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, taking the membership of the SIOS consortium to 24 institutions from 9 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 (ASC)
  • Arctic Centre, University of Groningen (RUG)
  • Geological Survey of Norway (NGU)
  • Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences (IGF PAS)
  • Institute of Marine Research (IMR)
  • Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NERSC)
    • Founding Member
    • Contact: Stein Sandven, 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: Harald Schyberg, acting Director of Research and Development
    • Home page: www.met.no/en
  • Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE)
  • Stockholm University (SU)
    • Founding Member
    • Contact: HC Hansson, Professor in atmospheric science
    • Home page: www.su.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 Helsinki (UH)
    • Founding Member
    • Contact: Tuukka Petäjä, Principle Investigator, Department of physics
    • Home page: www.helsinki.fi/en
  • University of Oslo (UiO)