The SIOS Consortium

SIOS is a distributed research infrastructure organised as consortium. The consortium consists of member institutions and its cooperation is based upon non-legally binding statutes and a MoU. It coordinates, develops and optimises research infrastructure owned by the member institutions. Research institutions and research funding agencies that own or operate research facilities in the Svalbard region or who provide research data relevant for the Consortium may become members.

On 26 January 2018, 11 institutions (10 founding members and 1 observer) initiated the operational phase of SIOS. In addition, 13 new institutions became members on the same day, and one institution joined as observer at a later stage. Thus the current number of SIOS partners amounts to 25 institutions from 10 countries. Their common goal is to establish a cooperating and transparent research infrastructure which will give better estimates of the future environmental and climate changes in the Arctic.

Read more about the history of SIOS here.

MEMBER INSTITUTIONS:

  • Akvaplan-NIVA (APN)
  • Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI)
    • Founding Member
    • Contact: Nicole Biebow, Head of the International Cooperation Unit
    • Home page: www.awi.de
  • Andøya Space Center
  • Arctic Centre, University of Groningen (RUG)
  • French Polar Institute Paul-Emile Victor (IPEV)
  • Geological Survey of Norway (NGU)
  • Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research of the University of Helsinki (INAR-UH)
  • Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences (IGF PAS)
  • Institute of Marine Research (IMR)
    • Contact: Frode Vikebø, Randi Ingvaldsen
    • Home page: www.imr.no/
  • Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NERSC)
    • Founding Member
    • Contact: Sebastian Mernild, Managing Director
    • Home page: www.nersc.no/
  • National Institute for Polar Research (NIPR)
    • Founding Member
    • Contact: Hiroshi Miyaoka, Deputy Director & Professor, Arctic Environment Research Centre
    • Home page: www.nipr.ac.jp/english/
  • National Research Council of Italy (CNR)
    • Founding member
    • Contact: Vito Vitale, Senior Scientist ISAC-CNR
    • Home page: www.cnr.it
  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) - Arctic office
    • Observer
    • Contact: Henry Burgess, Head of the NERC Arctic Office
    • Home page: www.arctic.ac.uk/
  • Norut Northern Research Institute (Norut)
  • Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU)
  • Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA)
  • Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA)
  • Norwegian Meteorological Institute (MET Norway)
    • Founding Member
    • Contact: Lars-Anders Breivik, Director of Research and Development
    • Home page: www.met.no/en
  • Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE)
  • Swedish Polar Research Secretariat (SPRS)
    • Founding Member
    • Contact: Ulf Jonsell, Senior Research Officer
    • Home page: www.polar.se
  • The Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI)
    • Founding Member
    • Contact: Christina A. Pedersen, Scientific coordinator
    • Home page: www.npolar.no
  • The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS)
    • Founding Member
    • Contact: Harald Ellingsen, Director
    • Home page: www.unis.no  
  • UiT The Arctic University of Norway (UiT)
    • Contact: Pål Vegar Storeheier
    • Home page: www.uit.no
  • University of Bergen (UiB)
  • University of Oslo (UiO)