Latest news from the AWIPEV joint French-German Arctic Research Base

Ny-Aalesund GIS is online by the Norwegian Polar Institute has opened a new layer showing scientific instruments, installations, and observatories in and around Ny-Aalesund. 
At choose the layer "Ny-Ålesund Research Objects". 


New SIOS webinar series

SIOS Remote Sensing WG and Kownledge Center organize a series of webinars aimed at helping researchers find ways to fill gaps in observational series with (new) remote sensing applications.

At scroll down to find previous and upcoming webinars and slides. 

And new SIOS Logistics Sharing Notice Board


Funding possibilities

New calls

SSF / Research Council of Norway:

SSF announced a one-time-call to support 2020/21 field season activities: 

The call is open until all funds are assigned or ca. end of 2020. 

News for 2020 field season

AWIPEV Introduction Seminar

The 2020 AWIPEV Introduction Seminar was held 
11. and 12. February 2020 at AWI in Bremerhaven. 
Agenda and slides are available here

 About Freight:

  • Summer 2020 container to be sent from Bremerhaven: 
    Deadline for packing lists and freight list to logistics: 27. March 2020 
    Deadline for delivery in Bremerhaven:                      02. April 2020 
    Scheduled arrival date in NYA: ca. 3. June 2020
  • Please contact Silke Henkel AND Marcus Meierdierks (AWI) for further information.

  • Alternative transport possibilities Longyearbyen - Ny-Aalesund
    SIOS offers support for additional freight transport. (AWI is a SIOS member)  
  • Nordbjorn schedule   


Special Issues on Kongsfjorden Ecosystem Research

An international team of marine biologists and ecosystem specialists has published two Special Issues of Polar Biology on the Ecosystem Kongsfjorden: New Views after more than a Decade of Research

Klimawandel aendert das Leben im Kongsfjord (auf Deutsch)

Research papers of the Kongsfjorden Ecosystem Workshop 2014 (in English)

The volumes are published by Springer:

AWIPEV Under Water Observatory featured by NRK

The Under Water Observatory (UWO) in Ny-Aalesund is featured in this prime time NRK news, reporting of the observation of the warming Kongsfjord. 

(In Norwegian only)

Read more about the UWO here.

Visit of the French Minister for the Environment, Mme S. Royal to AWIPEV

Mme Ségolène Royal, French Minister for the Environment, visited AWIPEV Base 17. - 21. August, see

The French Minister for the Environment, Energy, and the Sea (in French)

IPEV news (in French)

Le Monde (in French)

25 years of German Arctic station in Ny-Aalesund

on 10th August 1991 the German Arctic research station was officially opened, which in 2003 merged with the French station into the joint AWIPEV Base of today. Read more about the (hi)story here

Visit of the German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks to AWIPEV

The German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks visited AWIPEV base last week. Infos about her visit can be found on these web sites:


German Federal Ministry for the Environment

The Netherlands Arctic Station


Unusual cold stratosphere creates conditions for severe ozone depletion

The stratosphere above Spitsbergen is currently extremely cold, which is a prerequisite for ozone loss there. Find news at AWI and Science, find daily temperatures from AWIPEV here.

ANR/DFG French German Research Call

ANR and DFG have published a new call open to joint German-French research projects in all fields of the Natural, Life and Engineering Sciences including interdisciplinary research.

Deadline for proposal submissions is 2. Dec. 2015.

Information is given on the DFG Joint Call web site, by IPEV News, and through ANR for the "Projets franco-allemands (DFG)".

New NySMAC web site launched

At the 2015 Ny-Aalesund Seminar the NySMAC secretariat launched the new NySMAC web site with lots of updated information, e.g. about the revived Ny-Aalesund Flagship Programmes.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits AWIPEV Base

8. July

During his stay in Ny-Ålesund, the Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon and the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende visited the AWIPEV base. They were informed about climate research and work at the base.

Ny-Aalesund Week Tromsoe 2015

the next

Ny-Ålesund Seminar

will convene in Tromsoe, 23 - 25 September 2015

highlighting the Ny-Aalesund Flagship programmes,

including a dedicated Atmosphere Flagship Symposium

Deadline for Abstracts: 15. June 2015

All info in the 2nd Circular or here.


Visit of Germany's Federal Minister of Education and Research to AWIPEV

The German Federal Minister of Education and Research, Prof. Wanka, visited Ny-Aalesund and the AWIPEV Base 8. - 10. April 2015:

at (in German)

at (in German)


Solar Eclipse 20.3.2015, 11:09-11:12

Photos from the solar eclipse at Ny Ålesund can be found in our gallery