Gunn Sissel Jaklin

Communications director
Gunn Sissel Jaklin
Norwegian Polar Institute

Gunn Sissel Jaklin has been head of Information at the NPI since 1997. Building up the Information and Library Services was a main task at first, whereas the present focus is upon the outline and implementation of the Institute’s communications strategy.


Current activities

Research communication on climate and the environment. Communication about NPI's new polar research vessel Kronprins Haakon (to be launched in 2017). "Into the ice" exhibition about climate research project N-ICE2015 (in cooperation with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the exhibition will travel to destinations around the world).


  • Head of Information at the Norwegian Polar Institute since 1997. Responsible for Internet and Intranet services, press, partners and public communications, library and photo library services, graphics services, scientific publishing and sales of publications.
  • Previous positions: Tourism Manager of Tromsø 1995–97 & 1987–1992. Project leader for Tromsø’s Bicentennial 1992–95, General Manager Winge Travel Agency 1982–1987 and Management officer at Höhenklinik Valbella in Davos, Switzerland 1981–82.
  • Education: Study tour in and about Svalbard, Strategic Board Management, Management Development Programme, Qualifying Programme for Board Members, The Svalbard Course, Export candidate, Business management (finances) and French language studies at Université de Dijon in France.

Areas of interest and expertise

Management, information and marketing. Press liason activities. Editorial work on scientific and environmental management reports in Norwegian and English.