Our partners

The Polar Institute cooperates with research institutions throughout the world and contributes to national and regional research programmes.


In respect of national roles, cooperation with the Institute of Marine Research is particularly important. This concerns research, monitoring, advice on management and imparting of information. The new icebreaker will serve to strengthen this, also with regard to logistics. Other prominent cooperative institutions are the University of Tromsø, the University Centre in Svalbard, the Meteorological Institute and the Bjerknes Centre. We participate actively in several research flagships at the Fram Centre.


The institute has been cooperating for many years with prominent polar nations like Russia, Germany and the USA. Canada and Great Britain are increasing their research in the Arctic, making more cooperation with them desirable. The current focus at the Centre for Ice, Climate and Ecosystems (ICE) means that cooperation with Asian countries will become more important in the future. The development of the Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System (SIOS) is further widening our cooperative relations.

We also participate actively in research cooperation in Antarctica and act as a contact and organiser for international polar research.