Nalân Koç takes over as research director at the Norwegian Polar Institute

Nalân Koç has been appointed as the new research director at the Norwegian Polar Institute. She will be the Institute’s first female research director.

Research director Nalân Koç

The new research director at the Norwegian Polar Institute, Nalân Koç. Photo: Tor Ivan Karlsen / Norwegian Polar Institute

Nalân Koç comes most recently from a position as leader of the Centre for Ice, Climate and Ecosystems (ICE) at the Norwegian Polar Institute.

In recent years, climate has become one of the most important research topics in the polar regions, with world-wide focus on global warming, which is occurring most quickly in the Arctic. Nalân Koç wishes the Norwegian Polar Institute to continue with its well-established research on climate and the effects of climate change, monitoring of environmental pollution and biodiversity, and geological mapping of the Arctic and Antarctica.

- The need for knowledge about the polar regions has never been greater and more urgent than it is today. I look forward to leading the exceedingly knowledgeable researchers of the Norwegian Polar Institute, who will join with other experts at the Fram Centre to produce vital new knowledge for the world community, says Nalân Koç.

The research department at the Norwegian Polar Institute currently has 55 employees, and the Institute as a whole employs 160 people.

Nalân Koç has started as researcher at the Norwegian Polar Institute in 1999. She has specialised on paleoclimatology and research on polar climate and has been leader of the Polar Climate research program. Koç, who is originally from Turkey, moved to Norway in 1985. In 1993 she completed her PhD in marine geology at Bergen University. In 2009, Koç was listed as one of the ten most influential immigrants in the Norwegian public arena.