Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


The Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research (NVP), in cooperation with The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), are hosting the NVP International Summer School 2023 – The Global Arctic. This is an interdisciplinary PhD and Postdoc summer school in Longyearbyen and Isfjord Radio, Svalbard.

Locations: The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) in Longyearbyen and Isfjord Radio

Time: 28 May – 6 June (Longyearbyen 28 May – 1 June and Isfjord Radio 1–6 June)

Topics for the 2023 Summer School

The 2023 summer school will focus particularly on linkages between the Arctic and the Himalayas. The curriculum is highly interdisciplinary, and a major objective of the summer school is to train young scholars to be thinking across disciplinary boundaries and discuss applied and complex issues. Students will be arriving Longyearbyen on 28 May. The following three days will be spent in Longyearbyen, and the following six days at the field station Isfjord Radio.

The following topics will form the final program:

  • Arctic-Himalayan challenges and linkages, such as geopolitics, governance regimes and institutions, livelihood, and traditional and indigenous knowledge among a few.
  • Climate change
  • Tourism
  • Indigenous issues, conservation, and environmental management
  • Governance and institutions
  • Interdisciplinary group work
  • Practical safety training
  • Field activities
  • Open/public lectures.

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.

Applications are sent to the Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research (NVP) via our online application form. Visit this webpage for the summer school's full details and to access the link to the application form in the side menu under “Documents and links”.

Application deadline is 1 March 2023. The selected candidates will be notified by 1 April.

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