Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


An interdisciplinary PhD and Post-Doc summer school on 20-28 June 2020 will take place in Longyearbyen, Svalbard. It will be hosted by the Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research (NVP), in cooperation with the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) and the Nansen Scientific Society. This year the main theme will be: “The Global Arctic"

The term “Global Arctic” is gaining currency in contemporary debates about how the Arctic and the rest of the world are interconnected. Academics use the term to show how what happens in the Arctic has global implications, as well as how events in other parts of the world impact the Arctic. Modern phenomena such as globalization, climate change and transboundary pollution have brought the Arctic into global webs of science, commerce, security and geopolitics. In the Arctic as elsewhere the first law of geography is applying: Everything is related to everything else, but close things are more related than distant things. To identify and discuss the points of connections within and across the natural-, social- and humanistic sciences is the intrinsic core of the term Global Arctic and also the working mode of the Summer school.

The NVP’s 2020 Summer school aims to produce a better understanding of the significance of the concept, Global Arctic as a tool of integrative analysis and political management, as well as inviting novel ideas for research and learning coming from students taking part from inside and outside of the Arctic.

The students of different disciplinary backgrounds will publish the results of their work at the Summer school in a joint peer reviewed article published in an international journal of high academic standard.

The summer school’s main target group is PhD students and Post-docs. In some cases, students with a MSc degree or equivalent and with special professional qualifications, for example from the private sector industry or from other relevant institutions, may also participate. The relevance of current studies, including personal motivation and relevant experiences are important selection criteria.

The participants must cover their own transportation to and from Longyearbyen, Svalbard and accommodation and most meals during their stay. Participation at the summer school is free and the Academy will organize the student accommodation in cooperation with the Arctic Student Welfare Organisation to guarantee relative lower prices, during the scheduled stay in Svalbard.

Up to 25 students from different countries and with different expertise and experience will be selected. Applications shall include a CV and a letter which describes a rationale and justification for the application. A tentative title of a poster to present current studies / projects should be included in the application.

Applications are sent to the Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research (NVP), att. Office Manager Jorge Kristiansen e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject: “Application summer school 2020”.

Application deadline is 15th March 2020. The selected candidates will be notified by the end of march 2020.

Contact for the summer school 2020 is NVP’s Office Manager Jorge Kristiansen, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., telephone +47 455 19 649


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