quality, and new modelling approaches can help better understand complex processes. Efficient data management is another aspect of science with several ongoing developments for both tools and practices on how to better produce, format, store and share data. New methods for both doing and communicating science are also rapidly changing how we as society engage with and understand polar environments (e.g., citizen science initiatives). 

  • 10:30


  • 11:00

    Parallel session 6a: Thawing ground and below

    Permafrost thaw and coastal erosion are among of the most relevant problems in the Arctic (IPCC, 2014) since they can affect the life and well-being of people. Moreover, thawing permafrost modifies geological, chemical, hydrological and ecological processes, and contributes to a positive feedback loop accelerating the warming of Earth (methane release). 

  • 11:00

    Parallel session 6b: From mountain tops to sea floor

    Traditionally, scientists have been specialists within one, narrow field. Nevertheless, to solve and understand big issues, several fields need to be linked and explored together, whether they are technology applications within geology, challenges within social sciences, or studies of how glacial processes affect marine life.  

  • 12:30


  • 13:30

    Session 7: Human footprints

    “Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints” is an old travel advice. However, the footprints humans leave today are not only their tracks in the snow. Some of our footprints are reversible, some are not, and some may pose a risk to people and environment.  

  • 15:00


  • 15:30

    Session 8 plenum: Svalbard in the future?

    What challenges and opportunities does Svalbard face in light of a new geopolitical reality and a changing climate? 

    Svalbard is changing. Not only in terms of what we can observe and measure, but also when it comes to societal relations and the role Svalbard plays in both Norwegian and international politics. The transition away from coal, towards research, tourism, and new forms of activity, brings up questions concerning the purpose of the communities on Svalbard. How do these changes challenge, or reinforce, Norwegian policies concerning Svalbard? How do the Norwegian Svalbard policies link to its wider High North ambitions? And what possible flashpoints may arise, both locally – in Svalbard – and regionally – beyond Svalbard – in the near-future?  

    This panel will discuss these topics, bringing in a political, sociological, and economic perspective to the conference. No calls for abstract to this session. 

  • 16:30

    End of conference

Abstracts and side meetings


Abstract submission is open

Call for abstracts and link to submission is available here.

Abstract submission deadline is 15 June 2023.

For questions regarding abstracts please contact

Overview of side events

Please send information about planned side meetings to
We will update the page with more events as soon as they are planned.


Event When Where Contact person Comment
SSC2023 31.10-1.11 Scandic Fornebu  
NySMAC 2.-3.11 RCN Oslo  By invitation only
SIOS General Assembly 30.11 Scandic Fornebu Heikki Lihavainen