SSF is a forum which informs and coordinates all research in Svalbard, and is chaired by the Research Council of Norway. SSF provides
overviews of infrastructure, information about logistics, research bases, application
processes for permits and permissions etc.
Our objective is to contribute to the development of Svalbard as a platform
for arctic research in accordance with our strategic policy documents. SSF
promotes cooperation between the different institutions in Svalbard, but is
not involved in the internal affairs of these institutions.
Svalbard Science Forum (SSF) invites everyone who is planning research
projects in Svalbard to contact us either by e-mail, phone or by visiting
the office on the
2nd floor of the Svalbard Science Centre.
SSF reports to the Research Council of Norway through the Norwegian National
Committee on Polar Research. The Research Council in turn reports the activity of SSF
on a yearly basis to the Interministerial Committee on Polar Affairs.
The basis for SSF’s work is described by the following reports:
- Organiseringen av forskningen på Svalbard (1997) (The organisation of
the research in Svalbard)
- Strategisk plan for videreutviklingen av Svalbard som forskningsplattform (1998) (Strategic plan for development of Svalbard as a research platform)
- Policy-dokument for norsk forskning i Arktis 2004-2008 (Policy platform document for Norwegian research in the Arctic 2004-2008).
To develop Svalbard as an international platform for arctic research is
one of Norway's national objectives. Norway controls research activities in Svalbard in accordance with international agreements and current Norwegian legislation.
One of the main objectives is to base the establishment of new research infrastructure and foreign research activity within the existing Norwegian settlements
of Longyearbyen and Ny-Ålesund.
The SSF mandate and operation is evaluated within the end of each 3-year period.
Mandate & Vision