Summer school 2015: Arctic Ocean Governance as a Multifunctional Challenge

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General information

The Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research (NVP), in cooperation with UNIS and Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NERSC), announces an interdisciplinary PhD and Post Doc summer school in August 2015. Up to 30 graduate and post-graduate students from different countries and research topics will be selected based on an evaluation of their applications.

The NVP international summer school 2015 will have a multi- and cross-disciplinary thematic approach to meet challenges and opportunities related to Arctic Ocean governance. The summer school has invited societal stakeholders from research institutions, shipping, oil and gas, fisheries, environment etc., as well as politicians to identify what supplementary Arctic-specific amendments are necessary to make the governance system of the region suitable to handle respective interests in a sustainable and effective way.

Scientists and experts from Norway and abroad will contribute to the summer school 2015 with lectures and with interactive student and teacher sessions. The participating students will be challenged to draft one or more publication during the course of the summer school for international journals.

Contact Person: Marry Kristin Waal Sandstå (


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Venue: UNIS The University Centre in Svalbard
Longyearbyen, Norway

The Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research (NVP), "Isdammen 1" and UNIS, Longyearbyen, Svalbard. 



The organizers will provide air travel from Oslo, Norway (OSL-Gardermoen) on Sunday 2nd August 2015 to Longyearbyen (LYR) and return to Oslo on Monday 10th August. The participants must cover their own transport to/ from and eventual accommodation in Oslo.

The organizers will cover accommodation (shared double rooms), meals during the scheduled duration and a Svalbard excursion trip on Saturday. A participation fee may be charged to each participant, pending on the amount of sponsor funding becoming available.


The summer school is addressed to Ph.D. students and Post-docs. Non-Norwegian participants must bring their passports for travel to Svalbard. 

Application Procedure:

Participation is based on individual applications. The relevance of current studies, including personal motivation and relevant experiences are important selection criteria. A tentative title of a poster to present current studies should be included in the application.  Applications should be sent to the NVP, att. Office Manager Marry Kristin Waal Sandstå, e-mail with the subject: “Application summer school 2015”. 

Application deadline: 30 April 2015


Academic level: PhD, Lifelong Learning
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