Programme for the Polar Night Week 2019

The programme may be subject to changes. There will be a silent room as working space available during the entire week. The programme is open for all participants, if not stated otherwise.

Location: Svalbard Science Centre, Longyearbyen

Monday, 14 January

Arrival of participants

15:00 - 16:00 Registration and Coffee (Helenstua)

16:00 - 17:00 Welcome to Polar Night Week and updates in SIOS-KC activities in 2018 (Møysalen)

17:00 - 18:00 SESS report release (Møysalen)

18:00 - 20:00 Icebreaker with finger food and drinks (Helenstua)

Tuesday, 15 January

08:30- 10:00 General Assembly - open section (Møysalen)

10:00- 10:30 Coffee break (Helenstua)

10:30 - 12:00 General Assembly - closed section (Møysalen)

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch (Helenstua)

13:00 - 14:00 Plenary - keynotes (Møysalen)
14:00 - 16:30 Polar Night Seminar (Møysalen)

Presentations of SIOS pilot access projects (45 minutes)

Snow Observations on Svalbard, presented by Bartek Luks (IG PAS) Biogeochemical cycles in Arctic tundra: tracing Carbon in vegetation and soil, presented by Angela Augusti (CNR) Advances in Ground Penetrating Radar data processing with applications on Von Postbreen, Svalbard, presented by Richard Delf (UoE)


Representatives of the remaining access projects will present their posters as 1 min-presentations at the end of the seminar. The posters will be available during the entire week and a dedicated poster session will be held on Thursday.

15:00 - 15:30 Coffee break (Helenstua)

  • Snow, Weather, And Glacier Network for real-time observations, presented by Thomas Schuler (UiO)
  • Black carbon measurements in the air and clouds at Zeppelin Observatory, presented by Robin Modini (PSI)
  • Validation of a satellite based Snow Cover Index for Svalbard, presented by Mari Anne Killie (MET)

Presentations of RI access projects that have received funding for field work in 2019 (40 minutes)

GENIUS - GNSS TEC and Scintillation monitoring under the Cusp, presented by Luca Spogli (INGV)

16:30 - 18:30 Excursion to SvalSat

SvalSat is a base station for receiving data from satellites in polar orbits, located close to Longyearbyen on Platåberget.

More information about SvalSat

The bus leaves in front of Svalbard Science Centre. Bring warm clothes!

18:30 - 21:30 Workshop on safety - with Pizza (OPS room)

The aim of the workshop is do determine a basis for a safety strategy for SIOS that can be worked on during 2019 and presented to the next GA.

Preliminary programme

Presentation of courses that can be delivered by the Arctic Safety Centre Discussion on how the courses meet the needs of the SIOS community and if applicable, how they could be tailored to meet these needs Can the SIOS community contribute to the development and delivery of future courses, and if so, how?



Please complete the online questionnaire.

  • How can SIOS-KC help make it clearer to users who is responsible for safety and what the safety procedures are at SIOS member facilities?
  • Ny-Ålesund safety policy - can this form the basis of a "common basic standard" for safety in SIOS? If so, should it be updated?

Wednesday, 16 January

08:30 - 09:30 Keynotes (Møysalen)
09:30 - 14:30 SIOS carousel - working sessions for all participants (Møysalen)

The aim of the SIOS carousel is to give the SIOS community a forum to give input concerning the prioritisation and direction in SIOS. We will use a combination of plenary sessions and working sessions in smaller groups to identify the needs and opinions of our members about topics including the optimisation work, the services provided by SIOS-KC, the working methods in the working groups, etc.

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break (Helenstua)

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch (Helenstua)


14:30 - 15:00 Coffee break (Helenstua)

15:00 - 17:00 InfraNor meeting (Møysalen)

Preliminary agenda

15:00 – 15:15: Introduction from project leader
15:15 – 16:30: Updates from module leaders
16:30 – 16:50: Discussion of how SIOS-InfraNor can be integrated into the rest of SIOS, and how the new RI complements the existing RI
16:50 – 17:00: Updates about reporting to funding agencies and other admin


19:00 - onwards: SIOS dinner (Funken lodge)

Thursday, 17 January

08:30 - 12:00 Working group meetings, ad hoc meetings
  • SOAG - Festningen
  • SDMS - Van Keulen
  • IAG - Van Mijen

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break (at meeting rooms)


12:00 - 13:00 Lunch (Helenstua)

13:00-14:00 Poster session - with dessert (Helenstua)

Confirmed posters include:

Author: Storvold R.


