• Akvaplan-niva
  • CICERO Centre for International Climate Research
  • Institute of Marine Research
  • National Coastal Administration
  • National Veterinary Institute
  • NGU – The Geological Survey of Norway
  • NILU – Norwegian Institute for Air Research
  • NINA – Norwegian Institute for Nature Research
  • NIKU – Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research
  • Nofima – The Norwegian Institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture Research
  • Norwegian Meteorological Institute
  • Norwegian Polar Institute
  • Norwegian Institute for Bieconomy Research
  • Norwegian Institute for Water Research
  • Norwegian Mapping Authority
  • Norwegian Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority
  • SINTEF Group
  • UNIS – The University Centre in Svalbard
  • UiT – The Arctic University of Norway
  • Associated member: Polaria

Sea ice in the Arctic Ocean, technology and agreements

Melting of sea ice in the Arctic greatly impacts the global climate. This flagship focuses on social and management challenges to fisheries, shipping, and petroleum-related activities. New challenges and technological solutions pertaining to rescue and oil spill response are addressed.

Contact information for the flagship:

Paul Dodd


Norwegian Polar Institute


+47  77 75 0200

Effects of climate change on sea and coastal ecology in the north

Research in this program addresses the multiple ways climate change impacts the physical conditions of fjords and coasts and how, in turn, habitats and food supply are affected.

Contact information for the flagship:

Lis Lindal Jørgensen

Research scientist

Institute of Marine Research, Tromsø

Phone: +47 971 85 556


Paul Renaud

Senior scientist



Phone: +47 77 75 03 19

Mobil: +47 954 70 110

Ocean acidification and ecosystems effects in Northern waters

This flagship program contributes to the complete understanding of ocean acidification. This process will affect the productivity of ecosystems influencing ecosystem-based management and the exploitation of commercial resources, especially in the cold waters of the North, where the uptake of CO2 is substantial and expected to increase over time.

Contact information for the flagship:

Melissa Chierici

Sr. Scientist

Institute of Marine Research, Tromsø


Phone: +47 900 54 479


Haakon Hop

Sr. Scientist

Norwegian Polar Institute


Phone: +47 77 75 05 22

Effects of climate change on terrestrial ecosystems, landscapes, society, and indigenous peoples

Changes in Northern terrestrial ecosystems are highly relevant to society, in particular for agriculture, forestry, reindeer herding and nature-based industries, species and area conservation, tourism and recreation. Issues related to climate adaptation in the North, as well as the significance of climate change for Sámi culture and settlement are included in this flagship.

Contact information for the flagship:

Dorothee Ehrich


The Arctic University of Norway




Jarle W. Bjerke

Senior scientist

Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, Fram Centre



Hazardous substances – effects on ecosystems and human health

Climate change reinforces the importance of filling the gaps in our understanding of the distribution of pollutants in the Arctic and their effects on ecosystems and human health. This flagship program also addresses the need for this knowledge to be incorporated in international agreements and processes.

Contact information for the flagship:

Eldbjørg Sofie Heimstad
Research Director
NILU – Norwegian Institute for Air Research, Fram Centre
Email: esh@nilu.no
Phone: +47 77 75 03 84
Mobil:  +47 977 50 564


Kjetil Sagerup
Senior Adviser
Akvaplan-niva AS
Email: kjetil.sagerup@akvaplan.niva.no
Phone:  +47 77 75 03 34

Environmental impact of industrial development in the north (MIKON)

MIKON’s objective is to do research that will strengthen the knowledge base used by the authorities in efforts to limit the “footprint” of industrial activity in the High North, and ensure that new industrial activity takes place within a responsible environmental framework. The research within the MIKON program will take into consideration both existing business activities and visions/expectations of future developments.

Contact information for the flagship:

André Frainer


Norwegian Institute of Nature Research


+47 902 00 274


Anita Evenset
Manager, Arctic R&D
Akvaplan-niva AS
Email: anita.evenset@akvaplan.niva.no
Phone: +47 77 75 03 11
Mobil: +47 990 01 591

Plastic in the Arctic

Through an interdisciplinary research program dedicated to the plastics problem, «Plastic in the Arctic» will map plastic and microplastic distribution in the Arctic and generate new knowledge about environmental impacts of plastic. The results will contribute to research-based measures to reduce negative effects of plastics on ecosystem services, human health and business development.


Ingeborg Hallanger


Norwgian Polar Institute

Dorte Herzke

Senior Scientist

Norwgian Institute of Air Research


+47 63 89 82 97



Fram Forum is published once a year and aim to inform the general public about the wide range of activities that take place within the Fram Centre. Read Fram Forum online, or download on this page.

The steering committee provides strategic oversight and guidance to the research collaboration. The committee consists of the following members:

Leader: Dr. Bo Andersen, appointed by Ministry of Climate and Environment
Deputy: Dr. Nalan Koc, Norwegian Polar Institute

Kenneth Ruud, The Arctic University of Norway

Geir Lasse Taranger, Institute of Marine Research

Cathrine Henaug, Norwegian Institute of Nature Research

Anita Evenset, Akvaplan-niva/NIVA.

Jo Aarseth, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research.

Steinar Vaadal, Norwegian Mapping Authority.

Eldbjørg Heimstad, Norwegian Institute of Air Research

The research heads’ group is the Fram Centre’s chief co-operative body for heads of research. The group consists of one appointed representative from each of the 21 member institutions that wish to participate, and the heads of the Flagship research programs.

Leader: Eldbjørg Heimstad, Norwegian Institute for Air Research.

Deputy: Alma Thuestad, Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage.

Appointed by the steering committee.

Leader: Helge M. Markusson, The Fram Centre secretariat/Framsenteret Drift AS

Members: Anja Salo, Norwegian Polar Institute

Bjørg Bruseth, Norwegian Institute of Nature Research.

Hanne Karde, The Arctic University of Norway

Trude Borch, Akvaplan-niva.

Stine Hommeldal, Institute of Marine Research

The company Framsenteret Drift AS is owned by a group of the Fram Centre’s member institutions. Framsenteret  Drift AS hosts the secretariat designated for the Fram Centre collaboration.

The secretariat coordinates research and outreach in the Fram Centre in co-operation with the Steering committee, the research heads’ group, the dissemination group, and the Flagship research programs.

Framsenteret Drift AS is responsible for operating the collective services in the Fram Centre building.