Introduction / Venue

The 6th International Conference in Arctic Fox Biology

The international conference in arctic fox biology is the most important meeting point for arctic fox researchers, conservation managers, policy makers, tour operators, students and any other people interested in arctic foxes and its arctic habitats and ecosystems. It has for a long time been a tradition that end-users of environmental research, i.e. various stakeholders and management authorities participate at these conferences.

Since 1991, circumpolar arctic fox biologists have established a network which has previously arranged five international conferences in arctic fox biology. The conferences took place in Sweden in 1991 and 2009, in the UK in 2001, in Iceland in 2013 and in Canada in 2017. The now upcoming conference will for the first time be arranged by Norway, through the Norwegian Polar Institute, in Longyearbyen, Svalbard.

The 6th international conference in arctic fox biology will be held at the Svalbard Research Park, University Studies in Svalbard (UNIS)/Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI), https://www.unis.no/

Longyearbyen, Svalbard August 24-27, 2020.

Registration and abstract will open in January 2020.

Programme

Longyearbyen, Svalbard August 24-27, 2020

Conference content in short

Climate warming is rapidly increasing in the Arctic, as well as the tourism activity. In order to start a discussion about climate change, increased tourism, vulnerable Arctic species and ecosystems, and how to build on knowledge to develop sustainable tourism, we start the conference with a panel discussion for arctic fox researchers, stakeholders, the management and stakeholders and guides of the local tourism industry at the first conference day (24. August 2020). The “Conference Icebreaker happening” will be held the same evening. The second and third day (25.-26. August 2020) are for presentations held by the arctic fox researchers and poster sessions. For the fourth day (27. August 2020) we plan a field trip by boat in the Isfjorden area for the conference participants.

Preliminary programme

The following schedule is tentative, and may be changed prior to the conference:  

Monday August 24, 2020.

08:00-09:00: Registration at the reception at Svalbard Research Park/UNIS

09:00-12:00: Workshop/panel discussion

12:00-12:30: Lunch (UNIS cafeteria)

12:30-17:00: Workshop/panel discussion

18:45 Bus to “Icebreaker” and dinner at Camp Barentz in Adventdalen

23:00 Bus back to Longyearbyen and hotels

Tuesday August 25, 2020.

07:30-0900 Continued registration and poster set-up (Svalbard Research Park/UNIS)

09:00-09:30 Welcome word (MØYSALEN, Svalbard Research Park)

09:30-12:00 Research talks (Session 1)

12:00-13:00 Lunch (UNIS cafeteria)

13:00-16:45 Research talks (Session 2)

17:00 Poster session

19:00-22:00 Dinner at restaurant Nansen

Wednesday August 26, 2020.

08:30-11:45 Research talks (Session 3)

12:00-13:00 Lunch (UNIS cafeteria)

13:00-16:45 Research talks (Session 4)

17:00 Concluding remarks

19:00 Arctic fox banquet dinner with entertainment (UNIS cafeteria)

Thursday August 27, 2020.

08:30 Bus to Longyearbyen harbor

08:40-15:00 Field trip with the boat Aurora Explorer to Pyramiden, including lunch on the boat

15:00 Bus from Longyearbyen harbor

18:00 Dinner at the restaurant STATIONEN

Practical information

The participants have to book flight and accommodation themselves. Since summer in Svalbard is a high time and destination for tourists, we recommend to book flights to Longyearbyen, Svalbard, and hotel room as soon as possible.  