Title: Multi-scales study of plasma transportation around cusp region using joint-observations with GCI-Cusp Project

Title: Dual-frequency satellite beacon receiver for ionospheric monitoring in Bjørnøya (TomoBear)

Author: Wang Y.

Title: Firn aquifer observations on Lomonosovfonna, Svalbard (Nbreen)

Authors: Käki, S., Norberg J.

Title: Energy Deposition in the Geomagnetic Cusp Alfvén Resonator

Authors: Pohjola V., van Pelt, W.

Title: Biogenic Aerosol, oceanic Primary production and Nucleation Events in the Arctic

Author: Hatch S.

Title: Sval-POPs project: evaluating the spatial variability of POPs concentrations in snow

Authors: Traversi R., Caiazzo L.

Title: How does European aerosol emissions affect the Arctic climate?

Authors: Koziol K., Kosek K., Pawlak F., Polkowska Z. 

Title: Cloud - aerosol studies at Zeppelin observatory

Authors: Acosta-Navarro et al. (presented by Hans Christen Hansson)

Title: Scientific Platform as a Service - Tools and solutions for efficient access to and analysis of oceanographic data

Authors: Karlsson et al. (presented by Paul Zieger)

Title: Parameterisation of long term monitoring of biological data.

Author: Korosov A.

Title: Geomorphological mapping in the Kongsfjorden area (Svalbard, Norway).

Author: Loonen MJJE.

Title: International research collaboration in Ny-Ålesund Research Station

Authors: Miccadei E., Piacentini T., Sparapani R., Berthling I.

Title: Remote sensing of snow on Svalbard: Snow cover, snow melting, snow mass and avalanche activity.

Authors: Pedersen CA., Bischof K., Kohler J., Krejci R., Loonen MJJE.

Title:Climate-Ecological Observatory for Arctic Tundra (COAT): Implementation of research infrastructure for ecosystem-based monitoring in the high-Arctic Svalbard

Author: Malnes E.

Title: SIOS airborne sensor and data capture capacities.

Authors: Pedersen ÅØ, Stien A, Fuglei E, Gallet JC, Isaksen K, Madsen J, Pedersen ST, Ravolainen V, Støvern LE, Soininen EM, Ims RA.

14:00 - 17:30 Working group meetings, ad hoc meetings
  • RSWG - Van Mijen
  • RICC - OPS room


15:30 - 16:00 Coffee break (at meeting rooms)

20:00 - 21:00 SIOS Science Slam (Public event as part of the Svalbard Seminar starting at 19:00 in Møysalen)

'Svalbardseminaret' is an annual popular science seminar series co-organised by UNIS, the Norwegian Polar Institute and the Governor of Svalbard. Lecture topics include research, polar history, and other topics of interest for local residents. Look at the programme here (mostly in Norwegian): Svalbardseminaret

At Thursday evening two topics will be presented. The first talk will be about the project Nansen Legacy. During the second part of the evening, the SIOS community will introduce SIOS to the Longyearbyen public and present some research highlights through a series of short talks that may take any form. There are only two rules: do not break the law and be entertaining.


  • Kim Holmén (NPI) and Christiane Hübner (SIOS-KC): “Have you heard about SIOS?”
  • Eirik Malnes (NORUT): “Snow and avalanche activity on Svalbard observed from space”
  • Elisa and Alessandro Miccadei (Junior High School "G. MAZZINI" ICPE3  - Science Under 18 Pescara), Enrico Miccadei and Tommaso Piacentini (Università degli Studi "G. d'Annunzio" Chieti-Pescara): “ The landscape of Svalbard for kids - explained by a polar bear ”
  • Maarten Loonen (Arctic Centre, University of Groningen): “Bird migration”


Friday, 18 January

09:00 - 10:30 Plenary (Møysalen)

This session will include information from Svalbard Science Forum, a presentation of the highlights in the working group programmes for 2019, a summary of the SIOS carousel, an evaluation and concluding remarks


10:30 Lunch in Helenstua or to take away

Departure of participants

The airport bus is departing in front of the Svalbard Science Centre

  • Norwegian (DY 397): 10:45
  • SAS (SK 4491): 12:45

Saturday, 19 January

14:00 Board of Directors meeting (Van Keulen) - followed by a dinner at Stationen