Free access to safety course for SIOS members!

The Arctic Safety Centre at UNIS is organising a field safety course in September 2019. SIOS is pleased to offer 4 places on this course for representatives from SIOS member or observer institutions! The participants must organise and pay for their own travel, but the course fee will be charged directly to SIOS. 

Application deadline: 9 August 2019

The following eligibility criteria apply:

  • Applicants must be employed at a SIOS member or observer institution, and their application must be approved by an appropriate authoriser at their institution. 
  • Due to the nature of the course, applicants should be employed in a position that requires them to show leadership in Arctic field settings. 

Update: New deadline 31 August 2019!

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Details of the course:

Do you need to improve your competence regarding leadership and Arctic field stations?

Sign up for a Practical field safety management courses for Arctic field stations.  The course will be held in Svalbard 16th to 22nd of September 2019.  

Course plan

The course aims to improve the participants' practical management skills in both the planning and accomplishment phase of fieldwork in the Arctic. The course is primarily aimed at persons who are responsible for the day-to-day operation of a research station. The course is also relevant for persons who are responsible for planning, quality assuring or implementing field activities in the Arctic or in areas with Arctic conditions. It is expected that participants have knowledge of Arctic conditions and have knowledge of the general operation of a research station or for the implementation of major field activities.

The objective of the course is to enable the participants to identify and limit the risks of activities carried out at a research station.  The ambition is also to give the participants the necessary knowledge and tools to describe actions that are needed to prevent or restrict the impact of incidents and accidents associated with the station's activities.

The cost to participate at the course is 15 000 NOK.

Travel arrangements:

Direct flight from Oslo takes 3 hours and this must be booked and paid for by the participants. The flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen is booked here:

The return flight is via Tromsø and is booked here:

Practical information:

On arrival at Longyearbyen Monday 16th of September, you can take the shuttle bus to UNIS, the price is 75 NOK and can be paid by card. Tell the driver that you are going to UNIS.

Accommodation the first night will be UNIS Guesthouse. Contact the reception at UNIS in order to receive the key.

We are going to be outdoors much of the time. The average temperature in September is -5C, so bring both waterproof and windproof clothing for longer-term stays outdoors.

There will be 5 nights in a tent camp. We provide the necessary camping equipment but you should bring a headlight.

We arrive in Longyearbyen early enough that you can reach the scheduled flight south Monday 23rd of September.