By having an office in Longyearbyen, the IMR hopes to strengthen its presence in Svalbard, says IMR research director Harald Loeng. Climate change means that the Arctic Ocean is an increasingly important element in the management of the ecosystems, according to him.
“The IMR is the largest polar research institute in Norway and it is important for us to have a close and fruitful cooperation with UNIS”, Loeng says in a press release.
UNIS students gain knowledge about the Arctic oceans within a number of fields. “They study oceanography, marine biology and fish biology – all important fields for the IMR. With an office in Longyearbyen, it will be easier for the IMR scientists to contribute to the teaching at UNIS, in addition to the added benefits of research cooperation and data exchange. We expect that closer cooperation with UNIS will result in a better understanding of the polar marine ecosystem”, says Loeng.
UNIS Director Ole Arve Misund believes the IMR office will open up possibilities of developing new courses for his students:
“We see possibilities in Arctic biology, especially within ecosystem-based research, management and industry”.
The strengthened cooperation will ensure UNIS student participation in the IMR scientific cruises in Arctic waters.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
Sports in the Barents region have joined forces and established Barents Games. This weekend athletes from all over the region met in Oulu to compete in 14 differents sports during the Barents Summer Games. See our slide show from the competitions.
People participating in culture-, sport and Barents cooperation projects can from October apply for visa to Norway without paying a single ruble, says Marit Egholm Jacobsen with the Norwegian Consulate General in Murmansk.