Please see flight schedules and information about available hotels here:

Flights to and from Svalbard (SK=SAS, DY=Norwegian):

Sunday 23 august 2020:

Oslo – Longyearbyen SK 4496 – Departure 21:45 Arrival 00:40+
Oslo- Longyearbyen SK 4414 – Departure 10:00 Arrival Longyearbyen 14:05 (Short stopover in Tromsø)

Oslo- Tromsø – Longyearbyen SK 4406 – Departure Oslo 08:45 – Arrival Tromsø 10:35 – Departure Tromsø 12:30 – Arrival Longyearbyen 14:05

Monday 24 august 2020:

Oslo – Longyearbyen DY 396 – Departure 08:55 Arrival Longyearbyen 11:55

Oslo – Longyearbyen SK 4496 – Departure 21:45 Arrival Longyearbyen 00:40

Oslo – Longyearbyen SK4414 – Departure 09:55 Arrival Longyearbyen 14:00 (Short stopover in Tromsø)

Thursday 27 august 2020:

Longyearbyen – Oslo SK 4497 – Departure 02:25 Arrival Longyearbyen 05:20

Longyearbyen – Oslo SK4425 – Departure 14:45 Arrival Longyearbyen 18:55 (Short stopover in Tromsø)

Friday 28 august 2020:

Longyearbyen – Oslo SK 4491 – Departure 13:25 Arrival Oslo 16:20

Longyearbyen – Oslo DY  397 – Departure 17:15 Arrival Oslo 20:10

 

Hotels:

We encourage participants to stay at these conference hotels:

Booking code for discounted rates: 85661.

(If you need a booking the night prior or after the conference you may contact the hotel to ensure that you get the discounted rate)

Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen

https://hurtigrutensvalbard.com/no/hoteller/radisson-blu

Tel: +47 79026100

info@hurtigrutensvalbard.com

Conference price (incl. breakfast)

Standard single room 1725 NOK

Standard double room 2125 NOK

Funken Lodge

https://hurtigrutensvalbard.com/no/hoteller/funken-lodge

Tel: +47 79026100

info@hurtigrutensvalbard.com

Conference price (incl. breakfast)

Standard single room 2125 NOK

Standard double room 2525 NOK

 

Coal Miner’s Cabins

https://hurtigrutensvalbard.com/no/hoteller/coal-miners-cabins

Tel: +47 79026100

info@hurtigrutensvalbard.com

Conference price (incl. breakfast)

Standard single room 945 NOK

Standard double room 1345 NOK

Other hotels in Longyearbyen – please note that the conference has no discounted rates at these hotels:

Svalbard Hotel & Lodge

booking@svalbardhotell.com

Tel: +47 79 02 50 01

Hotel Svalbard The Vault

https://www.visitsvalbard.com/overnatting/svalbard-hotell-the-vault-p3593413

Tel: +47 79025004

Mary-Ann’s Polarrigg

https://polarriggen.com/rooms/

Tel: +47 94007780

Gjestehuset

https://www.gjestehuset102.no/nb/

Tel: +47 900 30 321

Haugen Pensjonat

https://www.haugenpensjonat.no/index.html

Tel: +47 79021249

Longyearbyen Camping:

http://www.longyearbyen-camping.com/

Tel: +47 79021444 (during season)

Email: mail@longyearbyen-camping.com

Registration

Registration and abstract will open in January 2020.

The participant fee for the conference is:

Participant – 2000 NOK/approx. 200 EURO

PhD or Master student – 1500 NOK/approx. 150 EURO (Send a copy of your student ID or a confirmation from your supervisor to anne.kibsgaard@npolar.no)

The participant fee must be paid by Invoice.

Registration closes June 30, 2020, or once the conference is fully booked (150 participants).

For questions regarding registration please contact Anne Kibsgaard (anne.kibsgaard@npolar.no)
mob. +47 91700365.

Abstracts

Abstract submission will open in January 2020.

Contacts

Conference secretariat

Anne Kibsgaard
Senior Executive Officer

Anne.Kibsgaard@npolar.no
+47 91700365


Eva Fuglei
Research scientist, biology

Eva.Fuglei@npolar.no
+47 77750528

Sponsors

Research council of Norway
Norwegian ministry of the environment
Norwegian Environment Agency
Svalbard Environmental Protection Fund

Partners

The University Centre in Svalbard
Norwegian institute for nature research
UIT the arctic university of Norway
Hurtigruten Svalbard