Practical Information will be announced later
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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),

Longyearbyen, Svalbard August 27-30, 2021.

For those of you that registered for the 2020 arrangement, that now has been postponed to 2021 because of COVID-19, and still want to participate in 2021 do not need to register again.

New registration?

For those of you who have already signed up for the conference that was scheduled to be held this year, which was postponed to 2021 because of COVID-19: if you know that you will be at the conference in 2021, you do not need to register again, unless you have already cancelled the registration. For all other there will be an opening for registration in January 2021.

We will get back to you with information about the abstracts later.

Preliminary programme

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 (27. August 2021). The “Conference Icebreaker happening” will be held the same evening. The second and third day (28.-29. August 2021) are for presentations held by the arctic fox researchers and poster sessions. For the fourth day (30. August 2021) we will have 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:

Friday August 27, 2021.

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

Saturday August 28, 2021.

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

Sunday August 29, 2021.

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

Sunday August 30, 2021.

Bus to Longyearbyen harbour. Field trip with a boat to Pyramiden, including lunch on the boat. Bus from Longyearbyen harbour.  Dinner at a restaurant.

Practical information

Information about flight schedules and available hotels will be announced later.


Registration and abstract will open in January 2021.

The participant fee for the conference is:

Participant – 2000 NOK/approx. 200 EURO

PhD, Master or Bachelor student – 1500 NOK/approx. 150 EURO (Send a copy of your student ID or a confirmation from your supervisor to

The participant fee must be paid by Invoice.

Registration closes May 30, 2021, or once the conference is fully booked (150 participants).

For questions regarding registration please contact Anne Kibsgaard (
mob. +47 91700365.


Conference secretariat

Anne Kibsgaard
Senior Executive Officer
+47 91700365
contact regarding registration and practical information

Eva Fuglei
Research scientist, biology
+47 77750528
contact regarding abstracts and scientific programme


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Norwegian Environment Agency
Svalbard Environmental Protection Fund
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The University Centre in Svalbard
Norwegian institute for nature research
UIT the arctic university of Norway
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